The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was established in February 2013 to answer one central question,

‘What drives SME Growth?’

Our research is project based and reflects a number of core themes each linked to growth; Growth Ambition, Management and Leadership, Diversity, Finance and Governance, Innovation and Exporting  and Business Demography.

You can read more about our research programme for 2016 – 18 here.

The ERC is a network of researchers with a core team based at Warwick and Aston Business Schools. The Centre is led by Professors Stephen Roper of Warwick and Mark Hart of Aston University, and supported by  Centre Managers at Warwick and Aston. Each project is led by a Senior Researcher who is responsible for the project outputs with contributions from both our team of Research Fellows and oversight from ERC’s Directors. Our senior researchers are world-class academics from both Aston and Warwick Universities as well as from our partner institutions which include Imperial College, Queens University Belfast and the University of Strathclyde.  Find out more.

We work with a range of researchers, both in the UK and overseas who are affiliated with the Centre through their research interests and collaboration. This diverse group are allied with the theme(s) that relate to their research interests. Find out more.

Funding for the Centre is provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK (IUK)British Business Bank (BBB), Intellectual Property Office ( IPO) and the operation of the Centre is supported by a Funders Group which monitors the programme of work and contributes to the research agenda. We have an independent Steering Group and smaller Advisory Groups which brings together policy makers, representatives of business groups and business support practitioners.