The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was established in 2013 with a mission to answer the question ‘What drives SME Growth?’. It is a collaboration between 23 world class researchers from five University Business Schools: Warwick, Aston, Birmingham, Imperial College and Strathclyde. It is currently funded by BIS, Innovate UK, the British Bankers Association (on behalf of four major banks) and the Economic & Social Research Council. Its research covers six major themes – Entrepreneurial Ambition, Leadership & Management, Finance, Diversity, Export & Innovation and Business Demographics – and considers how these relate to the growth of SMEs. It also aims to be a ‘go to’ resource for data on small and medium size firms and their performance.
ERC works with a wide range of partners and is collaborating with Pink Shoe to provide the evidence to stimulate the debate around women’s enterprise.
Quantum Leaps’ principals have been driving change for women entrepreneurs since the mid 1970s, first in the United States, and since 1984 at the global level. Its mission is to impact economic growth, competitiveness and the innovation capacity of countries around the world by creating and improving policies that engage their single most underutilized resource – women entrepreneurs. Quantum Leaps and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) International merged in the summer of 2016. See www.quantumleapsinc.org
WIPP in the US was founded in 2001; it is non-partisan and represents 4.7m women in business with 78 partnering organisations. See www.wipp.org