ecch Executive Committee member awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion 2009

31 July 2009

Professor John Thompson, Huddersfield University Business School, UK and ecch executive committee member, is among ten individuals awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion 2009.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) celebrates and recognises the activities of individuals who have played an outstanding and significant role in promoting enterprise skills and attitudes in others in the UK.

Professor Thompson has been Roger M Bale Professor of Entrepreneurship at Huddersfield University Business School since 1998, during which time he has developed some ground breaking schemes and written several books taking enterprise teaching forward. In particular, his BA (Hons) Enterprise Development Degree, which requires students to start and run a real business as an integral part of their studies, provides a practical innovation to University teaching of enterprise. ??He was responsible for securing funding for the Huddersfield Business Generator, a pre-trading incubator which has helped 200 new businesses. Professor Thompson opened the Business Mine, an on-campus incubation unit which supports about 20 businesses per year. He has also produced a DVD for schools on how successful entrepreneurs behave and how their businesses evolved. ?

Professor Thompson has been an ecch executive committee member since 1996 and is an active case writer focusing on applied strategy and entrepreneurship.

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