The Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth is ran by a core team of staff, who you can find out more about below.

There are also a wide variety of researchers that work with the Centre as well, who are listed in our Centre Members section. They examine the key themes of the entrepreneurship, innovation and growth from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Dr Mark Gilman is Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City Business School and Head of CEIG. He joined BCU in 2015, moving from his post as Director of The Centre for Employment, Competitiveness & Growth at Kent Business School.

Mark has published in the area of SME performance and growth and HR management alongside working directly with business in the creation of a range of support products. These products include The BIG Journey, The BIG Network, The BIG Toolkit, The BIG Diagnostic, and tailored coaching and consultancy assignments. He has worked in industry and academia for the last 40 years engaging with businesses of all sizes including Boots plc, Barclays Bank, British Airways and a number of public sector organisation. More recently he has been impacting the growth of over 500 SMEs through research and coaching interventions for ambitious business owners.


Aineias Gkikas is a research fellow in CEIG. He joined BCU in 2015 from Cardiff University where he is completing his PhD in economic geography. Aineias has taught at both Cardiff and University College London and presented research at national and international conferences. His role in CEIG is progressing research on SME development in international contexts, collaborating with businesses and Universities across the world including Greece, China, Indonesia and Slovenia.


Dr Jacob Salder is a research fellow in CEIG. He joined BCU in 2015 from the University of Birmingham where he completed his PhD in economic geography. Jacob has a specialist background in economic development having worked in local government, non-government organisations and Regional Development Agencies for a number of years. His role in CEIG is progressing research focused on SME development in the regional context within the UK, focusing specifically on their development and growth within the West Midlands.


Dr Charlotte Carey has a creative background, starting her career as a self-employed audio-visual artist and film-maker. Her interest in technology led to her co-running another start-up: a web design and marketing consultancy based in Birmingham’s Custard Factory. Here she developed her digital marketing expertise. She has worked as a lecturer in digital marketing, multi-media and web design in learning organisations across the West Midlands, most recently BCU.

Charlotte’s research has two main focuses: entrepreneurship within the creative industries and entrepreneurship education. She has brought in over 100k Euros of funding to the university in the last three years to aid this. As an active researcher, Charlotte has spoken at many conferences, written research papers and has a growing body of work published in academic peer-reviewed journals related to this work.

Charlotte has co-organised multiple research conferences on behalf of the university related to entrepreneurship, is a referee for a number of journals and conferences in the small business and entrepreneurship field and co-chair’s the Creative Industries track, ISBE (Institute of small business and entrepreneurship) and SIG (Special Interest Group) of the same name. As part of the BCU CEIG team Charlotte leads the Entrepreneurship Research cluster.


Dr Alexandros Psychogios is a Professor of International HRM in Birmingham City Business School at Birmingham City University since 2017. Prior to his current position, Dr Psychogios was Associate Professor and Director of OB/HRM Research Group at Hull University Business School. His specialization and research interests are on Organisational Behaviour; Leadership, Neuroscience & Complexity; International Human Resource Management; and Performance Management.

His work focuses on various OB/HR issues in different, but rather challenging, contexts with focus on Small and Medium Companies (SMEs) in Emerging and Crisis business contexts. Moreover, Dr Psychogios has a wide-range experience of participating in various consultancy and research projects related to challenging issues for SMEs like leadership, HRM, TQM, performance management and reward systems.  In 2009 he has co-founded Entranet Ltd in Greece and US, a technology-oriented small company that develops variety of different technological innovations. He is the author of the book Managing People in SMEs in Turbulent Contexts, published by Routledge.