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Family Enterprises in the UK: A Special Sector?

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This paper questions the effectiveness of economic development policies and programs which fail to differentiate family from non-family enterprises in the UK small and medium-sized firms sector. Published evidence is reviewed and findings from workshops and interviews with 10 Scottish family enterprises demonstrate that family enterprises differ, and in some economically significant ways, from non-family enterprises. It is suggested that the lack of provision for family enterprises hinders their business activity. The aim is to begin an argument for recognition of a “family business sector” in the UK in order to promote business activity in this economically significant group of firms, and to achieve a better payoff for governments from investment in economic development in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Director of the Centre for Family Enterprise, Glasgow Caledonian University, Park Campus, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Publication date: June 1, 1996

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