Professor Simon Bridge

Simon Bridge has an MA from Cambridge (engineering) and an MSc from the London Business School (business studies) – and recently an ‘end-of-career’ PhD from Dublin City University. After working in aeronautics, the army and shipbuilding, Simon was the Enterprise Development Director of LEDU* from 1984 to 1993. He then ran his own business during which time he continued to explore enterprise and acted as a consultant and facilitator of enterprise and voluntary/community sector development. His clients included government departments, district councils, local enterprise agencies, universities and other educational establishments, private businesses and many voluntary and community sector bodies. He also undertook assignments in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mozambique, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Simon is currently a director of several voluntary/community sector organisations and has continued to explore enterprise and probe the knowledge shared about it. Since 2008 he has also been a Visiting Professor at the Ulster University Business School. As well as delivering conference papers, academic articles and lectures he has written or co-written several books and articles about aspects of enterprise, including:

Understanding Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Small Business by Simon Bridge and Ken O’Neill (Palgrave, fifth edition 2018)

Understanding the Social Economy and the Third Sector by Simon Bridge, Brendan Murtagh and Ken O’Neill (Palgrave, second edition 2014)

Rethinking Enterprise Policy: Can failure trigger new understanding? By Simon Bridge (Palgrave 2010)

Beyond the Business Plan, by Simon Bridge and Cecilia Hegarty, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

The Search for Entrepreneurship: Finding more questions than answers, by Simon Bridge (London: Routledge, 2017)

The Persistence of Entrepreneurship Myths: Reclaiming Enterprise, by Simon Bridge (London: Routledge, 2022)

* LEDU (the Local Enterprise Development Unit) was the Northern Ireland Government’s small business support agency until it was wound up in 2002 when Invest NI was created.