Neil Lee is an Assistant Professor in Economic Geography at the LSE where he also serves as Director of the MSc in Local Economic Development and BSc in Geography with Economics. His research focuses on cities, innovation and entrepreneurship – with a focus on questions such as whether access to finance varies spatially. He is also an affiliate of the Spatial Economics Research Centre at the LSE, TCLab at Columbia University and the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at St Andrews University. Before this, he was Head of the Socio-Economic Centre at The Work Foundation, a think-tank which is part of Lancaster University.
Published: 26 May 2016
There is now a general consensus that high growth firms (HGFs) are economically important, and governments across the world have targeted resources to help firms achieve high growth. Yet while there is a large evidence base on the nature of HGFs, little research considers ‘how’ potential HGFs are trying to grow and ‘what’ is preventing firms from achieving sustained growth (i.e. the barriers firms face to sustain a longer period of rapid growth). This report aims to better understand the nature of growth processes within high growth firms (HGFs).