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Covid-19 and the implications for future innovation

Over the last few days we have seen some inspiring and innovative responses to the Corona Virus crisis by UK firms and universities. The JCB-Dyson collaboration to produce ventilators and the UCL-Mercedes AMG collaboration to develop other breathing aids are outstanding examples. Necessity is the mother of invention after all. But what of the wider… Read more

‘Stay Home’ and Work? Implications of COVID-19 and the UK Governmental Response for Self-Employed Women

Given last week’s government announcement of the stimulus bill meant to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the UK economy, it is important to recognise the implications for women broadly, and self-employed women more specifically. Such bills are notoriously gender blind, thus discounting the impact on the extent to which self-employed women are… Read more

Sunak’s self-employed support is welcome – but here’s five ways to improve it

After a wait that felt like an eternity, self-employed people finally got some clarity yesterday (March 26th) on how the Government intends to support them during the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) was more generous than many expected. The headline is that self-employed people will be able to claim… Read more

Shake-up of geographic origin labels scheme “must educate consumers to support UK food heritage”

Education of consumers and minimising red tape is essential as the UK develops its own ‘geographical indication’ (GI) labelling system for traditional food products following Brexit, new research shows  The introduction of a new system for protecting unique British food products such as Cornish pasties and Melton Mowbray pork pies will depend on better educating… Read more

ERC Insight Paper Released. February 19th 2016

Spatial Incidence of High Growth Firms High-Growth Firms (HGFs) are a very small proportion of the UK business population yet they have a disproportionate impact on job creation. We present data at local economic area level over time to show that there is a very distinct geography emerging for the incidence rate of HGFs since… Read more

ERC Directors’ Blog

Our blog provides a space for comment by the ERC Directors on current issues related to entrepreneurship, small business development and innovation. Blog posts are contributed by the ERC Directors Professor Stephen Roper ([email protected]) and Professor Mark Hart ([email protected]). Please noted that the  views expressed in this blog belong to the individual blogger and do not… Read more