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?

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.

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?

Office party behaviour: Benchmark Recruit interview

Interview with Rebecca Morris of Benchmark Recruit about avoiding office party pitfalls; today’s radio show also features new research about the impact of late payments on small businesses; an update about a Private Members’ Bill which would affect co-operatives; new flood insurance package announced

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 […]

Storytelling in your business communications

How businesses and social enterprises can use the incredible power of storytelling within their communications. A free business breakfast taking place at Grimm and Co in Rotherham.

A story, a speaking tip, and an opportunity: today’s radio interviews

  The incredible power of storytelling was demonstrated in today’s Business Live radio show by guest Deborah Bullivant of Grimm and Co. A children’s literacy charity and ‘apothecary to the magical’ Grimm and Co has been “supplying evil plots, wild schemes and kitchenware since 1148,” and has to be seen and experienced to be believed. […]

FSB: Powerhouse hot air; Great Escape; UpScribe social publishing

The Northern Powerhouse “seems to be a lot of hot air” and Government is taking a “divide and conquer approach to northern cities,” according to a guest on my latest Business Live radio programme – which also featured an award-winning social enterprise and the entrepreneur behind a live “escape room” experience.

Grimm in Rotherham: Joanne Harris, Ian McMillan, Deborah Bullivant

Grimm & Co is a Yorkshire charity, a writing and mentoring centre for children and young people. At their launch I interviewed founder Deborah Bullivant, author Joanne Harris, poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, writer and League of Gentlemen member Jeremy Dyson and social entrepreneur Ben Payne. Listen to the podcast here.

State of Social Enterprise; a Funny Business; investment readiness

Three interesting interviews in today’s Business Live radio programme: the State of Social Enterprise research reveals a thriving sector which is sustainable and makes a positive contribution to society; a Sheffield business leader who is doing a stand-up gig in aid of a cancer charity; and a digital marketing agency on investment readiness and some tips for listeners.