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The study highlights the ways in which dominant discourses guide, and constrain the representation of black "African" businesses in the Western world and in London in particular. Among the research sample, it reveals that public‐funded business support programmes are perceived as unwholesome, unwieldy and inherently inadequate in meeting the strategic development needs of black businesses in London. This prompts the need for deeper dialogic research into whether, and to what extent, alternative and new perspectives on supporting black businesses may be needed for policy.

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This paper is not only an award winner at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, but also one of the REF 2014 High Impact Case Studies featured on the REF (Research Excellence Framework) website. http://impact.ref.ac.uk/CaseStudies/CaseStudy.aspx?Id=42755


The principal beneficiaries of the research outlined above are British African entrepreneurs and UK policy-making bodies concerned with black entrepreneurship, although the reach of its impacts is increasingly extending to national and even international beneficiaries.

Professor Nnamdi O Madichie
Nnamdi Azikiwe University

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This page is a summary of: Supporting black businesses: narratives of support providers in London, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, September 2010, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/13552551011083541.
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