My time as North West correspondent
by Richard Bell
When I joined Bdaily in July as North West correspondent, I came on board with a vague sense of wanting to give SMEs a voice and champion the region’s startups.
Being a good business news journalist, to me, means finding the right balance in the scope of the stories published - giving coverage to big PLCs in the region, such as Amec Foster Wheeler and Eddie Stobart, while at the same time reporting on the more personal startup success stories I know our readers love to see.
Despite only being in the role for just over three months, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to loads of driven, charismatic and intensely focussed entrepreneurs - real pillars of the North West business community.
The great thing about covering small business stories, I’ve found, is the human interest element that comes with them. It’s the crux of any strong narrative. Just look at what Chester-based digital entrepreneur Arran Rice is achieving already at the age of 17, or the brand that Daniel Keighron-Foster and his team have built in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s enough to inspire anyone, whether you’re in business or not.
I’ve lived all my life in Liverpool. As I was born at the end of the ’80s, I was fortunate enough not to have to witness the dire straits Liverpool floundered in throughout previous decades. Albert Dock, for instance, has been a thriving commercial quarter and glorious world heritage site for as long as I can remember - not the sad, barren monument to a bygone era of prosperity it was only 30 or so years ago.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the city go from strength to strength as a bustling hub for startups; just look at Seel Street with its booming nightlife, Bolt Street and its myriad restaurants and cafes, or the emergence of the Baltic Triangle as a community of creative independents.
My Liverpudlian background, I believe, has furnished me with a real appreciation for the contribution that small businesses make to the economy, and that appreciation has only grown further as I’ve worked at Bdaily and spoken to so many inspiring members of the North West business community.
Looking forward, I hope to strengthen Bdaily’s presence in Liverpool, and indeed the whole of the North West, to let SMEs know about our growing news platform and what we’re trying to achieve.