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Prof. Aidan BerryDirector University of BrightonBusiness School
Aidan Berry is the Dean Brighton Business School and the Chief Examiner for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Accountant who has over thirty years’ experience in academia. As an academic he has managed Brighton Business School for over 18 years and prior to that was head of the department of finance and accountancy. He was made Professor of Accountancy at the University of Brighton in 1994 acknowledging his contribution of accounting education and to research in the field of accounting information usage. He is the author of six books, four of which are introductory accounting textbooks written specifically for accounting, business, hospitality and tourism students. His other books are ‘Bank Lending; beyond the theory’ and ‘Selecting and managing a non-executive director.’ His research is mainly concerned with small firms and covers a range of related topics including their use of non-executive directors within the firm based on surveys with a wide range of small business owners and in-depth interviews with both the managing directors and non- executive directors in a sample of small firms. Other work includes the extent and the ways in which accounting information is used by small business owners in decision making and managing their businesses. Of particular concern over twenty years has been research relating to small business finance. This research looks at aspects of small business finance from the point of view of the provider (UK and European Bankers), the small business owner and their advisers. He is the author of a research report ‘Banks, SMEs and Accountants: An international study of SME banking relationships’ commissioned by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. This study includes participants from five countries and compares and contrasts the experiences and requirements of small business owners and their advisers in accessing and using finance in those countries.