Business awards that highlight positive side of news
THE BBC drama series has generated a lot of attention in the past few days for its depiction of two rival newspapers.
In one corner is a left-leaning broadsheet, in another a populist tabloid.
Both are wrestling to keep up with an ever-changing media market that increasingly values entertainment over content.
Much of the attention centred around the morality of its characters. One tabloid hack comes under colossal pressure from his editor and newsdesk to deliver a story on a footballer’s suicide, despite the manifest turmoil it is causing the family of the deceased.
In another scene the same editor forces the resignation of a well-regarded cabinet member over lurid revelations about her private life.
The lack of decency displayed towards real life people once again brought up the question of press regulation and the behaviour of its practitioners.
More than anything, the dialogue centred around the incessantly negative nature of the stories leading their agendas.
I consider myself lucky that I work for a newspaper nowhere near either of the two titles portrayed in terms of the way we are required to behave and the tone we set.
Laying information before the public that is of interest to them is part of any decent title’s DNA but in its more than 260 years
The Yorkshire Post of history has sought to act as a champion of the region and highlight its best practice.
In response to anyone who may characterise the media as negative I invite them to look at the quality of the companies highlighted in the shortlist for this year’s Excellence in Business Awards.
From the shores of the coastline, to its market towns, from its former industrial heartlands to its bustling cities, there is evidence of high-performing companies large and small in this list.
I could not be prouder of all of the firms who have made the shortlist.
I can assure them all that the process was not an easy one and there are some truly outstanding firms who narrowly missed out on being cited this year.
The awards have been going for more than 12 years and for me serve a vital function.
This weekend marks 10 years since the collapse of Lehmen Brothers, arguably the most high-profile casualty of the financial crisis which came perilously close to collapsing the world economy.
The ensuing recession and the austerity programme that followed made life incredibly hard for many businesses for a long time.
Things were only just starting to get back to normal when a series of political earthquakes took place which delivered us Donald Trump into the White House, took us on a path towards exiting the European Union and left us with a Government with a tiny majority and an opposition determined to pursue an agenda more left wing than has been seen in generations.
These events have dominated the news agenda for the last two years, and with good cause.
However, if we dwell on the negatives, rather than take stock of the big picture, we set ourselves on a path which can scarcely lead anywhere positive.
If we do not acknowledge our strengths and potentials we run the risk of talking ourselves into a downturn. If we do not highlight strong entrepreneurs we endanger the chances of inspiring the next generation to start their own enterprises.
And if we do not showcase the great ethical work being done by firms large and small to promote diversity, empower staff, create jobs and forge paths to new markets and opportunities we are selling this great region short.
This is not worthy of this great county, its history, its people and its future.
With that thought in mind I pay tribute to the more than 220 firms who entered this year’s awards and all those who make this economy as great as it is.
On one final point, I must add that in my nearly 20 years of working in newsrooms, I have never seen one with kitchens as clean as those depicted in
Accuracy is everything you see.