Offshore companies and American politics

Dr. Heather Anson, a multi-national law consultant, joined me for a fascinating discussion about offshore companies – and explained some reasons why companies and individuals may use them. Plus she gave her insights into the American political system.

FSB: Powerhouse hot air; Great Escape; UpScribe social publishing

The Northern Powerhouse “seems to be a lot of hot air” and Government is taking a “divide and conquer approach to northern cities,” according to a guest on my latest Business Live radio programme – which also featured an award-winning social enterprise and the entrepreneur behind a live “escape room” experience.

Crowdfunded bike trail: Annie Last and Steve Peat interviews. Plus: budget impact on small business

When Ride Sheffield began a crowdfunding campaign for a new mountain biking trail, local riders and businesses got involved. Now the trail has opened, and I interviewed professional mountain bikers Annie Last and Steve Peat for my radio show. Plus news about the impact of the budget on small businesses.

Person behind the Politics: Oliver Coppard (Labour) interview

Oliver Coppard is standing as the Labour Party candidate in the general election in the Sheffield Hallam constituency. On Friday 27th February I interviewed him for my Business Live programme on Sheffield Live 93.2FM, Sheffield’s community radio station with 40,000+ listeners. Oliver Coppard was born and raised in Sheffield Hallam, attending Porter Croft, Silverdale and […]

Person behind the Politics: Peter Garbutt (Green) interview

Peter Garbutt is standing as the Green Party candidate in the general election in the Sheffield Hallam constituency. On Wednesday 11th February I interviewed him for the 13th February 2015 episode of my Business Live programme on Sheffield Live 93.2FM, Sheffield’s community radio station with 40,000+ listeners. Peter Garbutt is a teacher of English and […]

Person behind the Politics: Ian Walker (Conservative) interview

Ian Walker is standing as the Conservative Party candidate in the general election in the Sheffield Hallam constituency. On Friday 6th February I interviewed him on my Business Live programme on Sheffield Live 93.2FM, Sheffield’s community radio station with 40,000+ listeners. Born in Sheffield, Ian Walker is the managing director of Sheffield engineering company Rotary […]

Autumn statement; Sheffield Business Awards; and ‘3D’ business

How will the Autumn Statement affect businesses and social enterprises? In this week’s Business Live radio show my guests Elaine Skelton of BHP Chartered Accountants and Kiley Tan of Wosskow Brown Solicitors dissected the announcements. The show was also a Sheffield Business Awards special, featuring interviews recorded at the Awards Dinner (which took place on […]

Portas returns with 38 recommendations for thriving towns

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? It seems astounding that it’s now 2 and a half years since publication of the Government-commissioned Portas Review of the high street. Has it been a ‘fun’ time for independent retailers, high streets, and town centres though? And what can we learn from town teams and Portas pilots? […]

New report: devolve more money & powers to LEPs

A new report, Making Local Economies Matter, recommends an accelerated devolution of powers to LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships).  The report reviews in detail the policy lessons from the Regional Development Agencies and LEPs and concludes that more jobs, growth and wealth generated locally are a vital part of a balanced economy. Published by think-tank The […]

Future Spaces Report analysed

Another year, another high-profile report into the future of the high street.  The Future Spaces Foundation, which was established in 2013 by architecture practice Make in order to “undertake new thinking and inform the future of the spaces we live in,” has produced its inaugural report ‘The Future High Street.’ The report of course follows […]