Small business start-ups: success factors and support implications
Authors: Watson, Kathryn; Hogarth-Scott, Sandra; Wilson, Nicholas
Source: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Volume 4, Number 3, 1998 , pp. 217-238(22)
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:This empirical study investigates the characteristics of a cohort of 166 small businesses which were set up during a period of recession by founders, all of whom had experienced a period of unemployment prior to start-up. These new ventures were appraised and supported by their local Training & Enterprise Council (TEC) prior to start-up and in their formative months. This paper analyses the appropriateness and success of support services in the light of an empirical investigation of the factors which appear to impact on survival/failure and growth prospects of surveyed businesses. Comparisons are made between those businesses which are still trading and those which have ceased trading and between businesses with high and low growth expectations. Factors which are investigated include the founders' personal background and experience; reasons put forward for start-up; early problems encountered in running a business; business objectives and expectations.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1998