Gin: Ruination, embrocation or delectation? New podcast

Daniel Shipman of Roister Events spilled the beans on gin’s history as a medicine, how it gained popularity in England, what led to the Gin Act in 1751, a second and now third peak in popularity, and everything taking place at the (free to attend) Gin Fever Festival.

Driving art to Monaco, growing a Thai social enterprise and festival time

Friday’s Business Live radio presenter had a voice an octave lower than mine. I’ve not been banned from the airwaves for swearing or shock-jockery. A fever and virus has proven hard to shake off, and my voice is a deep croak. But as usual the guests are the stars of the show, and once again […]

Business acumen for artists PLUS responsible business – new podcast

Interviews with Tom Vickers of Stoneface Creative and businessman and mentor, Steve Eyre (who runs World of Superheroes), and with Kate Rawlings, CSR Manager at Irwin Mitchell LLP and Carolynn McConnell, Business Connector Sheffield.

Kickov’s Al Daw and Lucy Findlay, Social Enterprise Mark – new radio show

This week’s radio show features live studio guest Al Daw and an interview with Lucy Findlay, founder and MD of Social Enterprise Mark CIC. Al discusses his unique immersive Soviet soccer experience, Kickov. Celebrating all nations in one city, the Kickov festival at Abbeydale Picture House starts on 14 June with a World Cup opening […]

How a perspective change can be crucial for progress

Sometimes a perspective change what it takes to make upward progress – in business, and in climbing, as I found after falling off a rock face on Sunday.

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.

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