When originally published in 1993 this book was one of the first to present a systematic comparison of small enterprises in both urban and rural areas in contemporary Britain. Key issues such as relative performance levels and the relevance of recent develoopments to the economy as a whole are discussed by well-known contributors. Throughout, insights derived from dialogues with real entrepreneurs are provided. An internatinal dimension is added with a comparative discussion of the problems of rurality suffered in many areas of North America and Europe, and the continuing effects of the recession of the late 80s and early 90s are also examined and important policy recommendations made.
1. The Location of Small and Medium Enterprises: Are There Urban-Rural Differences? James Curran and David Storey 2. Founding A New Business in the Countryside Peter Townroe and Karl Mallalieu 3. Small Firm Creation, Innovation and Growth and the Urban-Rural Shift David Keeble 4. The Growth and Survival of Mature Manufacturing SMEs in the 1980s: An Urban-Rural Comparison David Smallbone, David North and Roger Leigh 5. Spatial Variations in the Role of Equity Investment in the Financing of SMEs Colin Mason and Richard Harrison 6. In Search of Spatial Differences: Evidence From A Study of Small Service Sector Enterprises Robert Blackburn and James Curran