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East Midlands Disability Entrepreneurship Focus Group

Venue: Online

East Midlands Disability Entrepreneurship Focus Group with Birkbeck's CIMR.  The focus group will take place online on Thursday 26 January from 12.00-13.00.  

An online link will be sent to you after you register and at least 24 hours before the online session. 

Inclusive Entrepreneurship Inquiry Report ‘Road to Wonder

Participant Information Sheet

You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide to continue it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. 

If you have any queries about the study please direct them to Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London (academic lead)

About this research study

In July 2020, in response to the disability employment gap and recommendations from the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Inclusive Entrepreneurship was formed. The group is chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron, MP and Jacqueline Winstanley, Founder & CEO of Universal Inclusion provides the Secretariat supported by Savvitas. The APPG goals are to stimulate, encourage and nurture inclusive entrepreneurship throughout the country, and to engage with

entrepreneurs who have protected characteristics, particularly disabled people.  The group has a particular focus on how parliamentarians can support disabled people who want to innovate and pursue enterprising opportunities.

For more information about the AAPGIE, please visit our webpage All Party Parliamentary Group for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Within the two year programme of Work the APPG has launched an Inquiry and is undertaking research to inform the Inquiry and subsequent recommendations to parliament. This research will be undertaken in collaboration with Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research (CIMR), Universal Inclusion, the Innovation Caucus and is funded by Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This research is carried out by Professor Helen Lawton Smith and Ms Jacqueline Winstanley.

This project seeks to understand the issues relating to barriers to innovation and enterprise faced by disabled people. We aim to carry out focus groups with disabled people who are actual or potential innovative entrepreneurs. We need your help to identify support structures that have been successful in fostering new firms, their scope and visibility, and in pinpointing any gaps that need to be addressed in the future.

Taking part in the focus group

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this research study by participating in a focus group. If you do decide to take part you please complete the attached consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

The data collected for this study will be stored securely and only the researchers conducting this study will have access to this data. The computer itself password protected. The data generated in the course of the research will be kept securely in paper or electronic form for a period of time in accordance with the research funder or University policy. The questionnaire data are collected and analysed by Oxford Brookes University who are the data managers. The Road to Wonder project team are the data users.

The anonymous results of this study will be presented in a report. All data will be presented in aggregated form using graphs and statistics.  Upon request, a summary of the findings will be sent to those who have been invited to take part in the survey once the project is completed.

Contact for Further Information

For more information on this project you can contact either of the following research team leads:

Professor Helen Lawton Smith:

Ms Jacqueline Winstanley, Universal Inclusion:

For information about Birkbeck’s data protection policy please visit our website

This research has been approved by the Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London. If you have concerns about this study, please contact the Department’s Ethics Officer at:

You also have the right to submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office:


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