So this year I will join the 2019 board of Manchester Digital. They are the largest specialist trade body in the North of England. I was one of two new members elected to the board last week. Manchester Digital Members voted from a choice of candidates across the region. There were 22 nominees/ I know… Continue reading I’ve joined the board of Manchester Digital
I love a good WordCamp and I have been happy to have been part of the organiser team for Manchester for several years. The WordPress Community is a fantastic group of people and I have made lots of friends there. This year I was proud to be asked to lead the design team for the… Continue reading Designing WordCamp Manchester 2018
Did you know there are approximately two billion mothers in the world and it’s estimated that only one per cent of them are entrepreneurs? I am in that one per cent and can’t help wondering why there are so few of us. It’s not just mothers, though. Women generally are badly under-represented in entrepreneurship. Latest… Continue reading How Do We Remove Barriers For Women In Business? The Answer Lies Closer To Home
This year I’m a finalist for this year’s business person of the year in the Rochdale Borough. This is my second time in the finals in this category. Made by Factory was also best upcoming business in 2016. My nomination was largely due to my efforts in the borough to bring small business up to… Continue reading I’m A Finalist For Business Person Of The Year!
Boutique digital marketing agency completes Manchester move to Rochdale An acclaimed digital marketing agency named by Google as one of the 30 top growth digital agencies in the UK has completed a move from Manchester to Rochdale’s old post office. Made by Factory was founded by mother of four Andonette Wilkinson five years ago and… Continue reading Latest News From Work!
Andonette, can you make a print in the style of Banksy? The Banksy piece where the kid is dancing in the rain and the man walks with his umbrella. In fact, that’s not Banksy, but an artist called Skurktur so I want to credit the artist for the heavy influence in this piece. It’s not commercial, it… Continue reading Life is About Learning to Dance in the Rain
There’s nothing like a good old WordCamp and ‘up Norf’ we pride ourselves on good old Northern hospitality. This year marked another year for WordCamp Manchester at Manchester’s Metropolitan University. Around three hundred attendees came from all over to learn about all things WordPress This year as part of the organising team. I was responsible… Continue reading WordCamp Manchester 2017
Back when we started Factory, one of the first events was Molesworths Business Breakfast in Rochdale. Whilst there we met a great bloke called Dylan Leighton who was pitching his open source idea, Hexayurt UK. Much later on Dylan asked me to work on some branding for his startup venture, Magnificent Tea, so I set… Continue reading The Art Of Tea
This year I am part of a campaign called Go and Grow Online. I’m amazed though not surprised that even now, in 2017, almost 50% of business have no online presence. That’s why I have joined the team at Enterprise Nation this year to be a digital advisor. What is the Go and Grow Online… Continue reading Go and Grow Online with Enterprise Nation.
This month, I boldly went where no one in my family has ever been before. Singapore. It was a trade mission organised by Enterprise Nation which took a delegation of company directors to various locations in the fabulous city of Singapore. The city was striking. To go so far across the world, a fourteen hour flight… Continue reading Singapore Under My Skin
Excitingly, I have been asked by Enterprise nation to be part of mission exploring trade in Southeast Asia. The mission will take a delegation of twenty five businesses to Singapore to look at international trade options. It’s a three-day event, from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd of September. We will learn all about how the… Continue reading Exploring trade in Southeast Asia with Enterprise Nation
As a Mancunian I was “proper chuffed” to be picked for Google Elevator. So my business was chosen as only one of thirty agencies in the UK. Chosen for what? Chosen to take part in Google’s elite fast track to success coaching programme ‘Elevator’. Get Me! It’s a three day course in London, over three… Continue reading Hand Picked for Google Elevator
When I sat drinking Zombies with WordPress Wrangler Tom, in Sandanista in Manchester, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. WordCamp Europe. WordCamp Europe was in Paris. Uniting 1900 attendees from around 80 countries. There were another 1000 or so who joined via livestream. It was something amazing to behold. I embarked on… Continue reading WordCamp Europe. A Mancunian In Paris.
On the topic of the History of WordPress, I went to WordCamp Europe, with my mind firmly made up that I would not be able to take my code skills any further. Whilst there I found out my developer skills were more advanced than I had given myself credit for. Maybe becoming a WordPress code… Continue reading History of WordPress
I want to demystify WordPress Contributor Day. I’m currently working on organising and shouting out about the WordPress contributor day for WordCamp Manchester so I thought I would come to Paris and see the biggest WordCamp Contributor Day in Action. When I first heard the term ‘WordPress contributor day’ I imagined it was a day… Continue reading WordPress Contributor Day for Dummies
I’ve been trying to title this article for an hour. I still can’t think of a good one. Losing your mum can do that to you. Losing Your Mum. It’s Shit It’s been four months on the 19th April since my mum died. I was in Spain on the four month anniversary of her death… Continue reading Losing Your Mum, It’s ok to Just Do Whatever The Hell You Want.