Like many across the region it comes as a shock and a hint of sadness to hear news of the closure of Newcastle’s Campus North co-working space. However, I also feel it’s a time for celebration of the achievements of Campus North and what it has done for Newcastle start-ups and for the region. In… Continue reading Sadness for Campus North but the future is very bright for the North East tech and digital sector
Today we live in a world with exponential growth in connected devices, in part driven by the sheer size of the population using online services and in part by the proliferation of devices used per individual as a byproduct of the likes of IoT (Internet of Things) The ability to reliably connect and issues around… Continue reading Cybersecurity whose accountability is it anyway?
I’m attending a Dynamo North East board meeting at Newcastle College. Due to work and travel commitments, it’s the first board meeting I could attend for a while. The Dynamo board meeting is very rare blend of around 20 professionals from public sector organisations, professionals from the education sector, business owners, and professionals from many… Continue reading A definition of Altruism
I've travelled with British Airways a lot with business and pleasure over the years and I have to say my experience has generally been positive ... until yesterday! I'm off to New York on a short break with the family and my story begins upon receipt of the email from BA that check in is… Continue reading The World’s Favorite Airline – Not Today!
This is a copy of a great article that one of my guys had published today. Sage, the only FTSE 100 technology company is now 32 years old, and with over six million customers is the third largest business software company worldwide. In 1981 it was just another North East tech start-up with a feverish ambition to… Continue reading Global technology company supporting the North East technology revolution
Innovation is a topic very close to my heart and a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an excellent workshop delivered by Dr Anne Stevens the VP of Design at Kone elevators. The session was hugely insightful and very educational... and whilst I’m not going to share the details verbatim, I thought… Continue reading You need to hire for Innovation
Another video post from my visit to the British GP at Silverstone this year. This time it's looking into the Red Bull garage. Of all the teams in the pit lane they looked (and sounded) the most relaxed. Surely you would expect the opposite effect with Red Bull! Did they know Mark Webber was going to… Continue reading How ironic that the Red Bull team are relaxed, did they know they were going to win?
Following on from my "Petrolhead Dream Heaven" post a few days ago I promised to share some of the videos I took from inside the Marussia garage. The first is of the mechanics making some last minute changes to the cars before practice starts: Not long after here's Charles Pic leaving the garage (how clean… Continue reading Memories from Silverstone with the Marussia Team (Turn up the volume the sound is awesome)
Being a certified petrolhead one of my long time ambitions was to go behind the scenes of a Grand Prix and witness first-hand what goes on inside a F1 garage. Most people normally associate F1 with the world of designer attire, fine wine, and of course a fair amount of corporate schmoozing. Whilst I don’t… Continue reading Petrolhead – Dream Heaven
If you read my blog you’ll know I’m a great believer in shouting about great service when I come across it and this time I’d like to shout out Scottish Power. We’ve been a customer of Scottish Power for a few years now and we’ve generally been happy with their service. However a few weeks… Continue reading Scottish Power – A story of Excellent Customer Experience