Originally published in 1994, this text analyses the key issues that influence the growth and development of small businesses. Looking at the concept in which they operate, the book outlines the factors that are dominant in the sector and explores the effects if has on the economy. Is the creation of small businesses the answer to unemployment? Has the lowering of interest rates or taxation encouraged the self-employed to work harder? Have banks given small business a raw deal? These are just some of the questions discussed as David Storey explains the issues of employment, finance and policy and the issues dictating failure or success.
1. Introduction 2. Small firms: Definitions, Descriptions and Patterns 3. The Birth of Firms 4. The Death of Small Firms 5. The Growth of Small Firms 6. Employment 7. Finance 8. Public Policy 9. Conclusions