Context

The field of entrepreneurship is genuinely cross-disciplinary as it encompasses contributions for all the major social science disciplines such as economics, psychology and sociology. There are a number of research themes within the group which represent this diversity.

Increasing interest in the links between learning and entrepreneurship which include nascent entrepreneurs learning to start a business, established small business owners learning to grow their firms as well as student learning about enterprise.

One of the central topics related to entrepreneurship concerns the financing of new businesses as well as more established firms; this is certainly a growing area of interest within the group.  There is also a strong focus on links between business history and entrepreneurship within the E&SBM knowledge platform.

 As well as their involvement in research and publishing most group members are engaged in external activities to support entrepreneurs and the small business community. For example, the Agility Centre has recently obtained substantial ERDF funding to support local SMEs and has undertaken a number of KTPs (knowledge transfer partnerships). 

The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEEL) provides support for the small business community via the Growth Catalyst programme (leadership and enterprise development).