News and events

We have an ongoing programme of seminars and events, as well as regular publications. Below is a summary of recent CEEDR activities. Follow the links to find out more.

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ISBE 2015 Best Track Paper Award, Nov 2015

Prof. Stephen Syrett and Dr. Janroj Keles, won the best paper in the 'Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups' track for their paper on Understanding Politicised Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Enterprise, Diasporas and Identity at the ISBE 2015 conference in Glasgow.

CEEDR awarded grant to study social inequality, Nov 2015

The Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex University,  in collaboration with a consortium of 19 universities across Europe and Latin America, has been awarded a €2.4 million Horizon 2020-Marie Curie-Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) grant, which will be used to study trends in social inequalities in Europe and Latin America. Click here to read more

CEEDR SME finance conference produces Venture Capital journal double special issue, Sept 2015

Venture Capital journal's double special issue (Vol. 17, 1&2) was published this month (21/09/2015). The issue contains articles derived from the CEEDR, Middlesex University Business School conference on Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) access to growth finance after the Global Financial Crisis, organised by Dr Rob Baldock. Contributors come from the British Business Bank, St John's Innovation Centre Cambridge and a host of top academics, including Professors Richard Harrison, Colin Mason, David Deakins, David North, Dylan Jones-Evans and Othmar Lehner, covering issues ranging from public policy to new forms of microfinance and crowd funding.

For more information, please contact Dr Rob Baldock
Click here to read this issue of Venture Capital journal

Tapping into government data – how can the third sector and social enterprise benefit?, June 2015

There are huge amounts of data held by the government which can give us evidence about third sector organisations and about their impact on beneficiaries. Researchers now face a challenge of finding ways to use this data in a safe way, to provide a better evidence base about alternative forms of meeting the pressing social and environmental issues of our day.

New paper on the use of big data by social enterprises to measure their impact, Apr 2015

A new paper has just been published in the highly rated journal , Evaluation. The paper, Opening access to administrative data for evaluating public services: The case of the Justice Data Lab is a collaboration between Fergus Lyon and Ian Vickers (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University) with Tracey Gyateng  and David Pritchard (New Philanthropy Capital), Prabhat Vaze (Belmana, UK)  and Nicola Webb (Ministry of Justice, UK). Click here to download this paper.

CEEDR organising a course on Using Data in the Third Sector and social enterprise, Apr 2015

Fergus Lyon has been asked to lead a course  for the ESRC's National Centre for Research Methods on how research on third sector organisations can use big data held by government. The course will consider how administrative data can be of use to researchers with an interest in the third sector, charities and social enterprises. It will introduce key issues of administrative data, the concept of safe use and the different ways to access data. It will explore a number of examples of how third sector researchers and third sector organisations have used administrative data, including impact evaluation.  It will end by looking to the future and identifying ways to improve access to administrative data and how to design research studies using administrative data.  The course is aimed at those conducting or commissioning research related to the third sector and those with some research experience of using administrative data considering applications in the third sector. Click here for more details of the course.

Supporting a more sustainable future, Mar 2015

Five-year research grant awarded to Middlesex University
Middlesex University will examine how alternative approaches to business and investment can support a more sustainable future after being awarded a five-year research grant. Click here to read more

BIS hosts Middlesex home businesses seminar, Jan 2015

Middlesex partners with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to explore issues around home businesses. Click here to read more.

Nexus project summary, Nov 2014

Helping researchers, business, policy and civil society work together for a sustainable future. As environmental problems become increasingly complex, there is a need to being together people involved in understanding the interactions between food, energy, water and the environment. An invited paper from the ESRC Nexus Network Program explored the challenges and opportunities for researchers to collaborate across disciplines and with non academics in business, policy and civil society. Click here to read more

Maternity burden on small business overstated, finds new review, Oct 2014

Small business owners over-estimate the burden of providing maternity protection to their staff a new review, conducted by a team of experts from Middlesex University for the International Labour Organization, has revealed. Click here to read more.

Financing SME Growth in the UK: Meeting the Challenges after the Global Financial Crisis, June 2014

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis new forms of SME finance are emerging in the place of traditional banking and equity finance sources in the UK.

This conference provides a timely forum for leading academics, practitioners and policy makers to disseminate current research and practitioner knowledge exploring finance gaps, and how best to address the financing needs of small, high growth potential, businesses that can assist UK economic expansion. Click here to read more.

Social enterprise - the defining characteristics, January 2014

Interest in social enterprise has progressed beyond the early focus of definitions and context. A new paper in one of the top Management journals explores how hybridity, and the pursuit of the dual mission of financial sustainability and social purpose, poses particular challenges and opportunities for social enterprises. Their full article, Social Enterprises as Hybrid Organizations: a review and research agenda, is published in the International Journal of Management Reviews, January 2014. Click here to read the full article.

'Enterprising Regulation' Workshop, November 2013

Dr Ian Vickers was one of the lead speakers at this one-day workshop which brought together a range of recent academic research to inform the policy agenda on the areas of the regulatory landscape which are a real burden on business and those which encourage enterprise.

ESRC Seminar Series: Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods, October 2013

This ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded seminar series aims to advance knowledge on the roles of homes and neighbourhoods in firm formation and entrepreneurship and inform/influence enterprise and housing policy and practice. By gaining a better understanding of the significance of the embeddedness of entrepreneurship in homes and neighbourhoods we seek to critically advance the view that entrepreneurial activities are local assets that require more attention in enterprise, neighbourhood and housing research and policy, and open up new perspectives for economic growth. Click here to find out more

Thomson South-Western Award for Outstanding Research, August 2013

CEEDR researchers,  Professor David North and Br Rob Baldock have won a prestigious award for outstanding research. The paper entitled 'Taking Advice: Firm Size Threshold, Competence, Concerns and Informality in a Contingency Approach' looked at why and when managers of small and medium-sized firms took advice from public and private bodies.

This paper was co-authored by Prof. David North, Dr Rob Baldock from CEEDR and Dr Kevin F. Mole of Warwick Business School.

Judging Competition for innovation, June 2013

Professor Fergus Lyon was a judge for the pie learning competition which was run by the community umbrella body Locality and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, seeking the best examples of peer learning.

Advice to Social Enterprise UK for report on spin outs, June 2013

Prof. Fergus Lyon provided advice and support to Social Enterprise UK on their report on health and social care spin-outs social enterprises.

Innovations in Public Services, June 2013

Professor Fergus Lyon and Dr Leandro Sepulveda presented at this one day seminar, which was a joint event between the TSRC and the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC) to explore the assumptions concerning the extent and meaning of innovation in public services. The challenges of encouraging innovation will be examined and issues related to overcoming barriers discussed.

Middlesex University's Fairness Conference, May 2013

Professors Stephen Syrett and Fergus Lyon both presented at this 3 day event, on how the climate of economic and political strife across Europe makes the need for fairness in our society more pressing than ever.

Social Innovation and Care Conference, 17-18 April 2013

Professor Fergus Lyon gave a keynote speech at this conference at Durham University Lindisfarne Centre. The conference aims were to explore the intersections of social enterprise, social innovation and care within the contemporary landscape of social policy, practice and governance.

Social enterprise and social innovation are widely touted as significant forces within contemporary governance. Click here to read more.

CEEDR's Big Society Report published, April 2013

This ESRC/RAKE/ISBE/Barclays-funded project led by CEEDR and The Guild explored the changing circumstances in which voluntary and community organisations (VCOs), charities and social enterprises operate in relation to the government's Big Society agenda.

VCOs and charities are expected to move from a grant culture to one of earning income through trading, particularly to deliver public services, thus adopting the social enterprise 'business' model.

Former CEEDR PhD student sets up social enterprise, April 2013

Dr Sara Calvo from the Leadership, Work and Organisation department has launched an international organisation called Living in Minca to promote the social enterprise model, educate people about social entrepreneurship and empower social entrepreneurs around the world.

CEEDR Principal Research presents at ESRC/TSRC co-centre seminar series 2012–13, April 2013

Dr Ian Vickers presented 'Beyond green niches? Growth strategies of environmentally-motivated social enterprises' as part of the Economic and Social Research Council/Third Sector Research Centre seminar series. Click here to download this presentation

Reviewer for the report on 'Inspiring Impact' by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), March 2013

Professor Fergus Lyon advised the NPC on their report on 'Inspiring Impact: Blueprint for shared measurement'.

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