Allan passed away on 21st December 2019. A memorial service is to take place at the Lindisfarne Centre at St Aidan‘s College on 24th January 2020 at 12 noon. A further event to celebrate his life is planned for Autumn 2020, details to be confirmed.

Allan Gibb has worked in the field of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Entrepreneurship development for over 30 years. His focus has always been upon building the link between concept and practice, As Professor of Small Business at Durham University Business School he developed, and chaired the largest Research, Development and Delivery Centre of its kind in Europe from 1970 to 2000.

His experience, interests and publications cover virtually all aspects of the field, from the development of enterprise culture at all levels in education, to business start up, survival and growth, to large company restructuring and intrapreneurship and to the training and development of all those stakeholders who impact upon the creation of entrepreneurship. He has worked in over 60 countries and with many international organisations. He has been an advisor to many governments as well as to the European Union.

His recent work has focused on entrepreneurship education at all levels of the education field. He has for several years been advisor to the UK National Council for Entrepreneurship Education and has designed and directed national programmes for the development of Higher and Further Education staff and University Leaders. He is holder of The Queens Lifetime Achievement in Enterprise Award and was the first holder of the European Entrepreneurship Education Laureate Award in 2012.

He has published numerous academic and business articles. A selection of these can be accessed by following the links below:


Address to the German Social Market Foundation
(Berlin, 1999)

Address to the Durham Symposium
(Durham, 2015)

Key Areas of Experience
Policy Regional/Local Economic Development
University Development and SMEs SME Management and Business Development
International Development Training and Development of SME Stakeholders
Enterprise Education in Schools and Colleges Research and Teaching, Academic to Policy


Copyright, Allan Gibb 2015