Title: Government support for small- and medium-size business enterprises in Scotland and Wales since devolution

Authors: John R.G. Jenkins

Addresses: Fisher Graduate School of International Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA, USA

Abstract: This paper summarises the findings of a recent review of government efforts to support Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland and Wales since the devolution, in 1999, of some administrative powers from the UK central government in London to new national governments in Edinburgh and Cardiff, respectively. Although governed by London for many generations, the indigenous Scots and the Welsh have both maintained strong national identities. The Scots still celebrate St. Andrew|s Day, when the national dish haggis is still served with ceremony at formal Scots functions. The Welsh, equally proudly, celebrate St. David|s Day on March 1.

Keywords: small and medium sized enterprises; SMEs; Scotland; Wales; devolution; UK; United Kingdom; small business; entrepreneurship; government support; efficiency; accountability; government funding; outside investment; Scottish Executive; Welsh Assembly.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2006.010934

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2006 Vol.3 No.6, pp.728 - 742

Published online: 18 Sep 2006 *

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