Inal, Gözde, Ozbilgin, Mustafa and Karatas-Ozkan, Mine
Understanding Turkish Cypriot entrepreneurship in Britain
Kucukcan, Talip and Gungor, Veyis (eds.)
Turks in Europe: Culture, Identity, Intergration.
Turkevi Research Centre
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This article is concerned with the business set up reasons of Turkish Cypriots in Britain, mainly in London, highlighting the multiple impact of on their business set up reasons and choices in the restaurant and legal sectors. We examine four key reasons that account for the experinces of Turkish Cypriots in founding businesses in Britain. The first three reasons are examined, drawing on a thematic review of the extant literature, whilst the fourth reason is informed by a field study. First, we explain the significance of history in shaping the experiences of Turkish Cypriots’ entry into business sectors in Britain. Second, migration is explored in terms of its impact on choices and constraints of business formation for the Turkish Cypriots in Britain. Third, we reveal how intergenerational change marks their business set up patterns and routes. Fourth, we examine the significance of lived experience through a field study conducted among Turkish Cypriot solicitors and restaurateurs in Britain (Inal, 2007). Finally, the article draws out key conclusions reflecting on business set up patterns of Turkish Cypriot community in Britain. .
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