ERC Steering Group changes

We are pleased to announce the appointment of eight new members to the ERC’s Steering Group. The new members to join the group are: Liz Barclay, the UK’s Small Business Commissioner; Verity Davidge, Make UK; Delma Dwight, Midlands Engine; Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Queens University Belfast; Lee Hopley, UK Finance; Dinah Jackson, NICRE/Rural Design Centre; Richard Jeffery,… Read more

Jane Galsworthy appointed as new ERC Steering Group Chair

Jane Galsworthy, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Advice, has been appointed as the new independent Chair of the Enterprise Research Centre’s Steering Group. Jane replaces Lucy Armstrong, Chief Executive of The Alchemists, who had Chaired the ERC Steering Group since 2013. Over the last 20 years, Jane has been focused on ensuring that SME policy… Read more

ERC are recruiting

The ERC is recruiting for  a new research fellow to work alongside Professor Stephen Roper, and Dr Kevin Mole on projects related to business innovation, growth and productivity. This position is part of the Enterprise Research Centre’s programme focusing on SMEs, innovation, productivity and business eco-systems. The post requires strong analytical and econometric skills, an… Read more


What are some of the latest entrepreneurship trends happening around the world? This question is being explored  as part of the GEM National Report webinar series. As international benchmarking is one of GEM’s many benefits, the webinar series will enable you to understand the different drivers of entrepreneurship and economic growth in select countries. Mark… Read more

Professor Hewitt-Dundas appointed to UKRI Board

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has appointed Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas as a non-executive director to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Board. Professor Hewitt-Dundas is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Queen’s University Belfast and a Senior Research Associate with the UK Enterprise Research Centre. Her research centres on the dynamics of innovation… Read more

Entrepreneurial Behaviour and the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Collapse in Confidence or a Positive Response to Uncertainty?

Mark Hart, Deputy Director of the ERC and Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School uses data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Annual Population Surveys to examine the impact COVID-19 has had on entrepreneurship in the UK. This blog highlights the work of a new project “Lifting the Lid on Enterprise Diversity & Growth… Read more

Why do Policymakers Need a Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) in the West Midlands?

Dr Meng Song, Aston University and  Professor Mark Hart, Deputy Director of the ERC and Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. authored a blog discussing  the need to examine the demographic characteristics and motivation of entrepreneurs to increase the understanding of people who create new businesses and to track them throughout their start-up journey… Read more

The State of Small Business Britain 2021: Enabling the Triple Transition

The State of Small Business Britain report is the Enterprise Research Centre’s annual review of trends affecting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. The report discusses the findings from research and analysis carried out and/or published by the ERC in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to dominate the research agenda this year,… Read more

Autumn 2021 Press Coverage

Finextra: One in seven adults now plan to start a business – NatWest The Entrepreneurs Network: Hidden Gems East Midlands Business Link : Scheme to boost mental health and productivity of East Mids businesses praised by Mind charity boss Business Leader: How the pursuit of sustainability can drive growth for SMEs