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Hold the Phone


Do you ever feel stressed? That you have too much to do? I think it is fair to say that most people, especially those running businesses, feel this way at some point or other. So answer me this: at those times of stress, how long have you spent on your phone browsing the internet, scrolling through social media feeds or zoning out with a game or app? I was interested to read Prince Harry’s thoughts...

Dog House or Giraffe Enclosure?


With a house full of girls I've escaped to the Garden in Hale, a real favourite set up by a couple of friends, one who used to work at UKFast.  It's fantastic place and I'd highly recommend it. The question on my mind this morning ahead of Tech Manchester's official opening event next week is: 'How important is mentoring?' I was asked to talk with the England Squash team before they set sail to the World Championships in...

A Vision for Manchester


It's been a huge week for Manchester's digital future. Andy Burnham's digital summit on Thursday was the first step in the journey to growing Manchester into Europe's number one tech city. In the same week, we also launched Tech Manchester, a new not-for-profit initiate connecting startups and budding business people with mentors and connecting the city's wealth of community support hubs. To hear more about the plans for Manchester and how we can grow our...

Capping Progress


It is a real shame to see the heckling and chaos in the House of Commons when discussing the pay gap. This is a time when all eyes are on the House to resolve an issue that has been going on for too long. At a time when our emergency services are more stretched than ever, after a disastrous election and following the DUP commitment, discussing the public sector pay gap should have been an...

A Mickey-Mouse Purpose


What’s your ultimate goal? What do you strive towards? What’s the light at the end of the tunnel? When it comes to goal setting, there are so many different levels and at the top of that list is your vision. It is who you are and what you stand for. In business, it leads every direction you take. I often talk about vision, mission and purpose, and when I do I quote Disney. To me...

Business Karma


Why do some people make it and then others, people with talent, real go-getters, hard workers, fall by the wayside? And why is it that accountants, people who understand the science and structure that all business is based on, don’t all go on to make brilliant business people? I do say “all” because I know some incredible business people who are accountants, the infamous Keith Cunningham, Texan genius and inspiration who I met in Fiji...