Title: Entrepreneurial attitudes, intentions and activities – a comparison of urban and rural areas in Wales

Authors: David Brooksbank, Piers Thompson, Robbie Williams

Addresses: Cardiff School of Management, UWIC, UK. ' GEM Project (Wales), Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK. ' GEM Project (Wales), Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK

Abstract: Even for a small country like Wales, there are substantial and unique differences between urban and rural environments in relation to not only establishing and enhancing nonagricultural entrepreneurship levels and attitudes, but also maintaining an interest in entrepreneurship in areas historically displaying high levels of enterprise. This paper investigates and highlights these distinctions. The outcome, in turn, will affect the manner of small business support and implementation of small business and enterprise policies by the Welsh Assembly Government, i.e., one size does not fit all in the Welsh context.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; rural characteristics; urban characteristics; policymaking; Wales; UK; United Kingdom; small businesses; rural entrepreneurship; enterprise policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2008.019136

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2008 Vol.6 No.3, pp.421 - 436

Published online: 30 Jun 2008 *

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