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Research & Campaigns

ABE undertakes and commissions independent research which is available to download.  Our research and campaigns are designed to influence policy development and promote best practice in business communities around the world. 

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Research campaign: Educating Future Founders

Educating Future Founders is supported by one of the largest ever research-led studies into entrepreneurial education for school-age children.  The report, produced by The Entrepreneurs Network and sponsored by ABE, makes the case for expanded entrepreneurial education to all children from the age of eleven. 

The study was launched with a high profile online event attended by an international audience of delegates. Speakers, including  Rt Hon. Baroness D'Souza CMG and Dr Lisa Cameron MP, urged governments and those responsible for education policy to adopt the report's recommendations.  Embedding entrepreneurialism into the curriculum will give young people the skills to create employment, for themselves and others, and has been shown to provide better long-term life chances, equipping people with the resilience and adaptability needed for a fast-changing future.

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Research campaign: 2019 Business Stay-up

Business Stay-up speakers

The picture above was taken at the London Houses of Parliament during the launch of Management Matters: the report resulting from our Business Stay-up campaign. From left to right speakers at the event: Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Rob May ABE Chief Executive, Sam Dumitriu Research Director The Entrepreneurs Network, Kelly Tolhurst Minister for Small Business, Philip Salter The Entrepreneurs Network Founder.

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About Business Stay-up by Chief Executive, Rob May

Rob May,CEOOver the past decade, governments worldwide have used a range of policy tools to stimulate entrepreneurship as an engine for economic growth. By focusing on increasing business start-up rates in their countries, policymakers aim to shape diverse and competitive markets. There is much to applaud about the positive outcomes that have been achieved from this approach, and the thousands of entrepreneurs who are now empowered to pursue their ambitions and commercialise their talent. Innovation is flowing and dispersing faster than ever before. In the UK alone in 2017 around 70 new businesses were formed every hour.

The Business Stay-up campaign was created to address a less edifying statistic – that as many as 6 in 10 of these small businesses are confronted with early failure. It’s important to point out that many firms are simply outcompeted and a healthy level of creative destruction in the marketplace is vital to sustain a dynamic economy underpinned by innovation, value and consumer experience. But ABE believes that more can and should be done to raise the probability of small firm survival. We believe that for policymakers in the field of entrepreneurship, identifying and incentivising interventions to help businesses survive and thrive should be of the highest priority.

In collaboration with The Entrepreneurs Network, ABE commissioned research to enquire further into the causes of ‘early’ small business failure and our research has found that poor management practices can often destroy what could otherwise be a very successful firm.

Our findings, which are unveiled today and which will be launched in the UK Houses of Parliament in the autumn, are based on an independent analysis of 10,500 business owners across 21 countries. Our research partner, the London-based Centre for Education Economics investigated the link between the level of education, access to education and small firm survival, and the research finds that while much effort has been given to supporting start-ups, relatively little attention has been paid to factors relating to ‘business stay-up’.

To ensure that the start-up agenda does not end in failure, it is important to devise new policies to help improve entrepreneurial quality – not just quantity.

This research demonstrates the clear benefits if governments incentivise training in impactful management skills for working entrepreneurs. Through various levers such as tax reform to encourage leadership training, more firms can survive, stay-up and grow into flourishing businesses.

This research forms the touchstone for further work that ABE will be leading on, in collaboration with policymakers and education providers in the UK and around the world to develop strategies for encouraging successful, sustainable enterprises.

Read the research document here:  PDF icon BusinessStayUpFINAL.pdf

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Adapting Assessments White Paper (click cover to read)

Adapted white paper imageWhen coronavirus emerged as a global problem, ABE was the first UK awarding organisation to change all its traditional timed exams to open-book. With a very tight timescale this was challenging but our priority was to ensure learning could continue and no one was left behind.

According to a UNESCO survey of 84 countries, only 23 introduced widespread alternative methods of assessment.  We know it is the young and disadvantaged who suffer most as a result of delays and disruption to education and assessments. 

We believe this should not be allowed to happen and that is why ABE's Director of Global Products and Services, Vicky Mose, has published this white paper to share learning and best practice and to outline our recommendations to policymakers to help avoid another year of delays and disruption.