Posted on 08/11/2012
MSc Entrepreneurship students recently welcomed guest speaker Sir Alec Reed, CBE, who has long-standing ties with the School of Management. Sir Alec spoke to the students about his long career as an entrepreneur and had them examine a case study close to his heart, that which involved Medicare, a chain of drugstores started by the Reed empire in the 1970s to compete with the likes of Superdrug. Dr. Rachel Doern, Programme Director, commented:
“I always feel very privileged to hear Sir Alec speak about his experiences as an entrepreneur, from the early days of making toy soldiers with his older brother, to building one of the most recognized recruitment agencies in the UK and beyond, and his many philanthropic ventures as well. Somehow, between his various engagements, Sir Alec always finds a way to make time for our students. I’m not sure how he does it, but in my view he seems to be driven partly by a desire to pass on his knowledge and partly by a need to inspire and encourage others to take the plunge and work for themselves”
Mr. Mohammad Fahimpour, Student Representative of the MSc Entrepreneurship programme, described Sir Alec’s talk as:
"A world class speech, by a world class entrepreneur, at a world class university. It's not everyday you get such a wonderful opportunity to direct your questions to someone who has been through the entrepreneurship journey over the years and has been so successful."