Access to finance:
Access to markets:
Women led businesses are typically smaller and often located within services sectors, so access to markets may be constrained than is observed among male led enterprises.
Access to management:
Four tensions characterize debates on policy and diverse SMEs.
- First, to what extent are the outcomes of diverse enterprises a product of discrimination or a reflection of complex social, economic and institutional factors?
- Second, successive governments have tried to boost self employment among women and ethnic minority groups; but should greater emphasis be accorded to qualitative business development?
- Third, there is continuing debate on the desirability of mainstream approaches to business support versus more specialist interventions for diverse enterprises.
- Finally, the extent to which there is market failure in the support provided to diverse enterprises is still a matter of debate.
This report is taken from the DIVERSITY AND SMES:EXISTING EVIDENCE AND POLICY TENSIONS White paper by the Enterprise Research Centre