ISBE Forum: Helping our Entrepreneurs and SMEs: Adding the relevance factor to university business research, Wednesday 13th September 2017, Leeds


Seminar and Workshop

Please note that this event is now FULL. If you would like to go onto the waiting list then please email

Wednesday 13th September 2017, The Studio, Riverside West, Leeds, LS1 4AW

What is interesting about entrepreneurship research? What is relevant in entrepreneurship research? What does rigour and relevance mean to different users of academic research? This one day event in Leeds, organised by The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School in association with the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), will bring together senior policy makers, business owners, and academics from all career stages, to discuss these questions. Aims of the day include: to develop collaborative best practice dissemination guidelines for both academics and practitioners, and to facilitate opportunities to build valuable relationships for future impact cases. 


9.00 – 9.30 Registration and tea/coffee
9.30 – 9.45 Welcome by Dr Isla Kapasi, Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, Leeds University Business School
9.45 – 10.30 Keynote presentation: Anthony Moody, Deputy Director of Enterprise Analysis, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Second Keynote to be confirmed

Q&A and discussion

10.30 – 11.00  Tea/Coffee break and networking

Panel Chair: Associate Professor Nick Williams, Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, Leeds University Business School

Panel members:

  • Joe Clease (Senior Economist, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy)
  • Dr David Higgins (University of Liverpool & ISBE VP, Communities)
  • Philip Salter (Director, The Entrepreneurs Network and Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship)
  • Jonathan Seaton (Managing Director, Twinkl Ltd)
  • Professor Kiran Trehan (University of Birmingham & ISBE VP, Research)
12.00 – 12.30 Keynote presentation tbc
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and networking
13.30 – 14.00 Keynote presentation tbc
14.00 – 14.30 Workshop: Round table discussion groups on topics emerging during the day.

Plus some general questions:

  • How can entrepreneurship researchers help UK businesses (entrepreneurs/SMEs)?
  • What are the key challenges for SMEs at the current time?
  • How best can UK SMEs address the challenges posed by Brexit?
14.30 – 15.00 Group feedback and summary of discussions
Chair: Leigh Sear, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
15.00 – 15.30 Tea/Coffee break and networking
15.30 – 16.00 WRAP UP SESSION: Dr Isla Kapasi, CEES, Leeds University Business School

Summary of discussion, Q&A, and next steps

For further information on the event please contact Isla Kapasi at 


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