The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was established in February 2013 to answer one central question ‘What drives SME Growth?’

Our mission is to become a focal point internationally for research, knowledge and expertise on SME growth and entrepreneurship. ERC brings the evidence base on SMEs and enterprise together, drives out new research insights and works with policy makers and practitioners to ensure research shapes better policies and practices to help SMEs to grow.

Watch the video to find out more about the work of the Centre by the Director, Prof Stephen Roper.

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Research shows strong growth orientation of mid-market firms in the UK

A new research report The UK Mid Market: Pivoting to Growth’ (2014) by Professor Stephen Roper with GE Capital emphasises the strong growth orientation of UK mid-market firms and their optimism for growth over the next year. UK mid-market firms anticipate output growth of 6 per cent over the next year with exports growing 8 per cent.

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How Google Venture Capital will help Europe’s risk-taking techies

Google’s setting up of a European venture capital fund is good news for the continent’s high-tech start-ups, now we just need to grow them into giants like Facebook, writes Director of ERC Professor Stephen Roper.

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Increasing number of over 50′s starting their own businesses

The Financial Times reported on a study, led by Professor Mark Hart, which found that people aged 50 and over are starting new businesses in the UK at record levels.