‘She was a source of life’ – secret Cheshire millionaire dies

Secret Cheshire millionaire Dr Dawn Gibbons has been described as a ‘maker of change and a source of life’ after her death at home.

Tributes have been paid to the influential businesswoman who appeared on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire and also helped transform the construction and manufacturing industry.

Dr Dawn Gibbins – later known as Dawn De Vivre – died at her home in the early hours of Friday February 11.

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Daughter of British inventor Peter Gibbins, Dawn co-founded Sandbach-based international flooring company Flowcrete in 1982 and has dedicated three decades of her life to ‘transforming, inspiring and detoxifying’ the construction industry and manufacturing, reports StokeonTrentLive.

After selling the business in 2008, Dawn – who received an MBE in 1994 – poured her energy and passion into social enterprise, appearing on two episodes of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire in 2010 and 2011, and then became a celebrant and a spirit of the ordained life. to advise.

Over the years Dawn – from Congleton – has won a number of prestigious awards including ‘British Manufacturing’s Most Influential Person’, ‘Our Nation’s Life Pioneer’ and ‘Woman of Life’. ‘Veuve Clicquot Business of the Year’ as well as three honorary doctorates from the universities of Staffordshire, Manchester and Chester.

In a tribute posted on LinkedIN, Flowcrete said: “It is with deep sadness that the Flowcrete family mourns the passing of our matriarch and co-founder, Dawn De Vivre, formerly Dr Dawn Gibbins MBE.

“Dawn is in our eyes one of the greatest businesswomen this country has ever produced, setting an example from a young age for other women in construction.

Dawn Gibbins appeared on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire in 2010 and 2011

“It’s Dawn’s inspiration and drive that has shaped our company, and we owe our global reputation to her.

“Daughter of the great British inventor, Peter Gibbins, Dawn founded Flowcrete with her father in 1982 and for 30 years has dedicated her life to transforming, inspiring and detoxifying the construction and manufacturing industry from harmful materials, such as toxins from flooring products.

“Above all, Dawn touched everyone she came in contact with and will never be forgotten.

“As a company, we offer our deepest sympathy to Dawn’s family at this time of their loss.”

The Congleton Partnership, a community organization that works to improve the town, also paid tribute to Dawn.

He said: “We are very sad to hear that one of Congleton’s biggest supporters, Dawn De Vivre, died peacefully at home last week.

“Dawn has worked closely with the Partnership to promote Congleton over the years, taking the helm of the award-winning ‘Bearmania’ project in the summer of 2011.

“We will always remember her energy and her passion, she inspired so many people, her legacy will live on.”

And Congleton Parkrun volunteers said: “We wanted to pass on our condolences to the friends and family of Dawn Gibbins who sadly passed away recently.

“For those unfamiliar, our Parkrun took over a year to take off before its launch in December 2012. Dawn was a major proponent of this launch and injected some of her enthusiasm and her boundless energy in what we all knew was going to be a simple but magical community event every Saturday morning.

“Thank you Dawn. The 400 events, 76,000 finishers and 14,000 PB since 2012 is just the first chapter of this story.”

A sign celebrating Dawn’s life has now been placed outside the Wild and Wild cafe, in Congleton, which is run by Dawn’s daughter April and son-in-law Chris Wild.

He says: “A ray of sunshine that has brightened up our community. Born in Congleton, the small town with a big heart, Dawn has had a ripple effect of happiness and love in everything she has done. A beacon from light.

“Her energy was contagious. She was an agent of change and a source of life. The one who touched this planet in so many ways. Look up today and smile for her.

“Dawn would say ‘love is all you need’. May you continue to inspire us to enter each day with grateful hearts. Fly high, we love you mom.”

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