Welcome to the April edition of the ERC Newsletter. 


Want the latest data on UK business growth?

UK Local Growth Dashboard 2017 released 


Last Chance Saloon?
Creating and Supporting a Local Pipeline of Growth Businesses.

Mark Hart, Deputy Director, ERC has written a blog for the LEP Network.  
The UK has historically one of the poorest records internationally of the proportion of its business population that grow.  The most recent data from the ONS indicate that this continues to be the case.  The problem is not new and has been the focus of public policy for decades without any impact on the headline indicators despite the success of many of our UK-owned small businesses.
Read the full blog here 

Our Work

Latest publications from the ERC

High performing firms and job creation:a longitudinal analysis (1998-2013)
ERC Insight Paper.
Rural business aspirations, obstacles and support: an analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey 2015. 
Research Paper No 58
Kevin Mole, Senior Researcher, ERC has published in Environment and Planning C.
Take-up and variation of advice for new firm founders in different local contexts
Business Dynamics and Productivity
Mark Hart and Michael Anyadike-Danes, ERC Aston Business School contributed a chapter to the new OECD Publication Business Dynamics and Productivity.

Abstract: Business dynamics plays an important role not only as a driver of job creation but also as an engine of reallocation and productivity growth. This book aims at providing new evidence on business dynamics from different countries and at shedding new light on the heterogeneous responses of firms to economic shocks, with a particular focus on the impact of the last decade’s global financial crisis. All chapters in this book highlight the importance of going beyond the average firm paradigm when analysing business dynamics, accounting for different firm characteristics such as size, age, ownership and trade status.

Chapter 4: Firm and job dynamics in the United Kingdom before,during and after the global financial crisis: Getting in under the hood

Read the full publication here

News Hub

Innovation Team Seminar
March 13th  2017

The ERC delivered a seminar on 13th March at BEIS focusing on how the latest research and insights from the ERC might inform the proposals set out in the industrial strategy and help shape the post-Brexit economy. Read More

Scale-Up Taskforce
March 21st 2017
Mark Hart presented latest findings from the Enterprise Research Centre on High Performing Firms at the first meeting of The Scale-Up Taskforce
 on Tuesday 21st March at the London Stock Exchange chaired by Scale-Up Champion Margot James,Small Business Minister.
Read More

UK Innovation Survey User Group
March 20th 2017
Around thirty people attended the UKIS User Group event held at BEIS.
A policy round-table comprising Agnes Estebail (BEIS), Will Steele (IPO), and Stephen Miller (Design Council) identified remaining evidence gaps (among others) around IP valuation and benefits, design impacts on innovation and sectoral effectiveness of policy. 

Read More 

ERC Industrial Strategy and Brexit
The UK is currently experiencing a significant reorientation in economic policy. The ESRC is supporting a small project designed to help ERC consider its future role in terms of policy advice and development. Over the past month we have undertaken a series of illuminating consultations with a range of stakeholders. Drawing on the insights we have gained we will be producing a short report that will identify key knowledge gaps and pathways to impact for ERC going forward. 

Universities and regional development
Over the last decade Turkey has established over 80 new universities, with public sector development being guided by a ‘one university in each province’ policy. This expansion and its implications were discussed at a recent British Council funded seminar in Izmir. A number of UK academics presented papers (Jeremy Howells, Kristal Miller, Robert Huggins, Elizabeth Chell, Stephen Roper, Maksim Belitski) alongside Turkish colleagues. ERC research on university-business collaboration contributed to the conversation.
Longitudinal Small Business Survey – 2017
ERC in partnership with BMG Ltd has been commissioned by BEIS to complete the initial analysis and reporting on the LSBS 2017. Part of this project will be a call for proposals to analyse the new LSBS 2016. This call will be announced in May 2017.
For more information please contact

ERC Monthly Seminar
April 27th.
The ERC Seminar will take place at Aston University.

Download the agenda here. 
Click here to register for this event.
Longitudinal Small Business Survey Dissemination Event
May 25th
The LSBS Dissemination event will be held on 25th May at the Warwick Business School Premises at the Shard. The event will be an opportunity to hear about the headline findings of the 2016 LSBS survey and some of the initial research conducted using 2015 and 2016 datasets. We will also have a short presentation on the headline results from the 2016 GEM survey.

Click here for full details and to Register.
ERC Research Showcase
June 20th.

We will be showcasing the preliminary findings of the
Phase 2 projects and present the opening presentations of the Phase 3 projects.
More details of all the ERC Projects can be found in
the  ERC Research Hub  
Click here to register for this event.


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.
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