July Blog – ISBE’s Special Interest Groups


The Institute is proud to support seven Special Interest Groups, all at different stages of development and all committed to serving the specific interests of their segment of the Institute’s membership.

With the appointment of Dr David Higgins of the University of Liverpool as Vice President for Communities at the start of the year, the ongoing work of our SIGs has been a large part of the Institute’s strategy so far this year.

Part of each SIG’s strategy is to provide an opportunity for members to meet during at least two events per year, one of which takes place at the annual ISBE conference.

The largest SIG, Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN), is hosting its popular Confreat (conference/retreat) next week, offering an intensive and nurturing environment in which its members can share their experiences about their research and publication, and have an opportunity to learn from experts in the Network.

Our newest SIG, Entrepreneurial Finance, held its inaugural workshop SME Finance, 10 years after the Global Financial Crisis on the 20th of June at Middlesex University. With a packed programme featuring financial experts from academia and practice, the event attracted a very impressive number of 83 delegates, and is testament to the vision of Chairs Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird and Dr Robyn Owen in bringing the SIG together.

The Social and Sustainable Enterprise SIG also held a successful workshop in April addressing energy efficiency training for SMEs, and was the first event organized by new Chairs Dr Angelo Bisignano and Professor Audley Genus.

The Entrepreneurship Studies Network continues to strengthen the links between research, practice and policy, organizing its second Entrepreneurship as Practice event in February.

With events and further developments in the pipeline for the Rural Entrepreneurship Network, Entrepreneurial Learning, Practice and Policy (ELPP) and Growth SIGs, the Institute is very grateful to all the SIG Chairs and teams for their continued efforts and enthusiasm in providing members with an opportunity to link with experts in their fields.

Information about joining the ISBE SIGs can be found on the website, and all SIGs will be holding their Annual General Meetings at ISBE 2017 in Belfast from the 8th to the 9th of November. Keep an eye on the conference programme and take the opportunity to attend the meetings to find out more about the work of each SIG.

If you would like to propose a new ISBE SIG, or Community of Interest, please contact us at info@isbe.org.uk to discuss next steps.


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