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Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions by Roger Stough, Börje Johansson, Charlie Karlsson

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15 Enterprise support in deprived urban neighbourhoods

Some challenges and lessons for government intervention

Robert Huggins and Nick Williams

 

Abstract

Government intervention has increasingly identified deprived communities as a key focus for enterprise support. This chapter examines attitudes and perceptions to enterprise support in a deprived community in the UK city of Leeds. A survey of 142 entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs, and 18 follow-up in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs, were conducted with people living in the study area. The survey examined the entrepreneurial activity of members of the community, and usage of enterprise support. The chapter finds that certain forms of enterprise support in deprived communities may ...

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