EU migrants as entrepreneurs in Lincolnshire: exploiting the enterprise culture

Barnes, Ian and Cox, Val (2007) EU migrants as entrepreneurs in Lincolnshire: exploiting the enterprise culture. International journal of entrepreneurship and innovation, 8 (3). pp. 209-218. ISSN 1465-7503

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Abstract

The arrival of unprecedented numbers of migrant workers in the rural counties of the UK, due to EU enlargement, has created a unique opportunity. Many of these migrants wish to become more than just a source of cheap labour; they aspire to become entrepreneurs. Lincolnshire has already seen a burgeoning of migrant businesses, but these have prospered largely by serving their co-ethnic market. This article examines the barriers and drivers for establishing businesses in the wider regional market and observes the first attempts at providing adequate support mechanisms. With improved language skills, there is potential for migrants to break out of the co-ethnic market and develop sustainable businesses.

Additional Information:The arrival of unprecedented numbers of migrant workers in the rural counties of the UK, due to EU enlargement, has created a unique opportunity. Many of these migrants wish to become more than just a source of cheap labour; they aspire to become entrepreneurs. Lincolnshire has already seen a burgeoning of migrant businesses, but these have prospered largely by serving their co-ethnic market. This article examines the barriers and drivers for establishing businesses in the wider regional market and observes the first attempts at providing adequate support mechanisms. With improved language skills, there is potential for migrants to break out of the co-ethnic market and develop sustainable businesses.
Keywords:migrants, entrepreneurs, co-ethnic markets, gangmasters, EU enlargement, Lincolnshire
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:1225
Deposited On:25 Sep 2007

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