Enterprise Research Centre


The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) was established in 2013 with the aim of providing high quality, independent research and analysis to inform government policy on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.

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9 Nov 2018

Drawing on new survey data this report provides a profile of micro-businesses with 1-9 employees in Northern Ireland in comparison to UK regional, Irish and US benchmarks. The report provides the first evidence on levels of business ambition, resilience and digital adoption for this group...


Evidence from micro-businesses in the UK, Ireland and USA
26 Oct 2018

The advent of Industry 4.0 emphasises the potential importance of digital adoption for sustained competitiveness. Here, based on new survey data for over 9,000 firms in the UK, Ireland and USA we consider whether digital adoption provides a new mechanism through which firms’ growth ambition...


21 May 2018

The UK’s creative industries are a national strength. They account for £91.8 billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) or 5.3 per cent of the whole economy. A high-growth sector, the creative industries grew by 45 per cent between 2010 and 2016, almost twice as fast...

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