Contemporary training initiatives in Britain: a small business perspective

Harry Matlay (Reader in Small Business Development at University of Central England Business School, Birmingham, UK)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Publication date: 1 December 2004


This article focuses upon six recent training initiatives in Britain, all of which included a small business training remit. It evaluates the training impact of these initiatives on a sample of 6,000 small businesses and measures their effectiveness in terms of awareness, understanding, interest and actual implementation rates. The research highlights a number of common trends pertinent to the training initiatives reviewed in this study, suggesting that there may be a considerable mismatch between specific small business training needs and the services on offer.



Matlay, H. (2004), "Contemporary training initiatives in Britain: a small business perspective", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 504-513.

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