Research Report

Exporting, ambition, finance and SME performance: Exploratory analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey 2015 and 2016

ERC Research Report


Areti Gkypali, Stephen Roper , Bo Grace Peng

Associated Themes
  • Finance
  • Internationalisation
  • Management and Leadership
  • Productivity and performance

In this report we outline three exploratory analyses of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey (LSBS) for 2015 and 2016, with a focus on the drivers of business performance. The three analyses focus on: the impact of exporting; ambition; and the availability of external finance. In each case the aim is to exploit the longitudinal aspect of the LSBS, relating firms’ performance in 2016 to firms’ strategy, choices and activities in 2015.