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Monday, 18th August 2014

UK: Small Business Outlook 2014

Source: Centre for Cities (UK)

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While the UK economy is starting to recover from recession, productivity growth still remains well below the pre-recession peak - a marked contrast to previous recessions. This year's Small Business Outlook...investigates the city SMEs that are most likely to be productive and profitable, and so help to achieve a sustainable recovery and a boost to wages. These are firms adopting 'high growth strategies': competing on quality rather than price; pursuing innovation; investing in training; and offering customised goods and services.

The report provides a health check of the performance of SMEs in cities throughout the UK, and highlights the way business conditions in cities have played an important role in driving the success of firms. Cities able to facilitate businesses’ capacity to attract and retain skilled workers, access finance, and collaborate with other firms are more likely to be home to a larger number of high performing small organisations and start-ups.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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