Durham Symposium celebrates 5 decades of enterprise

Many moons ago, in 1989, I was so fortunate to be taken on as a research associate on a really exciting project at Durham University Small Business Centre. The Centre was set up by  Professor Allan Gibb almost five decades ago, the first of its kind in Europe within a higher education institution. Allan and his colleagues pioneered a host of initiatives in the centre, leading the way in small business and entrepreneurship  internationally, and although the centre ultimately closed in 2002, its diaspora now work across the globe.

Thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students, business owners and business support providers came through the doors of the centre, benefiting hugely from their experiences. Over the years we have been asked by many of them if it might be possible to convene a reunion or conference to share what we have learned since leaving the Durham University Small Business Centre, and how we have developed elements of the work that we started during our time there.

Back to the future: celebrating 5 decades of enterprise

Several of us have been collaborating for a few months to develop a forum to bring people together to realise this vision.  The Durham Symposium on Small Business & Enterprise Development will take place in Durham City, at St Aidan’s College and Durham Castle, on 15th and 16th September 2015. The event has been designed to provide a platform for practitioners, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and academics who share our passion for enterprise and small business development to come together and exchange experiences, build on them to imagine future scenarios and debate the challenges that face us.

We  would love to hear from you and also to see you in September. If you are unable to make the symposium then join us for the dinner and the ‘Could have done better Awards’  for small business support and policy over the last five decades.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Email your request for more information to info@durhamsymposium.com or download it here 

Request a registration form by email to info@durhamsymposium.com

Join our LinkedIn group to participate in the discussion in advance of the event – you can join the group here

Leave a comment below to share your experiences and your own personal recollection of the Small Business Centre with us


Abstract-Paper Details

Abstracts of 600 words should be submitted in English.
Deadline: 5.00pm, 30 June 2015
Key dates:

  • 30 June 2015 – Abstract submission deadline (600 words)
  • 27 July 2015 – Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit contributions. Full  academic papers (5-10pages)
  • 01 September 2015 – Full  submission deadline

For further information and to submit your abstract please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DurhamSymposium