Regulation and growth-oriented small businesses in North-West England

Peck, Frank, Jackson, Keith and Mulvey, Gail (2018) Regulation and growth-oriented small businesses in North-West England. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 25 (2). pp. 294-312.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-07-2017-0232

Abstract

This paper examines the ways in which growth-oriented small and micro-businesses (SMBs) are affected by regulations. Case studies from North-West England are used to investigate the relationship between attitudes and responses to regulation and the characteristics of business growth. This research examines the relationship between regulation and growth using eight case studies of SMBs. The selected cases are proactive in seeking new market opportunities and innovative in terms of product development or business process. Case studies confirm that owner-managers of SMBs experience high levels of regulatory burden. However, some growth-oriented businesses also recognise the advantages in being proactive in seeking regulatory knowledge. These advantages were particularly prevalent in cases where growth is driven by product innovation in relatively new product-markets. The study is based on a limited number of case studies in one region of England. Even so, interviews facilitate probing to increase understanding of the underlying reasons for attitudes towards regulation. The cases demonstrate that even very small businesses can use regulatory knowledge as a basis for business growth. The findings suggest that networking in order to engage with regulatory regimes can generate competitive advantages and open up new market opportunities for small businesses. This research contributes towards the debate on the impact of regulations on the economy at the micro level and in so doing highlights important nuances in the relationship between business growth and the regulatory environment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1462-6004
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development
Depositing User: Gail Mulvey
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 11:22
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3552

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