State of Small Business Britain 2018

On the 21st June the ERC welcomed over 100 delegates to The Shard for our fifth State of Small Business Britain Conference, which this year had a focus on the topical theme of ‘Productivity and Place’. Through a lively mix of presentations and discussions, the conference covered a range of issues affecting the productivity of… Read more

ERC Conference & UK Growth Dashboard 2018 Press Coverage.

Financial Times Brexit casts shadow over Northern Ireland small business boom Yorkshire Post Small firms show better productivity gains BBC News (Scotland) ‘Fear of heights’ holds back Scottish businesses The Times (Scotland) Small Scottish businesses lag behind the rest of the UK BBC News ( Scotland ) Blog – Douglas Fraser In search of the… Read more

Micro-business Britain

‘Digital dividend’ productivity boost for UK’s micro firms • Biggest ever study of UK ‘micro-businesses’ (with 1-9 employees) shows big boosts to productivity from use of digital technologies • Doubling adoption could provide a ‘digital dividend’ boost to the economy worth £16.6bn • Research points way to boosting output of group of firms traditionally seen as ‘drag’ on… Read more

Business growth snapshot shows Brexit ‘crunch spots’

21st June 2018 • Firms in Northern Ireland and parts of the North of England show strong growth and productivity gains in latest annual study of SMEs • Coastal and rural areas display lower numbers of fast-growing firms, leaving them vulnerable to economic shock • Experts warn threat of more complex trading arrangements could undo recent success of… Read more

UK Growth Dashboard 2018

The UK Local Growth Dashboard has been developed by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) and builds on the LEP Growth Dashboard first launched in June 2014.  Its purpose is to present a set of growth metrics for start-ups and existing firms across a range of sub-national geographies in the UK with a specific focus on… Read more

State of Small Business Britain Report 2018

This is the report launched at the ERC’s Annual State of Small Business Britain Conference 2018. The report brings together a range of the latest data and insights on the growth and performance of UK SMEs. It sets out key SME trends based on a round-up of the latest research evidence including analysis of the… Read more