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.

The village that bought a pub

When the future of The Anglers Rest in Bamford was uncertain, villages raised over £260,000 to buy the pub in a community share issue. Listen to this podcast to hear about how they did it, the challenges on the way, and how they’ve turned the pub into a thriving community asset.

Small Business Saturday and The Dress Circle – radio interview

Today’s Business Live radio features Maria Terry, co-owner of The Dress Circle in Sheffield. We discuss Small Business Saturday, footfall, marketing and more. Plus news of opportunities through Westfield Health and Nesta; HMRC webinars; and more

Crowdfunding tips for business mentors; Sheffield’s alternative information centre

Many businesses and social enterprises have described in conversations on my business radio programme how they have used crowdfunding to test their market, reach customers, or access finance to build their business. But if you’re a business advisor and your clients are asking you about access to finance and how to run a successful crowdfund, […]

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.

Sheffield Antiques Quarter & Toy Like Me

In yesterday’s Business Live radio programme my guests were Hendrika Stephens of the Sheffield Antiques Quarter which supports a growing number of independent retailers in Sheffield and Karen Newell of Toy Like Me, an initiative seeking better representation of disability in children’s toys.
Have a listen to the podcast here.

Interviews: Sheffield tech firm in driverless car pilot; Learn Create Sell; indie retail success story

Another great radio show this week thanks to interesting guests: Sam Chapman, chief innovation officer at growing Sheffield tech firm The Floow; Angga Kara and Zak Ahmed of Learn Create Sell, a creative social enterprise; and Laura Bullock of Seven Hills Bakery, a thriving independent business which is going from strength to strength.

Cybersecurity for businesses and social enterprises

A timely guest on today’s Business Live radio programme: Peter Wright, solicitor and MD of Digital Law UK joined me to give listeners advice on how to protect their businesses from cyber crime.

Peter’s appearance on the show comes as new official data demonstrates the growing threat of online fraud and cyber crime. Listen to the podcast here.

Nonnas Sheffield plus Sheffield Hallam Student Union

Today’s Business Live radio show, broadcast this morning on Sheffield Live 93.2FM and available as a podcast here, features live studio guests Maurizio Mori, proprietor of Nonnas Sheffield; Claire Collister, the Social Enterprise Programme Leader at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union; and Roxana Whiteman who has launched a new social enterprise, Uncover.

Portas returns with 38 recommendations for thriving towns

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? It seems astounding that it’s now 2 and a half years since publication of the Government-commissioned Portas Review of the high street. Has it been a ‘fun’ time for independent retailers, high streets, and town centres though? And what can we learn from town teams and Portas pilots? […]