Sociology of Enterprise

New Research by the Enterprise Research Centre for BIS finds that a business owner’s ‘growth disposition’ can drive business performance and actual business growth. Drawing on social theory, this innovative study looked at whether small business owners exhibit different dispositions regarding growth and, if so, whether and how these affect their mind-sets, business behaviours (i.e…. Read more

ERC Developmental case studies

ERC held a case study writing workshop for PhD students in November 2014. The workshop was run in partnership with staff from Warwick Create. As a result of the workshop ERC commissioned four PhD students to write cases for publication and these can be found below. Each case comprises a case study, teaching note and… Read more

‘How innovative is your average lawyer? New survey tells the story’.

Legal professionals are becoming more innovative in running their businesses but more is needed, a new report indicates Findings from the largest ever study of innovation in the legal sector, commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Services Board (LSB), suggest that legal professionals, including solicitors and barristers, are becoming more innovative… Read more

State of Small Business Britain 2015

ERC’s State of Small Business Britain Conference 2015  welcomed over 150 delegates to the Thinktank in Birmingham’s Millennium Point. The morning kicked off with a close look at what happened to the economy between 2008 and 2014 and its impact on small and medium sized businesses. We were proud to launch our UK ‘Growth Dashboard’… Read more

State of Small Business Britain conference survey 2015

We hope you enjoyed the ERC Annual State of Small Business conference on Tuesday June 16th at Thinktank,Birmingham. In order that we can improve future ERC events, we would be delighted if you could complete our short survey. We welcome all comments, thoughts and of course any ideas that you may have for future conferences…. Read more

UK Growth Dashboard 2015

UK Growth Dashboard reveals surprise landscape of SME growth in aftermath of the Great Recession The UK Growth Dashboard 2015, a new study by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) in partnership with Business Growth Service looks at a range of indicators to  shed new light on the health of small businesses and entrepreneurship across the whole of the… Read more

ERC State of Small Business Britain conference 2015. Speaker & Programme details Released

We look forward to welcoming our speakers,panellists and delegates to the ERC State of Small Business conference at the Thinktank,Birmingham on Tuesday June 16th 2015. Join in the [email protected]_UK . Alongside our ERC colleagues,we have a distinguished line up of guest speakers. Click here to view the full list. Full Programme timings available here  Online Registration is now… Read more

Realising the Growth Potential of New Businesses.

The ERC in collaboration with the CDFA held a 1 day event ‘ Realising the Growth Potential of New Businesses’ at the Shard, London on Monday June 1st 2015. This workshop hosted by Ben Hughes, CEO – CDFA and Stephen Roper , Director  – ERC  explored the changing nature of micro business in the UK… Read more

Innovation & Local Growth workshop

The ERC Innovation and local growth workshop took place at WBS @The Shard on Thursday May 28th and provided new insights into the geography of Innovation across the UK, the strengths and weaknesses of local innovation eco-systems and support mechanisms, and a comparison of local innovation dynamics in the UK and USA. With an audience  from… Read more


Women’s Enterprise Scotland – International Conference: 12th/13th May 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University ERC Associate director, Professor Sara Carter  has been invited to speak at the Women’s Enterprise Scotland  International Conference 2015, delivering insights on ERC related research regarding  the contribution of women business owners to economic growth. The conference will be attended by those involved in… Read more