Wishing you a Super Festive Season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018

Thank-you to the wonderful folk who’ve chosen to work with me this year, to listen to my radio show, to come to events and to read my emails.

8 December podcast: Employment Law and REACH Homes

New interview with Jay Bhayani with the latest need-to-know updates on employment law. Plus Jon Johnson of REACH Homes, the newly-crowned ‘outstanding business of the year’ in the Sheffield Business Awards.

6 different businesses with something great in common

What do the following have in common: a 22-year-old who makes cajons and other musical instruments in Northern Ireland; a chocolatier in Ely employing young people with autism to create delicious confections; Sheffield’s Real Junk Food Project; an Argyll artisan smoke house; the UK’s first purpose-built breastfeeding café; and a designer and manufacturer of climbing kit?

Can Blockchain reduce the ‘card tax’ on business – new radio show podcast

Barry James – an authority in crowdfunding, blockchain and FinTech – is angry about what he describes as an unjustifiable charge levied on small businesses to process debit and credit card payments. But he has a solution, revealed in this podcast.

Books for business and social enterprise leaders: your choices

I’ve read a fair few books about good business and effective communications. Some practical, some theoretical; some awful, some superb. So I loved hearing your comments about books that business owners and social entrepreneurs should read.

Podcast: employment law update with Jay Bhayani and more

Podcast featuring Jay Bhayani with the latest updates in employment law; plus commentary on the State of Social Enterprise 2017 Report

How to use politicians to get what you want: new interview

Harnessing support from a politician can help you to fight injustices, assert your consumer rights even when big businesses want to ignore you, generate publicity for your community project, and open doors you’ve previously had closed in your face.
But how do you get politicians on your side? Scott Colvin can tell you in this new radio show podcast. The programme also features Kurtis Wright of Sheffield Community Technologies (and Loci Pay).

Interview: the key questions to ask when specifying your website

Interview with Ant Clifford of Creative Stream, covering how to come up with a powerful and specific brief to ensure your website design and build agency delivers a site that does what you need it to do, and generates a return on your investment.

Could this business support more people – by killing fish?

Does commercial success need to come at the expense of social and environmental impact? And are some impacts more important than others?

Can rogue agency bring PR industry into disrepute?

A high-profile rogue PR agency reminds me that many folk have a jaundiced view of PR and communications – and you can’t necessarily blame them.
But good and ethical PR (and marketing) is most definitely not about telling lies, spinning facts, or creating hyperbole around mediocre products and services.