• April 21st, 2016

Achieving growth in British SMEs: a critical evaluation of the issues facing small business owners in the pursuit of business growth with recommendations as to how government policy might be informed to support SMEs to achieve their growth objectives.

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Achieving  growth in British SMEs: a critical evaluation of the issues facing small
business owners in the pursuit of business growth with recommendations as to how
government policy might be informed to support SMEs to achieve their growth
objectives.
Assessment task:
This task is an individual piece of work to be written in the style of an academic journal article.
Students are expected to identify some of the issues which face SMEs who wish to grow and
consider how government policy might be informed to support SMEs who wish to grow. Your
research should draw on the data from the interviews conducted for assignment 1 and be
thoroughly supported by and grounded in the academic literature on SMEs.
Weighting: 40%
Date/time/method of submission: Friday of week 13 TBC
Word count or equivalent: 1,500 (please clearly state the word count at the end of the
work).
The word count for the report should not exceed 1,500 words. You should stipulate
the word count at the end of your work (references are not included). An allowance
of + or – 10% may be made. Any work which exceeds the 10%+ allowance will be
rejected and that element of the assessment will be failed!
Assessment criteria: please see marking grid on the following pages
Assessment briefing:
Support for SMEs, particularly those with growth ambitions is a key priority for government.
This assignment is designed to give students the opportunity to consider some of the
issues which face small business owners who wish to grow their business and to further
consider how government policy might be designed to support SMEs to grow. Another
feature of this assignment is to give students some exposure to qualitative data analysis.
This will hopefully encourage students to carefully ground their work in the experiences of
real life entrepreneurs or small business owners. As always though, this is an academic
piece of work, and as such it is expected that students will engage actively with the
academic literature in this area.
Suggested structure·
Introduction·
Literature Review·
Discussion and development of a conceptual framework which identifies· issues
and suggests solutions
Conclusions·
Recommendations·
Some of the issues you may consider are:·
Access to finance
Access to international markets·
Availability of skilled labour·
Management skills·
Acquisition and imp[lamentation of technology·
Students should try where appropriate to use the participants own· words to illustrate
their points (this will be covered in class).
The end result should be a clear, reasoned argument for· recommendations as to
how government policy can best support SME owners to achieve growth.
Students are encouraged to focus their reading on academic journals· and to a
lesser extent key texts in the area. The use of internet sources should be minimal
and if these are used students are expected to be very discriminating in their use.
References must conform to the Harvard Referencing convention – where· this is
not adhered to student’s work may be referred back to the student for
correction prior to marking.

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