The former business editor of the Yorkshire Post launched in November 2007, expanding it into the North West a year later and the Midlands in 2010, and now claims 115,000 registered users across the three sites.

Last year Parkin and co-founder Paul Snape sold their stakes for an undisclosed sum to Birmingham-based technology investor Mark Hales, who now owns 100% of the business. Parkin, 43, continues to be involved as a director and also writes a weekly column. Last summer he was awarded an honorary MBA by Leeds Metropolitan University.