Business Guru And Secret Millionaire At University

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Date posted: 15 November 2010

A philanthropist, International Businesswoman of the Year and star of Channel 4's Secret Millionaire TV programme will be a guest speaker at the University of Derby on Thursday 18 November.

Dawn Gibbins set-up a home-based commercial flooring business called Flowcrete with her inventor father, Peter Gibbins, which grew to be a world leader; with offices in 30 countries and 12 manufacturing plants around the globe. She sold it in 2008 for an undisclosed multi-million pound sum.

She has won a string of accolades; including 'Most Influential Person in British Manufacturing', a recognition from Her Majesty the Queen as a 'Pioneer for the Life of Our Nation', an MBE awarded for services to industry and was named as this year's She magazine 'International Businesswoman of the Year'.

Dawn will talk about both her business and philanthropic work - through her anti-poverty, not-for-profit initiative The Barefoot Foundation - as the guest speaker at the annual event held by the University's Derbyshire Business School and professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The free event open to the public, students and business people will be held at the Courtroom (Room OL2) at the University's Kedleston Road site, in Derby, at 6.30pm on Thursday 18 November. It will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Dawn said: "I am really pleased to be asked to this event. I hope that I can pass on some of my knowledge and experience to help others achieve great things in business."

Peter Rudolph, Head of the Derbyshire Business School, added: "We are proud of the success of our entrepreneurial courses, and of the many graduates and students who go on to establish their own businesses.

"Dawn Gibbins is not only an incredibly successful businesswoman but someone who can get over to an audience her passion for enterprise. I'm sure that those who come to listen to her, whether out of general interest or because they are in business themselves, will be inspired by what she says."

The event will begin at 6.30pm with a free buffet and drinks. The evening will be hosted by Dr Bruce Johnstone, Enterprise Development Fellow in the University's Centre for Entrepreneurial Management; with introductions from Peter Rudolph and Peter Blake, Derby branch Chair of the CMI.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email

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