Entries by Wendy Ferris

September 2019 Press Coverage

Express and Star (West Midlands) Number of business start-ups in the region slump Northern Echo Brexit uncertainty to blame for slowdown in new firm creation Financial Times Start-ups are scaling up despite Brexit jitters Business Matters Start-ups slump as entrepreneurs wait for Brexit certainty Financial Times Brexit blamed for sharp fall in number of new… Read more

Business, Growth and Productivity workshop

On September 23rd ERC headed to Glasgow to run a workshop on all things small business, growth and productivity. The day was coordinated by Scottish Enterprise and brought in key agencies and partners in Scotland with a stake in the performance of the small business community and those who support it directly through policy delivery,… Read more

What’s happening to finance in an uncertain world?

This week saw the launch of the latest results of the SME Finance Monitor, produced by BVA BDRC . In the first half of this year, it seems that financing behaviours have been shifting across the SME sector. This movement comes after a long period of relative stability. The survey responses add further colour to… Read more

UK Local Growth Dashboard 2019

The UK Local Growth Dashboard published today 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… Read more

August 2019 Press Coverage

100 Stories Blog 01/08/2019  4 things we learned about entrepreneurs from the 2018 GEM report The Business Post 11/08/2019 The economy is booming, but it’s all down to foreign giants Insights – PodCast 14/08/2019 Are Irish business owners content to stay small?    

GEM 2018 Report Launched

NatWest, Aston Business School and The Entrepreneurs Network launch the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) today at NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator Speakers at the launch include Paul Thwaite, MD Head of Sales & Specialist Businesses, NatWest & Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School who leads on the GEM UK project and is… Read more

Small firms and formal intellectual property protection: A paradox?

We know that firms use knowledge protection mechanisms to limit imitation and enhance their ability to appropriate the returns to their innovative investments. Recent research at the ERC suggests that both formal (e.g. patents) and informal (e.g. secrecy) knowledge protection mechanisms are important for the innovation returns of small firms (those with fewer than 50… Read more