Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship

With world-leading research on entrepreneurship at our core, we aim to have an impact on the economy and society through engagement with students, business owners, support organisations and policymakers.

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 Centre draws upon expertise from across the University of Liverpool’s Management School to raise the understanding of entrepreneurship and contribute to both theory and practice. You can read the BCfE Annual Impact Report.

We engage with academics, policymakers, and practitioners both locally and worldwide to ensure that our agendas are compelling, relevant and that the methods we use are cutting-edge and robust. This reflects our passion to understand and foster entrepreneurship and to help develop an entrepreneurial culture across the LCR and beyond.

The Centre is part of a dynamic ecosystem, and we 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 Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship encourages both academics and PhD students to contact the Centre regarding membership availability. If you are interested in becoming a member or affiliate please contact us ( for further details.


Introduction to the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship

The work of the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship focuses on three pillars: research, education and impact.


Identify pressing research areas related to people, place and performance. We strive to create a positive impact at a community and policy level using problem-based, impact-driven research.


Help prepare University students with a foundation to operate effectively within the world of employment and to be equipped with the knowledge and the skills to go on and create new start-ups and SME’s of tomorrow.


Build on the latest research and practice to create a positive impact to shape policy and deliver in the communities that are served by the University of Liverpool.