The single European market and SMEs: A comparison of its effects in the food and clothing sectors in the UK and Portugal

Smallbone, D., Cumbers, A. , Syrett, S. and Leigh, R. (1999) The single European market and SMEs: A comparison of its effects in the food and clothing sectors in the UK and Portugal. Regional Studies, 33(1), pp. 51-62. (doi:10.1080/00343409950118913)

Smallbone, D., Cumbers, A. , Syrett, S. and Leigh, R. (1999) The single European market and SMEs: A comparison of its effects in the food and clothing sectors in the UK and Portugal. Regional Studies, 33(1), pp. 51-62. (doi:10.1080/00343409950118913)

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Abstract

The Single European Market and SMEs: a comparison of its effects in the food and clothing sectors in the UK and Portugal, Reg. Studies 33 , 51-62. The creation of a Single European Market in 1992 represented an attempt to accelerate the process of European economic integration. However, in terms of the actual impact of the Single Market process, most of the attention so far has concentrated upon the implications for the large firm corporate sector. In comparison, there has been a lack of in-depth analysis of the effects of the Single Market for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), despite the contribution to employment generation that is often prescribed for them in policy terms. This paper seeks to stimulate a more informed debate about the consequences of the Single Market for SMEs by contrasting the effects on firms in different spatial and sectoral contexts, drawing upon original survey evidence of SMEs in the food and clothing sectors in the UK and Portugal.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Professor Andrew and Syrett, Prof Stephen
Authors: Smallbone, D., Cumbers, A., Syrett, S., and Leigh, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Regional Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0034-3404
ISSN (Online):1360-0591

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