Business support and training in Minority Ethnic Group (MEG) Family-run SMEs in Scotland

David McGuire, James Cunningham

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    Abstract

    Minority Ethnic Group (MEG) family-run SMEs perform an increasingly important role in the Scottish economy. Yet, research has identified that such businesses are less likely to access publicly-funded business support and training opportunities. This paper draws upon 13 interviews with senior representatives of MEG family-run SMEs as well as government agencies and business support organisations to assess the perceived barriers to accessing such support and the internal dynamics within such businesses. The paper concludes that family and ethnic cultures play an important role in how MEG family-run SMEs operate and external agencies often fail to understand contextually specific needs of MEG family-run SMEs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2018

    Keywords

    • minority ethnic business
    • family business
    • embeddedness
    • business support
    • entrepreneurial learning

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