Business lessons from professional musician and a crucial diary date

New radio show podcast: interview with acclaimed professional classical guitarist, Alison Smith, with great lessons for anyone who is self-employed. Plus Tom and Sam from Sheffield Chamber and some business, co-op and social enterprise updates.

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.

Don’t headbutt time; do get a bra that fits – new interviews

Advice for social entrepreneurs from Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible: “don’t headbutt time.” And an interview with Lucy May Lingerie founders, Natalie Mosley and Paula Walsh, and with Plot44 Chair, Mark Ramsell. New radio show podcast.

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?

Vicky Fraser wants to turn you into a business superhero

Running your own business? Always make sure your clients are happy? Great. But if those clients aren’t making you happy, don’t respect you or pay you on time (or want to pay you in fish and chips!) then you don’t really have a business, you have a pretty miserable job. And many freelancers and small […]

£25k investment for Research Retold

Through Keep Your Fork Ltd, I’ve been supporting Research Retold, a business which turns complicated research documents into easily-digestible summaries – helping researchers to more effectively communicate their findings. So I’m delighted that Mihaela Gruia, Research Retold’s founder, was the winner in a competition to receive a £25k equity investment from UK Steel Enterprise through […]

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

Radio show panel discussion: employee engagement benefits ‘more than fluffy’

It’s good to be good, so the saying goes, and there’s an increasing body of evidence and research demonstrating that companies that treat employees well aren’t just “nice” – they reap financial and performance rewards. And today’s radio show, broadcast this morning on Sheffield Live and available below as a podcast, is a panel discussion […]

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 […]