Coventry announced UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been named as the UK City of Culture 2021. The city beat four other shortlisted cities to the prestigious title (Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea), and will receive a £3m Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The ERC would like to congratulate the team involved in the Coventry bid. Researchers at the Centre recently completed… Read more

SME Resilience

ERC researchers  were in London on 29-30 November kicking off a 2-year European study on SME resilience funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. This is a landmark project profiling the resilience of new and small firms and early-stage entrepreneurs (i.e., nascent entrepreneurs) to external shocks. The focus will be on 5 EU economies (U.K,… Read more

GEM UK: Northern Ireland Report 2016

Authored by ERCs Mark Hart , Karen Bonner and Jonathan Levie the Northern Ireland element of the annual report, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland was launched at an event hosted by Mid Ulster District Council in Cookstown today, Friday November 24th. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research consortium has been measuring the entrepreneurship activity of working-age adults… Read more

Opportunities at the ERC

ERC currently have opportunities for three post-doctoral researchers to work within the Enterprise Research Center (ERC).  For more information on these opportunities and details on how to apply please click here . Innovation Research Fellow: Productivity in UK Engineering -Fixed-term,full-time contract until 31.01.2021 Research Fellow: Innovation Studies – Fixed-term, full-time contract until 31.01.2021 Research Fellow: Business… Read more

Does the gender pay gap exist in the world of entrepreneurship?

Latest research from the ERC using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) shows that the number of new female entrepreneurs in the UK is on the rise. So, it is good news if you are a female entrepreneur? No, unfortunately. The research also reveals that there are large disparities between different parts of the country when… Read more

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ERC staff and associates presented a number of papers at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference in Belfast on November 8/9th. Four papers were among the best paper nominees in their respective conference tracks. ERC staff also led sessions on impact (at the PhD colloquium), policy and practice and contributed to a… Read more

How to skin a (R&D) cat.

Innovate UK recently launched a new loan scheme to support research and innovation in UK firms. This scheme – originally conceived in the austerity years – aims to provide an alternative way of supporting innovation alongside the UK’s innovation grants and tax credits. The new loans also suggest a subtle change in emphasis in UK… Read more

How can we drive better innovation and productivity in UK SMEs?

ERC Roundtable at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference. The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) hosted a private roundtable at the 2017 Conservative Party conference in Manchester, focusing on the theme of driving better innovation and productivity in UK SMEs. The discussion was particularly timely given that innovation has been placed at the heart of the Government’s… Read more


 RENT XXXI Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business,  Lund, Sweden, November 15th -17th. ERC Research Fellow Areti Gkypali will present Home Alone: Innovation and sales growth intentions among the sole self-employed.  Abstract:It is widely known that solo self-employed entrepreneurs enjoy non-pecuniary benefits from their employment status and earn less compared to those employed. They have greater… Read more