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A small number of rapidly growing firms create the majority of jobs. What factors drive the performance of high-growth firms? What does this mean for cities, policy makers and business? Our research focuses on the barriers to growth firms face and how these can be addressed.

Related Reports

Econometric Analysis: a report for UK trade and investment
This report for UKTI investigates what drives the investment or procurement decisions of multinational firms.

Hiba Sameen & Neil Lee
31 January 2013

Free to Grow: Assessing the obstacles faced by actual and potential high growth firms
This research, funded by NESTA, provides evidence on what high-growth firms and firms with the potential to achieve high growth see as the obstacles to their success. As a small proportion of high-growth firms are responsible for creating the majority of new jobs, this question is important for economic growth.

Neil Lee
08 February 2012

Ready, Steady, Grow? How the government can support the development of more high growth firms
With high growth firms widely recognised as major drivers of growth and job creation, this paper outlines what the government should do to maximise their success.

Charles Levy, Neil Lee and Annie Peate
18 March 2011

Related Blogs

Remembering the basics in the 'New Normal' business landscape
The latest blog from LEAD on the importance of the basics in the changing business landscape.

Rohini Bhattacharya
26 April 2013

The UK’s productivity challenge
The new productivity statistics that came out this morning show the UK falling behind some other major economies. Between 2007 and 2011 there was no growth in productivity (measured by GDP per hour worked) in the UK. In contrast, productivity went up by 7 per cent in Japan, 6 per cent in the US, and 3 per cent in Canada.

Ian Brinkley
19 September 2012

Weeding out the 'Idlers' won't raise GDP
“The British are among the worst idlers in the world. We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor”. This is one view of the UK labour market which is gaining ground among a growing number of politicians and think-tanks on the ‘de-regulating’ side of the debate on economic recovery. In their recent book, ‘Britannia Unchained’, the authors argue that employers are held back from creating wealth and new jobs by regulations which prevent them from sacking ‘coasting’ workers. In doing so they are echoing calls in the Beecroft Report that excessive employment regulation is strangling economic growth.

Stephen Bevan
14 September 2012

Related News

Centrally-led growth policy holding back cities outside London
Cities outside of London and the South East are at risk of being left behind by the economic recovery unless the government adopts a less centralised growth and innovation policy.

07 December 2011

Will Hutton calls for Independent Commission on Banking to tackle sector failure to support high growth firms
The UK’s financial sector is systematically failing SMEs which could provide the greatest source of innovation, jobs and growth...

Tom Phillips
05 July 2011