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 International Female Quotient Conference 2015

The Enterprise Research Centre was a key partner at the Pink Shoe Foundation's recent launch of its UK Economic Blueprint for Women. 
Mark Hart, presented an update of research on women's enterprise, in part as a response to a recent World Economic Forum report which ranked the UK 5th overall as the best place for supporting female entrepreneurs.
One major issue is the lack of gendered business population data to help drive research. 

Whilst GEM data suggests there are significant gender differences on measures such as’ fear of failure’ and ‘knowing other business owners’ amongst the wider non-entrepreneurial population , gender differences disappear when we look at the growth expectations of early-stage businesses and control for industrial sector. Female led businesses also have the same propensity to export as male led but the intensity of their exporting is significantly lower.


ERC Engagement News

ERC at DG Regio Open Days

On 13th October, ERC’s  Mark Hart chaired a session with the OECD at the DG Regio Open Days in Brussels, focussing on the role of micro-enterprise in stimulating job creation and innovation at local, regional and national levels. Stephen Roper, Director  of the ERC presented some findings of recent research into micro-enterprises and innovation alongside case studies from businesses - CBIT, a Danish IT company and the UK’s Little Soap Company.

Click here for the Open Days presentations

Launching the 50+ Entrepreneurship Platform Europe, Brussels


On Thursday 15th October Professor Mark Hart, Deputy Director of the UK’s national Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), Aston Business School was invited by the European Parliament in Brussels to attend the Luncheon Debate: Launching the 50+ Entrepreneurship Platform Europe.
The ERC is one of the key stakeholders for this venture with the 50+ Entrepreneurship Platform Europe being launched to help create a Europe in which the entrepreneurial potential of over 50s can be fully harnessed. 

The 19th Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference (EMBC), 

‘New institutions for business support should incorporate knowledge about the contribution and needs of EMBs’ Prof Monder Ram, CREME.

The UK’s benchmark event on diversity and entrepreneurship, was held in Birmingham on the 20th of October 2015. This event was organised by the Birmingham Business School’s Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) with the generous support of Lloyds Bank.
The EMB Conference was attended by over 125 participants from academia, the corporate sector, financial intermediaries, policy makers, practitioners, community based organisations and entrepreneurs.
The event provided an opportunity to reflect on the multiple faces of ethnic minority businesses, the growth strategies they put in place, as well as the sources of access to business support. The work of the
Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA), an innovative knowledge exchange network dedicated to the promotion of minority entrepreneurship, illuminated some important outputs of the research carried out at the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC). Professor Kiran Trehan led a panel discussion which highlighted the importance of embedding research into the world of policy and practice.  The diversity strand of the ERC research was further showcased by a presentation from Prof Sara Carter in relation to the diversity of entrepreneurial households,by Dr Maria Villares who explored questions relating to the economic and social impact ethnic minority businesses have on local economies and by Dr Drew Gertner, on the nature of business support for EMBs. Leading researchers and practitioners presented new ways of partnering for the future to advance the research agenda on EMBs and its interaction with practice.


Upcoming Events

Innovation in Micro-business, evidence and policy support.

November 5th
Riddell Hall, Belfast
A workshop jointly organised by the Enterprise Research Centre , the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Queen’s Management School.
This workshop aims to share key insights from this research and stimulate dialogue on the options for effectively supporting innovation in micro-enterprises. 
For more information and to register 
please click here 

Legal Services Board briefing event. 

November 9th ,

BIS Conference Centre, London  
Jim Love and Stephen Roper will be providing an overview of their recent research on legal services innovation.
Places are limited but if you are interested in attending, please contact 
Paul Greening  

Law Society Consulting Breakfast Event 

November 10th
WBS@The Shard
ERC in partnership with the Law Society will be hosting a breakfast event targeted at solicitors and focusing on improving legal services firms innovative capacity.
Places are limited but if you are interested in attending, please contact
 Derek Benton  


Anyadike-Danes, M and Hart, M (2015) "Getting in under the hood: firm and job dynamics in the UK before during and after the 'Great Recession'" Presented at OECD Working Party on Industrial Analysis meeting, Paris, October 2015 to appear in an OECD-published book
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