Co-working, collaboration & pop-up food – Business Live

Matt Hill at Unions Street

Matt Hill at Union St. Photo: Jamie Veitch

Increased use of flexible working could save UK workers £7.1 billion in reduced commuting costs and over half a billion hours spent in traveling, according to the Impacts of a Flexible Working Culture report published by Citrix and the Centre for Economics and Business Research earlier this year.

In today’s Business Live radio show, Matt Hill, co-founder of Sheffield’s thriving city centre co-working space Union St, explains the philosophy behind the space (of which I am a member). The podcast is below.

Matt also discusses their plans for ongoing “five days of food” pop-up cafes – and gives some tips about prioritising, productivity and planning for startups and small businesses.

The programme also includes input from a listener (a tax specialist) on the ruling from the EU about Apple’s tax relationship with Ireland. And it covers forthcoming events including a Grimm Gala (see below!), business and social enterprise updates.

Here’s the podcast (timings below; music played in the live radio broadcast removed from this podcast):


  • 0 – 12:47  Introductions and updates including the Sheffield Business Awards; Sheffield Social Enterprise Network funding; new contracts won in August by Sheffield Forgemasters; a Sheffield city centre traffic consultation; Apple, the EU and tax; Sheffield restaurant Silversmiths bought out from liquidation; forthcoming events including literacy charity Grimm & Co’s Graham Grimm’s Glorious Grand Gala; a Special Olympics Breakfast on 13th September at the Copthorne Hotel to showcase the Sheffield National Games 2017; SheffEX returns – with a new venue and other changes – on 17th October; the MADE Entrepreneurship Festival on 8th November.
  • 12:47 – 23:50 Matt Hill.
  • 25:25 – 28:56 Apple and the EU ruling – some background from one of the programme’s listeners, a business tax specialist.
  • 28:56 – 42:40 Grimm and Co: with their Glorious Grand Gala coming up next week (10th September), another opportunity to hear my interviews with their founder, Deborah Bullivant, and supporters Joanne Harris (Chocolat author) and Jeremy Dyson (co-writer of The League of Gentlemen).
  • 42:40 – 49:26 with this year’s MADE Festival approaching (taking place on 8th November), we returned to one of last year’s speakers Dave Coplin, Microsoft’s Chief Envisioning Officer. Dave covers how to harness technology to benefit society – rather than to become enslaved to it.
  • 49:26 – 50:06 wrapping up.

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