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.

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.

Which is worse: Paxman or being interviewed with an attached cat?

Have you ever done a BBC Radio interview with a cat attached to your leg? Afraid to say I have. It went well, but it was pretty painful – not as painful as some interviews though.

Lessons from the naughty cheese smuggler

What will make a cynical journalist excited enough about you that they’d smuggle your product across the world?

How stories paid for terrifying trousers and patchouli candles

Stories can be memorable. And they are persuasive. What makes them so invaluable for effective communication and how can they help your messages to achieve exponential impact?

This year’s charities and causes

‘Tis the season to be merry: wishing you a joyous but restful festive season, and a happy and fulfilling 2017. A huge thank-you to all of the businesses, social enterprises and organisations which have chosen to work with me this year. It’s been a great privilege to work with such a superb mixture of people, […]

Interviews: Jim Cregan, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee & Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite

This week’s MADE Festival of Entrepreneurship brought business and social enterprise leaders to the Crucible Theatre for a day of inspiration and practical advice. I interviewed several speakers for my radio show, Sheffield Live’s Business Live programme, broadcast on FM radio and online this morning.  Scroll down for the podcast. Today’s first guest was Jim […]