Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship

Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship was launched in 2021 thanks to a £1.25million donation from University of Liverpool alumnus, Paul Brett.

Led by Professor Robert Blackburn, the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship has three main pillars:

  • Research
  • Enterprise education
  • Engagement/impact 

The Centre draws upon expertise from across the School to raise our understanding of entrepreneurship and contribute to theory and practice. We focus on problem-based, impact-driven research agendas, spanning analyses at the enterprise level and the people who run businesses, through to regional and macro analyses of entrepreneurship. In doing so we engage with academics, practitioners and policy-makers to examine the human, ecological, economic and cultural aspects of entrepreneurship.

We engage with academics, policy makers and practitioners both locally and worldwide to ensure that our agendas are compelling and relevant and the methods we use are robust. This reflects our passion to understand and foster entrepreneurship so it can potentially contribute to solving society's grand challenges, from the Liverpool City Region through to the international stage.

The Centre will also connect with other Centres across the University, such as the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place and the Virtual Engineering Centre, reflecting our ambition to shape policy and practice.

The research and impact agenda of the Centre addresses not just the SME growth agenda, but also how SMEs grow to develop internationally, and in particular the social benefits of entrepreneurship through its focus on areas such as transformational entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and disadvantaged groups, and young people and entrepreneurship

Prof Julia Balogun, Dean of The University of Liverpool Management School

Annual Impact Report

Recent work by Centre members can be explored further in our Annual Impact Report which includes reflections on key publications, research projects, funding we have received and training initiatives.

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