- Start date: 1 June 2020
- End date: 31 October 2021
- Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Principal investigator: Ben Spigel, University of Edinburgh
- Co-investigators: Nick Williams, University of Leeds
- External co-investigators: Giovanna Campopiano, Lancaster University; Sarah Jack, Lancaster University; Fumi Kitagawa, University of Edinburgh; Suzanne Mawson, Strathclyde University; Daniel Prokop, Cardiff University; Tim Vorley, Oxford Brookes University.
The research team is working with high-growth British commercial and social entrepreneurs to understand the short-term and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on entrepreneurial survival, growth, and innovation. We are interested in understanding how entrepreneurs are reacting to the crisis to both preserve their firms and reorient to new market conditions.
As part of this project, we will carry out repeat interviews with high growth entrepreneurs over the next 18 months. The aim is to understand how the impacts of the crisis change over time along with their responses and strategies. Through this, we will examine what resources entrepreneurs use and how their situation is affected by their geographies, backgrounds, and sectors as they navigate the pandemic.
This will allow us to produce guides for UK entrepreneurs that identify best practices that will help them survive and thrive as well as provide advice to local and national policymakers about best to support the UK entrepreneurial community.
For more information visit the project website.
This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.