The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development is an interdisciplinary research centre based within Sheffield University Management School. CREED undertakes research into entrepreneurship and enterprise, small business and regional economic development in the UK and across the world. Our work analyses the institutional dynamics of economic development, by examining how regulation, norms and culture shape enterprise and entrepreneurship.
CREED is also known for practical engagement around issues of enterprise and entrepreneurship. We work with a various national and local governments, international organisations such as the European Commission and the OECD as well as a wide variety of stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors. We are committed to undertaking research with impact that makes a difference and are involved in a number of evaluations, collaborative research and consultancy projects that are influencing and shaping current debates.
Enterprise and entrepreneurship is widely regarded as central to economic growth. At CREED we focus on understanding how enterprise and entrepreneurship can be utilised effectively to play a positive and constructive role for the benefit of individuals, organisations, societies and economies. As well as advancing knowledge through research-based insights, CREED is also committed to communicating our work to policymaking and practitioner communities to promote stronger entrepreneurial environments in the UK and internationally.
The CREED team includes a number of academic faculty and researchers working in different areas of enterprise and entrepreneurship with a reputation for high quality research. The focus of our research includes:
- Informal entrepreneurship and undeclared work
- Enterprise and entrepreneurship policy
- Local and regional economic development
- Small and micro business management and growth
- Work and employment in SMEs
- Social enterprise and third sector entrepreneurship