The fifth competition in the UK Futures Programme is looking to assess whether and how anchor institutions in the UK can support small firms develop managerial skills, including entrepreneurship and leadership.
To better understand the role of anchor institutions and to the extent to which they already work with small firms, both in the UK and in other countries, UKCES commissioned a review of the literature on anchor institutions and their relationship with small firms.
The review looks at the concept of anchor institutions and its definition. It offers a framework for how anchor institutions interact with small firms. It assesses the needs of small firms with regards to managerial skills. It reviews the evidence base for interactions between anchor institutions and small firms, offering a selection of good practice case studies.