Women hit their crowdfunding targets more than men – across sectors and the world

Yesterday The Crowdfunding Center and PwC published the new joint report, Women Unbound: Unleashing female entrepreneurial potential, which explores the experience of women in achieving finance raising success through seed crowdfunding compared with more traditional finance raising routes. I was one of the two lead authors of the report.

Shoot your story arrow with stoic author

A “grand tour of marketing” with stoic northern grump Rob Drummond, in a comprehensive radio interview. Rob covers storytelling, building trust, marketing automation tools and much more in this podcast, first broadcast in my Sheffield Live radio programme.

Don’t headbutt time; do get a bra that fits – new interviews

Advice for social entrepreneurs from Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible: “don’t headbutt time.” And an interview with Lucy May Lingerie founders, Natalie Mosley and Paula Walsh, and with Plot44 Chair, Mark Ramsell. New radio show podcast.

Interviews: business resilience despite uncertainty plus an award-winning charity

Ensure your business is protected, as far as possible, from the impact of uncertainty and learn from an accountant who has survived and thrived through five recessions (and helps his clients to do the same). Plus an award-winning charity has some great advice about how to engage and empower volunteers.

Predictions of business limbo: as robust as a reading of the rennet?

When the UK election exit polls were published on Thursday evening, I knew we were in for a long night. Many pollsters, pundits and media commentators had predicted a somewhat different result. Perhaps they would have been better using the ancient art of tyromancy to foretell the outcome. Tyromancy, in case for some reason you’re […]

Holding down an Octopus to build a British clothing brand

Jilly and Neil Kapusi of Ushi discuss the journey of Ushiwear – which Jilly launched in 2008 and grew from a garage based hobby business to a thriving British hand printed brand, selling all over the world. How have they developed the brand and increased ecommerce sales – and what support did they get from the Google Digital Garage? Listen to the podcast here.

Digital strategy and business in South America: expertise from serial entrepreneur

Interview with Jerónimo R. Santamarina, a serial digital entrepreneur and the Managing Partner EU at EYDOS Digital. Advice if you’re doing business in Latin America, plus developments in digital marketing, and how tools like programmatic ads and micro-segmentation will affect you.

Sheffield world-leading tech innovator says city abundant in skills

Interview with Aldo Monteforte, CEO of The Floow (recently named winner of the Red Herring Top 100 Europe award). Aldo explained the business’ growth plans and commented on skills in the Sheffield City Region.

Vicky Fraser wants to turn you into a business superhero

Running your own business? Always make sure your clients are happy? Great. But if those clients aren’t making you happy, don’t respect you or pay you on time (or want to pay you in fish and chips!) then you don’t really have a business, you have a pretty miserable job. And many freelancers and small […]

£25k investment for Research Retold

Through Keep Your Fork Ltd, I’ve been supporting Research Retold, a business which turns complicated research documents into easily-digestible summaries – helping researchers to more effectively communicate their findings. So I’m delighted that Mihaela Gruia, Research Retold’s founder, was the winner in a competition to receive a £25k equity investment from UK Steel Enterprise through […]