Category «Management»

Oldham is great

Update: This post has now appeared in the Oldham Chronicle as can be seen on the Web Apps Website. In Oldham we seem to find it easy to focus on the negatives, but having attended a number of events showcasing plans for regeneration, it’s difficult to feel anything but positive. Oldham is pushing forward, to show …

Delivering code as a team

Anyone who knows me will tell you how important I take any opportunity to talk to young people before they enter the workforce, so when the University of Manchester invited me to give a guest lecture to their Advanced Computer Science masters students I jumped at the chance. So at 11AM on Wednesday the 18th …

Corporate Social Responsibility

If you are a regular reader of my articles you will be aware that social responsibility is a key area I focus on. This policy needs to be addressed in order for any business, no matter what size to develop in the way it wants to. Without policies in place how can you determine where …

The measure of Success

How do you measure success? In the business world there’s a misplaced obsession with two metrics – turnover and profit.  Running your business within these parameters would be like choosing your life partner based only on eye colour and height – I suppose it’s a start, but you would be missing out on so much …

Legacy

Legacy. At times it can be a boon, inspiring culture and rooting us with a strong identity forged in the fires of history. But it can also be a weighty anchor pulling us to the bottom. In business, there are no awards for being first out of the blocks; the gold medals are reserved for …

History

After more than two centuries it is probably a good time to ask, ‘Is the Chamber of Commerce still relevant?’ Businessmen in the last decade of the 18th Century were hardly worried about developing an effective social media strategy, or obsessing how their website would look viewed on an iPad. How could a Chamber founded …

Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Last night I found myself at the Bolton Lads & Girls Club. I had been invited for a tour of the facility by Claire Crossfield who is part of the team building a new youth zone facility in the heart of Oldham. The local young people have been very involved in this new centre’s progress …

Presidential announcements

Craig Dean is the new Oldham President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Chief Executive of Web Applications UK. The Oldham business community is a dynamic, thriving and overwhelmingly positive group of people which is unquestionably surprising to ‘outsiders’ considering the ceaseless tirade of negative punditry that surrounds the prospects for our economy and …

Innovation has a human face – tech is just a tool

This article first appeared as a guest post in Travolution. If you want to move forward, steer clear of protectionism and build a culture of knowledge-sharing, says Web Applications chief executive Craig Dean Such has been the pace of technological advancement in our lifetime that the word innovation seems to have become synonymous with technology. …