Scots experts to drive new centre for entrepreneurs

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The University of Strathclyde is to help set up a £2.9 million centre aimed at becoming a focal point for UK research and policy on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Enterprise Research Centre will be hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities in England and will launch in January.

Professor Sara Carter, head of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed an associate director of the new centre. She said the English research facility would complement Strathclyde’s efforts by allowing more detailed studies.

“Strathclyde Business School is currently engaged in some of the leading entrepreneurship research in the UK and the centre will provide us with the opportunity to improve the evidence base that is critical for the future of Scottish SMEs,” carter said.

“Ultimately the centre will have a significant influence on policy and will not only help SMEs to achieve growth, but will also encourage people to start a business of their own and boost the Scottish and UK economy.”

The universities of Birmingham, De Montfort and Imperial College London are also part of the consortium.