Daniel E. Itanyi Department of Printing Technology, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna.

Prof. R. W. Gakure Jomokenyata University og agriculture & Technology,Nairobi-Kenya

CITATION: D.E. Itanyi & R. W. Gakure, November (2015), resources as a determinant of growth of small and medium printing enterprises in northern Nigeria. International journal of Economics & Finance (IJEF), volume 1 (4), 190 -204. ISSN 2105 6008.

Abstract

This study was purposely carried out to examine whether resources is a determinant of growth of Small and Medium Printing Enterprises (SMPEs) in Northern Nigeria. To achieve this specific purpose, the study set out with a view to finding solution to perennial growth problem associated with Small and Medium Printing Enterprises in Northern Nigeria. This is anchored on the premise that SMPEs and other SMEs are a major source of job creation, employment and wealth if properly grown and nurtured to maturity. They also represent the seeds for future large companies and corporations. Literatures related to both dependent and independent variables were reviewed covering suitable theories, conceptual and empirical sources. Descriptive survey research design was used for the study while a total of two Hundred and twenty five (225) respondents were used through census method. A structured questionnaire was used as the main instrument administered for collecting pertinent data. This instrument was subjected to content and face validation by experts and professionals in printing, entrepreneurship, measurement and evaluation and statistical fields. Various statistical tools were used to analyze data. The empirical literature showed that resources are key determinants of growth of SMPEs in both developed and emerging economies all over the world. Other literatures also revealed that SMPEs like other SMES in developing countries are faced with monumental challenges. The result of the data analysis revealed that resources have a great positive influence on the growth of SMPEs in Northern Nigeria. According to the findings of the study, adequate human, financial and physical resources are key elements and fulcrum around which the growth of SMPEs in Northern Nigeria is anchored. A well developed human capital, easy access to funds and grants and adequate infrastructures correlates directly and positively with growth of SMPEs in Northern Nigeria. It is recommended that adequate human, financial and physical resources be critically improved and enhanced to enable SMPEs takes it pride of place and plays her expected role in the Nigeria economy. Policy issues on access to funds by SMPE sector be softened to facilitate easy access to funds and finances needed for growing SMPEs and the SMEs in general

Keywords: Resources: (Human, Finance & Physical), Growth of Small and Medium and Printing enterprises

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