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 […]

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 […]

Interviews: networking; “celebrity” service and Small Business Saturday

Today’s Business Live radio show and podcast features interviews with Geoff Ramm – author and “celebrity service” expert; Jill Ashton with top tips for networking; and business startup expert Charlie King. Listen to the podcast here.

Business Live: MADE Festival & Critical Mass special

A popstar turned farmer, a CEO* at Microsoft UK, an assassin, some investors, a lawyer and a social entrepreneur: what do they have in common? They were all guests on today’s Business Live radio show.

The programme, broadcast this morning on Sheffield Live 93.FM and available as a podcast below, featured interviews recorded at this week’s MADE Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield and the Critical Mass social and impact investment event in London.

And you can listen to the podcast of the programme here.

Launch, incubation, scale and investment: Savvy’s story

Today’s Business Live radio show, featured an in-depth interview with Jonathan Drury, co-founder of Sheffield-based Savvy Spreads. Jonathan talked through the Savvy story: from a kitchen hobby, to launching as a home-based business, then renting a kitchen from the Regather Co-operative, scaling up with a manufacturer and now investment for worldwide growth.

Doug Richard interview

Entrepreneur Doug Richard was a forthright and funny speaker at the 2014 MADE Entrepreneurship Festival in Sheffield. Candid about his lucky breaks, and his mistakes, in business, Doug shared his advice with would-be entrepreneurs, on stage at MADE and in this interview with me. You can hear more interviews from the MADE Festival too: with […]

Interviews: business competitiveness; exports

Friday’s Business Live radio show on Sheffield Live featured two studio guests: Nick Patrick of the South Yorkshire International Trade Centre, and consultant and author Andy Hanselman. Podcast below – here’s a summary of what we covered. Building on the success of the recent Overseas Business Network event in Sheffield, SYITC are running another – […]

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. […]