Hello! Who Am I?

I’m a consultant and non-executive director who’s excited by and loves sharing ways that creative design and new technology can help businesses succeed and provide service delivery through my design and marketing agency, Real Point. I volunteer with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) on policy issues relating at both a West Midlands and National Level and acting as a media spokesperson, alongside this I lecture on entrepreneurship and online marketing subjects at Coventry University.

I’m also an adventurer and love nothing more than spending time running and cycling in new places and exploring new challenges. I’m a husband and dad and fortunate that my children choose to join me on my adventures, both cycling, running and even camping! I’m a Christian and part of local church in Lapworth.

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Why this blog?

It’s my musings on experience in all aspects of my life, from business leadership to wild camping and cycling with children.

Hope you find it interesting and I would love it if it inspired a reader to start a business, get more active or go on an adventure.

3 Key Asks for local elections by Small Businesses

3 Key Asks for local elections by Small Businesses

In my role as chair of FSB’s English Policy Unit, we are calling on election candidates from all major parties to help small businesses and the self-employed get on the right footing for recovery with three key asks.

Mini Adventure – First time wild camping

Mini Adventure – First time wild camping

Last night I was finally able to embark on a “mini-adventure” – my first ever wild camping trip. Watch my short film and read about the experience and the kit I used.

Unhurried – The Joy of Cycle Touring

Unhurried – The Joy of Cycle Touring

This little film sums up perfectly the joy I find in cycletouring. It’s also inspired me to do the The John Muir Way another cycle tour to add to the list!

Politics – Solving Division with Technology

A fascinating video about technology & politics & the use digital tools to help bring consensus rather than division was recently brought to my attention by Rich Bishop. Has anyone else had experience of this? I would love to look at how we can bring this...

Interview on YouCanTri Podcast

I had the chance to chat to Penny Wilkin from You Can Coaching about my life in cycling, the joys of cycle commuting and family cycling and sharing a few tips along the way. Take a listen to Episode 30 to hear my conversation with Penny.