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?

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).

Women hit their crowdfunding targets more than men – across sectors and the world

Yesterday The Crowdfunding Center and PwC published the new joint report, Women Unbound: Unleashing female entrepreneurial potential, which explores the experience of women in achieving finance raising success through seed crowdfunding compared with more traditional finance raising routes. I was one of the two lead authors of the report.

Will Ebenezer’s new gardens be good in name or reality?

Garden Villages, land value capture and sustainability: purity of principle or a fake pill? ‘Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode / He’s Ebeneezer Goode.’  So went the chorus of The Shaman’s 1992 hit, Ebeneezer Goode. Drop an e and you get a different Ebeneezer, from a century earlier. Ebenezer Howard remains famous for his good idea: championing […]

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, […]

Automated and driverless trucks article for Environment Journal

Driverless trucks use less fuel, reduce carbon emissions and cut congestion – and the first ‘platoons’ have been tested successfully in Europe. Have a read of my new article, published in Environment Journal today.

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.

Business journalism and women in tech – radio interviews

My Business Live radio programme on Sheffield Live this week featured David Walsh, the Business Editor of the Sheffield Star newspaper; and Kate Loach, senior recruiter at specialist tech recruitment consultancy, Affecto. The show covered Sheffield business news and confidence; journalism and how to get media coverage; women in tech and more. Details and the podcast here.

Andy Kirkpatrick: earning a living as speaker, author, climber

Interview with climber, speaker, writer (& literature prize winner) Andy about the economics of earning a living as a public speaker and author; how professional athletes go about securing sponsorship; the process of writing, editing and self-criticism; how trends and changes in technology affect authors; moving from traditional publishing to self-publishing.

Commissioning: ask for RHITA!

Who’s RHITA? You may well ask. You’re on a website built by Jamie, after all. And the only middle name I’m aware of having is Stuart. RHITA isn’t my name – it’s an acronym for a set of attributes I try to live by in my professional (and personal) life. Reliability. Honesty. Integrity. Tenacity. Attitude. […]