The final report of the project “Addressing regional inequalities in innovation opportunities for ethnically diverse and disabled entrepreneurs”, supported by the Regional Studies Association, has been published, and is available to download at this link:
The report, co-authored by Prof Helen Lawton Smith and Dina Mansour, addresses the lack of information and analysis of the geography of support available in the UK to disabled and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs through formal networks which provide specialised support. The analysis helps to understand the provision and especially the regional specificities of available support.
To do so, firstly, it maps the current regional geography of public and private organisations which provide target support for UK ethnically diverse and/or disabled people; and secondly, it uses primary data obtained through a series of interviews, to identify economic, social and policy implications to inform policy thinking and practice. The study therefore provides an important source of data essential for better policy-making.