The importance of housing and neighbourhood resources for urban microbusinesses

Reuschke, D. and Houston, D. (2016) The importance of housing and neighbourhood resources for urban microbusinesses. European Planning Studies, 24(6), pp. 1216-1235. (doi: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1168364)

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Economic research has rarely considered the significance of the home and neighbourhood context of where business owners’ live for their business. Conversely, urban and neighbourhood research has overlooked how housing and neighbourhood shape business and entrepreneurship outcomes. This paper investigates the importance of housing and neighbourhood resources for microbusinesses using a random sample of microbusinesses in Edinburgh (UK) including those that are informal and home-based, and various characteristics of the neighbourhood in which the business owner lives were attached to the survey records. The data capture whether business owners have business premises outside their homes, have used neighbourhood contacts, housing equity or space in the house for their business. In short, housing and neighbourhood resources are used by a large majority (82%) of microbusinesses. The findings challenge a number of common assumptions on the separation of commercial and residential functions, how neighbourhoods feature in the evolution of businesses, the nested conceptualisation of home within a neighbourhood and on the nature of home-based businesses. It is concluded that multi-use (rather than mixed-use) neighbourhood planning would help foster more flexible and dynamic use of neighbourhoods and urban districts, although recognising that this is a political issue.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funded by a Regional Studies Association grant and a grant from the Scottish Cities Alliance (awarded via Highland Council), of which the Scottish Government is a partner. This work was supported by the European Research Council (ERC-StG-639403) and the Regional Studies Association (Early Career Grant to Darja Reuschke).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Houston, Professor Donald
Authors: Reuschke, D., and Houston, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:European Planning Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-5944
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Planning Studies 24(6):1216-1235
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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