Irwin Grayson Associates
Introduction

Irwin Grayson Associates are consultants in economic regeneration who can help you develop innovative approaches to enterprise and economic development. They have a particular focus on small business and enterprise support and on regulatory reform and supporting trade associations to influence public policy.

David Irwin David Grayson Irwin Grayson Associates is a partnership of David Irwin and David Grayson. In 1980, they founded Project North East, one of the UK's leading enterprise and economic development agencies, which has now worked in 40 countries.

Irwin Grayson Associates undertake strategic reviews, programme design and assist with implementation of initiatives intended to provide support to new and growing businesses such as incubator workspace and finance. They undertake programme evaluations and provide policy advice to governments and private sector organisations including on regulatory reform and the business enabling environment.

IGA works throughout the world, but with a particular focus on the UK and Africa. Current and former clients include DANIDA, DFID, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, European Bank for Reconstruction Development, International Trade Centre, Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, OECD and the World Bank.

David Irwin

David Irwin continued to manage and grow Project North East until 2000. PNE achieved a number of firsts including the first Youth Enterprise Centre which became a model for centres in the UK and internationally. In 1984, PNE started managing Livewire in the north east of England and then won the contract to provide the national management starting from 1986. Livewire now operates in about 24 countries round the world. David continues to be a trustee of the Northern Youth Venture Fund.

In 2000, he was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the UK's Small Business Service taking responsibility for all of the UK Government's support for SMEs and a newly created role to be a "strong voice for small business at the heart of government" advocating the case for an improved regulatory environment. He stepped down from that role in mid-2002.

David is Chairman of Cobweb Information Ltd, a business that researches, publishes and markets business information. He is a Visiting Fellow at Teesside University Business School.

David is a holder of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion which he was awarded in 2009.

David Grayson CBE

In April 2007, David Grayson was appointed Professor of Corporate Responsibility and founding Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University School of Management. For most of his career, however, he has been a social entrepreneur during which time he chaired Housing 21 was a Managing Director of Business in the Community, chaired the UK Small Business Consortium, was the first, joint Managing Director of the Prince's Youth Business Trust; and the director of The Prince of Wales Award for Innovation. David was formerly a board member of the National Co-operative Development Agency and of the Strategic Rail Authority. He chaired the National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board in each case appointed by the Major Government and re-appointed by the Blair Government. He currently chairs Carers UK.

Much of David's recent work has focussed on how to shift Corporate Responsibility from being a bolt-on to business operations to being built-in to business purpose and strategy. He is especially interested in how a genuine commitment to sustainability and responsibility can become a source of creativity and innovation, leading to new business opportunities. He speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurship and future trends for businesses, media and business schools around the world. He has worked with many, leading global businesses including BP, Shell, Microsoft and Diageo. He has also worked with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union and the World Bank. He was a visiting Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard 2006-10. David His books include Corporate Social Opportunity: Seven Steps to make Corporate Social Responsibility work for your business (Greenleaf, 2004); Everybody's Business - Managing Risks and Opportunities in to-day's global society (Dorling Kindersley and the Financial Times 2001) - both co-authored with Adrian Hodges; Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present, and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism co-authored with Jane Nelson, published by Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press(2013); and Social Intrapreneurism & all that Jazz (2014) co-authored with Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck. He has also contributed to several other books including The Accountable Corporation and What if?.

He was awarded the OBE for services to industry in 1994 and the CBE for services to disability in 1999. He is happiest on, in or - preferably - under water - in hot climates. Speeches, articles and other resources are regularly posted at davidgrayson.net and Cranfield's website. He blogs for Guardian Sustainable Business and tweets at @DoughtyDavidG. The Guardian has recently named David as one of the top ten tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook - CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook's COO and Kumi Naidoo - the Head of Greenpeace International.