University business advisor takes top national title

Paul Greetham (left) is pictured with Peter Harrington Paul Greetham (left) is pictured with Peter Harrington, the co-founder of SimVenture Evolution who sponsored Paul’s individual award.

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:29:00 BST

Enterprise Team member Paul Greetham won the award at the 2016 National Enterprise Educator Awards

Paul Greetham ONE of the founder members of the University of Huddersfield’s Enterprise Team won much praise when he won the Enterprise Catalyst category at this year’s National Enterprise Educator Awards.

Paul Greetham (pictured left), who has worked at the University since 2004 has helped hundreds of Huddersfield students and graduates explore business start-ups.  It was this high-level of working to develop and deliver entrepreneurship education and support at ‘grass roots’ level that particularly impressed the judges.

The National Enterprise Educator Awards recognise excellence within enterprise and entrepreneurship education in UK higher and further education and are highly-regarded within the sector.

The awards booklet gave a testimonial of Paul’s achievements: “Creative, thoughtful and constructively critical, Paul strives to improve the Enterprise Team offer, always putting the needs of clients first”.

It continued: “He has been instrumental in the development of the Enterprise Team, but also of regional initiatives such as the collaboration between Yorkshire Universities with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales’s coaching for investor readiness scheme.”

Paul’s career first began within the banking industry in the 1970s.  Soon after he then spent 11 years as a finance director of a Halifax-based printing and publishing company before then moving to Lloyds Bank where he became a senior business manager.

In 2002, Paul decided to take a change of direction and became a self-employed Business Consultant.  He was then employed by the University of Huddersfield to consult with academics on the commercialisation of their research activities.

Three years later, he began working for the Huddersfield Business Generator – auniversity-backed support body for graduate start-ups in the town centre.

This then led to employment within the University for the project Business Mine – an on-campus, start-up facility – which was the direct forerunner of the current University’s Enterprise Team based in The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.

The awards ceremony was held in the Liverpool Cathedral, and took place after the annual International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC).  Enterprise Educators UK and the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education jointly organised the awards and conference.

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