Drivers of firm relocation

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Document type
Paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Publisher
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date of publication
6 February 2019
Series
BEIS Research Paper. Number 2019/002
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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The paper investigates the main drivers for the relocation of firms within the UK.  It was found that several factors, from the availability of labour and access to transport, to the perception of an area and quality of life, affect relocation decisions.

As detailed in the paper, three key forms of research were undertaken:

  • Literature review;
  • In-depth interviews; and
  • Econometric analysis.

This work covers all types of relocation, although focused on:

  • Relocations within the UK;
  • Relocations by firms with 50 or more employees; and
  • Relocations in sectors covering manufacturing, professional services, and technology.

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