Warwick and Aston Business Schools to launch £2.9m Enterprise Research Centre

Warwick and Aston Business Schools to launch £2.9m Enterprise Research Centre

12 Nov 2012

The universities of Warwick and Aston are set to host a new £2.9m Enterprise Research Centre, aimed at establishing the factors affecting business growth.

Launching on 1 January 2013 the new centre is a joint collaboration between 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.  It will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and influence Government policy on UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.

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

The Director of the Centre Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School said:  “The Centre will research important issues including business ambition, leadership and management, finance, innovation, productivity and diversity. Our key objective is to provide policy-makers and SME managers with the evidence they need to make good decisions for growth. We have three main ambitions: 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”.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: "We are very pleased at the announcement that this group of recognised experts in the field of entrepreneurship will lead the new Enterprise Research Centre.  We are looking forward to working together with our co-funders and the Centre to develop a better understanding of the drivers of growth for innovative entrepreneurial businesses, which will help us at the Technology Strategy Board to shape our strategy and delivery mechanisms to be as effective as possible in stimulating business-led innovation and driving economic growth."

View the full press release on the ESRC website here

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Last updated on Wednesday 14 November 2012 at 10:31

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