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Enterprise Centre is launched to boost business performance

16 January 2013

A new £2.9m Enterprise Research Centre designed to boost the performance of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has jointly been launched by Aston and Warwick Business Schools.

The Centre’s research will inform government policy to help create the right environment for SMEs and entrepreneurs to flourish and so support the UK’s economic recovery.

Funding for the Centre has come from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the British Bankers Association (BBA), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Technology Strategy Board.

Aston and Warwick University will work alongside a consortium of other universities including Imperial College Business School, Strathclyde, Birmingham, and De Montfort.

ERC director, Professor Stephen Roper, wants the Centre to become the focal point for advice, research and information for SMEs up and down the country. Professor Roper, who is Associate Dean, Professor of Enterprise and Director of the Centre for SMEs at Warwick Business School, spelled out three main ambitions for the centre: to conduct and publish exciting and novel research; to provide the evidence for better growth strategy in the UK; and to establish the Enterprise Research Centre as a reference point for anyone interested in issues around business growth.

"The aim of the launch is to rapidly establish the position of the ERC as part of the SME research and policy landscape in the UK and to introduce the ERC as a source of evidence-based, independent, and trustworthy intelligence and advice on issues related to SME growth,” he adds.

It is hoped that the ERC’s work will help the government make evidence-based decisions for long-term policy and to improve the business environment.

Visit the Enterprise Research Centre website for further information. 

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