Who we are

The Microbusiness Research Portal is a partnership between the Office for National Statistics, Middlesex University and the University of St Andrews. It is supported by an Advisory Board with members drawn from government, the private sector, academia and a range of interested stakeholders.

Professor Stephen Syrett

Professor of Local Economic Development.
Director of Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University Business School.

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Stephen's small business research interests focus upon informal enterprise, ethnic minority businesses and home based business and their relations to issues of local economic development, governance and policy.

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Jacqui Jones

Deputy Director of the Government, Corporations and Classifications division at the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Jacqui has worked in National Accounts since 2010. She is the co-author of the Wiley book Designing and Conducting Business Surveys.

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Dr Darja Reuschke

University of St Andrews

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Darja is the Principal Investigator of a 5-year research project on home-based self-employment funded by the European Research Council through an ERC Starting Grant.

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Dr James Derbyshire

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University.

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James has extensive experience handling and managing enterprise-related datasets including those on micro businesses. James previously worked for enterprise-tracking company The Beta Model and as a Senior Economist at Cambridge Econometrics.

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