Developing Britain’s Mittelstand

On the 28th of January Stephen Roper, ERC Director , Warwick Business School  has been invited to talk to the German-British Forum Conference 2015. He will focus on ‘The British Way of Growth’ highlighting differences in growth strategies between UK and German mid-market companies. Key differences relate to managerial priorities, aspirations for organic growth, export… Read more

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the World Economic Forum collaborate on research report.

ERC’s Jonathan Levie, Strathclyde and Mark Hart, Aston co-author a report on entrepreneurship released by the World Economic Forum. The report, entitled “Leveraging Entrepreneurial Ambition and Innovation: A Global Perspective on Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Development” was produced jointly by a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team of professors from, Strathclyde University, Aston Business School,  Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile… Read more

‘First International Comparative Study of its type’

This is the ‘First International Comparative Study of its type’ using Harmonised data. Michael Anyadike Danes, ERC , Aston University led an International Team creating  a new dataset that answers an important question, top on the research and  policy agenda looking at the contribution of different-sized businesses to job creation. The resulting paper,” An international… Read more

ERC Insight Paper Released – LEP Innovation Benchmarks – 2002-2010

The UK Innovation Survey provides information on product/service and process innovation as well as the barriers to innovation activity for a relatively large number of UK firms. In this paper we present the first local economic area analysis of this data derived from four surveys covering the 2002-04, 2004-06, 2006-08 and 2008-10 periods. The analysis… Read more

Growth Dashboard Workshops.

The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC)  in collaboration with GrowthAccelerator conducted a series of One day Workshops around the UK. LEP’s from all  Local Areas were invited  for discussion on the Growth Dashboard and its findings. The aim of the Workshops were to ensure that our  future work delivers some of what  LEP colleagues said they would find… Read more

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On 5th & 6th November, the ISBE 2014 conference ” The Future of Enterprise: The Innovation Revolution” took place in Manchester.
ERC contributed to the conference through the presentation of a number of research papers, contribution to the leadership of a conference track on ‘SME growth and performance’ and leading a Masterclass on ‘Impact by Design’.

Learning from the Mittelstand

Stephen Roper contributed to feature reports by CNBC on the German Mittelstand and some of the lessons for small and medium firms internationally. Hallmarks of many Mittelstand firms are their family ownership, their innovative activity and their niche market leadership.

Sharing UK Experience Internationally

Stephen Roper was invited to share the UK’s experience of using randomised controlled trials to test SME policy at an international conference in Taiwan. The presentation focussed on the operational issues of making randomised trials work for industrial policy testing stimulating significant debate among the international audience. A paper based on the conference presentation is being developed.