February News from ERC
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Innovation policy: Driving equity or driving inequality?

The need to boost levels of innovation in the UK is at the heart of the recent Green Paper on Industrial Strategy, and few would argue with the general proposition that innovation is good for growth. New products, new services and new ways of doing business help firms to win new customers and sell more both in the UK and internationally.
Read the latest Blog from the ERC

Preparing for Brexit at the local level

In the aftermath of the EU referendum, there is an even greater focus on the performance of the private sector and its ability to provide jobs and wealth creating opportunities across all parts of the UK – especially at the local level – as the UK prepares for Brexit.

ERC Deputy Director Mark Hart authored an ESRC Blog published on Janury 27th  2017.

Read the full blog here 



The 4th Annual 
 "State of Small Business Britain Conference 2017 "
 Thursday 7th September 2017
WBS,The Shard, London

Further details and registration will be available in due course via the ERC website.
Out and About with ERC

Cities and Local Growth Unit Policy Teams Away Day  
The ERC were pleased to host and take part in the Cities and Local Growth Policy Teams Away Day, held at the Shard on Thursday 12th January. Stephen Roper and Mark Hart presented ERC research on innovation and SME growth, and took part in stimulating discussion with the policy teams on the themes of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy and place.

On Monday the 23rd of January Jun Du and Enrico Vanino presented the outcome of the ERC Project 3 on the wider economic impact of fast growth firms in the UK to the "disruptive businesses" unit of BEIS. The presentation focused the analysis of the economic impact of high-growth firms on the employment and productivity growth of non-fast-growing firms in their regions and industrial sectors. The audience found particularly interesting the opposite effects on the employment and productivity growth of surrounding firms, stressing the importance of a disaggregated regional analysis to carefully identify the local patterns and the main drivers of these externalities at the region-industry level. The debate has been particularly fruitful, in particular regarding the interpretation of the subtle differences across different sub-samples and the derivation of appropriate policy implications. Finally, after the presentation the participants had some time to talk about the work and analysis carried on by the disruptive business unit, discussing possible synergies and cooperation opportunities. 
Mark Hart attended the APPG for Women and Enterprise on 30th January which was chaired by Craig Tracey MP and included a presentation on the Women’s Business Council.  ERC are assisting the work of the APPG through its data and evidence working group.

New Design Council Research Programme
Vicki Belt and Stephen Roper have both taken part in expert steering group meetings this month for a new research programme funded by the Design Council. The research seeks to get under the skin of some of the findings from last year’s Design Economy research, and further explore what drives innovation and productivity in this sector, as well as exploring the supply of, and demand for, design skills in the UK.

Mark Hart participated in roundtable on 6th February on the theme of “Industrial Strategy: unlocking regional and local growth through manufacturing” organised by ResPublica with a specific focus on the Food and Drink Sector in the UK.  This was attended by MPs, Nestle, EEF, LEPs, academics and organisations representing the Food and Drink sector.

Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards 2016/17
Vicki Belt, ERC Deputy Director of Impact and Engagement, took part in the judging panel for this year’s UK Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, held on 10th January. The awards are in their fourth year, and are sponsored by the Citi Foundation and Responsible Finance. They celebrate the economic and social impact of responsible finance providers on the people and places of Britain, and champion outstanding microentrepreneurs who are creating jobs, services and prosperity in their communities. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Cardiff on the 28th March.
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New Research Fellow joins the ERC
We are delighted to announce that our new Research Fellow
Bo Grace Peng  joined the Enterprise Research Centre on 6th February.
Grace will be based at Warwick Business School for the ERC working on the phase 2 projects. 

Upcoming Events 

UKIS User Group
20th March  2017,  
BIS Conference Centre 

The 2017 UKIS User Group event will take place on 20th March, at the BIS conference centre. 
For further details and to register for this event , please click here.

ERC Monthly Seminar Series
14th February 2017
Aston University

The next ERC Monthly Seminar will take place at Aston University on Tuesday February 14th. 
See the Seminar Programme here 
Please click here to register for this event.


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