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 […]

Steve Rimmer: Tickets for Good interview

Steve Rimmer is a serial social entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Tickets for Good. He joined me on my Business Live FM radio programme this morning for a thoroughly interesting discussion. You can listen to the podcast below. Steve covers: launching the Tickets for Good platform, now used by event organisers all over Sheffield […]

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: a bike you can ride if you like – Ofo Sheffield’s Adam Rose

…it’s got a basket, a bell that rings, and lots of things (like yellow paint!) to make it look good. One borrowed bicycle featured in the Pink Floyd track Bike, but hundreds are now available in Sheffield after dockless bike sharing scheme Ofo launched this week. Adam Rose, Ofo’s operations manager for Sheffield, joined me […]

Interview with Webmart’s Marxist Capitalist CEO Simon Biltcliffe

Interview with Simon Biltcliffe, CEO and founder of Webmart and “Marxist-Capitalist” on using business to create and share value. Plus photographer Vincent Tremeau in this latest radio show podcast.

Can Blockchain reduce the ‘card tax’ on business – new radio show podcast

Barry James – an authority in crowdfunding, blockchain and FinTech – is angry about what he describes as an unjustifiable charge levied on small businesses to process debit and credit card payments. But he has a solution, revealed in this podcast.

Interview: the key questions to ask when specifying your website

Interview with Ant Clifford of Creative Stream, covering how to come up with a powerful and specific brief to ensure your website design and build agency delivers a site that does what you need it to do, and generates a return on your investment.

Future scanning: wi-fi, communications, tech, and media disruptions

New radio show podcast: an update about some of the enormous changes taking place in journalism and the media right now, and an interview with wi-fi and tech expert (and bestselling author) Neil Reid.

Shoot your story arrow with stoic author

A “grand tour of marketing” with stoic northern grump Rob Drummond, in a comprehensive radio interview. Rob covers storytelling, building trust, marketing automation tools and much more in this podcast, first broadcast in my Sheffield Live radio programme.

Holding down an Octopus to build a British clothing brand

Jilly and Neil Kapusi of Ushi discuss the journey of Ushiwear – which Jilly launched in 2008 and grew from a garage based hobby business to a thriving British hand printed brand, selling all over the world. How have they developed the brand and increased ecommerce sales – and what support did they get from the Google Digital Garage? Listen to the podcast here.