per una designer delivers Roscoe Lecture

06 May 2008

Waiting list only for George Davies Roscoe Lecture tickets

'Vision - an everyday happening' will see George Davies swap the catwalk for a stage in St George's Hall, where he will be interviewed about how Liverpool has been a real source of inspiration throughout his life.

The event has been organised by LJMU's Foundation for Citizenship as part of its Roscoe Lecture Series. Demand for tickets has been unprecedented, with all being allocated weeks before the event. If you'd like to join the waiting list for returned tickets, please email:

LJMU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown CBE said: "We're delighted to welcome our Honorary Fellow George Davies back to the University and the city he obviously loves so much. He embodies Liverpool's love of fashion and its unrivalled reputation for creativity. He is also a fantastic role model for our students, demonstrating how much can be achieved if you have the right vision, determination and entrepreneurial spirit."

George Davies, who is one of Liverpool's official 08 Ambassadors, said: "I feel honoured to be asked to speak in this important year for the City. There's nowhere in the world quite like Liverpool, the people, the passion, the fun, the fighting spirit and of course the football make it a fantastic place that will always have the most special place in my heart.''

LJMU's Roscoe Lecture Series explores what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century and George Davies is also expected to reflect on whether 'big business' has an ethical duty to reinvest some of its profits in the communities they serve during the interview.

He will be joined on stage by Professor the Lord David Alton, who chairs the University's Foundation for Citizenship, which organises the Roscoe Lecture Series and interviewer, Tony Scott, Merchandise Director at per una.

Professor Alton said: "St George's Hall still resonates with the words of some of Liverpool's greatest philanthropists and entrepreneurs, who used their wealth to endow and enhance civic life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Where better then to hear if one of today's most successful entrepreneurs believes that organisations have an obligation to use part of their wealth for social and public good."

Born in Liverpool in 1941, George Davies has become one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs. He built Next into a high-street icon in the 1980s and then in the 1990s developed the George range for Asda, the first credible clothing range offered by a UK supermarket. In 2001, he launched Marks & Spencer's hugely successful per una range, which now accounts for a quarter of the retailer's womenswear sales.

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