IPT Innovation Fellowship Completed

For over 40 years the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) charity has been working to promote mutual understanding between Parliament and the worlds of business, industry and commerce for public benefit. It is such an important mission and I am delighted to be part of it, initially by attending events in parliament, participating in industry …

Unpaid internships must be stopped

Unpaid internships are still scandalously prolific. Covid has been appalling for so many, in so many ways. Perhaps a lesser known impact has been the rise in unpaid internships which has accompanied the pandemic. Firms claiming, Covid related, their inability to pay so ask; “come along, give of your work for free and maybe, but, …

We must urgently ‘level up’ SME finance

Lifeblood of the UK economy Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – the lifeblood of the UK economy –  are reporting significant problems in accessing finance. 99% of UK businesses are SMEs; responsible for 52% of the turnover of UK plc and employing more than 16.5 million people. SMEs struggling to access finance Supporting small businesses …

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The broadcast story so far Great Britain’s Paralympians Gold, Silver and Bronze medal performances, their World, Paralympic, European and British records, all covered on the nation’s Paralympic broadcaster, Channel 4. I remember in 2009, when I was at London 2012, we had all the UK broadcasters keen to cover the Paralympic Games, coming with serious …

Paralympic Perspectives VI

Paralympic Classification Explained I very much enjoyed the boxing from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, some Great British performances.  Enjoying it though, at no point did I think it would be a good idea, more importantly, good sport for the heavy weights to pile in against the feathers.  This is classification. No more, no less. …

Paralympic Perspectives V

London 2012 It hardly seems possible, that golden summer of sport that brought us all together, some nine years past. Nine years past, yes, but the memories, the stories, the learnings are as rich and as vital today as any day. The Paralympics as much as any of this. What to say about a Games …

Paralympic Perspectives IV

Sydney 2000 There was a funny thing at the Sydney Paralympics. The 2, on all the merchandise, was written in a really sharp, funky some might say, way. A bit like the Zoro sign – for those of us who remember that Saturday morning TV highlight. In any event, this was the case on everything …

Paralympic Perspectives III

Barcelona 1992 Barcelona – “such a beautiful horizon”. Freddie and Montserrat were right, it is and it was. This Paralympic Games was special. A forgotten fishing port on the Med, transformed via Expo and Olympic Games into a world destination, riding high still some thirty years later. And what of the 1992 Paralympic Games?  Well, …

Paralympic Perspectives II

Seoul searching In sharing my Paralympic perspectives, and memories, my thoughts turn quickly to Seoul 1988. Seoul 1988 was the first time the Paralympics took place in the same city as the Olympics since Tokyo 1964.  In many ways it was also the first modern Paralympic Games and it was also the first Paralympic Games …