Neil Hood had a remarkable career, spanning both the academic and commercial sectors in a way that maximised the advantages to all parties. Neil was born in 1943 and left school at 18, initially going straight into the steel industry. From there he left to go to Glasgow University to read Regional Geography and Economic Development. On graduation in 1968, Neil joined first the Scottish College of Textiles and subsequently Paisley College of Technology. He finally left Paisley at the end of 1978 to join the Government Economic Service in Edinburgh as economic advisor. This brief spell ended in September 1979 when Strathclyde University secured his services as Professor of Business Administration, whilst encouraging him to remain involved with the then Scottish Development Agency as consultant in inward investment and small firm development.
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