The competitiveness of business service firms: a matched comparison between Scotland and the south east of England

P. N. O'Farrell, D. M W N Hitchens, L. A R Moffat

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    In this paper we present a comparative analysis of the competitiveness and performance of matched pairs of business service companies in Scotland and south east England. Several dimensions of performance are investigated for five industries: market research; management consultancy; product design; graphic design; and advertising. Value added per person is one-quarter higher in the English offices and they achieved a much greater degree of export orientation - one-fifth of sales - than the Scottish firms at 4%. Possible demand and supply side causes of such differences are reviewed and potential policy responses considered. -Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)519-533
    Number of pages15
    JournalRegional Studies
    Volume26
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1992

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    O'Farrell, P. N., Hitchens, D. M. W. N., & Moffat, L. A. R. (1992). The competitiveness of business service firms: a matched comparison between Scotland and the south east of England. Regional Studies, 26(6), 519-533.