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In search of spatial differences: evidence from a study of small service sector enterprises

INTRODUCTION The search for spatial differences and the assessment of their significance for the understanding of contemporary economic activities in Britain has become widely debated since the late 1980s (Savage eta/., 1987; Massey and Allen, 1988; Cooke, 1990). In the study of small-scale enterprise there has been a similar increase in interest in spatial considerations (Keeble, 1990; Pyke et al., 1990; Mason, 1991). Only recently, however, has there been any detailed empirical consideration of the links between locality and small scale enterprise to inform the wider debate (Curran and Blackburn, 1991; Keeble et al., 1991).