European Policy Seminar Series
22 October 2014, 12:00 - 22 October 2014, 13:00
Policy support measures for high growth firms in Europe: a comparison of Scotland, the Basque Region and Sweden. Dr Niall MacKenzie, University of Strathclyde
The aim of this seminar is to compare policy support measures in the Basque Region of Spain and Sweden with Scotland, with a view towards better understanding how public sector support is composed in respect of high growth firms (HGFs), and to identify best practice. HGFs – those that increase employment or turnover by 20% for 3 years or more in a row – have been strongly associated with increased levels of innovation, productivity, and a highly disproportionate positive impact on UK job creation, as well as a number of other important spillover effects. HGFs have thus found themselves gaining increasing attention from policymakers, but the policy support environment is still relatively heterogeneous in its composition across different countries, lending itself well to comparative analysis and identification of where best practice may lie.