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Three more years of enterprise research announced

ERC Dinner event held at Aston Business School - February 14th 2018 attended by Vice Chancellors Alec Cameron, Aston University, (centre left), Stuart Croft, The University of Warwick, (centre right), Business School Deans, ERC Directors, Stephen Roper, Mark Hart & Vicki Belt with guests from the ERC Steering Group and Funders.

The Enterprise Research Centre has secured funding for three further years of research on the state of entrepreneurship and SME growth in the UK.

The ERC, a network of researchers with a core team based at Aston Business School and Warwick Business School, will continue to produce independent research and insight on SME innovation, productivity and growth thanks to funding from several partners. They include ESRC, BEIS, Innovate UK, the British Business Bank and the Intellectual Property Office.

The research produced by ERC is designed to answer one central question: “What drives SME growth?”

Their mission is to become a focal point internationally for research, knowledge and expertise on SME growth and entrepreneurship, bringing the evidence base on SMEs and enterprise together, driving out new research insights and working to ensure research shapes better policies and practices to help SMEs to grow.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said: “The ERC is an exemplar of research collaboration at Aston and the Business School and has achieved significant success since its launch in 2013 under the leadership of Steve Roper and Mark Hart.  It is testament to this success that funding has been agreed for a further three years and I look forward to our continued partnership with Warwick University in this area.”

Professor Stuart Croft, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said: “Warwick University welcomes the continued funding of the Enterprise Research Centre, which over the past five years has become widely known for its high quality, policy-relevant research on SMEs. Warwick University is proud to continue to support this successful collaborative research centre in maximising its societal and economic impact in the coming years.”

February 2018