Points-North-Weber-ShandwickEach Friday in Points North, one of the North’s leading media personalities will be giving us their take on the news covered by Prolific North over the last seven days.

This week it’s the turn of John Morgan, Chief Executive of Brass Agency in Leeds.

The thing that has stood out for me in this week’s news is that there have been a lot of ‘firsts’.

St Johnstone won the Scottish Cup for the first time after a 130-year wait and Miguel Angel Jiminez secured a historic victory at the Spanish Open by becoming the first man over the age of 50 to win the European Tour.

Another first was the Co-operative Group unveiling a new brand purpose after a series of radical reforms, put forward by Lord Myners, were unanimously endorsed by the Co-op’s members.

Definitely the first time I can remember the Co-operative Group tacking its issues head on and not before time – well done Lord Myners.

John Morgan_latestThis weekend the Yorkshire Evening Post reported the unveiling of an elaborate Tour de France countdown clock in the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre.

It will count down the last 50 days to the historic Grand Depart and apparently chime and fire confetti cannons to signal the start of the race, just in case we don’t notice the road closures and general pandemonium that will take over the city on the 5th July!

Seriously though, we have a lot of enthusiastic cyclists here at Brass so for us it’s great to see such an historic first happening in our home city. I’m sure we’ll be there with the rest of the crowds cheering the riders on as they pass through.

All these things are proof that it’s never too late to achieve your goals no matter how long you have to wait, or how old you get. And it’s made me think that we should all commit to doing something new for the first time this summer.

I’ve decide to learn a second language, perhaps inspired by the Tour de France and all things French. When I was younger I thought it was an un-cool thing to do but age and experience have taught me that there’s nothing worse than having to ask for help from your 13-year-old daughter when you’re in a restaurant, shop or art gallery!

Writing this column is another first for me. After years of hiding my light under a bushel and avoiding writing ‘daft’ articles (as I saw them), I’ve decided it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and do more writing, tweeting and speaking, so beware, there’s more to come. All feedback on this particular first is very welcome.

John Morgan is Chief Executive of Brass Agency