Assessing Sustainability Support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Volume 10, Number 4, June 2014 - Paper 5 - pp. 377-386
ELAINE CONWAYDerby 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)
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.
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