Lifting the Lid on Enterprise Diversity and Growth in the West Midlands

Aim 

To collect and analyse data on business creation of ethnic minorities in the West Midlands to add to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) dataset. This will generate data to support evidence based policy making on minority enterprise and inclusive

Project Overview

Promoting and encouraging viable and sustainable entrepreneurial activity across the whole population requires an in-depth understanding of diversity in enterprise generation and activity. National and local policy makers acknowledge the contribution of minority enterprise to inclusive growth but are hindered by a lack of robust data. 

The GEM project generates a unique annual dataset on entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspiration in the UK and the West Midlands stretching back to 2002.  The Lifting the lid project is developing a GEM Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) for the West Midlands. This will provide new information about the nature of the firm creation process for a range of ethnic minority communities. 

Such a longitudinal study of business creation by ethnic minorities in the West Midlands, will identify those entering the start-up process and track their efforts and outcomes over time and ‘lift the lid’ on a range of issues crucial to good policy formulation and delivery. 
 

Key Partners and Personnel

Enterprise Research Centre (ERC)
Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) | Aston University
The West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WM REDI) - Birmingham Business School - University of Birmingham

Professor Mark Hart
Dr Meng Song
Prof Monder Ram

Working with Professor Anne Green 

Supported by Research England Development Fund and Aston University.

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