Local partnership for economic development: Business links and the restructuring of SME support networks in the United Kingdom
UNSPECIFIED (1998) Local partnership for economic development: Business links and the restructuring of SME support networks in the United Kingdom. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT QUARTERLY, 12 (3). pp. 266-278. ISSN 0891-2424Full text not available from this repository.
A key feature of British enterprise development policies is the launch in 1992 of a network of business link partnerships to rationalize the local provision of business support services for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across England. This article examines the ways in which business links are expected to add value to the existing infrastructure and evaluates the effectiveness of the initiative 3 years after its announcement. Despite very significant differences in operations, size of catchment area, and legal structures between business link partnerships, similar problems have emerged. The common set of potentially damaging issues identified can be tackled locally by establishing collaborative-competitive partnerships and by increasing the role of local authorities. Nationally, central government consistently and continuously should use its leverage, resulting from its control over resources, to support the objectives it has set for business links.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
|Journal or Publication Title:||ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT QUARTERLY|
|Publisher:||SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 266-278|
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