Not four years since he was doing the social media for Marketing Manchester, Bryant has carved out an influential position at the top of one of the world’s best-read technology blogs. The Next Web attracts 6.5m visitors a month and media-friendly Bryant has risen swiftly since joining as a part-time reporter in 2009.

The Leeds University graduate has also become something of a go-to technology commentator for the BBC and other media outlets, and he’s a regular presence on the panels of technology conferences across Europe. Back in Manchester, he’s a co-founder of TechHub Manchester and a council member at Manchester Digital.