Entries by Wendy Ferris

Understanding the UK’s ‘economic backbone’

Enterprise Research Centre Deputy Director,Mark Hart  writes an ESRC blog highlighting the important ERC research on SMEs. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the UK economy has shifted quite significantly to one that relies less on state spending to provide jobs and growth, and which instead puts its faith in enterprise as the engine of prosperity.  

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship vacancies with the ERC

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships Fixed-term, full-time contract until 31 January 2018.  Applications are invited for Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships based in the Enterprise Research Centre at Warwick Business School and Aston Business School The Enterprise Research Centre is a collaborative research centre led by Warwick and Aston Business Schools with Imperial, Strathclyde, Birmingham and Queen’s University School of… Read more

Private sector creates record number of new jobs

Employer enterprises added a record 695,500 net new jobs in 2014-15. New analysis shows companies that employ staff added nearly 700,000 net new jobs across the UK in 2014-15 – the highest number recorded in the last two decades. The analysis of job creation and destruction in the private sector in the 12 months to… Read more

Partnering to Deliver SME Growth: Establishing a Community of Interest (COI) Group to develop HEI as “Institutional Anchors” through Research-Led Business Support.

On December 17th (10.30 – 15.30), Room C502, The Curzon Building, Birmingham City University , The ERC (Enterprise Research Centre) and ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) invite you to join the full establishment of a community of interest group specifically focusing on models of university/SME engagement which support performance and growth. At last… Read more

ERC Grant Extension announced

We are delighted to announce that an extension to the ERC funding has been awarded by ESRC, BIS, InnovateUK and the British Business Bank. This will allow the Centre to continue its  research and engagement programme until 2018. We look forward to the next two years continuation of our research with the addition of exciting… Read more

SME growth ambition key to UK productivity puzzle

News release NOVEMBER 16TH 2015 UK productivity to be boosted by increasing exporting and innovation among small and medium sized firms. Britain’s productivity is falling behind other economies because it is slower to turn ambitious smaller firms into exporters of innovative new products and services, according to a new report. With more support, it is estimated that up… Read more

Exporting Innovation

On Friday November 13th Professor Stephen Roper, ERC Director, presented research findings on mid-market exporting, showing how mid-sized businesses can use these outcomes to directly benefit their bottom line during the Export Week event at Warwick Business School. The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) has worked with GE Capital on the ‘Leading from the Middle’ reports… Read more

Innovation in Micro-businesses seminar

On 5th November, 2015, Queen’s Management School hosted the Innovation in micro-business seminar at Riddel Hall, Belfast. The event was co-organised with the UK Enterprise Research Centre and the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and provided new insights on the drivers of innovation in micro-businesses. Micro-enterprises, employing less than 10 employees account for… Read more

The 19th Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference (EMBC)

The 19th Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference (EMBC), the UK’s benchmark event on diversity and entrepreneurship, was held in Birmingham on the 20th of October 2015. Attended by over 125 participants from academia, the corporate sector, financial intermediaries, policy makers, practitioners, community based organisations and entrepreneurs this event was organised by the Birmingham Business School’s… Read more