Spatial Disparities in SME productivity: Evidence from the Service Sector in England

  • Tiwasing, Pattanapong (Principal Investigator)
  • Kim, Yoo Ri (Co-Investigator)
  • Akinremi, Temitope (Co-Investigator)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    This project is funded by ESRC Productivity Insights Network for Early Career Researchers to identify the key determinants of spatial variability of productivity, focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the service sector across England. Due to the hierarchically structured data, multilevel analysis is applied to distinguish the effects of a firm’s internal variables and (sub)regional factors on productivity. Using cross-sectional data for 10,400 SMEs from the UK government’s Small Business Survey, 2015, the results show that firm-specific determinants significantly influence productivity. The findings also indicate that location, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and where firms operate play a pivotal role in determining SME productivity. In particular, at the LEP level, increasing labour supply, promoting local funding and improving broadband speed potentially enhance firm productivity.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/12/1830/04/19