Entrepreneurship and small firms are seen to have important roles in facilitating economic growth. Debates and policy strategies focus mainly on access to business capital and the creation of entrepreneurial environments in designated areas such as Enterprise Zones while a great potential for local growth occurs ‘under the radar’ of enterprise policy and business services: many people start their businesses from home, and many business owners operate mainly from their homes. In contrast to ‘mainstream’ enterprise policy and research, this Seminar Series seeks to develop new perspectives in local economic growth based on the notion that the neighbourhood context in which (would-be) entrepreneurs live and home-based business activities are essential to increase start up rates and to promote economically lagging and deprived communities.
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