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The (potential) impact of Brexit on UK SMEs: regional evidence and public policy implications

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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.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-770
JournalRegional Studies
Volume53
Issue number5
Early online date28 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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  • Brexit, European Union, Entrepreneurship, Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Uncertainty, Public policy

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