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The competitiveness of business services in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and south east England

Lookup NU author(s): Cheryl Conway


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In this paper we compare the competitiveness and performance of samples of business service offices located in two peripheral regions of the United Kingdom: Northern Ireland and Wales, and peripheral Republic of Ireland by making matched comparisons with counterparts in a core region -- South East England. Offices in South East England are characterised by faster growth, higher productivity, wider markets, and greater export penetration than their counterparts in the other regions considered. The relative strengths, weaknesses, and constraints on raising productivity and competitiveness of peripherally located firms are examined. Special consideration is given to markets served, spatial structure of markets, locational constraints, and the adequacy of equipment and qualifications. An important factor influencing competitiveness is the ability of an office to provide high-quality specialist services, and alternative policies for achieving this aim are considered.

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Author(s): Hitchens DMWN, O'Farrell PN, Conway CD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 1996

Volume: 28

Issue: 7

Pages: 1299-1313

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409


DOI: 10.1068/a281299


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