Visiting Professor appointed as Special Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee

Professor Richard Roberts, a Visiting Professor at Birmingham Business School’s Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) , has been appointed as Special Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee in the House of Commons on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Lending and related matters.

As well as analysing and advising on SME lending, Professor Roberts will review The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) lending activities and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Review of SME Banking. He will also prepare questions for MPs, examine evidence and prepare reports.

Until recently, Professor Roberts was SME Market Analysis Director at Barclays Bank in the UK and had more than 30 years’ experience of researching the SME sector. His team at Barclays undertook a wide range of in-house research projects on all aspects of the business customer base for both business development and risk. In addition, the team worked with external research agencies and universities on a range of projects and worked closely with Government departments and the Bank of England.

CREME has transformed the 'perceptions' of ethnic minority entrepreneurs by working with business policy-makers and influential organisations to engage collaboratively with overlooked or disregarded business communities. Professor Roberts is currently working on a major research project with the centre; ‘Making diversity everyone’s business’ is a public – private collaborative project to promote diversity, access to finance and access to markets in ethnic minority entrepreneurship.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about how the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Birmingham Business School can help your business to thrive, please contact Liz Frost, Centre Manager or visit the CREME website to learn more.