Business diary: A novel view of politics..and Town head to the seaside

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IF you want a job done properly, it’s always a smart move to hire somebody from God’s Own County.

An author whose family has deep-rooted links with Yorkshire has written a satirical novel about a benign dictator taking over Britain.

Charles Mitford Cust, 46, can trace his Yorkshire roots back to the early 17th century.

His Cust ancestors were the main landowners in Danby Wiske near Northallerton until the 1950s, and through the centuries held many important posts, including Speaker of the House of Commons in 1761 and an Archdeacon of York in 1880.

The Custs married a branch of the Mitford family in 1762, who were also prominent landowners in Yorkshire, and so Mr Mitford Cust is also related to the Mitford sisters, who included the writer Nancy and Jessica. Mr Mitford Cust told Diary that he has been very pleasantly surprised by the sales of Union Jack, Memoirs Of Jack Nelson: A Very Unusual British Dictator, which was launched in early April.

He added: “Union Jack is a cheeky dig at the establishment which goes down very well with people... the hero Jack Nelson is not a far right wing character, or anything like that, rather he is a totally apolitical retired special forces major who simply gets fed up with seeing the country ruined by PC culture and decides to effect a coup. He then exiles the MPs to work on the railways in Canada for five years while he sorts the country out for the benefit of the population rather than for the politicians. The sales have been simply staggering.”

Mr Mitford Cust said that, although he was brought up in Devon, he is still proud of his Yorkshire roots.

He added: “When you look at what my ancestors got up to, well frankly, they were a pretty daring and some times quite a colourful lot. In my mind, the hero of my book Jack Nelson had to come from Yorkshire, because you can’t beat a Yorkshireman.”

Town on move to seaside playground

Huddersfield Town FC’s official registered charity, Town Foundation, will be taking hundreds of children to Filey for a day trip.

The children, all aged four to 11 from Hillside Primary, will board eight coaches alongside their teachers and other staff for a day to remember. Every child will receive a picnic lunch and drink, ice cream, stick of rock and a bucket and spade along with other treats.

The trip has been funded by the money raised from the 2014 Three Peaks Challenge and many of the walkers – including Town chairman Dean Hoyle and operations director Ann Hough – will join the 300-strong party on the day to see the difference their efforts last year make to local youngsters.

Taking the office
home catches on

The use of remote working tools has radically increased as more and more professionals are working outside the main office at least some of the time.

In Leeds 89 per cent of workers have used some form of remote working tool in the past month, according to a survey of over 4,000 senior business people across the UK by global workplace provider Regus.

For accessing files Dropbox is the most commonly used online file-sharing service, used by 64 per cent, followed by Google Drive, 39 per cent.

Instant Messaging tools and VoIP are helping workers communicate when they’re away from the office, the most popular VoIP Messaging application being Skype.

WhatsApp is currently by far the most popular Instant Messaging app for smartphone, used by 45 per cent of workers once a month or more.

Richard Morris, UK CEO of Regus, said: “More and more businesses are offering staff the opportunity to work remotely at least occasionally.

“Online tools are helping to overcome some of the hurdles traditionally associated with working from outside of the office, such as feeling out of touch with colleagues, or being unable to access documents. Technology is bridging the gap.”