Crisis entrepreneurs

Is now a good time to start a new business? In this FT article published this morning, ERC Deputy Director Mark Hart says we could be seeing an uptick of “crisis entrepreneurs” adding that these are people who have lost their job during the pandemic and have no other choice in the current labour market than… Read more

Business resilience: location, location, location!

Anticipating adversity, and undertaking crisis planning, are associated with increased resilience in businesses. Yet research published earlier this year by the ERC (carried out before the pandemic) found many small firms struggle to identify their most potent future threats and when crisis hits, most have no contingency plans, resorting to depleting their financial resources to… Read more

Entrepreneurship “in jeopardy” after hitting new high pre-Covid

Published today the GEMUK 2019 report sponsored by NatWest shows UK early-stage entrepreneurship hit a new pre-pandemic high in 2019.  However, this may be in jeopardy because of the effects of the crisis combined with significant gaps in support for people in the early stages of enterprise formation. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research consortium… Read more

Entrepreneurship “in jeopardy” after hitting new high pre-Covid

  New Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report shows UK early-stage entrepreneurship hit a new high in 2019 Nearly 1 in 10 working age adults were in the early stages of starting or running a business, with women catching up with men Progress threatened by Chancellor’s decision not to provide financial support for three million entrepreneurs  … Read more

Talking about workplace mental health: How do employers in the Midlands understand and experience mental health issues?

How do employers talk about mental health issues in their workplaces? In our latest Insight published today we use survey and narrative data collected from Midlands firms in early 2020 prior to the first COVID-19 lockdown to examine two questions: What do employers understand by ‘good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace’?  How do employers describe… Read more

The second lockdown risks an insolvency tsunami

Thousands of businesses across England will remain shuttered today as the new month-long coronavirus lockdown takes effect. Citing new scientific evidence showing an expected surge in cases nationwide over the coming weeks, the Government finally bowed to pressure and abandoned its previous regional tiering strategy last weekend. Critics argue that a sharp ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown… Read more

Job loss fears making workers less open about mental health

Latest ERC Research Report released today shows workers have become less open about their mental health struggles since the coronavirus outbreak because of fears they could lose their jobs if they speak up, new research suggests. The findings  based on in-depth interviews with managers in UK firms over the summer, also show workplaces have become divided… Read more

Job loss fears making workers less open about mental health

‘Furlough envy’, isolation and additional home stresses have triggered deteriorations in workplace mental health, new study suggests Workers less likely to talk to managers about experiencing mental health problems since lockdown, fearing ‘repercussions’ Study highlights need to raise awareness among employers of resources available to support mental health   Workers have become less open about… Read more

Summer 2020 Press Coverage

The Times: How small businesses can get one over the big boys in Zoom revolution Good News Liverpool: Ground-breaking collaboration set to highlight social enterprises Invest Liverpool: Women’s Org to help deliver major UK research project Bdaily: Ground-breaking new research collaboration is set to shine a light on social enterprises North West Business News: Ground-breaking… Read more

What do we ‘mean’ by productivity anyway?

The pandemic has brought about difficult times for many businesses in the UK. Currently, with the onset of a second wave, and the end of the Brexit transition period only 80 days away, the road to economic recovery looks arduous. Inevitably, the rate of job and firm destruction will increase but for those businesses that… Read more