Dr Jacob Salder
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Dr Jacob Salder is a research fellow in the Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth in the Birmingham City Business School. He joined Birmingham City University from the University of Birmingham where he completed his PhD in economic geography. Jacob has a specialist background in economic development and small and medium-sized enterprise support having worked in local government, non-government organisations and Regional Development Agencies for a number of years. His role at BCU is progressing research focused on SME development in the regional context in the UK, focusing specifically on their development and growth within the West Midlands.
Jacob’s work at BCU focuses on three specific areas. First is a broad analysis of development and growth in SMEs, the key determinants contributing toward this, and the critical factors fond at the regional level in supporting small business. Second is the development of support tools explicitly linking research activity and participation with the improvement of SME performance. Last is a focus on researching the development process of SMEs based in non-metropolitan towns.