ERC Podcasts

Welcome to the ERC’s Exploring Enterprise podcast series, in which we discuss some of the latest policy-relevant research evidence on enterprise. Each month we welcome new guest panelists to join us for a discussion on a topical theme.

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Episode 5: SMEs and Net Zero

In episode 5, ERC Director Professor Stephen Roper is joined by Dr Anastasia Ri, Research Fellow at the ERC; Jonathan Withey, Head of Business Development and Planet Mark; and Catherine Westoby, Senior Policy Adviser, Public Behaviour Change on Net Zero at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to discuss SMEs and the Net Zero challenge.

Episode 4 : SMEs, COVID-19 and mental health

In the latest episode of the Exploring Enterprise podcast series Vicki Belt is joined by Dr Maria Wishart, Research Fellow at the ERC; Dr Carla Toro, Associate Professor Behavioural and Wellbeing Sciences at the University of Warwick; Sean Russell, Co-Investigator of the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot, Coventry University; and Tara Sankar, HR and mental health lead at Tamworth-based SME, Crystal Specialist Finance.

Episode 3 : Supporting innovative start-ups

In this episode ERC’s Vicki Belt is joined by Stephen Roper, Director of the ERC,  Jane Galsworthy, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Services and Alex Toft, Head of Minerva Business Angels to discuss how to support innovative start-up businesses.

Episode 2 : Local Growth and Levelling Up

Joining us for the second episode of Exploring Enterprise are Colin Bell, Business and Sector Growth Director, North East LEP, and Richard Jeffery, National Director of Growth Company Business to discuss  local growth and ‘levelling up’ , sharing their perspectives on what it means and the main challenges in achieving it in North East England and Manchester.

Episode 1 : How have SMEs fared during the pandemic?

In the first episode Lee Hopley is joined by Professor Stephen Roper, Director of the ERC, and Professor Mark Hart and Dr Vicki Belt, Deputy Directors at the ERC discussing  the ERC’s research into small and medium-sized enterprises, and particularly about what they have found out about how businesses have fared over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.