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The Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth is involved in the following projects:

Promoting Sustainable Performance West Midlands

Promoting Sustainable Performance (PSP) West Midlands is a comprehensive study of SME practice and its relationship to firm development and growth. PSP researches SME development using an inductive, mixed methods model and allows us to build a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the how management practices, strategy, industry, and place affect growth for a firm.

PSP West Midlands is being progressed through four separate phases of survey data collection, SME manager interviews, case studies, and focus groups. 

Further information on PSP West Midlands can be obtained by contacting

Business Growth Programme evaluation

The Business Growth Programme (BGP) was a £33m SME support initiative delivered by a partnership led by Birmingham City Council and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme offered co-financing for SMEs seeking to invest in development projects improving their products, processes, and capabilities. It covered SMEs based in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Marches, and Stoke and Staffordshire areas.

CEIG undertook an evaluation of the BGP, and published this in March 2019. The evaluation examined the delivery process of the BGP and the performance and outputs achieved, alongside providing a series of recommendations for future interventions aimed at supporting SMEs.

Business Growth Programme evaluation report  

Promoting Sustainable Performance Indonesia

PSP Indonesia is researching the development practices and processes of SMEs based in the province of Bandung, Indonesia. As a developing country, there is a growing interest in the area of business development in Indonesia, as a foundation for internal economic growth, an expanding market with export potential for the UK, and as an academic exercise in understanding how growth works in the context of an emerging economy.

Further information on PSP Indonesia can be obtained by contacting

Enterprise for Success / Growing You

CEIG is delivering support for SMEs looking to grow as part of BCU’s Small Business Service. The Enterprise for Success and Growing You programmes, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provide support through workshop-based and one-to-one assists.

Support is for SMEs based in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area.

Further information on Growing You can be found here

Further information on Enterprise for Success can be found here