Television interview: Matt Heason, ShAFF

2015 marks the tenth birthday of ShAFF, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, and organiser Matt Heason says this year will have the biggest ever programme of adventure films. There’s more to ShAFF than films: the event, taking place from 20-22 March, also features the ShAFF Fringe with free events like the Cycle Touring Forum and […]

Interviews: Rachel Salway, Chris Barnes, Jodie Marshall, Rory Ridley-Duff

Last Friday (19/12/14) was the final Business Live radio show of 2014 – and a feast of inspiration thanks to my guests. Rachel Salway of Roseannah discussed fundraising for Destiny Rescue to rescue a trafficked child from horrific circumstances. Chris Barnes of Training Post introduced an accessible new e-learning resource which SMEs and social enterprises […]

What makes a great interview? And how do you prepare to be interviewed?

Goodbye Paxo; hello Evan: a new era began this month for television’s Newsnight as Evan Davis, formerly of radio’s Today and The Bottom Line programmes and TV’s Dragon’s Den, took the reins as the show’s lead presenter after Jeremy Paxman’s long tenure ended. Inevitably, many are making comparisons between Davis’ and Paxman’s style of interviewing. […]

Jamal Edwards, SBTV founder, interviewed

It all started with a fox. Jamal Edwards recounted at the MADE Festival how, when his mother gave him a video camera at the age of 15, he filmed foxes out of his bedroom window and shared the films through YouTube so his friends could watch them. And now at 23 years of age, Edwards […]

Community share issue success for Sheffield Live TV

It’s been a rollercoaster and a learning experience to work on the UK’s first community share issue into broadcast media. But I’m very happy to report that Sheffield Live TV, the local television channel for Sheffield, has achieved its launch fundraising target – with over 100 supporters (including me!) applying to become “community shareholders”. I’ve […]

Media trust: a choice to make

Any George Clooney fans reading this? Whether or not you admire Mr. Clooney, you may be aware of his recent, well publicised spat with the Daily Mail and Mail Online in which he said the publication “makes up its facts.” They apologised – but Clooney has refused to accept the apology. We’ve heard much lately […]

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 […]

Marketing skills seminar: connecting with your customer

Friday 25th July, 12:30 – 16:30pm, Sheffield – FREE Venue: Room 7138, Stoddart Building, Sheffield Business School Would you like to know how attract more customers and develop a sustainable income? If so then this seminar will show you how to harness marketing and communications to: inform and engage with potential customers / clients; raise […]

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 – […]

SheffEX radio interviews and film

The inaugural SheffEX business exhibition took place on Monday 3rd June at Ponds Forge, designed “as a place to do business by Sheffield City Region businesses people for Sheffield City Region businesses people.” And it was a great success – with exhibition stands sold out, over 1000 delegates, and, in the words of co-organiser Tony […]