The Queen's Lifetime Achievement Award for Professor Allan Gibb
(27 April 2009)
Retired Durham Business School staff member Professor Allan Gibb, founder of the Business School’s Small Business Centre in 1971 and a champion for enterprise and entrepreneurialism, has been given a Lifetime Award for Enterprise Promotion in the recent annual Queen’s Awards. His close involvement with Durham continues through his role as Chairman of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.
In its press coverage of this prestigious award, the Financial Times says: The centre was set up with backing from the government and also from some of the smaller businesses he had got to know, such as Ringtons, the tea company, and Thomas Swan, the chemicals company, whose thinking on indigenous businesses had first intrigued Prof Gibb. By the early 1980s, 10 years after the centre was established, heavy industry was in decline and employment patterns changing for ever. The centre gained a reputation for new ways of teaching entrepreneurs, not to mention educators and policymakers. “I wanted [teachers] who were holistic – I didn’t want specialists with too much experience in their own area. I wanted action-based learning not case studies,” he says. Read the full article on the FT website via the link below.