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Professor Neil Towers joins University of Gloucestershire Growth Hub

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Written by:   | Posted 05-June-2014 8:21

Former director of the George Davies Centre for Retail Excellence, Professor Neil Towers, has joined the University of Gloucestershire.

Professor Towers will be part of the team leading the new Growth Hub forwards when it launches at the university’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester in September.

The Growth Hub is a partnership between the university and county business organisation GFirst LEP and provides a point of contact for companies and start-ups around Gloucestershire.

Professor Towers’ new role will include developing existing research at the university’s business school as well as exploring the potential to build new areas of expertise.

He said: “I am delighted to be in Gloucestershire and was very keen to bring my skillset to the business school, particularly with the forthcoming development of the Growth Hub.”

The George Davies Centre for Retail Excellence is a major international hub for research in the retail clothing sector and is funded and designed by Mr Davies himself. He heads clothes brand FG4 UK Ltd.

The business, which is headquartered in Draycott near Moreton-in-Marsh, is currently expanding its presence in the Middle East.

Professor Towers is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Operations Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and editor of the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. His own international research specialises in global fashion textile and clothing supply chains, investigating the relationship between retail marketing and supply chain management for SMEs and larger businesses.

He has more than a quarter of a century of commercial, industrial and academic experience and comes to Gloucestershire from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he was Professor in Supply Chain Management.

Dr Richard O’Doherty, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said: “He brings enormous expertise in bridging the higher education-industry divide and he will play a key part in helping to shape the developments in the Growth Hub.”

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