What I've Learnt

In our weekly What I've Learnt features, we quiz senior industry leaders on their illustrious careers. In these pieces, you'll discover both pearls of wisdom and hidden secrets from the careers of the North's key figures. 

Paul McCloskey, Stopford

Paul McCloskey runs Chester-based Stopford Information Systems, one of the leading providers of online booking solutions for local authorities.

Mike Smith, OPEN Media

Mike Smith is Managing Director of OPEN Media, an OOH media owner based in Liverpool, which owns a region-wide portfolio of static and digital advertising sites.

Yasmin Ahkter, Accenture Digital

Yasmin Ahkter has worked for a variety of Northern tech businesses such as Jet2 and tech unicorn Sky Betting and Gaming.

Amul Batra, Northcoders

These days, Amul Batra trains Junior Software Developers and finds them roles at brilliant Northern companies.

Matthew Williams, Quba

Web technology agency Quba works with clients from a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing and charity.

TeleData is a Tier 3 datacentre in Manchester providing cloud hosting and colocation services to businesses across the region.

Tim Hyde, TWH Media

Tim Hyde was LADBible's 11th employee, joining the social media agency at the age of 18.

The company's UK Digital Test Hubs provide on-demand remote testing services for businesses in eCommerce, enterprise, apps, digital entertainment and the Internet of Things.

Stewart Hilton, Zeal Creative

At Zeal, Stewart personally oversees all creative development work. He and business partner Robert White founded Zeal in 2014 in Manchester, and have gone on to work with some of the world's biggest brands.

James Holloway, Gooey

James Holloway is the founder of Gooey, a white-label coding agency specialising in WordPress, Magento and HTML development based right on the edge of Manchester's Northern Quarter.


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