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Centre for Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Centre for Enterprise is an established and professorially led team of enterprising academics within Manchester Metropolitan University.

Why we do what we do

The Centre for Enterprise uses its four core knowledge areas: business growth, entrepreneurial leadership, enterprise and sustainability to impact upon North West regional economic growth, UK and European policy development and international academic advancement of knowledge.


We are

We are a self-financing Centre, funded entirely through private commercial sponsorship, commercial programme fees and secured competitive public funding. The Centre also benefits from having an externally appointed Advisory Board, comprising of leading business figures in professional disciplines, who each bring specialist knowledge and a shared passion for enabling university knowledge to benefit business communities.

  • Well known for making research useful in practice for small firms, focussing on owner-manager leadership and company growth. We are also very experienced in effective knowledge exchange to support entrepreneurial behaviour across different types and sizes of organisations
  • A practical business engagement team, supporting innovation and strategic business development, including social enterprise
  • A dedicated research team informing enterprise policy, regionally and nationally.

For more details about what we do browse the what we do section.

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Our track record

The Centre for Enterprise has successfully delivered research and development projects in small business and related areas, via ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme, public and private sector funding, with widespread impacts to our research informing policy and practice in entrepreneurship.

Since its launch in March 2001, The Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School has attracted over £12m of revenue to support practical and research activities to develop entrepreneurs and their businesses. This has included contracts to encourage growth in groups of SME owners and others to develop leadership skills in small business owners. Research Council awards include ESRC Business Engagement funding, plus two ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowships to build capabilities in third sector enterprises plus EPSRC awards to investigate business models emerging from suitable entrepreneurship in the UK and India.

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