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Marcus Simmons

Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
School of Business
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Marcus is an award winning entrepreneur who exchanged the board room for the class room in 2016. He brings a wealth of ‘real world’ practical experience to his enterprise and entrepreneurship teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate (MBA) level.

Marcus focuses on teaching students to be more enterprising and entrepreneurial and has received wonderful student feedback about the modules he delivers in a fun, practical manor. He delivers a wide range of enterprise modules to year 2 and 3 undergraduate, and MBA. In 2017 Marcus redesigned a Year-3 enterprise module to make it more fun, more interesting and more relevant to the real world of business. The outstanding student feedback received inspired him to write about the lessons learned, resulting in improved academic attainment and enhanced student satisfaction. In short - better results, more fun and greatly valued. Involved in bidding for, and delivering KTP (Knowledge Transfer Project) activity within the School of Business. He has a strong commitment to continuing professional development and scholarship. In 2019 Marcus embarked in earnest on his academic career, speaking at three conferences and two forums.

Marcus has 25 years of business experience ranging from production management in the UK and US textile industry, management consultancy and setting up and running his own successful online business. As a management consultant Marcus worked with a wide range of SME and blue-chip clients in sectors as diverse as aerospace, printing, healthcare, food production, packaging, timber supply, aluminium smelting, retail and merchant banking. He realised that no matter what the company did they always had very similar problems revolving around people, processes and strategy. In 2001 Marcus started taking an interest in the rapidly emerging use of websites and Google and set up a web development business. This led to the creation of iknow-uk in 2003, a very successful online hotel booking website. After growing the business to a turnover in excess of £2M in eight years Marcus semi-retired and eventually left the business in 2016 through a management buyout.

  • BA (Hons) Industrial Design, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic, 1989
  • MSc Ergonomics, Birmingham University, 1990
  • Shortlisted - UCLan Lecturer of the Year, 2019
  • Business/Industry Collaboration, Educate North Awards, 2019
  • BT Essence of the Entrepreneur, 2010
  • Growth Strategy of the Year, Northern Region, National Business Awards, 2009
  • Best Use of Technology, North West Region, National Business Awards, 2008
  • Best of Lancashire, North West Digital Industries Big Chip Awards, 2007
  • Excellence in E-Business, Lancashire Business Awards (BIBAs), 2006
  • Best Commercial Website, North West Digital Industries Big Chip Awards, 2005
  • Start Up Business of the Year, NW Society of Chartered Accountants, 2004
  • Enterprise Education
  • Entrepreneurship