On the eve of COP26, attention is firmly focused on the climate challenge and the need for action by governments, big business, and households. Yet there will be no transition to net zero without small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Mark Hart is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, Associate Director of the Aston Centre for Growth and Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre (www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk). He leads on business growth and productivity research to understand the dynamics of the private sector over time and the role of SMEs as well as contributing to the work on growth ambition and access to finance. He is one of the Academic Leads for the national Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme and a member of the Expert Advisory Council for the Government’s new Help to Grow: Management programme for small businesses across the UK.