UWE Bristol awards Honorary Degree to Stephen Fear

Issue date: 19 July 2013


Stephen Fear

UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Stephen Fear in recognition of his significant contribution to enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 24 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Stephen is involved in over 50 businesses around the world and is Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library.

He was born on a large council estate in Bristol in the 1950s and attended Henbury School in Bristol and Malmesbury Comprehensive in Wiltshire. His mother's love of reading meant he learned to read from an early age. He developed a love of reading and used the library to teach himself. As a child he often had sixteen library books out at any given time as neither his father nor his stepfather read anything other than newspapers.

Stephen started his first business aged fifteen after acquiring the rights to distribute cleaning fluid from an American company. He mixed the fluid in a tool shed on the estate where his father lived and used a red phone box as an office. This experience taught Stephen about keeping overheads low and developing a business from scratch.

In his role as Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library his ability to understand small start-up businesses is proving invaluable to new entrepreneurs and those looking to grow their small and medium sized enterprises.

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