Katherine is an Associate of the Enterprise Research Centre, having been ERC's Deputy Director responsible for Strategy and Stakeholders between 2014 and 2016, on secondment from the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation & Skills. Katherine has a background in leading policy development, stakeholder engagement, major project management and service design.
Katherine is an Associate of the Enterprise Research Centre, having been ERC’s Deputy Director responsible for Strategy and Stakeholders between 2014 and 2016, on secondment from the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation & Skills. Katherine has a background in leading policy development, stakeholder engagement, major project management and service design. Prior to leaving the Senior Civil Service in 2016, Katherine worked in both BEIS and Cabinet Office, most recently as a Deputy Director in Enterprise Directorate where she developed new initiatives to support start-ups and re-developed the system of support to small businesses in England. Her early career was in the private sector, first in the Recruitment industry and then in Manufacturing where her work spanned both UK and European markets. Alongside her ongoing work with ERC, Katherine also runs her own small business.
Katherine holds a 1st in Psychology from the University of Wales, a post-graduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an MSc (Distinction) in Public Service Change and Organisation Development from the University of Birmingham. She is also a fully qualified garden designer and horticulturist.
Published: 20 October 2019
The UK’s productivity puzzle has attracted much attention which has focused on the growing gap in productivity between the UK and its key international competitors. Often denominated in terms of ‘value added per employee’ or ‘value added per hour worked’ – both measures of labour productivity - the UK’s productivity slowdown has been longstanding but has been particularly notable during the post-recession period.
Statistical analyses have emphasised that ‘the vast majority of labour productivity growth weakness arises due to changes in productivity growth within detailed industry groups’. These variations in sectoral productivity trends since the recession provide the starting point and rationale for this report. What are the origins of these diverse trends? Are these the consequence of intra-firm issues linked to leadership and management or technology? Or, sector specific factors such as regulatory regimes or market competition?
Our approach is primarily qualitative and draws on the experience and knowledge of industry insiders in six sectors – business leaders, analysts, commentators and policy-makers. Detailed conversations were held with over 80 informants across six sectors between February and April 2019. This type of qualitative approach is of value to both reflect the wide range and variety of influences on value added and how these influences have and are changing.
Published: 20 June 2018
The report brings together a range of the latest data and insights on the growth and performance of UK SMEs. It sets out key SME trends based on a round-up of the latest research evidence including analysis of the Business Structures Database and the Longitudinal Small Business Survey. It also reports on the key findings from the ERC’s first Micro-business Britain survey, and from the 2018 UK Local Growth Dashboard – an annual publication which presents growth metrics for start-ups and existing firms across a range of sub-national geographies, including LEP areas.
Launched at the ERC’s Annual State of Small Business Britain Conference 2018.
Published: 13 June 2015
The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was launched in January 2013 to deepen understanding in the UK of the factors affecting small and medium sized business
investment, performance and growth. The Centre is a collaborative venture between five University Business Schools: Warwick,Aston, Imperial, Strathclyde and Birmingham. ERC aims to build long term research capability
which will act as a focal point for world-class research on SMEs in the UK and internationally. Our work informs stronger SME strategy and policy development in the UK by developing and
drawing on the evidence base and providing commentary, evaluation and challenge to policy makers and those serving small and medium sized firms.
The ERC’s research programme is distinctive in that it aims to place SMEs in their operating context recognising that:
growth is strongly influenced, both positively and negatively, by the business eco-system;
growth depends significantly on the role of SME leadership and capability;
different SMEs have very different ways of growing – organically or by acquisition – and the barriers and enablers of each type of growth, and in each type of firm, may be very different.
Download the 2013/2014 report here : https://www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ERC-ANNUAL-REPORT-2013-14.pdf
Download the 214/2015 report here : https://www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ERC-ANNUAL-REPORT-2014-15.pdf