Back in the days when I was a respected young professional, well before I had the delusions of grandeur and the audacity to become an entrepreneur (that’s entreprenoor up North) my career was very much intertwined with education and skills.
I was asked to join the board of ENERGUS in Workington, Cumbria whilst we were supervising the construction of a £21.5m facility to train apprentices for the nuclear industry. I’d also spent far too much time at Manchester University and at the time I was also back at the place studying an Executive MBA part time.
I was campaigning very hard to get Microsoft on-board with ENERGUS and had them lined up to become a Microsoft Training Academy, I desperately wanted to see more IT and software development skills in my home town – maybe so that the future nerds, like me could have somewhere to go and develop their skills in the area. Unfortunately, the Executive board didn’t share my vision. Not that I lost much sleep on the matter, they didn’t last in the organisation long after either!… […]