About Us

The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) is an independent research centre which aims to provide trusted, robust and independent commentary on SME research and policy. The ERC is a partnership between Warwick Business School, Aston Business School, Imperial College Business School, Strathclyde Business School, Birmingham Business School and De Montfort University.
ERC funding is provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and, through the British Bankers Association (BBA), by the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, HSBC Bank PLC, Barclays Bank PLC, Bank of Scotland PLC and Lloyds TSB Bank PLC.

ERC's research activity is divided into six research themes:


Theme 1: Entrepreneurial Ambition and Growth

Theme 2: Entrepreneurial Leadership, Capabilities and Growth

Theme 3: Diversity and SMEs in the Emerging Economy

Theme 4: Finance and Growth

Theme 5: SME Innovation, exporting and growth – An Embedded Perspective

Theme 6: Firm Dynamics, Job Creation and Productivity Growth


ERC is supported by a Funders' Group and an independent Advisory Group. The Funders Group comprises (from right to left): Mark Hart, Deputy Director, ERC; Nigel Walker, (TSB); Carol Murray, (BIS); Martin Cooke (Chair, ESRC); Irene Graham (BBA); David Ridley (ESRC); Stephen Roper, Director ERC.



The ERC  Advisory Group is chaired by Sir Richard Lambert. The role of the advisory group is to advise on the strategic direction of the Centre, monitor the progress of programmes and projects against the agreed objectives, and contribute to effective communication.

The Advisory Group comprises members of the Funders’ Group and the following members: Adam Marshall, British Chambers of Commerce; Professor Mike Power, LSE; John Anderson, the Entrepreneurial Exchange; Iqbal Wahhab, Cinnamon Club/Roast restaurant; Professor Friederike Welter; Lucy Armstrong, CBI; Jenny Tooth, UK Business Angels Association; Emmanouil Schizas, ACCA; Andrew Johnson, EEF; David Frost, LEP Network.