Business acumen for artists PLUS responsible business – new podcast

Interviews with Tom Vickers of Stoneface Creative and businessman and mentor, Steve Eyre (who runs World of Superheroes), and with Kate Rawlings, CSR Manager at Irwin Mitchell LLP and Carolynn McConnell, Business Connector Sheffield.

Chris Wright, CEO, Catch22 – new interview

Catch22 traces its history back to 1788, the beginning of the enlightenment. 230 years later this social business delivers a wide range of public services up and down the country. As a “cradle to career” organisation Catch22 supports children excluded from mainstream education, delivers justice services working in 24 prisons across the country, runs victim […]

How to research and validate a business idea – John Holcroft interview

Got an idea for a brilliant product or new business? Wonderful. But how do you test it? It’s easy to get positive feedback from folk who believe in you but aren’t your future customers. Or to be dissuaded by others projecting their fears at you. Who are the right people to speak with? How do […]

“Kings” of the holiday sport camp: Richard Holmes interview

“I’m passionate about the value of sport and physical activity and for 25 years I’ve worked to get children active,” says Richard Holmes. Holmes is CEO of the not-for-profit Kings Foundation, which since inception in 1991 has worked with over 1.5 million children. It engages children to participate, “we are about developing a love for […]

Jodie Marshall, A Mind Apart – interview

The founder and MD of a business which uses performing arts to “challenge, inspire, encourage and change lives,” discusses lessons learned, challenges faced, and biggest achievements in their 10 years of trading.

How a perspective change can be crucial for progress

Sometimes a perspective change what it takes to make upward progress – in business, and in climbing, as I found after falling off a rock face on Sunday.

Thriving with Sarah David plus Dulma Clark

Sarah David runs consultancy Thrive. She has worked at an executive level in a £1.5 billion turnover law firm, and for small businesses, charities, not for profits and startups. “As long as you’re dealing with people the challenges remain the same,” she told me yesterday. Her radio interview generated some of the most positive feedback […]

Interviews: Kisha Bradley, Bright Box and #girlswithdrills and Darren Chouings

Interviews with Kisha Bradley, engineer, STEAM-inist, founder of Bright Box Makerspace and #girslwithdrills collaborator; and Darren Chouings, voluntary chair of the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network.

Interview: Lynne Brooke, Social Stock Exchange and ethical investing

New interview: impact investing, NEX Exchange and the Social Stock Exchange; and “rescuing capitalism as a force for good.” Lynne Brooke explains.

Marketing: don’t be like the KLF; do measure the right metrics

Remember the KLF? Rock stars, artists, provocateurs: 23 years ago they burned a million quid in a field. That really upset quite a lot of folk. But it’s what lots of business owners and social entrepreneurs are doing all the time. Last autumn I was dismayed but not surprised to read research showing that almost […]