Archive | February, 2013

Growth Accelerator – partner event in Yorkshire – February 2013

22 Feb

UKTI and MAS eventI was delighted to don the purple GrowthAccelerator tie and get back on the road to promote this fantastic business service. The first event was in Rotherham, the next day I was back on the road and up with the lark in Leeds. Both events had a real energy about them and a real rapport between the panel members who I did interviews with. I’ve added insights from them to a blog on the GrowthAcclerator website on international trade tips.


Talk Social – 8th of February 2013

10 Feb

Talk Social

The panel at the Talk Social event at the Lowry Hotel on the 8th of February, picture by Richard Venables.

I was suitably inspired by Martin Vander Weyer’s turn of verse at the previous event. So, I summed up the morning of debate at the Talk Social event with a rhyme of my own. I hope it gets across something of the day. The hashtag talksocial sums things up very well.

Putting social into talk

There was a bomb alert on Portland Street,

I read that on a GMP Tweet,

It’s the channel they use most round our way,

But it needs to be updated three times a day,

The worst you can do is saying nowt,

Or worse still, kicking the interns out,

When they run your Twitter, or your Facebook page,

They’ll soon use that as an outlet of rage,

But measuring this stuff is an expensive art,

How does CAT translate to the shopping cart?

But if there’s one clear message from here at Dearman’s Walk,

It’s that social media is social, and it’s good to talk.


Liberty 5th birthday party

10 Feb

Here’s an audioboo of me at the Liberty Pensions 5th birthday party at the National Football Museum. It was such a terrific occasion, the guest speakers were me and Martin Vander Weyer of the Spectator, who really impressed with his rendition of his poem about the financial crisis. Inspiring stuff.