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Urbani izziv Volume 28, No. 1, June 2017 : 122-134

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DOI: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2017-28-01-004

 

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Author

Justyna MARTYNIUK-PĘCZEK

Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Gdańsk, Poljska
juspecze@pg.gda.pl

Olga MARTYNIUK

University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Management, Department of Corporate Finance, Sopot, Poljska
omartyniuk@ug.edu.pl

Anna GIERUSZ

University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Management, Department of Statistics, Sopot, Poljska
anna.gierusz@ug.edu.pl

Grzegorz PĘCZEK

Sopot University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Architecture, Sopot,

 

Title

Determinants of SME location in a suburban area: Evidence from the Gdańsk–Gdynia–Sopot metropolitan area

 

Abstract

Given the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the European economy, it is essential to have adequate information about the various factors that determine their choice of location. However, the size of a company is often an aspect not covered in theoretical studies and empirical research on industrial locations and urban planning. This article examines the place of residence as a stimulator of SME development in suburbs. Multidisciplinary research carried out in the Gdańsk– Gdynia–Sopot Metropolitan Area, known as the Tricity, confirms this trend. The location determinants of SMEs in suburban areas were identified using a questionnaire. The survey was conducted in 251 enterprises located in seven municipalities with the highest suburbanisation rates within the Tricity. The study confirms that the municipalities characterised by the highest intensity of suburbanisation processes have higher business activity than other municipalities. Location decisions were largely made by business owners in line with behavioural theory. This means that SME owners more often consider personal factors than cost or demand factors. From the perspective of an entrepreneur, living conditions, the quality of public space, education and healthcare are significant.

 

Key Words

entrepreneurship, SME, suburban area, regional development, suburbanisation, Poland

 

 

 

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