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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/222971
Title:
Training needs for women-owned SMEs in England
Authors:
Roomi, Muhammad Azam ( 0000-0001-6633-2313 ) ; Harrison, Pegram
Abstract:
Purpose – The purpose of this research is to investigate the needs and preferences for training among growth-oriented women-owned SMEs in the East of England. Design/methodology/approach – Quantitative data were collected through 108 on-line questionnaires, and the means analysed using SPSS. Qualitative data collected in response to open-ended questions were inductively analysed and interpreted. Findings – Only one fourth of respondents received growth-oriented training in the previous two years, with an average duration of 3-5 days per year. Programmes most in demand concerned innovation and opportunity recognition, business evaluation and growth considerations, developing strategic customers and customers care, customer relationship management, as well as selling, networking and negotiation skills. High demand for these programmes corresponds to others results identifying contributory factors to higher enterprise performance and growth: product/service quality, new product/service development, appropriate marketing, effective use of websites, selling skills and informal networking. Research limitations/implications – The scope of the project is limited to service sectors and sole proprietorships. Geographic scope is limited to the East of England. These limits nonetheless provide a reasonable base and rationale for the scope of the study. Practical implications – With a better understanding of the capacity building requirements of women entrepreneurs in growth businesses, appropriately designed training programmes can be developed to help women achieve higher levels of entrepreneurial success.
Citation:
Training needs for women-owned SMEs in England 2008, 50 (8/9):687 Education + Training
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Education + Training
Issue Date:
May-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/222971
DOI:
10.1108/00400910810917064
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/00400910810917064
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Originality/value – The study offers original primary research into the contributory growth factors for women-owned enterprises in a representative area of Britain, identifies key issues, maps survival and success factors, and assesses women entrepreneurs' training needs and preferences.
ISSN:
0040-0912
Sponsors:
This research study, conducted by the Centre for Women's Enterprise at the University of Bedfordshire, is supported by a grant from the Higher Education European Social Fund (HE-ESF).
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Advances in Marketing (CAM)

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dc.contributor.authorRoomi, Muhammad Azamen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, Pegramen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-10T08:10:19Z-
dc.date.available2012-05-10T08:10:19Z-
dc.date.issued2008-05-
dc.identifier.citationTraining needs for women-owned SMEs in England 2008, 50 (8/9):687 Education + Trainingen_GB
dc.identifier.issn0040-0912-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/00400910810917064-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/222971-
dc.descriptionOriginality/value – The study offers original primary research into the contributory growth factors for women-owned enterprises in a representative area of Britain, identifies key issues, maps survival and success factors, and assesses women entrepreneurs' training needs and preferences.en_GB
dc.description.abstractPurpose – The purpose of this research is to investigate the needs and preferences for training among growth-oriented women-owned SMEs in the East of England. Design/methodology/approach – Quantitative data were collected through 108 on-line questionnaires, and the means analysed using SPSS. Qualitative data collected in response to open-ended questions were inductively analysed and interpreted. Findings – Only one fourth of respondents received growth-oriented training in the previous two years, with an average duration of 3-5 days per year. Programmes most in demand concerned innovation and opportunity recognition, business evaluation and growth considerations, developing strategic customers and customers care, customer relationship management, as well as selling, networking and negotiation skills. High demand for these programmes corresponds to others results identifying contributory factors to higher enterprise performance and growth: product/service quality, new product/service development, appropriate marketing, effective use of websites, selling skills and informal networking. Research limitations/implications – The scope of the project is limited to service sectors and sole proprietorships. Geographic scope is limited to the East of England. These limits nonetheless provide a reasonable base and rationale for the scope of the study. Practical implications – With a better understanding of the capacity building requirements of women entrepreneurs in growth businesses, appropriately designed training programmes can be developed to help women achieve higher levels of entrepreneurial success.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research study, conducted by the Centre for Women's Enterprise at the University of Bedfordshire, is supported by a grant from the Higher Education European Social Fund (HE-ESF).en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/00400910810917064en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Education + Trainingen_GB
dc.subjecttrainingen_GB
dc.subjectentrepreneurshipen_GB
dc.subjectwomenen_GB
dc.subjectwomen entrepreneursen_GB
dc.subjectSMEsen_GB
dc.titleTraining needs for women-owned SMEs in Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEducation + Trainingen_GB
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