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Wednesday 22 May 2024
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North East know-how for no-code

I’d first heard about no-code in 2019. Five years ago, I had an idea for a football-related app for fans to use for fun, during half-time match intervals. Unfortunately, the app didn’t whizz me into becoming the Geordie Bill Gates but I did build, albeit shabbily, a minimum viable product (MVP) using a no-code tool.  …

The day a dead story was live news

‘Funeral van drops coffin’. Even today, the rather sobering headline still beggars belief. But it happened. And I was there. Almost. Back in the day — when there was barely room to move in the newsroom, 10 reporters were chasing every story and exclusives were like gold dust — it was difficult to make your …

Pee’d, speed and freed

I should have known it was going to be one of those nights as the over-excited drugs dog carefully cocked his left leg over my pristine satchel and emptied that day’s water bowl without pausing for breath. The cops were creasing themselves as I searched for my emergency packet of Handy Andies before frantically seeking …

A sector which cells itself

I’ve been writing about North East England’s tech sector for over a decade. In that time I’ve seen many narratives come and go, as the region has attempted to carve its credentials on the national stage.  ‘We’re the fastest growing tech cluster outside of London,’ say some. Others will point at Sage PLC and Durham’s …

Time to set our councils free

I vividly remember, shortly after I was elected Leader of Newcastle City Council in 2011, a political friend asking me why on earth I’d chosen to ruin my career by taking on such a poisoned chalice. The then Chancellor George Osborne and Eric Pickles (the then Secretary of State for Local Government) were proposing deep …

How to drive Kevin Keegan Batty

They say ‘never meet your heroes’. In truth, I’m not sure who says that or who ‘they’ really are? I’ve always loved meeting my heroes and intend to meet many, many more. Maybe a more appropriate nugget of advice would be ‘always meet your heroes — just limit your expectations’. It’s served me well down …

A new Broom

In the world of start-ups, authenticity is often preached but rarely practised. We’re told to embrace our vulnerabilities, to share our stories and to trust that the world will resonate with our truths.  Yet, when it comes to showcasing our professional journeys, we often default to a highlight reel: polished, pristine, and perpetually winning. ‘Instagram …

Charity has to begin at home

The North East charity sector is built on a foundation of raw northern grit, unwavering resilience, and a powerful network of community connections. It is this solid foundation that has allowed many organisations to survive and rise from the ashes of COVID-19. In the words of philosopher Bertrand Russell, ‘In a just world, there would …

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