The work of the Centre is divided into six major Research Themes. Each theme is led by a senior academic and supported by subject specialists from across the partner institutions within ERC, with contributions from our Partners and members of the Research Associate Network.

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What shapes an entrepreneur’s ambition to grow their business?

Business Demography

What’s the relationship between entrepreneurial leadership, capability and growth in SMEs?


What’s different about SMEs led by under-represented groups and how do we support them better?

Finance and Governance

What role does access to finance have in SME growth?

Innovation and Exporting

What’s the relationship between innovation, exporting and growth in SMEs?


What type of businesses create new jobs?