Interviews: Jim Cregan, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee & Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite

Photo of Jim Cregan at the MADE Festival

Jim Cregan enjoying the MADE Festival

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 Cregan, founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, which he runs with sister Suzie. Jim captivated the audience at MADE with his story of launching his iced coffee drink, inspired products he tasted while traveling in Australia.

In the interview you can hear Jim’s insights into launching, marketing and developing a business – and a brand; overcoming the biggest challenge; introducing the business to customers (including getting on a bus); his advice regarding mentoring, and plenty more. Fascinating stuff, have a listen below, from 14 minutes onwards in the podcast.

Also on stage at MADE and appearing in today’s radio show was Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite and the Scottish Business Awards. I interviewed Josh last year. Since then, Social Bite has achieved widespread publicity thanks to a visit from George Clooney. In today’s interview Josh discussed the interesting topic of when and why social enterprises should put the reigns on growth.

Today’s show also features Hilary Dunne, events director at festival organiser, the BE Group. What’s next for MADE, you may wonder? Have a listen to find out.

The timings of the whole podcast are below. Here is it – click to listen:



  • 0 – 14:15 introductions and updates about what’s been going on in business and social enterprise: refunds to be made to customers of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Global Restructuring Group; next week’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); a global business summit to come to Sheffield; praise from Prime Minister for Sheffield’s growing tech sector, as The Floow join three-day mission to India; new plans for Meadowhall; employment rights post-Brexit; Trump election reaction; Social Enterprise Exchange events.
  • 14:15 – 29:10 Jim Cregan
  • 29:10 – 37:00 Josh Littlejohn
  • 37:00 – 42:44 Hilary Dunne
  • 42:44 – end wrapping up

Special bonus – here’s the Keep Your Chin Up rap from Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, mentioned in the interview above.  There’ll be further interviews with MADE speakers soon, including Enterprise Nation’s Emma Jones.

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