The Shard
32 London Bridge Street

November 30, 2016 09:00 - November 30, 2016 16:00


In partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme,the Enterprise Research Centre invites you to our 3rd ‘State of Small Business Britain’ Conference at WBS, L17 ,The Shard, London on
30th November 2016.
Welcoming a mix of Academic and Policy colleagues, the conference in partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme will include presentations of new research from the ERC, along with topical panel discussions involving speakers from business and local and national policy organisations.

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Lucy Armstrong

Chief Executive - The Alchemists

Lucy is chief executive of The Alchemists. This business works with high growth mid-corporate businesses to accelerate their growth and success by focussing on shareholder and management development and uccession.She is chair of the Advisory Group of the Enterprise Research Centre. This was set up in February 2013 to answer: “What drives SME growth?” The lead organisations are Warwick, Aston, Imperial College, Strathclyde and Birmingham Universities.Lucy is the first chair of the independent Professional Standards Council, which oversees the Asset Based Finance Association.From Jan 2012 to Nov 2013, she was chair of Capital for Enterprise, where she was responsible for over £4bn of government backed debt and equity support to private and family UK businesses.In March 2014 she became David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, giving her inaugural lecture on March 19th.Lucy is non-executive chairman of an angel investment network. She is also a non-executive director of a national qualification business and a non-exec director of Beechbrook Capital LLP.She was chair of the CBI’s national Small Business Forum from 2010 to 2013.

Charlotte Keenan

Head of Corporate engagement - Goldman Sachs

Charlotte joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 as Head of Corporate Engagement, EMEA. She oversees the 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the UK, as well as the Office of Corporate Engagement which leads the Firm’s impact investing and philanthropic work. Previously, Charlotte was the Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a charity focused on countering religious extremism. For seven years, Charlotte was integral in devising, building and developing all the Foundation’s global programmes as well as leading the strategic vision of the Foundation. She also serves on the Board of the Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience.She started her career in Investment Banking, working firstly with Jefferies & Co in Houston, and then with JPMorgan Cazenove in London, where she focused on the energy and industrials sector.Charlotte holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, was also a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University where she studied International Relations and holds a Master’s in International Affairs Degree from Columbia University in New York.

Cliff Prior CBE

CEO - Big Society Capital

Cliff Prior CBE became Big Society Capital CEO in March 2016. BSC is the wholesale investor and market champion for UK social investment. Previously he was CEO of UnLtd for social entrepreneurs, supporting 13,000 new startups, and building a 50-country Global Social Entrepreneurship Network. Cliff was CEO of Rethink, for people affected by severe mental illness, and earlier work included counselling, youth, civil rights, social housing, supported housing, community care, offender resettlement, learning disability, dementia, and R&D. Cliff is involved in the Global Steering Group on social impact investment and a non-exec at UCLPartners. He was a founding trustee of Clore Social Leadership and Local Trust, a member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee, an adviser to Government, and a serial social entrepreneur.

Mark Hart

Deputy Director - ERC

Mark is Deputy Director of the ERC and Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. At the Centre Mark leads on business growth and productivity research to understand the dynamics of the private sector over time and the role of SMEs as well as contributing to the work on growth ambition and access to finance.

Stephen Roper

Director - ERC

Stephen Roper is Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School, Director of the Enterprise Research Centre - ERC (www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk) and Co-Director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE)

Jun Du

Professor of Economics

Professor Jun Du is Professor of economics at Aston Business School, her research revolves around the evaluation and determinants of firm performance. She has extensive experience in collaborating with researchers nationally and internationally on projects on the measurement of firm productivity, the relationship between performance and R&D and innovation, finance and investment, ownership, political economy, and internationalisation.

Phil Smith

Chairman - Cisco

Phil Smith became Chairman of Cisco for the UK & Ireland in August 2016, after 8 years as Chief Executive. Additionally, Phil is the Chairman of Innovate UK (the UK’s Innovation agency) as well as Chairman of The Tech Partnership (the network of employers championing Digital skills for the UK). He also sits on the board of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and is frequently called on to participate in industry leadership groups in the areas of Digital Transformation, Skills, Innovation and Productivity.During his tenure as Chief Executive, Cisco was recognised as one of the top five great places to work in the UK, a great place for women to work as well as receiving many other awards for CSR and employee engagement. He has been recognised in recent years with many industry accolades include Top 5 most influential person in UK IT as well as Orange Business Leader of the Year. Phil is known as a champion of innovation having initiated Cisco’s British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme, as a legacy of London 2012 to spark nationwide ingenuity, ambition and growth through technology entrepreneurship. His contribution to industry has been recognised with Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham City, Warwick and Glasgow Universities