Invisible businesses: the characteristics of home-based businesses in the United Kingdom

Mason, C. M. , Carter, S. and Tagg, S. (2011) Invisible businesses: the characteristics of home-based businesses in the United Kingdom. Regional Studies, 45(5), pp. 625-639. (doi: 10.1080/00343401003614241)

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Abstract

Home-based businesses comprise a significant proportion of the small business sector. But because they are invisible, their economic significance is assumed to be minor. This paper challenges this view. The majority are full-time businesses. One in ten has achieved significant scale. They create jobs for more than just the owner(s). They are concentrated in computer-related, business, and professional service sectors. They also have a distinctive geography. Rural areas and non-metropolitan parts of Southern England have the highest proportion of home-based businesses. Urban–industrial regions have the lowest proportion. This suggests a need to reconsider the role of home-based businesses in local economic development.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Professor Sara and Mason, Professor Colin
Authors: Mason, C. M., Carter, S., and Tagg, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Regional Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0034-3404
ISSN (Online):1360-0591
Published Online:01 June 2010

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