Dyson CEO launches UWE's new research centre - CENTIENT

Issue date: 26 November 2010

Distinguished Address Series, Bristol Business School, 29 November 2010 18:00-20:30

To celebrate the launch of a new research group at the University of the West of England Martin McCourt, CEO of Dyson, will deliver an address at the Frenchay Campus on Monday 29 November. The Centre of Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CENTIENT) will be based at UWE's Bristol Business School.

Martin McCourt's address entitled 'Against the odds' will underline the important role that science and technology should perform in creating sustainable GDP growth for our economy. He will discuss the role of ideas, risk-taking and the style of thinking that is needed if an entrepreneurial venture is to thrive. Dyson is about making things work better. And since joining the company in 1996, Martin McCourt has been doing just that.

Under his leadership, Dyson has grown from a £50 million UK vacuum cleaner business to a £770 million global technology company (2009) that exports its machines to 50 countries and employs 2,500 employees worldwide, many of whom are scientists and engineers.

Professor Nicholas O'Regan, Director of CENTIENT, said “The new Centre of Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is part of the Bristol Business School. The research team will focus on finding solutions to the challenges faced by organisations striving for competitive advantage.

“Business success in today's global business environment depends on an entrepreneurial approach. The business challenge is to ensure that indigenous entrepreneurial and innovative spirit is encouraged, fostered and harnessed to facilitate and enable new business creation, innovation, growth and business development. CENTIENT will create novel, integrated solutions to these challenges through partnership working with regional, national and international partners from the public and private sectors.”

Examples of recent work carried out by researchers at CENTIENT

Dr Glenn Parry's work focuses on enterprise transformation and recent studies explore the aerospace sectors move towards generating revenues from service provision. His work on the EPSRC and BAE Systems funded S4T project with colleagues from IFM, University of Cambridge and University of Ulster has given rise to new tools for business .

Another good example is recent work led by Dr Lorna Collins in partnership with Veale Wasborough Solicitors,investigating how second generation family businesses can be supported to enable sustainability and growth.

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are delighted that Martin McCourt is joining us to celebrate the launch of CENTIENT. This important new research unit will have a critical part to play in strengthening UWE's role supporting businesses through research partnerships and business education and development.”

For more information see:CENTIENT


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