The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was established in 2013 with the aim of providing high quality, independent research and analysis to inform government policy on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The Centre has now established itself as the leading centre of excellence in the UK for research into the growth, innovation and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ERC has become the ‘go-to’ reference point for anyone looking for robust, trusted data and insights on SME performance.

Our research is project-based and covers a range of themes. You can find out about our current research programme here

The ERC’s core research team are based at Warwick and Aston University Business Schools, but we work with a network of world-class researchers based in a range of institutions. Find out more here

Core funding for the Centre is currently provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK (IUK), the British Business Bank (BBB) and the Intellectual Property Office ( IPO). In addition, the ERC also undertakes commissioned work for a range of organisations.

As well as contributing to academic knowledge, the ERC’s work has equipped policymakers and practitioners with a better understanding of issues surrounding SME growth and development across the UK. Research undertaken at the centre has provided fresh insight into topics critical to the competitiveness of the economy. We communicate our research widely to ensure we maximise its policy impact.