My North East: Dean Benson

April 5, 2017

I was born and raised in Middlesbrough and it’s where I’ve chosen to stay, so I’ve lived in the North East all of my life.

The best thing about living and working in the North East is, undeniably, it people. At Visualsoft, we’re forever passionate about the area and the talent it brings. The company was built here and it will always be our home.

Roseberry Topping and at Captain Cook’s Monument are some of my favourite places to spend quality time with my young children.

I enjoy running cycling and exercising to clear my head from the busy working day. The North Yorkshire Moors are the perfect place for this. Specifically, when they end up in the Lion Inn, Blakey – although any country pub with a real fire does the job!

My favourite place to conduct business away from the office is at Acklam Hall. They’ve done such a fantastic job with the place. It’s always a great experience, it’s central to Middlesbrough and I love their avenue of trees.

The best view in the North East is of the Gribdale Moors.

My ‘hidden gem’ is Lord Stones Cafe at the top of Carlton Bank. I’ve stopped there many a time after cycling up Carlton bank – it’s a lovely break from quite a challenging ride.

My favourite run is the Great North Run. I’ve participated in the race quite a few times and it’s a fantastic day which brings the North East together.


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