The high technology small firm sector in the UK

Dylan Jones‐Evans (Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and)
Paul Westhead (Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Charts an increase in the total stock of high technology firms over the 1987 to 1991 period in the UK, as well as the employment contribution of firms over the same period. Finds that total employment in high technology firms declined over this period. However, the employment contribution of small high technology firms, particularly those engaged in technology‐based services activities increased. The employment contribution of this group was unable to offset the major employment losses made by large high technology firms (those with 100 or more employees) and firms engaged in more “conventional” activities in the wider economy, Claims that policy makers should continue to encourage the formation, survival and development of a growing and diverse stock of new and small high technology firms in the UK.



Jones‐Evans, D. and Westhead, P. (1996), "The high technology small firm sector in the UK", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 15-35.

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