Put the kettle on: what makes a tea business tick?

Interview with tea-preneurs Ted Ki Tae Kim and James Home of Diversitea Box, a tea subscription business with loyal, repeat customers in the UK, USA and beyond.

Reducing prison ‘revolving door’ and tech fitness: new interviews

Over 50% of prisoners and unemployed people in the community have dyslexia or similar learning difficulties; more than 70% have low levels of literacy. And for many prisoners, like one of my guests on this week’s Business Live radio show, Dale Easter,  imprisonment is like a ‘revolving door’ – Dale spent 23 years of his […]

Ruth Lucas of Rovernighter interviewed

An in-depth live interview with Ruth Lucas of Rovernighter. Ruth discussed product development, design iteration, access to the market, funding, intellectual property, marketing, and sources of advice and support for entrepreneurs. In January Rovernighter was selected as the Virgin StartUp of the Week, and at the end of March the business was named by Theo Paphitis as a Small Business Sunday #SBS Award recipient.

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: Phrooti and Aid Works

What does it take to have a career as an aid worker – or, if you want to volunteer in global development, what are the essential skills you need?
And how do you setup a food business from scratch, win customers, and use quirky and original marketing to your advantage – all whilst developing from the outset an appropriate (and BRC accredited) supply chain to enable you to scale?

SEO: a dark art? Interview with online marketing expert

Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO: what is it, why’s it important for businesses and social enterprise, and how do you cut through all the jargon and implement it? My guest on today’s Business Live radio programme, on Sheffield Live 93.2FM and online, was digital marketing expert Johnny Pawlik of Mantra Media. Johnny gave an accessible, […]

Growth Vouchers – apply for up to £2000 for strategic business advice

Do you run or work in a small business or social enterprise? Would you benefit from research, social media, marketing strategy, customer retention or communications advice to help to grow the business? The Government’s Growth Voucher Programme might be able to help you. I’ve just become accredited as a Growth Voucher Adviser – I’m thrilled, […]

Lean marketing for social enterprise & startups

I thoroughly enjoyed running Marketing skills for social enterprises – connecting with your customer last Friday afternoon. The workshop, organised by the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Programme and South Yorkshire Community Foundation took place at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sheffield Business School. Andi Stamp joined me to lead the seminar, bringing his expertise, empathy and enthusiasm: Andi […]

What do digital law and independent restaurants have in common?

Well, both topics were covered on my Business Live radio programme this morning. Most businesses, social enterprises (and of course charities and public facing organisations) will agree that social media is an essential part of their marketing, communications or customer engagement strategy. But high profile examples of organisations (large and small) getting things wrong on […]

Research project: new technology for business and social enterprise

New Strategies for Digital Inclusion – A participatory action research study New and innovative digital tools and strategies are available to businesses (including social enterprises), communities and individuals. Can these emerging and developing technologies and services promote entrepreneurship? How can mobile technologies be used to develop existing businesses and social enterprises and to support new […]