ERC News January 2015. 



The Enterprise Research Centre ( ERC ) is leading the way with collaborations on Cutting Edge Research both Internationally and in the UK. 
In this Edition we take a look at some of the most recent work from ERC. 

ERC Nation of Angels Report


Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the World Economic Forum collaborate on research report


ERC conducts First International Comparative Study of it's type using harmonised data

ERC Nation of Angels:
Assessing the Impact of Angel investing across the UK

Launched on January 28th, ERC publish findings from the largest research survey to date on Business Angels in the UK. 

Read the Full ERC Report Here

How does firm size influence job growth?

Michael Anyadike-Danes, ERC and Aston University has been leading the first international comparative study using harmonised data to explore the contribution of different-sized businesses to job creation.
The resulting paper, ”An international cohort comparison of size effects on job growth”  documents the extraordinary impact that a tiny group of very dynamic micro-enterprises (born with less than five employees) have on job growth. The evidence comes from an  international collaborative firm cohort study involving five countries across northern Europe (Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK).
The key finding is that the size of the dynamic micro-enterprise group, and its rate of job growth, accounts for a large proportion of the cross-country variation in overall employment (from the UK at the top to Sweden at the bottom).
The full paper was published December 2014 in Small Business Economics, An Entrepreneurship journal, Springer International Publishing.

Link to the Full Paper Here
Developing Britain’s Mittelstand
Stephen Roper,Director , ERC , Warwick Business School has been invited to talk to the German-British Forum Conference 2015. He will focus on ‘The British Way of Growth’ highlighting differences in growth strategies between UK and German mid-market companies. Key differences relate to managerial priorities, aspirations for organic growth, export market targeting, apprenticeships and internships. 

'Understanding Small Business Growth' 2015.
The ERC's Inaugural Academic Research Conference takes place at Conference Aston, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK on Wednesday February 11th. 
There are a limited number of places available for this conference. Please email Wendy Ferris , ERC Centre Manager , Aston Business School for availability. 
Further details of event

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the World Economic Forum collaborate on research report

ERC's Jonathan Levie, Strathclyde and Mark Hart, Aston co-authored a report on entrepreneurship released by the World Economic Forum.

The report, entitled "Leveraging Entrepreneurial Ambition and Innovation: A Global Perspective on Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Development" was produced jointly by a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team of professors from, Strathclyde University, Aston Business School,  Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile and Babson College, US working with a senior team  from  the Investor Industries group at the World Economic Forum  and Endeavor, the organisation that promotes high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets around the world.

The report shows that early-stage entrepreneurial activity is higher in economies that are less competitive and lower in highly competitive economies. Conversely, the proportion of ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs is more frequently high in more competitive economies. In many highly competitive economies with low rates of business starts, entrepreneurial drive manifests itself through more formalized structures – in what the report calls “entrepreneurial employee activity” –, which the report suggests, should caution anyone from jumping to quick conclusions about the quality of entrepreneurial ecosystems based on entrepreneurship rates alone.

Professor Hart, ERC, Aston university, who is a co-director of GEM UK , commented "This is the first time that Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the World Economic Forum have collaborated on a research report. Coming on top of recent "Missing Entrepreneurs" annual reviews and Policy Briefs from the OECD and the European Commission, which drew heavily on GEM data, this demonstrates the traction that GEM is now getting as a authoritative source of information on entrepreneurship around the world."

View the OECD / European Commissions Reports Here
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