Access to Finance, Investment and Productivity

Enhancing SMEs productivity growth through access to finance and investment

Finance Constraints, Investment and Productivity Growth of UK small firms

This policy-focused research project aims to help improve the ability of small and medium sized firms (SMEs) to access finance and make investment that enhance productivity. Focusing on behavioral influences along the entire process from investment opportunity identification, making investment choices, choice of funding, the role of debt and equity markets, and productivity capacity and efficiency, the project helps researchers to understand more about how small firms operate and might contribute to productivity-enhancing growth.  It will directly contribute towards key elements of the UK government's economic agenda including Levelling up, and work with policy makers to help improve the future growth post-Covid-19 potential of the SME population. 


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For further information about this research please contact Professor Marc Cowling (