The ERC and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity will be holding a Research Showcase  on Thursday 22nd April, 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Come and join us for our research showcase on SME business futures, where we will present new research findings on UK SMEs and their approaches to digitalisation and net zero, and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The event will be held via Microsoft Teams and places are limited. Registration closes 16 April 2021.

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Director – ERC

Stephen Roper is Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School, Director of the Enterprise Research Centre – ERC ( and Co-Director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE).

Research Fellow

Having joined ERC in 2018 and more recently a member of the GEM UK national team, Anastasia’s current focus is entrepreneurship and small business economics investigating small firms’ financial constraints, performances and entrepreneurial attitudes and aspirations. She is passionate about giving policymakers the tools to understand the entrepreneurial experience including barriers to entrepreneurship, motivations of aspiring entrepreneurs as well as digital and innovative entrepreneurship.

Senior Research Fellow

Effie is Senior Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre and Associate Professor in Applied Economics at Leeds University Business School. Prior to that, she was Lecturer in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School. Her research is interdisciplinary and seeks to understand the institutional, demand, organizational factors that drive environmental innovations; to assess the impact of international sustainability standards upon firm performance; and to explain the role of city-regions and local knowledge spillovers upon firm’s innovation and productivity.

Research Fellow

Maria joined the Enterprise Research Centre in February 2018 as a Research Fellow based at Warwick Business School. Before coming to academia, she spent 17 years working in global consumer marketing roles in a number of UK-based companies. She is experienced in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Maria’s academic qualifications include an undergraduate degree in Business Management with French, an MA in Philosophy, an MSc in Research Methods and a PhD in Identity and Ethics. Her current research interests include business resilience, rural enterprise and business ethics.

Professor of Economics

Professor Jun Du is Professor of economics at Aston Business School, her research revolves around the evaluation and determinants of firm performance. She has extensive experience in collaborating with researchers nationally and internationally on projects on the measurement of firm productivity, the relationship between performance and R&D and innovation, finance and investment, ownership, political economy, and internationalisation.