Collaborators and partners
The PfB project is led by Professor Monder Ram, Principal investigator and Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) and Dr Imelda McCarthy, Research Fellow at Aston University and chartered occupational psychologist.
The project is also supported by researchers at Aston University, University of Birmingham and University of Warwick. There are also four practitioner partners – ACH (an award-winning social enterprise promoting employability of migrants), the Bangladeshi Network (comprising four groups with local and national reach), Citizens UK (a national civil society alliance), and Punch Records (a business with a mission to promote artists from diverse backgrounds).
Practitioner partners worked as co-investigators on the project, sharing understanding of what productivity means for ethnic minority-owned microbusinesses and their specific support needs leading to the development of customised business support programmes.