Robyn Owen



Robyn is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University, working with CUSP on alternative investment models for sustainable prosperity.

Robyn Owen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University Business School, a post she has held since 2000. She is an experienced SME researcher, specialising in policy analysis and evaluation and local economic development research. Recently she has focused on business access to finance, with a particular interest in the financing of young potential high growth businesses.

Robyn’s recent research has included several projects for the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). She has managed: Interim Evaluation of BIS Equity Schemes (2013-14); Early Assessment of the Angel Co-investment Fund (2013-14); Investigation into the Motivations Behind the Listing Decisions of UK Companies (2013); and Early Assessment of the UK Innovation Investment Fund (UKIIF, 2012). Other recent projects have included: SME finance in London for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and The Future of Early Stage and Growth Finance in Northern Ireland, for the Northern Ireland Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI).

Robyn is currently developing CUSP research, drawing on her recent findings, which demonstrate a persistent gap for young, early growth, long horizon R&D businesses operating in green low carbon sectors such as alternative energy solutions, recycling and advanced manufacturing. This research involves a thorough review of UK policies and financing instruments to address the finance gap and case study business research to examine the evidence and impacts of the financing gap and where appropriate financing instruments have, or can make a difference.

Publications (selected)

Owen (Baldock) R (2016) An Assessment of the Business Impact of the UK Enterprise Capital Funds. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, forthcoming.

Owen (Baldock) R. and Mason C.M. (2015) Establishing a new UK finance escalator for innovative SMEs: the roles of the Enterprise Capital Funds and Angel Co-Investment Fund, Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 17(1-2): 59-86.

Owen (Baldock) R. (2015) What is the role of public feeder markets in developing technology-based small firms? An exploration of the motivations for listing on AIM since the GFC, Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 17(1-2): 87-112.

Harrison R. and Owen (Baldock) R. (2015) Financing SME Growth in the UK: Meeting the Challenges after the Global Financial Crisis , Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 17(1-2): 1-6.

Owen (Baldock) R. and North D. (2015) The Role of UK Government Hybrid Venture Capital Funds in Addressing the Finance Gap Facing Innovative SMEs in the Post 2007 Financial Crisis Era, in Ed. Scott J. and Hussain J.G. International Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Finance, Edward Elgar.

Owen (Baldock) R., North D. and Ullah F. (2015) The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Financing and Growth of Technology-Based Small Firms: Some Survey Evidence from the UK, in Ed. Cook G. Groen A. and Sijdge P. New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium, Emerald.

North, D., Owen (Baldock), R. and Ullah, F. (2013) Funding the growth of UK technology-based small firms since the financial crash: are there breakages in the finance escalator? Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance Vol.15, Issue 3, pp.237-260, July.