University of Middlesex (UK), Centre for Enterprise & Economic Development Research


Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) is a university research centre, specialising in research relating to the development of small and medium size enterprises (SME) and SME policy, and local and regional economic development and policy. With 2 Professors and 10 full-time researchers CEEDR is one of the largest research centres in the field in the UK.

The main activities of CEEDR include self initiated research projects; contract research or consultancy for external agencies (e.g. the European Commission, central government departments (such as DTI), local authorities, Training and Enterprise Councils); a taught Masters programme (i.e. the MA in Local Economic Development); together with the supervision of postgraduate students in our fields of specialisation. There are currently 9 MPhil/PhD students working on projects relating to entrepreneurship and SME development, supervised by CEEDR staff.

In recent years, one of the ongoing research themes has been concerned with entrepreneurship and SME development in `peripheral’ rural areas. This has included 4 projects funded by the Rural Development Commission in the UK, a contract for a labour market study in the Falkland Islands and a variety of contracts for Training and Enterprise Councils in the UK concerned with aspects of SME development in rural areas.

Professor David Smallbone BSc Econ MSc, Head of CEEDR

Professor Smallbone’s specialisms are the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and SME policy, on which he has published widely. Recent projects include: a 7 country study of SMEs and innovation support systems; internationalisation and SME development in Poland, Bulgaria, the Baltic States, Greece and the UK; the survival and growth of SMEs in rural areas; support needs of manufacturing SMEs; innovation and new technology in rural SMEs; minority enterprises in the EU and slected accession states. Professor Smallbone has also been involved in a variety of projects concerned with different aspects of SME development in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe.

Professor David North BA Econ PhD

Professor North has 20 years of consultancy and research experience and is particularly concerned with local and regional economic change and policy, and economic impact analysis. Recent projects include an evaluation of the East London Lee Valley (ELL) Single Programming Document, a baseline study and economic assessment of the ELLV Objective 2 area; a study of SME development in remote rural regions; an international study of SMEs and regional innovation systems; a study of innovation in rural SMEs. He has also developed methodologies to measure the impact of public investment programmes on local economies and employment.


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