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.

ERC features in Newly published BIS Research Strategy Paper

The Department of Business , Innovation & Skills has released the BIS Research Strategy 2014-2015. This paper, part of the BIS Research Papers – Investing in Research , Development & Innovation features the work of the Enterprise Research Centre – ERC. Read the Full Paper here

Grant funding for Communities of Interest ~ Call for proposals

The Enterprise Research Centre invites applications for funding for Communities of Interest around specific research topics which can contribute to the evidence base on SME growth and development. Two grants of up to £4,000 each are available to fund research networking activity, workshops or seminars.                    … Read more

Community of Interest on Open Innovation in SMEs ~ Conference.

Community of Interest on Open Innovation in SMEs: Advancing Research with Policy and Practice Impact A one day conference will be held on Friday, 28 November, 2014, 9.30-17.30 Venue: Newcastle University Business School The conference will act as the impetus for the launch of the ‘Community of Interest (COI) on Open innovation in SMEs’, sponsored by the ERC,… Read more

“Communities of Interest” – Inaugural Meeting

Formation of  the Communities of Interest  The Inaugural Meeting for the Communities of Interest ( COI )  took place on Tuesday 26th August 2014 at UCL, London, UK Dr Mark Gilman, Director of the Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth, Kent Business School, University of Kent  welcomed participants to the inaugural meeting of the COI. He will… Read more

Annual Academy of Management Conference 2014

Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz presented a paper to the Annual Academy of Management Conference – Philadelphia – August 2014
The Paper entitled ” Reversal of Fortune – Opportunity Cost and Endowment Effects Along the Stages of Entrepreneurship” was co-authored by , Mark Hart, Frederick Nyakudya & Nicholas Theodorakopoulos.

FSB Policy Conference

Professor Stephen Roper has been invited to talk to the Northern Ireland FSB Policy Conference at the Mac Centre, Belfast on the 16th September.
His topic is ‘The Small Business Administration:Something to Copy’ and reviews the evidence on the value of the SBA and the implications if a similar policy framework is introduced in the UK.

ERC Press coverage 2014

realbusiness   27/07/2014 Startup survival rates are best outside of big cities Huffington Post 10/06/2014 Coalition Overlooking ‘Worrying’ Rise Of Self-Employed Brits, Says Vicky Pryce The Telegraph Online  11/06/2014 Start-ups’ survival rate lowest in Liverpool Huffington Post 11/06/2014 Ukip’s ‘Ridiculous Nonsense’ About Migrants Slammed by Lord Bilimoria Business Reporter   11.06.2014 47 per cent of Liverpool start-ups… Read more