The ERC are pleased to be involved in a major new research institute funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which will focus on how to make the UK economy more productive.

The new £32m Productivity Institute is being hosted by the Alliance Manchester Business School at Manchester University for five years, starting from 1st September 2020.

The creation of the new institute was announced today by Science Minister Amanda Solloway.

The University of Manchester will partner with eight other institutions across the country to help policy and business leaders across the UK understand how to improve productivity and living standards as the economy begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

The research led by the ERC team will explore specifically how Covid-19 is affecting productivity in small firms, and will investigate the relationship between entrepreneurship and productivity.

Find out more about the Institute here.