The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) announce partnership to launch new Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest

Press release
18 February 2019

ISBE and EEUK are leading names in the dissemination and development of Enterprise Education research and practice. Given their shared objectives to support Enterprise Education, both organisations are delighted to announce their partnership to launch a new Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest (COI).

The COI is intended to explicitly link together the research and practice arms of the EntEd discipline: encouraging and supporting educational practitioners to produce research output; to facilitate the development of potential research projects and partnerships between researchers and practitioners; to host activities where researchers and practitioners exchange expert knowledge; to act as an expert group to inform policy responses and calls for evidence.

The ISBE Enterprise Education track is one of the most consistently vibrant at the ISBE conference measured by submissions and attendance at track presentation sessions. EEUK also hold an annual conference (IEEC) with 300-400 attendees each year and host a series of enterprise and entrepreneurship education events and workshops throughout the year. EEUK events currently have a practical focus whereas the ISBE conference track is primarily research focused with practice/policy linkages.

The COI will be jointly chaired by ISBE’s VP Education & Practitioner Learning, Dr Kelly Smith of Coventry University and an EEUK Director, Dr Emily Beaumont of Plymouth Marjon University.

Dr Smith comments, ‘We are very excited to launch the new COI. In our first year, activity will concentrate on the delivery of at least one workshop for those new or relatively new to research’.

Dr Beaumont adds, ‘The COI will support and bring through the next generation of EntEd leaders from both the researcher and practitioner communities. It will provide a forum for co-development of research projects exploring practice outcomes, and to promote research-informed practice. The first workshop, organised as part of EEUK’s series of events, is expected to explore the process of submission to conference and journals’.

Membership of the COI is open to all those with an interest in Enterprise Education. For more details, please visit or email

Notes for Editors
Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK)’s purpose is to enable excellence in enterprise education.
We achieve this by connecting educators and practitioners so they learn from each other and are inspired to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of their enterprise and entrepreneurship education and practice.
We enable our members to share and exchange good practice.
To achieve this we provide research funding, bursaries, practical resources, tools and techniques. Our members and extended global network connect and share practice through our international conference (IEEC), Enterprise Exchange events, webinars, ETC Toolkit and forum. Celebrating the impact of enterprise education is also important and is achieved through the National Enterprise Educator Awards and our Impact Showcase.
For further information, please visit

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) is a network for people and organisations involved in small business and entrepreneurship research, policy, practice, education, support and advice.
The Institute’s purpose is to enable excellence in small business and entrepreneurship across our research, policy, practice and learning communities.
ISBE’s members are its most valuable resource, offering vast reserves of knowledge and research. Through events and activities, ISBE aims to disseminate this research to business owners, policy makers and business support organisations where it can have genuine impact and inform change, and to share these resources with academics, researchers and educators. Through ISBE’s network and activities, academics, business owners, policy makers and those who work in business support are able to connect and form beneficial working relationships.
For further information, please visit

Rob Edwards
Head of Business Development & Marketing, ISBE


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