Dylan Jones-Evans

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Dylan Jones-Evans

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Born (1966-05-16) 16 May 1966 (age 56)
Bangor, Gwynedd
EducationUniversity of Manchester
Aston University
OccupationProfessor, newspaper columnist
EmployerUniversity of South Wales
Board member ofFinance Wales
Institute of Small Business and Enterprise
Institute of Welsh Affairs
Wales Management Council
Institute of Directors Wales
Prime Cymru

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE PhD FRSA (born 16 May 1966) was born in Bangor, Gwynedd and brought up in Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsula. He is currently Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and the chair in entrepreneurship at the University of South Wales. He is visiting professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Turku in Finland, newspaper columnist and the creator of the Wales Fast Growth 50, an annual barometer of entrepreneurial firms in Wales.

Professional career[edit]

Following a BSc (Hons) in Physics, an MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy from Manchester University, and a PhD in technology entrepreneurship from Aston University, Jones-Evans held postdoctoral posts at Durham University Business School and University College Dublin (as an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow).[citation needed]

At the age of 29, he was appointed chair of entrepreneurship and small business management at the University of Glamorgan in 1996, where he set up the Welsh Enterprise Institute.[citation needed]

He has subsequently held academic chairs at the University of Wales Bangor and NEWI in Wrexham.[citation needed] He was Director of the National Entrepreneurship Observatory at Cardiff University for the period 2005–2008,[citation needed] Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Wales 2008–2013[citation needed] and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Bristol Business School 2013–17.[citation needed] He has been chair of the Irish Research Council's postgraduate scholarship programmes,[citation needed] and was formerly a member of the Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.[citation needed]

Jones-Evans has published over 100 articles within edited books, academic conference proceedings and refereed journals, including the Journal of Economic Geography, R&D Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics, International Small Business Journal, Technovation and Regional Studies.[citation needed] Along with Professor Sara Carter, he is the co-author of the textbook Enterprise and Small Business.[1]

He has initiated over £40 million of development projects,[citation needed] and has attracted research grants from the ESRC, the European Commission, the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.[citation needed] One project was the first European transnational research study of the role of universities in technology transfer and spin-off activities in Europe.[2]

He has worked as a consultant for the OECD, the European Union and other economic development bodies[which?], and was the lead author of the Entrepreneurship Action Plan for Wales,[3] the first regional enterprise strategy in the world.[which?] He led the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in Wales for eight years and is currently a member of the "Be The Spark" panel,[4] which has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop an entrepreneurship strategy for Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government. He also served as a member of the Business Advisory Panel for the Secretary of State for Wales between 2010 and 2014 and led a major review of business finance for the Welsh Government.[5]

He was the first chairman of Outlook Expeditions Ltd, and has been a member of the boards of Finance Wales, the Institute of Small Business and Enterprise, the Institute of Welsh Affairs, ICE, the Wales Management Council, the Institute of Directors in Wales, Prime Cymru (one of the Prince of Wales' charities) and was Vice-President (UK) for the European Council of Small Business.[citation needed]

He is currently chairman of Town Square,[6] which is developing facilities for entrepreneurs in the UK, and a trustee of Fabric, a social enterprise in Swansea helping homeless young people.[7]

Jones-Evans has created number of events to promote and celebrate entrepreneurship in Wales including the Wales Fast Growth 50,[8] the Cardiff Business Awards, Wales Start-Up Awards,[9] and the Wales Legal Awards.[10] He is a weekly columnist since 2004 in the Western Mail[11] - where he compiles the annual lists of the Top 300 firms in Wales and the Wales Fast Growth 50 list of the fastest growing Welsh businesses - and the Daily Post,[12] and is now a contributor to the online news site Business News Wales.[13]

Recent journal publications[edit]

  • Klofsten, M., Jones-Evans, D. & Pereira, L. (2020) Teaching science and technology PhD students in entrepreneurship-potential learning opportunities and outcomes, Journal of Technology Transfer [14]
  • Pugh, R., Mackenzie, N. and Jones-Evans, D. (2018) From "Techniums" to "Emptiums": the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales, Regional Studies [15]
  • Zhao, T. and Jones-Evans, D. (2017) SMEs, banks and the spatial differentiation of access to finance, Journal of Economic Geography, Vol 17 (4), pp. 791–824.[16]
  • Rhisiart, M. and Jones-Evans, D. (2016) The impact of foresight on entrepreneurship: The Wales 2010 case study. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 102, pp. 112–119.[17]
  • Zhang, Q., MacKenzie, N., Jones-Evans, D. and Huggins, R. (2016) Leveraging knowledge as a competitive asset?: The intensity, performance and structure of entrepreneurial universities and their regional knowledge networks, Small Business Economics, Vol. 47 (3). pp. 657–675.[18]
  • Jones-Evans, D. (2015) Access to finance to SMEs at a regional level: the case of Finance Wales, Venture Capital – an International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Vol. 17 (1-2), pp. 27–41.[19]

Development Bank of Wales[edit]

In 2013, he was asked by the Welsh Government to undertake a detailed review examining Access to Finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Wales. The two reports[20][21] produced by the review criticised the Welsh Government's former investment fund Finance Wales as being unfit for purpose, mainly because of the high interest rates charged to businesses and the unwillingness to consider using state aid rules to make finance affordable to Welsh firms. He recommended the creation of a new Development Bank to support funding for Welsh SMEs. He was subsequently appointed chair of the Development Bank of Wales' Task and Finish Group, which drew up a plan for the creation of this body by the Welsh Government. In May 2015, the National Assembly for Wales voted to call "on the Welsh Government to establish a Welsh Development Bank, as recognised in the report published by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans".[22] The DBW was established in 2017.

Richard Burton[edit]

Jones-Evans was responsible for starting a campaign in 2011 to raise funding to secure a star for Richard Burton on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This was unveiled in Los Angeles on St David's Day, 1 March 2013.[23][24]


Jones-Evans was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[25]


  1. ^ "Carter & Jones-Evans, Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy, 3rd Edition | Pearson". www.pearson.com.
  2. ^ "Universities, technology transfer and spin-off activities - academic entrepreneurship in different European regions, Final Report | Publication".
  3. ^ Dylan Jones-Evans. "Entrepreneurship Action Plan for Wales (EAP), UK" (PDF). OECD.
  4. ^ "Professor Dylan Jones-Evans". Be The Spark.
  5. ^ http://wales.gov.uk/topics/businessandeconomy/policy/financereview/?lang=en[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Who we are | TownSq". thetownsquare.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Professional Feedback – Welcome to FABRIC".
  8. ^ "Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE | Fast Growth 50". www.fastgrowth50.com.
  9. ^ https://www.walesstartupawards.com/about
  10. ^ "Meet the judges". waleslegalawards.com.
  11. ^ "Dylan Jones-Evans". walesonline.
  12. ^ "Dylan Jones-Evans". northwales.
  13. ^ "Higher Education Plays Key Role in Supporting Startups". Business News Wales. 28 June 2021.
  14. ^ Klofsten, Magnus; Jones-Evans, Dylan; Pereira, Luciana (1 April 2021). "Teaching science and technology PhD students in entrepreneurship-potential learning opportunities and outcomes". The Journal of Technology Transfer. 46 (2): 319–334. doi:10.1007/s10961-020-09784-8. S2CID 216459829 – via Springer Link.
  15. ^ Pugh, Rhiannon; MacKenzie, Niall G.; Jones-Evans, Dylan (3 July 2018). "From 'Techniums' to 'emptiums': the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales". Regional Studies. 52 (7): 1009–1020. doi:10.1080/00343404.2018.1444272. S2CID 158969642 – via Taylor and Francis+NEJM.
  16. ^ Zhao, Tianshu; Jones-Evans, Dylan (1 July 2017). "SMEs, banks and the spatial differentiation of access to finance". Journal of Economic Geography. 17 (4): 791–824. doi:10.1093/jeg/lbw029 – via Silverchair.
  17. ^ Rhisiart, Martin; Jones-Evans, Dylan (1 January 2016). "The impact of foresight on entrepreneurship: The Wales 2010 case study". Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 102: 112–119. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2015.03.010 – via ScienceDirect.
  18. ^ Zhang, Qiantao; MacKenzie, Niall G.; Jones-Evans, Dylan; Huggins, Robert (1 October 2016). "Leveraging knowledge as a competitive asset? The intensity, performance and structure of universities' entrepreneurial knowledge exchange activities at a regional level". Small Business Economics. 47 (3): 657–675. doi:10.1007/s11187-016-9759-0. S2CID 55348219 – via Springer Link.
  19. ^ Jones-Evans, Dylan (2 January 2015). "Access to finance to SMEs at a regional level – the case of Finance Wales". Venture Capital. 17 (1–2): 27–41. doi:10.1080/13691066.2015.1052624. S2CID 153794128 – via Taylor and Francis+NEJM.
  20. ^ Jones-Evans, Dylan (1 June 2013). "Access to finance review: Stage 1 report" – via uwe-repository.worktribe.com. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  21. ^ Jones-Evans, Dylan (1 November 2013). "Access to finance review: Stage 2 review" – via uwe-repository.worktribe.com. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  22. ^ "Decision - Welsh Conservatives Debate". business.senedd.wales. 20 May 2015.
  23. ^ "Hollywood Legend Finally Gets a Walk of Fame Star". 2 March 2013.
  24. ^ Price, Karen (15 February 2013). "Star for Richard Burton to be unveiled on Hollywood Walk of Fame". Walesonline.
  25. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 10.

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