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Stakeholders discuss Sheffield’s economic resilience at the ‘Project Resilience’ open forum

Monday, June 13th, 2011

‘Project Resilience’ is a HEIF 4 funded project which is been carried out by The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), in association with CFE and the Local Government Information Unit. The aim of this project is to engage national and regional stakeholders in a dialogue about entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise. Through such interactions and the facilitation of knowledge transfer, it is envisaged that the proposed plan of action will engender the creation of a new policy relevant research agenda on issues surrounding entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise.

On the 25th May 2011 ‘Project Resilience’ held a forum and networking event at the ICOSS centre at the University of Sheffield. The open forum brought together a range of stakeholders including academics and business people to discuss what makes a resilient economy. The event was introduced by the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, and was followed by a series of speakers and panel discussions about what makes more resilient economies. Presentations on the day included Ekosgen and Yorkshire Cities 2011 ‘Index of Economic Resilience,’ presentations from the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and CFE.

The next phase of ‘Project Resilience’ is to embark on a programme of policy-relevant research building on the outcomes from the forum.

To view the full article of the event published in the SPA circular click the image on the left or download here.

For more information about ‘Project Resilience’ contact Dr peter Rodgers or Dr Tim Vorley or visit the project website

CREED Awarded European Funding to Analyse EU R&D Policy Framework

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Two members of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Peter Rodgers, have been awarded 15,000 EUR through the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON). As part of the programme of work focusing on the Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level (AMCER), this research will examine the impact of EU programmes such as the FP6/FP7 and the CIP.

Dr Vorley and Dr Rodgers will be conducting a study of EU R&D policies in the East of England, examining the impact they have had on both R&D performance and territorial cohesion. This research will feed into an inter-regional comparison and serve as a monitoring tool with empirical evidence used to develop insights and understanding about the impacts of EU policies at the regional level. The intention is that the project will support robust and better informed policy making.

Creating Economic Resilience: harnessing entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise in Sheffield city region

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) is set to host an academic/practitioner forum and conduct an accompanying study examining economic resilience in the Sheffield City Region. Funding to do this has been awarded from HEFCE’s HEIF4 Knowledge Transfer Rapid Response Fund.  

By involving key regional stakeholders, the project aims to inform public policy debates relating to entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise. The two-day forum to be held at the University of Sheffield will bring together stakeholders from academia, industry and government to facilitate knowledge exchange and the sharing of good practice. The second day will specifically focus on the needs of the Sheffield City Region and the challenges it faces. Together the forum will explore how these challenges might be better addressed though collaboration between relevant local stakeholder groups (including the local universities, regional and city councils, enterprise agencies and other relevant private and public sector organisations). The second phase of this proposal will develop a programme of research building on the outcomes from the forum. The research will examine the challenges facing the Sheffield City Region, and specifically the role of entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise, and make recommendations regarding how to better harness economic growth. Ultimately the project aims to make an evidence-based impact on policy-making in the Sheffield City Region by establishing a deeper understanding about entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise that will also be relevant to other city regions across the UK.


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ESRC Seminar Series Grant Awarded on New Imperatives of Higher Education Institutions

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Dr Tim Vorley, Lecture in Entrepreneurship in the Management School, and member of the  Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) has recently received ESRC funding to host five seminars looking at the changing higher education landscape. The seminars series led by Dr Vorley will be hosted in collaboration with the colleagues at the University of Bristol and University of Leicester.

 The seminar series is a timely engagement with debates concerned with the socio-economic role played by universities both in the UK and abroad. With leading academics, policymakers and practitioners speaking at the seminars, they aim to make a timely contribution to this highly topical debate and serve as a forum for sharing good practice.  

 The five seminars, to be hosted between February 2011 and August 2012, will serve as the basis for extending research on higher education. With a combined academic-practitioner focus it is also hoped that the seminars will inform academic and policy research associated with the new institutional imperatives of Higher Education Institutions


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Management school is awarded 1million€ to stimulate students to transform energy innovation ideas into new business start-ups

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

See Energy2B webpage

ISBE co-founds The Enterprise Alliance UK

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Enterprise Alliance UK is a new initiative being launched at the House of Parliament on 27th January 2010 by three of the leading independent membership-based organisations instrumental in promoting and supporting enterprise education and entrepreneurship within Higher Education in the UK. This new initiative aims to actively promote and support enterprise and entrepreneurship education in the UK, thus increasing opportunities for students and graduates to create new ventures.


ISBE debates ‘Recession Coping Strategies’ for small firms and regional development’.

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Denise Fletcher chaired a plenary session in which panel members debated the key issues and challenges facing small firms during the recession. Denise presented a ‘tell it like it really is’ account of how one small construction business is coping with the effects of recession at ISBE Annual Conference in Liverpool, 2009. Opening her talk on a light hearted note: “A man went to his bank manager and said, ‘I’d like to start a small business. How do I go about it?’ ‘Simple,’ said the bank manager. ‘Buy a big one and wait’ , Denise went on to argue that recession is no joking matter. She referred to Insolvency Service Statistics which report that 4,941 firms went into compulsory liquidation in the first quarter of 2009 (an increase of 56% from the previous year) to make the case that the resilience and survival of small firms vis a vis larger firms as they reduce in size is a very important topic for discussion. Making reference to a small business she runs with her partner, she detailed their coping strategies concluding however, that there was still worse to come for small firms in some sectors. Other panel members were: Frank Mckenna, Founding member and chairman of DownTown Liverpool – a business club organisation that represents the interests of private sector development in Liverpool; David Storey, Professor of Small business from Warwick business school; John Leake, General Manager for Daresbury Science and Innovation campus – a technology focused business facility; Alistair Anderson, Professor of Entrepreneurship from Robert Gordon University representing the Federation of Small Business for whom he is academic advisor and Mike Taylor – who is Investment Director for Liverpool Vision (an organisation that supports inward investment, business growth and starts).


Chair of Research Committee for International Family Enterprise Research Academy, Lancaster, 2010

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

As Chair of the Research Committee for the 10th Annual World Family Business Research Conference of IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy), Denise Fletcher will join family business scholars in sharing the latest research findings, theoretical advancements, empirical trends and best practice/ policy agendas at Lancaster University, Centre for Family Business in July 6–9 2010.

Establishing a European platform for tackling undeclared work

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Across the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU-27) as well as EFTA countries, national governments have invested a great deal of effort in developing and testing various policy approaches and measures to tackle undeclared work Until now, however, the emphasis given to cross-national cooperation has been rather less than one might have expected.

Reflecting this, the role of international cooperation in the prevention and fight against undeclared work has gained increased priority as a policy matter in the EU and in Member States’ agendas. At present, most cooperation occurs on a piecemeal country-by-country basis. More concerted coordinated action between labour inspectorates, and other relevant monitoring and enforcement bodies to prevent and fight undeclared work, has been the exception rather than the rule.

In consequence, it is now widely recognised that there is a need to explore the feasibility of establishing a European platform to coordinate actions between labour inspectorates, and other relevant monitoring and enforcement bodies. The precise configuration of this platform for coordinated European action, however, will need to be fully debated and an evidence-base is required to enable that discussion and debate to take place in the clearest of terms.

Professor Colin Williams of the Management School has been selected by the European Commission to provide the evidence-base and a series of policy options so as to enable an informed discussion and debate.

A feasibility study will be conducted during 2010 on establishing a European platform for cooperation between labour inspectorates, and other relevant monitoring and enforcement bodies, to prevent and fight undeclared work, funded by the European Commission [No. VT/2009/049]. This will learn from the lessons of not only previous attempts to seek cooperation in other spheres of activity at a European level and/or cross-nationally but also gauge evidence and views from across the full range of interested parties across governments and social partners in EU member states and beyond.

This research will be conducted in collaboration with Dr Piet Renooy of Regioplan Policy Research in the Netherlands, Ruslan Stefanov of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in Bulgaria, Professor Charles Woolfson of Linköping University in Sweden and Roeland Hartman, international labour law expert at Holland Van Gijzen Attorneys.

The current project builds upon Professor Williams’ involvement in earlier European-wide research including the design of a 27-nation survey of undeclared work for the European Commission implemented by Eurobarometer in 2007, and the recent production for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions of a good practice ‘knowledge bank’ evaluating the effectiveness and transferability of over 100 policy measures used in 27 EU member states.

ConsultIWP Business Series

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

ConsultIWP, the commercial arm of the Institute of Work Psychology, regularly hosts free business sessions, designed to help local businesses survive the economic downturn by providing them with valuable industry-leading insight and best practices.
The sessions, which are open to companies and organisations in all sectors and of all sizes, cover topical HR issues relevant in today’s challenging market conditions. Each session features top-class speakers and associates from the Univeristy of Sheffield Management School and the world-renowned Institute of Work Psychology who are at the cutting edge of developments in organizational and work psychology.

Why should you come along?

“From reflection will come even more effective action” – Peter Drucker

Our business sessions provide an excellent forum for stimulating discussion and sharing ideas and views as business leaders from across Yorkshire come together to share their own experiences.
You will walk away with a better understanding of ‘hot’ HR issues, and practical tools and ideas that you can use within your company. Excellent food and a chance to network and promote your own business with other local companies in a relaxed and informal environment help make these sessions the most talked-about networking events in Yorkshire.

Past attendees have their say:

“I thought you and your colleagues put on a great event and I have just booked for the next one!” Paul Kincell, Chartered Management Institute
“A good mix of theory Vs practice and an opportunity to implement theory-based practice back in the workplace”
Tanya Wright, South Yorkshire Police

Upcoming Free Events in 2009/2010

* Tuesday 3rd November 2009 – How to create successful and adaptable work teams
* Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – How to improve organisational performance through innovative supply chain management
* Tuesday 2nd February 2010 – Is unacceptable behaviour at work costing you and your employees?
* Tuesday 16th March 2010 – Job crafting – how to improve the quality of work by engaging employees
* Wednesday 19th May 2010 – How to engage with the challenges and opportunities of corporate social responsibility

These events are free but please do register in advance to secure your place. To register and for more information visit or contact 0114 222 3227.