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Assessing Sustainability Support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Volume 10, Number 4, June 2014 - Paper 5 - pp. 377-386

ELAINE CONWAY

Derby Business School, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB, ENGLAND       

(Received on Sept.03, 2013, revised on Oct. 13 and Nov.07, 2013, and finally on Jan. 23, 2014)

Abstract:

The aim of this paper is to evaluate qualitatively the impact of sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) where quantitative results are often difficult to appraise. Many of these organisations require sustainable business support to enable them to start or build their business concepts on sound sustainable platforms. Many SMEs are unable to quantitatively evaluate the benefit which they have received from support programmes because they are in the project planning stage or have limited financial data. Without a form of evaluation, support networks often cannot retain funding support.
This paper is based on the grounded theory approach to analyse qualitative data received from participants in a sustainability support programme. Research on such programmes to SMEs is scant. This paper proposes the use of qualitative data collection and its evaluation to be considered when making the case for funding such programmes, along with quantitative data when available.

 

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