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The (Potential) Impact of Brexit on UK SMEs: Regional Evidence and Public Policy Implications

Brown, Ross and Liñares-Zegarra, José and Wilson, John OS (2019) 'The (Potential) Impact of Brexit on UK SMEs: Regional Evidence and Public Policy Implications.' Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

This paper examines the potential impact of Brexit on UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Utilising a major longitudinal survey of UK SMEs, our analysis suggests that Brexit related concerns are escalating. Larger, export and import oriented SMEs are most concerned, as are those located in major urban and peripheral locations. Among SMEs with growth-related plans, many firms are scaling back on capital investment, innovation and (especially) exports. An appraisal of existing policy frameworks suggests that the devolved administrations seem better equipped to enact interventions in order to alleviate any negative effects arising from Brexit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit, EU, Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Uncertainty, Public Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Finance Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 13:50
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24260

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