Women-owned small and medium enterprises in England: analysis of factors influencing the growth process

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/222992
Title:
Women-owned small and medium enterprises in England: analysis of factors influencing the growth process
Authors:
Roomi, Muhammad Azam ( 0000-0001-6633-2313 ) ; Harrison, Pegram; Beaumont-Kerridge, John
Abstract:
Purpose – This study attempts to understand the nature and activities of growth-oriented women-owned businesses in the East of England by highlighting the problems faced by women entrepreneurs during the growth process. Design/methodology/approach – The approach analysed the main growth factors and their influence on the adoption of different growth strategies. An online questionnaire was designed using Snap survey software™, with results exported to SPSS™ for analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected via a variety of scaled, open-ended, rank order, dichotomous, multiple choice and open questions. Findings – The research indicates that most do not opt to develop growth-oriented businesses, choosing instead small, non-scalable, locally focused businesses providing services or operating in low-tech industries. Women who are growth-oriented appear to be inhibited due to a lack of access to, and control over such resources as, capital, business premises, information and technology, production inputs, appropriate childcare, qualifications, experience, training facilities and appropriate assistance from business development agencies. Non-effective accumulation and use of social capital hinders access to appropriate decision-making circles, and limits the probability of accessing critical management and financing resources, especially through the venture capital industry.
Citation:
Roomi, M., Harrison, P., Beaumont-Kerridge, J. (2009) 'Women-owned small and medium enterprises in England: Analysis of factors influencing the growth process' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 16 (2):270
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue Date:
May-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/222992
DOI:
10.1108/14626000910956056
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14626000910956056
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Practical implications – This research has implications for government or other business development agencies seeking to understand the growth patterns and problems of women-owned enterprises in the East of England. Originality/value – There are few British studies that have focussed on growth oriented women-owned businesses. This study contributes to the body of knowledge by attempting to understand the nature and activities of such business, by analysing the main growth factors and their influence on different growth strategies.
ISSN:
1462-6004
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.contributor.authorBeaumont-Kerridge, Johnen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-10T08:15:11Zen
dc.date.available2012-05-10T08:15:11Zen
dc.date.issued2009-05en
dc.identifier.citationRoomi, M., Harrison, P., Beaumont-Kerridge, J. (2009) 'Women-owned small and medium enterprises in England: Analysis of factors influencing the growth process' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 16 (2):270en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1462-6004en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14626000910956056en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/222992en
dc.descriptionPractical implications – This research has implications for government or other business development agencies seeking to understand the growth patterns and problems of women-owned enterprises in the East of England. Originality/value – There are few British studies that have focussed on growth oriented women-owned businesses. This study contributes to the body of knowledge by attempting to understand the nature and activities of such business, by analysing the main growth factors and their influence on different growth strategies.en_GB
dc.description.abstractPurpose – This study attempts to understand the nature and activities of growth-oriented women-owned businesses in the East of England by highlighting the problems faced by women entrepreneurs during the growth process. Design/methodology/approach – The approach analysed the main growth factors and their influence on the adoption of different growth strategies. An online questionnaire was designed using Snap survey software™, with results exported to SPSS™ for analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected via a variety of scaled, open-ended, rank order, dichotomous, multiple choice and open questions. Findings – The research indicates that most do not opt to develop growth-oriented businesses, choosing instead small, non-scalable, locally focused businesses providing services or operating in low-tech industries. Women who are growth-oriented appear to be inhibited due to a lack of access to, and control over such resources as, capital, business premises, information and technology, production inputs, appropriate childcare, qualifications, experience, training facilities and appropriate assistance from business development agencies. Non-effective accumulation and use of social capital hinders access to appropriate decision-making circles, and limits the probability of accessing critical management and financing resources, especially through the venture capital industry.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/10.1108/14626000910956056en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Developmenten_GB
dc.subjectentrepreneurshipen_GB
dc.subjectwomenen_GB
dc.subjectgrowthen_GB
dc.subjectwomen entrepreneursen_GB
dc.subjectSMEsen_GB
dc.titleWomen-owned small and medium enterprises in England: analysis of factors influencing the growth processen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Developmenten_GB
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