Sector variations in SMEs' use of external business advice

D. J. Webber, S. Johnson, S. Fargher

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This paper uses employer survey data to identify whether and why the probability that a firm uses external advice varies across sectors. The results suggest that the probability of a firm using external advice does vary across sectors and these sector differences can be explained by differences in inherent problems, managerial aspirations and location. Policy makers should not be sector-blind when encouraging firms to use external advice. © 2010, LEPU, South Bank University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-355
Number of pages17
JournalLocal Economy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


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