About Us

TheBusinessDesk.com is the fastest growing business media in the UK. The website and email service are completely free to all users and more than 2.5m emails are sent each month. We also generate more than 1m page views every month. At TheBusinessDesk.com, we offer the news you want when you want it. Across our four regions - North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands - you will find exclusives, authoritative articles and interviews with key figures in the business community.

Management

 

Managing Director - Lee-J Walker

Lee-J Walker is an experienced sales manager who has worked across the UK and the Middle East within the world of on-line advertising and recruitment. Prior to joining TheBusinessDesk.com, Lee-J was based in Dubai working for the $22bn turnover global recruitment company Manpower Inc as the regional group sales manager for the Gulf. He covered six countries and nine offices and helped to launch two new business lines in the region. His experience before this was also working as a regional director for SAON where he assisted in the creation of the group's Middle East business. Returning back home to the UK in early 2010, Lee-J has headed up business development for TheBusinessDesk.com in the North West and West Midlands and now manages all commercial operations for the company. Tel: 0121 237 3620, Email: leej.walker@thebusinessdesk.com

 

Managing Director - Alex Turner

Alex Turner
Alex started his career running the media department of St Helens Rugby League Club before moving into journalism, where he specialised in business at the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo newspapers.
He then spent three years as the operations director of education business Ambitious Minds before returning to journalism with TheBusinessDesk.com.
Alex was Yorkshire editor then relocated to TheBusinessDesk.com's head office in Birmingham to run the West Midlands and be group editor.
Tel: 0121 237 3628, Email: alex.turner@thebusinessdesk.com

Editorial team

Yorkshire - Kayley Worsley

Kayley joined TheBusinessDesk.com as Editor in Yorkshire in August 2017. After graduating from the University of Sheffield, Kayley worked as a journalist in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire for several years. She then moved into PR management roles and in her last role was the PR and public affairs manager at Leeds Bradford Airport. Tel : 0113 394 4321,  Email: kayley.worsley@thebusinessdesk.com

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North West - Michael Ribbeck

  Michael has worked in regional journalism for more than 25 years for a number of newspapers including the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, Western Daily Press and Bristol Post. During the course of his career he has worked as a business editor for a wide range of print and digital publications and helped to launch the SouthWestBusiness website and magazine. He has interviewed five prime ministers, numerous senior politicians and business leaders and covered many major news events. He spent the 12 months working in public relations but returned to his home town of Manchester to take up the role with the TheBusinessDesk.Com. Tel: 0161 820 7875, Email: michael.ribbeck@thebusinessdesk.com

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West Midlands - Duncan Tift

Duncan TiftDuncan Tift is a journalist with more than 20 years experience of the West Midland business community having worked for two of the region's flagship newspapers - The Birmingham Post and the Wolverhampton Express & Star. Between 2006 and 2008 he was one of the mainstays of The Post's Business Desk. As Manufacturing Correspondent he worked on a variety of sectors including automotive and was the first journalist inside Longbridge for resumption of MG production. He was also sent on foreign assignment to India for the acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover by Tata Motors. Prior to being appointed Deputy Business Editor, he worked as Emerging Markets Correspondent where he gained specialist knowledge of West Midland companies working in China, India and other BRIC markets. He has also been a guest lecturer at Wolverhampton University; Wolverhampton College and Sutton Coldfield College. Tel: 07890 045 876, Email: duncan.tift@thebusinessdesk.com

East Midlands - Sam Metcalf

Sam MetcalfSam Metcalf joined The BusinessDesk.com in January 2016 as editor of our East Midlands service. Previously he was editor of East Midlands Business Link and before that editor at Midlands Business Insider Sam has 20 years experience of covering the latest b2b news and has been writing about businesses in the East Midlands for the last decade. Tel: 07889 707802, Email: sam.metcalf@thebusinessdesk.com

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Events Manager - Sonia Beebe

Sonia Beebe joined The BusinessDesk.com in December 2017 as Events Manager. She has worked within the conference and incentive industry for the last 20 years and has delivered complex projects for leading pharmaceutical companies, universities and a mixture of international blue-chip companies including Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Christian Dior. Working in Manchester for the last three years with a selection of top UK communication agencies, she has now decided to return home to Yorkshire.

Tel: 07808 771126, Email: sonia.beebe@thebusinessdesk.com				
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