Leeds tech entrepreneur launches pioneering website maintenance app 

A Leeds-based tech entrepreneur has launched a pioneering app designed to highlight the importance of website maintenance and power digital growth.

Phil Storey, a website developer with almost a decade of experience developed multi-functional app Glow to streamline the processes involved with website maintenance and transform perceptions of how important it is to keep websites up to date, efficient and secure.

Offering a full suite of website maintenance tools including backup functionality, uptime monitoring, high-level security, quick, hassle-free updates to the WordPress core, themes and plugins, as well as custom development work, Glow is beneficial to marketing agencies, web developers, and SMEs in need of website support.

Since going live in the middle of a global pandemic, the innovative technology has been snapped up by some of Leeds’s most renowned agencies and website developers, as well as over 40 end user clients.

Founder of Glow, Phil Storey said: “After exiting

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Sunak highlights “promising signs economy is recovering

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said there were some “promising signs” that the country’s economy was recovering from its record economic crash during the coronavirus lockdown which was announced earlier today.

Sunak said growth of 8.7% in gross domestic product in June was encouraging, even as official data showed the economy contracted by 20.4% in the second quarter as a whole.

Sunak told broadcasters there was too much uncertainty to know if Britain would have a swift, V-shaped economic recovery.

“What we do know is that there are promising signs,” he said. “There’s still work to do and even as we recover many people are going to lose their jobs, already have lost their jobs, and we need to make sure that we are constantly focused on providing new opportunities for those people.”

Sunak reiterated his opposition to extending the government’s huge job retention scheme which is due to expire at

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NY Times promotes Patil to post of senior social editor

Anushka Patil

Anushka Patil has been promoted to the post of senior social editor at the New York Times.

Patil will continue to work closely with Audience Product to develop reader-facing products that attract and retain new audiences and to work on internal tools to help the social team do their work better.

Previously, Patil was working as a news curation editor at BuzzFeed News and before that she was a social media intern at the company. She has also served as a junior analyst/content and SEO at Perfect Search Media.

Patil was also a fellow at Northwestern University Knight Lab and has held the posts of assistant web designer and news and engagement intern at Northwestern University and Reverb Technologies, respectively.

Patil is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and computer science.

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University graduate turns hand sanitiser project into £1.2m business

Fraser Mair, who graduated in 2019 from the University’s Business with Marketing Management course, produced 15,000 bottles of free hand sanitiser during the COVID-19 lockdown and is now selling the product to companies that have placed large corporate orders.

The 24-year-old was concerned with the severe lack of sanitiser available for frontline workers and was appalled at reports of price gouging in the marketplace.

With the lockdown causing a dip in sales at his family’s small gin distillery, production was switched to making a World Health Organization (WHO) approved formula of virus-killing liquid from the surplus of high-strength alcohol now available.

The initiative was a huge success, with upwards of 15,000 free bottles of sanitiser being distributed to frontline workers and vulnerable people.

“We called it Leithal Santiser, after the old maritime town of Leith where the distillery is located,” said Fraser.

“We were overwhelmed with requests. Most of our

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