Islands and Small Businesses


Small Business from Small Islands – The NISSOS Project

A 3-year, pilot project identifying ‘best practice’ data collated from 10 successful, locally owned, export oriented, manufacturing firms from 5 island regions in Europe


ldv-logoCompiled by Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, University of Malta
In collaboration with 11 institutional partners and Malta Enterprise as lead partner


  1. Introduction
  2. The NISSOS Project and its Partners
  3. Showcasing Successful Manufacturing Firms
  4. Research Methodology
  5. General Conclusions… and more questions
Real Stories of 5 firms —
working with locally available raw materials
Real Stories of 5 firms —
working with high technology products
from Aland Snickarboden Consilia
from Iceland Lysi Frisk
from Malta Mdina Glass Shireburn Software
from Saaremaa Saare Paat Baltic Workboats
from Scottish Isles Shetland Designer Gaeltec
Discussion Discussion

Links to NISSOS-based journal articles:

Baldacchino G. (2005) – ‘Successful Small Sale Manufacturing from Small Islands: Comparing Firms benefiting from Local Raw Material Input’, Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Vol. 18, No. 1, January, pp. 21-38. CLICK HERE

Baldacchino G. (2005) – ‘Island Entrepreneurs: Insights from Exceptionally Successful Knowledge-Driven SMEs from 5 European Island Territories’, Journal of Enterprising Cultures, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 145-170. CLICK HERE

Baldacchino G. (2005) – ‘Successful Small-Scale Manufacturing: A Comparative Assessment across Five European Island Regions’, Bank of Valletta Review (Malta), No. 31 (Spring), pp. 17-31. CLICK HERE © 2005-2016 by Copyright holder.

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