While small scale enterprise has expanded rapidly in recent years the way ahead looks uncertain. Drawing together recent research and thinking on small business activities from several disciplines, this book gives a comprehensive picture of the current situation and assesses the future. It evaluates the impact of such diverse influences as technological innovation, demogrpahic change, changes in orgh environment, women and entreprenuership, and by analysing trends in employment levels, banking policies and government schemes it explores ways to survive in an increasingly hostile environment.
'…Without a doubt the book represents a very accessible, well informed and valuable discussion of contemporary debates relating to the future of small businesses in Britain. As such it should be considered essential reading for anyone interested in the area'. - Dawn Barton.
'…Contains much which is stimulating and thought provoking.' - Richard Harrison
'Each contribution in the book is well written and provides a variety of thought-provoking conclusions as to the fate of small enterprises in the next decade.' - The Service Industries Journal
'Paths for Enterprise provides an excellent, readable and balanced account of the way in which current trends are likely to work out over the next decade for small businesses.' - - Mick Healey, Urban Studies
Roger Burrows, University of Surrey; John Stanworth and Celia Stanworth, both at the Polytechnic of Central London; Robin Ward, Nottingham Business School; Alan Felstead, Nuffield College, Oxford; Steve Johnson, Leeds Polytechnic; Shelia Allen, University of Bradford; Carole Truman, Leverhulme Trust; Ray Oakey, Heriot-Watt University Business School; Martin Binks, University of Nottingham