Friday, 15 February 2013
One of Worcester’s most well-known entrepreneurs gave an inspiring talk about his life at a special event hosted by the University of Worcester at The Hive.
Cecil Duckworth OBE, Chairman of Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, entertained a packed studio before signing copies of his new book ‘Worcester Warrior’.
Cecil is very well known in Worcester and beyond as a very successful entrepreneur, environmentalist and philanthropist and earlier this year his autobiography was published.
Cecil founded Worcester Engineering in 1962 after qualifying as a mechanical engineer in 1961. His gas-fired combination boiler revolutionised Britain's central heating industry. The company became part of the Bosch group in 1992. Worcester, Bosch Group is now the largest manufacturer of domestic central heating boilers in the United Kingdom.
In 1993 Cecil became involved with Worcester Rugby Football Club, now known as Worcester Warriors. Cecil transformed the Club from a humble position in the Midland South Division to its current status as one of England's twelve Premier League Clubs. Starting with financial and professional help to support a bid for lottery funds he made further continuing and substantial investment to develop rugby in the Worcester community.
A convinced environmentalist, Cecil and his wife Beatrice created the Duckworth Trust which is “dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of the natural and built environments for the people of Worcestershire.” The Trust has supported many worthwhile projects in Worcestershire including the vibrant environmental and community project at the former Pump House in Worcester.
The University of Worcester awarded an honorary degree to Cecil in 2004 in recognition of his many achievements and unstinting contribution to the City of Worcester and the wider community.
The Hive is a joint partnership between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council and is the first joint university and public library in the Country.