Special Interest Groups

ISBE’s specialist groups are central to our vision to connect our membership and their communities to pursue excellence in small business and entrepreneurship. The work of our committed team of COI and SIG Chairs is key to the Institute’s ongoing development and support of our membership and beyond.

All COIs and SIGs organise subject-specific events throughout the year. All those with an interest in the relevant subject area are warmly invited to attend. ISBE events are listed here.

ISBE supports eleven Special Interest Groups and two Communities of Interest. Please click on the relevant group in the list to find out more. Membership of our specialist groups is open to both ISBE members and non-members. To join, follow the instructions on any of the webpages below. If you would like to suggest a new COI or SIG, please contact in the first instance.

Practice & Impact (P&I)

SIG Chair: Dr Ainurul Rosli Deputy: Dr Asieh Tabaghdehi Contact the SIG at The…

Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN)

SIG Chairs: Dr Haya Al-Dajani & Dr Sally Jones The Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) is…

Social and Sustainable Enterprise (SSE)

SIG Co-chairs: Dr Juliette Wilson, University of Strathclyde Dr Mike Bull, Manchester Metropolitan University Dr…

The Entrepreneurship Studies Network (ESN)

SIG Chair: Dr Richard Tunstall The Entrepreneurship Studies Network is committed to supporting experimental and novel…

Rural Entrepreneurship Network (REN)

SIG Chairs: Dr Gary Bosworth & Dr Robert Newbery The Rural Entrepreneurship Network is an…

Entrepreneurial Finance

SIG Chairs: Dr Robyn Owen & Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird. Launched in January 2017, ISBE's…

Family Business

SIG Chairs: Dr James Cunningham and Dr Udeni Salmon Launched in November 2017, ISBE’s Special…

SMEs and Growth: HEI as “Institutional Anchors”

SIG Chairs: Ying Wang, Anglia Ruskin University Constantinos Ikonomou, University of West Attika ISBE’s Special Interest…

Early Career Researcher Forum

SIG Chairs:  Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas, Bangor University Faith Jeremiah, Lincoln University Trudie Murray, Munster Technological University…

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

SIG Chairs: Dr Charlotte Carey  The creative industries is one of the most dynamic and…

Research in Enterprise Education (REntEd)

SIG Chairs: Dr Emily Beaumont,  Dr Breda O'Dwyer & Dr Kelly Smith Launched with Enterprise…

Psychology of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (PES)

COI Chair:  Dr Sukanlaya Sawang Launching in 2019, the COI aims to understand the psychological aspects…

Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups (EMG)

SIG Chairs: Dr Kingsley Omeihe & Professor Sukanlaya Sawang Launching in 2019, the Entrepreneurship in…