At yesterday’s Great Exibition of the North #NPHSummit a member of the press asked me how the Northern Powerhouse is impacting the North East? In my opinion the NPH, whilst being a good initiative in principle, is yet to have any real tangible impact to businesses across the region. I don’t want to be over… Continue reading Northern Powerhouse … is it working?
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
For almost two decades, until retiring recently from corporate life, I worked for Sage Group where I held the position of Chief Product & Delivery Officer. You will all have heard of Sage. Three million customers across 27 countries, 13,000 employees, and a FTSE100 Tech Company with its spiritual home in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also,… Continue reading SCALE DON’T FAIL
I took the opportunity to attend the Newcastle Scale-up Summit recently and apart from being a fantastic networking event I found it highly informative and energising. Having worked with hundreds of start-up and scale-up businesses for many years I love hearing the stories of their success, and I’m intrigued to discover what makes some businesses… Continue reading Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways
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
It’s a bold statement to make, but what would have to happen to make this a reality? To answer the question its worth looking back to understand how ‘the other’ Silicon Valley came to be. The majority of the world’s top technology companies didn’t just happen to find themselves in Silicon Valley by chance, and… Continue reading Why the Tyne, Wear and Tees region should be the Silicon Valley(s) of the UK.
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