Business growth ambitions amongst SMEs – changes over time and links to growth

Levie, Jonathan and Graves, Andrew and Botham, Ron (2015) Business growth ambitions amongst SMEs – changes over time and links to growth. [Report]

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    Abstract

    This study is a follow up to a report published in 2012 which examined the level and determinants of growth ambition amongst UK SMEs . The purpose of this research is to resurvey the respondents to the 2012 study in order to generate new data which, in combination with secondary data on business performance, will provide answers to the following key research questions: • How does ambition change over time and what influences this? • What is the relationship between ambition and business performance? In addition to these major research aims, other study objectives were set which include examining the effect of growth ambition on productivity, employment growth and turnover growth and to examine and identify the policy relevance of the findings.