Interview with Webmart’s Marxist Capitalist CEO Simon Biltcliffe

Interview with Simon Biltcliffe, CEO and founder of Webmart and “Marxist-Capitalist” on using business to create and share value. Plus photographer Vincent Tremeau in this latest radio show podcast.

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.

Gaza Sky Geeks; Maps and Makers – new podcast

Here’s your latest radio show podcast. Today’s Business Live, broadcast on Sheffield Live FM and internet radio this morning, featured live studio guest Richard Osborne, of From the Workshop, and an interview recorded yesterday with Elizabeth Shassere and Laura Bennett about the Gaza Sky Geeks programme. Richard is a craftsman who creates beautiful objects – […]

Business Live: StartUp bus, Race for Life, Kenya and finance

This morning’s Business Live radio show featured the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs think-tank and of StartUp Britain; a Sheffield based credit union celebrating 20 years in business; the area organiser of the Race for Life and a social entrepreneur working in Kenya.

Sir, this suits you: Suit Works and REACH eco-housing interviews

Two new radio Interviews. Vanda Kewley of social enterprise, The Suit Works, client Simbarashe Mandizvizda and professional basketball player Kyle Odister. Then Jon Johnson and Jordan Gell of the REACH affordable and eco-housing project – a semi-finalist in the national VOOM 2016 pitching competition.

Manor & Castle 18, Quadrant 10: Debbie Matthews interview

One of the region’s leading business centres, The Quadrant off the Parkway in Sheffield, has celebrated its 10th anniversary this June. Also this year, Manor and Castle Development Trust (MCDT) – the community charity founded to regenerate the Manor and Castle wards which set up the successful business centre celebrate their own 18th birthday. The […]

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? […]

Northern prosperity is national prosperity – IPPR report

IPPR North’s Northern Economic Futures Commission has published its final report which sets out “a new economic agenda for the north of England, one which seeks to place the region at the heart of the UK’s ‘rebalancing’ towards business investment and export performance”. Alongside recommendations focused on jobs and skills, innovation, SMEs, natural assets, transport, […]

From library ‘at risk’ to prestigious award

A library and tourist information centre which was at risk of closure but fought back, increasing opening hours by 300% whilst saving its local authority 30% in costs, has won “Britain’s top award for town community projects,” from my client, Action for Market Towns. When Northumberland County Council needed to make significant cost savings, there […]

Guardian discussion on community led planning

On Thursday I participated (on behalf of Action for Market Towns) in a live online discussion hosted by the Guardian about Community-led planning. Other panellists came from private sector and social enterprise consultancies, Universities, national campaigning organisations and the public sector. After a lively discussion and lots of questions from website users, the Guardian’s Kate […]