CREME was established in 2004 as a joint venture between a regional development agency (East Midlands Development Agency) with a passion for promoting enterprise amongst all communities, and a group of researchers committed to making a difference at ground level. 

We deliver leading expertise on business support for ethnic minority entrepreneurs, and have transformed perceptions by working with business policy-makers and influential organisations to engage collaboratively with overlooked or disregarded business communities. Headed by Professor Monder Ram OBE, we have built up an enviable reputation regionally, nationally and internationally for our pioneering research and business engagement activities, promoting diversity and enterprise.

We are a leading contributor to academic and policy debates on ethnic minority entrepreneurship, and we are committed to the production and promotion of knowledge that is useful to academic and practitioner communities. Our collaborative approach is highly effective in developing activities that are impactful for our wide range of stakeholders, and we are fortunate to work closely with fantastic key partners to apply current academic thinking to the real world of business practice. This fusion of research and practice is a key feature of CREME’s varied range of activities.

Our previous and current funders include:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Institute for Public Policy Research
  • British Bankers Association
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Low Pay Commission
  • Equalities and Human Rights Commission
  • Local Authorities

Our work is governed by three guiding principles:

Engaged scholarship

Applying the insights and findings from our high quality ‘internationally recognised’ research to ‘real’ business issues, such as capital and finance, supplier diversity, wages, migration policies, technology and social inclusion.

Transforming practice

Working with a whole host of stakeholders to influence policy and practice, including the Private Sector (large corporate, trade and professional), local and national government funded agencies.

Outstanding engagement and dissemination

Organising events to bring together local entrepreneurs, business policy-makers and academics, to encourage networks and disseminate valuable information. The Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference is the highlight of CREME’s year, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss key issues on diversity and enterprise. CREME delivers workshops, seminars and briefings throughout the year.

Get In Touch

To find out more about working with CREME, contact Centre Manager Gurdeep Chima: chimag3@aston.ac.uk

Follow CREME on social media: Twitter @CREMEatAston | LinkedIn @CREME

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