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Hunter Centre students win Founders Award at  Values and Ventures competition in Texas

Team Revive won the Founders Award, which is given to the team that displays bold thinking and breakthrough ideas, and is named after Nancy T. Richards and Lisa Barrentine, Dallas-based real estate entrepreneurs who co-founded the competition with the Neeley School in 2010. The team will receive $5,000 dollars.

Well done Team Revive - Rachael Reid, Scott Kennedy, Fergus Moore, Christie Murphy and Rebecca Richardson!


Strathclyde students take coffee revolution to USA

Five students from Strathclyde Business School are preparing to present an innovative business plan to turn used coffee into fertiliser at an international social enterprise competition in the USA.  ‘Team Revive’ are heading to the Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition at the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at TCU, Texas, which starts on a 19th of April. They are one of 30 teams from 30 universities from around the world looking to claim a share of total prize money of $43,000.

Team Revive were chosen from more than 100 people in 20 teams after an event earlier this year. The team is studying a BA in Business Enterprise at Strathclyde Business School’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.  The invitation only Vales and Ventures competition was founded in 2011 with the aim of encouraging for-profit business ideas which had social responsibility at their heart. Last year’s winning idea from the University of Houston was for an online retailer catering for people with disabilities.  Head of the Hunter Centre, Professor Sara Carter, said: "The trip to Texas will let the future generation of Scottish entrepreneurs compete against the best in America. I am confident they will hold their own.  “The winning idea combined imagination and practicality and we wish the Revive team the best of luck ahead of the Values and Ventures competition.”

Spokeswoman for Team Revive, Rachael Reid, said: "We are all very proud to be representing Strathclyde in Texas and can't thank our lecturers and peers enough for their continuous support.

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Enterprise Research Centre will Boost Business Growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.

For the full press release please see - http://www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/headline_674776_en.html


Business start-up expectations and activity rise to new highs - GEM UK 2011 report

Research conducted at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde indicates that in 2011, more people expected to start their own business in the future or were actively trying to start a business than at any time in the last ten years.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK 2011 report found that for the first time since recording began in 1999, over 20% of the working age population in the UK either expected to start a business in the next three years, were actively trying to start a business, or were running their own business.

The proportion of working age adults actively trying to start a business who were not already running another business rose from 2.9% to 4.1% in 2011, while a further 6.8% expected to start a business in the next three years, up from 4.6% in 2010.

This rise in start-up activity is not just driven by necessity: while there were twice as many necessity-based entrepreneurs trying to start new businesses in 2011 as in 2010, the number of people trying to start new ventures because they spotted a business opportunity also rose significantly.

The report was written by Professor Jonathan Levie from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School and Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School.

The GEM UK Report 2011 surveyed more than 10,000 people in the four home nations of the UK. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (www.gemconsortium.org) is the largest and most comprehensive international study of its kind of entrepreneurial attitudes, activities, and aspirations.

The report can be accessed at http://www.gemconsortium.org/docs/2425/gem-uk-2011-report

The full press release can be viewed at http://www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/headline_648886_en.html


Decline in entrepreneurial activity in Scotland halted - GEM Scotland 2011 Report Launch

The number of Scots expecting to start their own business in the next three years was significantly higher in 2011 than in 2010, according to research by an academic at the University of Strathclyde.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2011 survey found that the proportion of working age individuals in Scotland who expected to start a business in the next three years rose significantly from 6.0% to 9.8%.  However, Scottish entrepreneurs are also more likely than entrepreneurs across the UK to report that one of the biggest difficulties they faced in starting their business was finding suitable staff.

The report’s author, Professor Jonathan Levie of the University's Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, said: “It is encouraging that entrepreneurial intention has increased and this could lead to an increase in actual new business creation rates over the next year or two.

“The long, slow decline in early-stage entrepreneurial activity also appears to have been arrested, if not reversed, in 2011.

“However, while there is room for optimism, more needs to be done to turn the intention to start a business into reality. Scottish entrepreneurs still face challenges in getting funding, customers and staff. There is also considerable scepticism across the Scottish public about the wisdom of embarking on an entrepreneurial career, despite the relatively high status afforded to successful entrepreneurs.”

Access to finance continues to be a barrier to starting a business with half of non-entrepreneurs thinking it would be their biggest problem and almost half of entrepreneurs citing it as their biggest difficulty.

The survey also revealed that the proportion of employees in small businesses engaged in new business activity for their employer is significantly lower in Scotland than in the UK – despite high levels of recognition by employees that their employer provided support to individuals who came up with ideas for new goods and services.  

Sir Tom Hunter, who endowed the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde, said: "The good news is this year’s report indicates there are signs that the decline in early stage entrepreneurial activity has halted. The report shows that the proportion of working-age individuals who intend to start a business has also increased, but if we are to succeed on a global stage, we need to do more.

“In many areas we are no longer lagging behind the rest of the UK. Perhaps some of our initiatives in education are now starting to bear fruit, as founders’ knowledge of how to start in business in Scotland compares favourably to the UK.

“Now we need ambition that avoids or jumps the hurdles, innovation that doesn’t expect Government to provide, or you or me to solve problems. We need entrepreneurs that get on with it.

“GEM Scotland allows us to see where we are, not where we are going. Its up to us to invent where we go next, so let’s get on and do that – self-determining how you intend to build your business is the only way forward.”

The report is available here:

GEM Scotland Report 2011


The Hunter Centre have been awarded a 140,000 Euro EU Marie Curie Fellowship.  

We have been successfull in winning a EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships, the project title is the ‘Determinants of the start-up process and their impact on newly-created companies’ growth intentions’. 

The investigator will be Professor Aleksandra Gawel, from Poznan University of Economics, Poland who will start the project based at the Hunter Centre in August 2012.


The Hunter Centre welcomes Dr Nina Rosenbusch

Dr Nina Rosenbusch joined the centre in August as a Senior Lecturer.  She had previously earned a scholarship to visit Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada, as a Research Fellow and worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Jena, Germany.  Nina's main research interests focus on innovation, ambidexterity and other determinants of firm success, including the determinants of long-term IPO performance. She collaborates with internationally renowned scholars from various disciplines to conduct primary field studies as well as meta-analytic research. Her research has been published at Journal of Business Venturing and presented at various international conferences


Professor Colin Mason visits Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

In September Professor Colin Mason of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship spent a few days in Newfoundland, Canada's most easterly province, at the invitation of the Business Faculty of the Memorial University of Newfoundland where he gave a series of talks to faculty, undergraduate and MBA students, tenants of the university's business incubator, the local business angel group and an audience of policy-makers. He was also invited to meet the Deputy Minister in the Provincial Government's Industry Department.

The highlight of his visit was a well-received talk to policy-makers at the Harris Centre, whose role is to connect the university with the regional policy and development needs of the province. His talk, entitled "Quantity Versus Quality in Enterprise Policy: How Do We Get More High Growth Firms", outlined the argument for an entrepreneurial policy which supports high growth firms and the form that such a policy should take. This talk was based on his forthcoming paper in Small Business Economics, co-authored with Dr Ross Brown of Scottish Enterprise (and a Strathclyde grdauate) and arises from his ongoing work for Scottish Enterprise on high growth firms.

The longer-term objective of the visit was to work with the entrepreneurship staff at MUN to develop a research proposal that would attract funding from the Harris Centre and which would be undertaken next summer. As a committed Canada-phile Professor Mason views the prospect of spending some of next summer in Canada as very attractive.


 

Congratulations to Cara Pleym runner up at the BMAF 2011 Business Student Competition

Cara a first year student at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, was awarded a runner up prize for her entry into the BMAF 2011 Business Student Competition.  Using the Value Challenge in her first year Business Enterprise class as inspiration for her essay, Cara clearly demonstrated "How I will use my learning to become a graduate with impact".

For further details on the competition and to read Cara's essay please visit 'Graduate with Impact'


 

Scotland's young entrepreneurs turning to family for advice- Better training needed for business owners of the future

Young entrepreneurs in Scotland are relying on their family for both financial assistance and advice, according to research by academics at the University of Strathclyde.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2010 found that Scotland's young start-up entrepreneurs rely on family more than any other individuals when setting up a business with 25% seeking funding from close family and 14% from other relatives.

However, despite an encouraging recovery in activity following a negative reaction to the recession, there remains a significant gap in training to better educate the country’s future business owners.

The report's author, Dr Jonathan Levie of the University's Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, said: “About twice as many young entrepreneurs value the advice of friends and family as those who value the advice of professional business advisors, even though most of their family and friends have had no experience of running a business themselves. This raises questions about the quality of advice they are getting.”

The report also highlights a ‘lost generation’ of entrepreneurs with a gap in total early-stage entrepreneurial activity (TEA) for people in their thirties – in stark contrast to the trend for the rest of the UK.

Dr Levie commented: “We cannot recover this lost generation, but we can help prevent another through universal provision of training in starting a business in colleges and universities. If we do not, much of Scotland’s investment in enterprise education in our schools could be wasted.”

Scotland’s annual GEM report encourages the Scottish government to look at enterprise policy in an integrated way and fill the gap in third level education. The report proposes that by implementing a comprehensive action plan, the rising level of disinterest in entrepreneurship could be addressed.

Sir Tom Hunter, who endowed the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde, said: " Fundamentally, Scotland needs to drive more economic development, both corporately and entrepreneurially, and if we do not drive a definitive strategy to do so – that includes a supportive tax regime, fiscal policies that drive growth and ground level support for start-ups - we will be an economy destined for reverse gear.

“Our new government should take a fresh look at enterprise policy across all the environments through which our young people travel – including further, as well as higher, education. Scotland has led the world in the past; it’s time for it to lead again for our national future. "

The full report can be downloaded here GEM Scotland 2010 Report

For the full press: GEM Scotland 2010 - Press Release

To request a copy of the GEM report please email entrepreneur@strath.ac.uk

 


   

Leading figure appointed visiting professor at University of Strathclyde

Professor John Anderson, Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor within the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Professor Anderson, a well-known specialist in entrepreneurship and new venture creation in Scotland, has led The Entrepreneurial Exchange to become the country’s leading organisation for ambitious growth oriented entrepreneurs and which now has some 430 members, including most of Scotland’s recent successful wealth creators, with a collective turnover of £23 billion and employing around 290,000 people worldwide.

The appointment further enhances the international reputation of the Hunter Centre and highlights its commitment to providing first class business education and executive training.

Professor Anderson said: “Having completed my MBA here at Strathclyde in the mid nineties with my own focus on entrepreneurship I have been fortunate to continue my association with the University ever since and I have watched entrepreneurship teaching and research at Strathclyde develop from a small elective subject area to a fully resourced and internationally renowned Centre.  It is a privilege to join a gifted team here at the Hunter Centre and I look forward to contributing to its continuing development.

As a CA in professional practice, Professor Anderson worked with many of Scotland’s most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989. An experienced non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses, he is a regular contributor to the media on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise "Local Heroes" project, based in part on his own MBA thesis "Local Heroes - Scotland's Entrepreneurial Role Models".

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the Hunter Centre, is delighted with the appointment, she said: “The Hunter Centre prides itself on challenging our students to see how they can change the world around them and make a difference to real people through efficient economic exchange.

“The appointment of Professor Anderson highlights our commitment to providing the best possible education and opportunities and strengthens our links to leading figures in the world of business, setting us apart from traditional business education.

“We recognise the wealth of experience that this appointment brings to the University and we embrace the principles of The Entrepreneurial Exchange which helps to inform, motivate, educate, inspire and support entrepreneurs to realise their full potential

“The University is committed to working side-by-side with external partners and business leaders to produce top class graduates and deliver valuable contributions to support the national economy.”

 


Signs of Recovery in UK Entrepreneurial Intentions and Aspirations

A new generation of entrepreneurs who will play a role in Britain’s future economic growth and prosperity is emerging with a little help from family and friends, according to a new report from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (UK).

Overall, a recovery of entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions to 2008 levels was evident in the UK in 2010 after a slight dip in 2009.  Nine out of ten start-up and new entrepreneurs in the UK in 2010 were opportunity-driven, findings show, which was higher than in most G7 nations, including the US.

In addition, the percentage of non-entrepreneurs in the UK who agreed there were good opportunities for starting a business in their local area in the next six months rose for the first time since 2007: from 23 per cent in 2009 to 27 per cent in 2010.

The report, entitled Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK 2010, published today, was written by Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School and Dr Jonathan Levie from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship in Strathclyde Business School.

For the full report please see GEM UK 2010 Report

Full press release GEM UK 2010 Press Release


“Hunter Centre Prof’ thoughts on the Budget”

Professor Colin Mason from the Hunter Centre provides a commentary for the 2011 budget.

Budget 2011: Enterprising Scotland


TalentScotland Graduates attending business development training course

The second group of graduates to take part in the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands are attending a residential training course this week. The course, at Fairburn Activity Centre near Inverness, is delivered by The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University.

The thirteen graduates benefitting from the tailored business skills course will work in businesses and social enterprises in Shetland, Western Isles, Raasay, Tain, Alness, Inverness, Wick and Forres.

A survey of the participating graduates from the first course in December 2010 showed that the course had increased their confidence in their job role. The graduates also felt they had gained a better understanding of aspects of finance, employee relations and new product development.


The programme in the Highlands and Islands is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund with the training element funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).  In the Highlands and Islands the programme is managed by HIE with Scottish Enterprise (SE) managing the programme for the rest of Scotland.


New book published by Professor Sara Carter

Professor Sara Carter has had a new book published, titled the ‘Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Rural Development’, Edward Elgar. The book is an edited collection of work from around the world, containing contributions from 46 authors and 17 different countries. The book is co-edited with colleagues from the Nordland Research Institute in Norway and Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden. The formal book launch took place on the 2nd March at the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Oslo.


Lecturer wins CSI award for Best Paper in Social Entrepreneurship

Jillian Gordon, Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, was recently awarded the CSI Award for Best Paper in Social Entrepreneurship.  Jillian presented her paper titled "The Value Added Approach of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy" at the 8th AGSE International Entrepreneruship Research Exchange held at Swinburne University in Melbourne.

For further information on Jillian's research please see Dr Jillian Gordon and Centre for Charitable Giving & Philanthropy


MICROSOFT VP inspires Scotland's aspiring entrepreneurs

Young, aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship on the 5th February to hear what it takes to be successful in business from the vice president at the helm of one of the world’s leading IT services organisations.

In an event organized by PSYTB in partnership with the Hunter Centre, Bob McDowell, vice president for Microsoft Corporation in Seattle urged Scotland’s budding entrepreneurs to seize opportunities for enterprise and innovation and not to be deterred from realising their future career ambitions.

The audience, which comprised Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship students and some young entrepreneurs who have been assisted by The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) to set up their own business, heard that maintaining excellent customer relationships and taking bold decisions, are key ingredients to success in business.

McDowell, who has spent the last twenty years working for Microsoft, latterly as vice president responsible for helping Microsoft’s largest customers maximise their use of current Microsoft Office technologies to add business value to their organisations, went on to explain how these key ingredients contribute to business survival and long term success. “There has never been a better opportunity for an organisation to leverage the advances in IT for competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace”.

Alrick Pagnon a second year Business Enterprise student said of the event:

“I was delighted to attend this great event hosted by PSYBT and the hunter centre. The quality of the key speakers such as Bob McDowell, the small number of guests and the presence of several young entrepreneurs made this event a great success. I didn’t have any prior knowledge in new technologies and IT but the passion expressed by Bob McDowell for entrepreneurship and business creation made this seminar accessible to anyone. I also had the pleasure to speak directly to Bob McDowell after his conference and I was amazed by his devotion and his commitment. He took the time to answer our questions and even to give us personal advices which I believe will be useful in my future career”

McDowell was also joined on stage by Paula Russell, co-founder of Strung Out Guitars and Andrew Stevenson of Tangent Graphic, who spoke of the challenges and the achievements they have experienced since starting their own businesses.


TalentScotland graduates attend first business development training course

Twelve high-flying graduates battled snow and ice to attend the first residential training course of the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands.

The £1.5 million programme delivered by Strathclyde's Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Robert Gordon University, is designed to give graduates real-life business experience and help ambitious companies achieve growth.

The programme in the Highlands and Islands is managed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with Scottish Enterprise (SE) managing the programme for the rest of Scotland. The graduates are working with businesses to help them innovate or develop new products and processes, while gaining vital work experience after completing their studies.

Dr Jonathan Levie, of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, said: "The programme is attracting high calibre graduates who have the ability to make a real difference to the companies they work with. Our role is to help them develop into strong leaders so they can ultimately drive business growth.

"Strathclyde has a strong track record of working with business, industry and the public sector and we're delighted to be working with the TalentScotland programme."

Among the graduates were James Williamson, a Strathclyde engineering graduate at BSW Timber, and Chris Putt at Highland Activities in Kinlochlaggan.

James said: "I spent four years learning from books, but the real learning starts in the workplace."

Funding from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has made the development and delivery of this tailored course possible. Up to 600 graduates in Scotland will benefit from this course between 2010 and 2013.

The TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme is also supported by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service and the European Regional Development Fund.


Award winning support for early career researchers

A series of workshops dedicated to supporting enterprise activity across Strathclyde's research community will begin in the New Year.

The University’s Researcher Development Programme is developing a range of masterclasses to help early career researchers and postgraduate research students develop their skills in business development, research commercialisation and communication.

The news follows the success of the KE Step Change programme developed by Universities Scotland and partners including Strathclyde, which was awarded the Times Higher Education’s Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers award last month. It helped more than 300 researchers across Scotland develop skills in knowledge exchange, thereby promoting a significant step change in Scottish research and innovation culture.

Professor David Gani, the University’s Deputy Principal for External Affairs & Advancement, said: “The success of the KE Step Change programme reflects Strathclyde’s entrepreneurial ethos and commitment to supporting the early career researcher community. It is critical that researchers are given the opportunity to work collaboratively and develop skills to maximise the impact of their work.

Programmes will include:

An innovative course on ‘technology road-mapping’ developed by Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, which introduces participants to the world of commercialising technology in industry, and associated new business development techniques

A suite of workshops linked to enterprise including communication, marketing techniques and competency training

A two-day practical masterclass in social entrepreneurship, offering postgraduate research students and early career research staff in the Business School the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and experience of social enterprise and business planning, stimulate their sense of innovation and develop their skills in team working, communication and analysis

For more information about early career researcher programmes, or to find out more about any aspect of Strathclyde’s Researcher Development Programme, visit www.strath.ac.uk/rdp or email claire.jackson@strath.ac.uk , Researcher Development Officer.


TalentScotland Graduates attending business development training course

The second group of graduates to take part in the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands are attending a residential training course this week. The course, at Fairburn Activity Centre near Inverness, is delivered by The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University.

The thirteen graduates benefitting from the tailored business skills course will work in businesses and social enterprises in Shetland, Western Isles, Raasay, Tain, Alness, Inverness, Wick and Forres.

A survey of the participating graduates from the first course in December 2010 showed that the course had increased their confidence in their job role. The graduates also felt they had gained a better understanding of aspects of finance, employee relations and new product development.

The programme in the Highlands and Islands is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund with the training element funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).  In the Highlands and Islands the programme is managed by HIE with Scottish Enterprise (SE) managing the programme for the rest of Scotland.

The programme in the Highlands and Islands is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund with the training element funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).  In the Highlands and Islands the programme is managed by HIE with Scottish Enterprise (SE) managing the programme for the rest of Scotland

The second group of graduates to take part in the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands are attending a residential training course this week. The course, at Fairburn Activity Centre near Inverness, is delivered by The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University.

The thirteen graduates benefitting from the tailored business skills course will work in businesses and social enterprises in Shetland, Western Isles, Raasay, Tain, Alness, Inverness, Wick and Forres.

A survey of the participating graduates from the first course in December 2010 showed that the course had increased their confidence in their job role. The graduates also felt they had gained a better understanding of aspects of finance, employee relations and new product development.


The programme in the Highlands and Islands is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund with the training element funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).  In the Highlands and Islands the programme is managed by HIE with Scottish Enterprise (SE) managing the programme for the rest of Scotland.


Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.


Professor Carter said: “We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has been chosen to play such an important role in this consortium of the UK’s leading business schools and I am looking forward to taking up the role of Associate Director. 

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy regarding enterprise in the UK and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The new £2.9 million centre will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and inform Government policy and business practice for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. It 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.

The Director of the Centre will be Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. He said: “I am delighted to be leading the Enterprise Research Centre with Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School. By working together we will generate world-class research which will both benefit business and inform UK policy development.”

He continued: “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”.

Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “It is essential we listen to our SMEs and understand what makes them tick and how we can help them grow. By collaborating with partners and bringing together leading academics, the new Enterprise Research Centre will help the formulation of long-term policy that will help to stimulate economic growth in the UK.”

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC, said: "Supporting economic performance and sustainable growth, and developing collaborative partnerships with business and policy are key priorities for the ESRC. I am pleased to be working with the British Bankers Association, the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop this new Enterprise Research Centre. Our complementary knowledge and experience make us ideal partners in this investment and by working together we will generate research which will directly benefit business and inform policy development."

Anthony Browne, CEO of BBA, said: “We very much look forward to working with Warwick University and its strong academic consortium in getting the Enterprise Research Centre up and running. This very important initiative will help inform policy, provide a focal point for SME research, bring key knowledge together in one place and help banks better serve their business customers. The research will help policy makers, business organisations and investors work together to develop and deliver initiatives that support enterprise and the UK growth agenda.”

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.

Professor Sara CarterProfessor Carter said: “We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has been chosen to play such an important role in this consortium of the UK’s leading business schools and I am looking forward to taking up the role of Associate Director. 

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy regarding enterprise in the UK and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The new £2.9 million centre will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and inform Government policy and business practice for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. It 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.

The Director of the Centre will be Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. He said: “I am delighted to be leading the Enterprise Research Centre with Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School. By working together we will generate world-class research which will both benefit business and inform UK policy development.”

He continued: “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”.

Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “It is essential we listen to our SMEs and understand what makes them tick and how we can help them grow. By collaborating with partners and bringing together leading academics, the new Enterprise Research Centre will help the formulation of long-term policy that will help to stimulate economic growth in the UK.”

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC, said: "Supporting economic performance and sustainable growth, and developing collaborative partnerships with business and policy are key priorities for the ESRC. I am pleased to be working with the British Bankers Association, the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop this new Enterprise Research Centre. Our complementary knowledge and experience make us ideal partners in this investment and by working together we will generate research which will directly benefit business and inform policy development."

Anthony Browne, CEO of BBA, said: “We very much look forward to working with Warwick University and its strong academic consortium in getting the Enterprise Research Centre up and running. This very important initiative will help inform policy, provide a focal point for SME research, bring key knowledge together in one place and help banks better serve their business customers. The research will help policy makers, business organisations and investors work together to develop and deliver initiatives that support enterprise and the UK growth agenda.”

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.


Professor Carter said: “We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has been chosen to play such an important role in this consortium of the UK’s leading business schools and I am looking forward to taking up the role of Associate Director. 

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy regarding enterprise in the UK and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The new £2.9 million centre will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and inform Government policy and business practice for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. It 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.

The Director of the Centre will be Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. He said: “I am delighted to be leading the Enterprise Research Centre with Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School. By working together we will generate world-class research which will both benefit business and inform UK policy development.”

He continued: “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”.

Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “It is essential we listen to our SMEs and understand what makes them tick and how we can help them grow. By collaborating with partners and bringing together leading academics, the new Enterprise Research Centre will help the formulation of long-term policy that will help to stimulate economic growth in the UK.”

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC, said: "Supporting economic performance and sustainable growth, and developing collaborative partnerships with business and policy are key priorities for the ESRC. I am pleased to be working with the British Bankers Association, the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop this new Enterprise Research Centre. Our complementary knowledge and experience make us ideal partners in this investment and by working together we will generate research which will directly benefit business and inform policy development."

Anthony Browne, CEO of BBA, said: “We very much look forward to working with Warwick University and its strong academic consortium in getting the Enterprise Research Centre up and running. This very important initiative will help inform policy, provide a focal point for SME research, bring key knowledge together in one place and help banks better serve their business customers. The research will help policy makers, business organisations and investors work together to develop and deliver initiatives that support enterprise and the UK growth agenda.”

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.


Professor Carter said: “We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has been chosen to play such an important role in this consortium of the UK’s leading business schools and I am looking forward to taking up the role of Associate Director. 

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy regarding enterprise in the UK and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The new £2.9 million centre will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and inform Government policy and business practice for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. It 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.

The Director of the Centre will be Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. He said: “I am delighted to be leading the Enterprise Research Centre with Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School. By working together we will generate world-class research which will both benefit business and inform UK policy development.”

He continued: “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”.

Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “It is essential we listen to our SMEs and understand what makes them tick and how we can help them grow. By collaborating with partners and bringing together leading academics, the new Enterprise Research Centre will help the formulation of long-term policy that will help to stimulate economic growth in the UK.”

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC, said: "Supporting economic performance and sustainable growth, and developing collaborative partnerships with business and policy are key priorities for the ESRC. I am pleased to be working with the British Bankers Association, the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop this new Enterprise Research Centre. Our complementary knowledge and experience make us ideal partners in this investment and by working together we will generate research which will directly benefit business and inform policy development."

Anthony Browne, CEO of BBA, said: “We very much look forward to working with Warwick University and its strong academic consortium in getting the Enterprise Research Centre up and running. This very important initiative will help inform policy, provide a focal point for SME research, bring key knowledge together in one place and help banks better serve their business customers. The research will help policy makers, business organisations and investors work together to develop and deliver initiatives that support enterprise and the UK growth agenda.”

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

 

 

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.

Professor Carter said: “We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has been chosen to play such an important role in this consortium of the UK’s leading business schools and I am looking forward to taking up the role of Associate Director. 

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy regarding enterprise in the UK and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The new £2.9 million centre will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and inform Government policy and business practice for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. It 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.

The Director of the Centre will be Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. He said: “I am delighted to be leading the Enterprise Research Centre with Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School. By working together we will generate world-class research which will both benefit business and inform UK policy development.”

He continued: “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”.

Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “It is essential we listen to our SMEs and understand what makes them tick and how we can help them grow. By collaborating with partners and bringing together leading academics, the new Enterprise Research Centre will help the formulation of long-term policy that will help to stimulate economic growth in the UK.”

Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC, said: "Supporting economic performance and sustainable growth, and developing collaborative partnerships with business and policy are key priorities for the ESRC. I am pleased to be working with the British Bankers Association, the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop this new Enterprise Research Centre. Our complementary knowledge and experience make us ideal partners in this investment and by working together we will generate research which will directly benefit business and inform policy development."

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The University of Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in a new £2.9 million centre that will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the University of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre which launches on 1 January 2013. The Universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.

Professor Carter said: “We are delighted that the University of Strathclyde has been chosen to play such an important role in this consortium of the UK’s leading business schools and I am looking forward to taking up the role of Associate Director. 

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy regarding enterprise in the UK and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The new £2.9 million centre will exploit and develop the existing knowledge base and data resources, strengthen the links between evidence and practice, and inform Government policy and business practice for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. It 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.

The Director of the Centre will be Stephen Roper, Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. He said: “I am delighted to be leading the Enterprise Research Centre with Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School. By working together we will generate world-class research which will both benefit business and inform UK policy development.”

He continued: “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”.

Enterprise research centre will boost business growth

The Enterprise Research Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

PhD Studentship

 

Five students from Strathclyde Business School are preparing to present an innovative business plan to turn used coffee into fertiliser at an international social enterprise competition in the USA.

Team Revive were chosen from more than 100 people in 20 teams after an event earlier this year. The team is studying a BA in Business Enterprise at Strathclyde Business School’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The invitation only Vales and Ventures competition was founded in 2011 with the aim of encouraging for-profit business ideas which had social responsibility at their heart. Last year’s winning idea from the University of Houston was for an online retailer catering for people with disabilities.

Head of the Hunter Centre, Professor Sara Carter, said: "The trip to Texas will let the future generation of Scottish entrepreneurs compete against the best in America. I am confident they will hold their own."

“The fact Strathclyde was invited to take part in the competition is recognition both of the quality both our programme and of the calibre of our students.

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