How to skin a (R&D) cat.

Innovate UK recently launched a new loan scheme to support research and innovation in UK firms. This scheme – originally conceived in the austerity years – aims to provide an alternative way of supporting innovation alongside the UK’s innovation grants and tax credits. The new loans also suggest a subtle change in emphasis in UK… Read more

How can we drive better innovation and productivity in UK SMEs?

ERC Roundtable at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference. The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) hosted a private roundtable at the 2017 Conservative Party conference in Manchester, focusing on the theme of driving better innovation and productivity in UK SMEs. The discussion was particularly timely given that innovation has been placed at the heart of the Government’s… Read more


 RENT XXXI Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business,  Lund, Sweden, November 15th -17th. ERC Research Fellow Areti Gkypali will present Home Alone: Innovation and sales growth intentions among the sole self-employed.  Abstract:It is widely known that solo self-employed entrepreneurs enjoy non-pecuniary benefits from their employment status and earn less compared to those employed. They have greater… Read more

ISBE 2017

ISBE 2017 will be held in Belfast on November 7th -9th. ERC colleagues will be in attendance at the conference with several papers accepted this year for presentation. Mark Hart has two papers accepted at this years conference The Effect of Internet Availability on Entrepreneurial Growth Expectations (Levie and Hart) The UK’s High Growth Firms… Read more

FT Special Report – The UK’s Entrepreneurs.

Press Coverage 12/10/2017 Which UK region is best for entrepreneurs? – Patricia Nilsson Number of UK start-ups rises to new record – Andy Bounds Teesside’s entrepreneurial future driven by digital diversity – Patricia Nilsson

The UK’s Entrepreneurs- Special FT Report

ERC data and research has underpinned three articles published today in a special FT  report “The UK’s Entrepreneurs”  With contributions from Mart Hart, Deputy Director ERC, Aston Business School and featuring infographics from the UK Local Growth Dashboard the report looks at regional trends and how to survive the universal challenges faced by start-ups. Which UK… Read more