Nottingham University Business School


A tribute to Emeritus Professor Martin Binks

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Emeritus Professor Martin Binks, cherished husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and University scholar died of heart failure in the early hours of Thursday 13 January 2022.

Martin was a pillar of Nottingham University Business School and worked at the University for over 40 years.

He was a truly entrepreneurial academic and played a huge role in the school’s success.

Martin joined the University of Nottingham as a PhD student and then gained his first academic post in the School of Economics, publishing and advising the UK government and the Bank of England in SME finance.

He founded the Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (later HGI) within the business school in 2001 and, due to his pioneering work, Nottingham was awarded the first Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2012.

Martin was Dean of Nottingham University Business School from 2010-2015.  Under his leadership the school grew significantly with a focus upon responsible business, international finance, and entrepreneurship. He became Emeritus Professor in March 2020.

Martin’s work built upon the seminal research of Joseph Schumpeter, and he often quoted the most important part of Schumpeter’s entrepreneurship as ‘the joy of creating; of getting things done, or simply of exercising one’s energy and ingenuity.' During his career, Martin encouraged this ‘joy of creating’ for thousands of students and aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.

He will be remembered fondly for his dry sense of humour and empathy, especially in times of crisis.

On a personal note, Martin was my mentor for over 20 years. It was a privilege to learn from such a ground-breaking and yet humble person and I will miss him terribly.

Our thoughts are with Martin’s family and friends.

Professor Simon Mosey.

The Martin Binks entrepreneurship prize

Martin's family, together with Cris Glazebrook, have created a donation page where people can share their thoughts on Martin’s contribution and donate towards an annual entrepreneurship prize in Martin’s name to be awarded to the best performing student studying entrepreneurship at the business school.

Please go to this page if you would like to support the student entrepreneurship prize.

Posted on Wednesday 26th January 2022




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