“We need more and more people to create their own jobs…and to be entrepreneurial”

John Forkin in 2016 talking about entrepreneurship, Derby as the city that famously homes Rolls-Royce & BOMBARDIER but also as a city that thanks largely to the University of Derby have driven enormous growth for SMEs and entrepreneurial endeavours.

With MIPIM (http://mipim.com) just around the corner, its that time of year when Marketing Derby and other local businesses get to shine and promote what a great city Derby is and how much we have grown over the years.

It’s not just big business, not just the millions invested in new retail and entertainment in the city, but also the growth of SMEs that continues to surface, promote and enhance the city.

When we filmed this interview with John it was originally talking all about Global Entrepreneurship Week – something many of us are very passionate about. But the little gems and quotes John speaks in this interview shows the passion he, his team and the entire city really has for the place we work from and the place we call home.

Original link: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6500644802353209344

When you struggle

I remember saying this line “When you struggle with it, and you do struggle” on the topic of entrepreneurship – it was running up to a turning point in life for me personally with mental health problems.

It was then and is now ‘time to talk’ and so many don’t – I’ve been blessed to work with some fantastic people in my life, professionally and personally both in business and in the mental health space.

Today it’s #timetotalk – conversations really do have the power to change lives and talking about mental health should not be frowned upon.

Excuse the rude word in the video from me – but as Julian commented in response “it’s not just about business, it’s about life generally” and entrepreneurship is one of the common causes of mental health problems.

So if nothing else, get a coach, mentor, friend, family, someone you can talk to – it doesn’t have to be about business, but don’t neglect your mental health – ever. Follow Time to Change for more information.

Original source: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6499217578093744128

Fortitude – beware!

Its not often I get hooked on TV series – but Fortitude, crime, violence and mystery – is right up my street for a great binge session over the weekend.

Debuting in the UK and US back in January 2015 and APAC in February – I finally caught this series much later on when season 3 came out and immediately went back and watched the previous seasons.

“Set on the Norwegian Arctic island of Fortitude, things appear calm on the surface; a string of violent and increasingly strange deaths, slowly exact a toll on the quiet international community where almost everyone appears to be keeping at least one secret.”

Chris (Eccleston) makes a great actor in this chilling series and as one of my favourite actors really put Fortitude on my recording list.


I highly recommend watching Fortitude on Sky Atlantic – its almost up there with Suits and Billions for me.

Hibbert & Global IT

When we think of Global IT and Infrastructure, we often think large scale data centres, technology bound for maintenance on a regular basis or just racks of servers and storage that sit blinking away.

When I found Alex Hibbert blog post on Satellite phones and Wifi solutions in a global environment it really hit home because we think in such niche situations more often than not.

Having working technology in the most remote environments, isn’t considering “our IBM server is down in Mexico” its more a case of when you are really remote and in severe weather conditions – can you operate, can you communicate and most of all can you survive!

Hibbert goes on to talk about the Iridium Go mobile satellite Wifi terminal and summarises nicely his thoughts in the article.

Things are on the move in the satellite tech world, from reliable basic comms to tracking, and in particular in the quality of media we can beam back. GTC have been keeping me in the loop with what to expect next and are on hand to problem-solve when the need arises – a vital human resource with technology that both benefits, and suffers, from being on the cutting edge.”

Global technology has come along way in the past decade or so and I highly recommend if you are into adventures, technology or just curious about where things are in this niche part of technology you take a good read of the original article which can be found on Alex Hibbert website: https://www.alexhibbert.com/blogx/2018/4/16/iridium-satellite-phone-and-wifi-guest-blog-for-gtc