Richie Southern, Head of Digital Union, started his career with Sage UK as a slightly less follically challenged 21 year old and spent 10 years working across various departments but primarily in the new business department as the key client account manager. For the past five years, alongside his day job, he was the events manager for The Surf Café in Tynemouth where he played a major role in it being awarded the best independent music venue in the North East Awards in 2017. He now heads up Digital Union, where he is passionate about shining a spotlight on the vibrant digital, tech, and creative sectors in the North East. Outside of work Richie is a die-hard Newcastle United fan, a huge animal lover and an extremely amateurish guitarist and singer.
About Generator and Digital Union
Established over 25 years ago, Generator has grown to be one of the leading creative & digital sector development agencies in the UK.
Generator applies innovative business strategies to aid sector growth by outlining a pathway that can take you and your business from Garage to Global. From our Ladders service for young entrepreneurs, Digital Bootcamp for graduates and career changers, masterclasses aimed at business leaders and team members leading to both professional development and business expansion, Business Coaching, and a ground-breaking Scale Up service for digital businesses looking to achieve significant growth. Generator also manages Digital Union who seeks to build, represent, and lead the North East digital cluster and has become the largest collective of creative digital businesses in the region enabling collaboration, business support, mentoring, business development opportunities, marketing assistance, and more. The aim is to ensure that national and international business leaders are engaged with the North East sector and champion and facilitate a collaborative approach to working in the North East. It is Digital Union and its members inform the services that Generator offer and ensure they are right for the sectors we serve.