January news from the ERC
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ERC’s New Project Pipeline
2016 sees the start of ERC’s new series of research projects with a focus on the drivers of SME growth and productivity.
Key topics include the role of innovation and commercialisation in promoting productivity, the impact of barriers to finance on internationalisation, the role of management and leadership in promoting growth and a focus on team size and entrepreneurial ambition. ERC’s work on business demographics will also continue.
More detail on our new research programme can be found here.
To kick off the programme, we’ll publish a new synthesis of current research knowledge on SME Growth & Productivity. Each of our projects will begin with a workshop designed to scope out and hone the research questions and approach.
If you are interested in particular projects and would like to join a workshop, please let us know.
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Look out for ERC’s new blog too which will help keep everyone up to speed with interesting new research findings. 

Understanding the UK's 'economic backbone'

ERC Deputy Director,Mark Hart has written an ESRC blog highlighting the important ERC research on SMEs.
Since the financial crisis of 2008, the UK economy has shifted quite significantly to one that relies less on state spending to provide jobs and growth, and which instead puts its faith in enterprise as the engine of prosperity.

Read the Blog here 

UK Innovation Hub Online publication

ERC Director Stephen Roper provided insights into how the UK can effectively support SME creation and growth in the third chapter of the UK Innovation Hub online publication.

This issue features Enterprise Research Centre,Innovate UK, Universities UK, and Times Higher Education, as well as a number of UK universities working hard to boost research and/or innovation.

Read the full interview here 


Upcoming Events 
Growth equals success?
All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group Policy Forum
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 from 16:00 to 18:00
House Of Commons, London
Organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Centre for Enterprise with support from the Enterprise Research Centre, this forum, which is part of a Community of Interest, responds to calls for a more practitioner-based perspective on business growth. The event will focus on research-based learning to inform policy.
A research team from the Centre for Enterprise at MMU will share highlights from recent research with business leaders in the North West of England.
A panel including business leaders will talk about their own experiences and respond to questions. All attendees will be encouraged to participate and contribute to the discussion.
Places are limited.
For more information regarding this event please contact Susan Baines .
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Waves of Professionalization
Before, During and After Management Buyouts & Buy-ins of Private Family Firms.

Carole Howorth
University of Bradford School of Management 
Mike Wright Imperial College Business School and University of Ghent.

Paul Westhead Durham University and University of Nordland, Norway 
Deborah Allcock University of Huddersfield

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Women and Enterprise APPG
Mark Hart is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women's Enterprise.
The APPG has identified how poor the data is on women and enterprise and the benefits of better analysis and insight on this part of the economy.
The APPG is now in discussion with Government on how to generate better gendered business data and Mark Hart is helping to identify what is required.

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