The British Brand – a significant tool for the debates

Being British is about recognising there is a ‘British’ brand Debate about devolution and popular interest in what it means to be ‘British’ are failing to use this critical tool to help really understand and manage the issue. Whether Scotland should be part of Britain, or how different ethnic groups, such as those on the […]

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Our ‘broken society’ needs a ‘Peter Beardsley’ and a ‘Waddle’

Talk of the UK being a ‘broken society’ makes me angry. A failure to put things in perspective may cost us dearly, economically, socially, emotionally – and creatively. Prior to the recent ‘highly localised riots in three main English conurbations’ I wrote a blog about how, on an individual level, if you want to achieve […]

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Creative talent get business planning help

Helping Yorkshire’s creative talent develop into more successful businesses is Andy Green who is running a special training workshop called ‘Business Plans for Creative People who don’t do Business Plans’. The special event takes place at Red Brick Mill, Batley on the evening of Monday July 18th. It is organised by Loca, Kirklees Council’s arts […]

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6 lessons from the Egyptian revolution

What an experience having just visited and worked in Egypt, a country that is going through a political revolution. There were times when I thought I was going to die. I saw my life flashing before me, and thought this really was the end. But enough about being a passenger in a Cairo taxi! Seriously, […]

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Hepworth a step forward: banning ‘neon-light Banksy’ a step back

I was delighted to witness the opening of the new Hepworth gallery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire – a place where I continue to spend part of my life, where I have two businesses. Having previously invested much time and sweat in regeneration  and developing the cultural life of the city, it is great to see […]

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Royal Society backs IdeasBank to boost creativity to help Barry Island

A new initiative I want to get underway – an IdeasBank for helping to develop my hometown of Barry Island has received a welcome boost – with a grant from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) The RSA’s Catalyst fund provides small grants to Fellows who have developed an […]

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7 lessons for management from Avram Grant

With West Ham United being the first football  club to be relegated from the English Premiership in the 2010/11 season – a team widely regarded as playing below its potential – what lessons are there for you to learn from the performance of the sacked Hammers manager Avram Grant? 1. Recognise your personal qualities and […]

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Why does ‘Titanic’ fascinate us so much?

While visiting London I came across the major exhibition on ‘Titanic’ at the O2. I pondered: Why is it, 100 years on, the story of how one ship sunk still holds such fascination for contemporary society? There have been other sinkings – with an even greater loss of life. (The story of the sinking of […]

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