8 December podcast: Employment Law and REACH Homes

New interview with Jay Bhayani with the latest need-to-know updates on employment law. Plus Jon Johnson of REACH Homes, the newly-crowned ‘outstanding business of the year’ in the Sheffield Business Awards.

6 different businesses with something great in common

What do the following have in common: a 22-year-old who makes cajons and other musical instruments in Northern Ireland; a chocolatier in Ely employing young people with autism to create delicious confections; Sheffield’s Real Junk Food Project; an Argyll artisan smoke house; the UK’s first purpose-built breastfeeding café; and a designer and manufacturer of climbing kit?

Business lessons from professional musician and a crucial diary date

New radio show podcast: interview with acclaimed professional classical guitarist, Alison Smith, with great lessons for anyone who is self-employed. Plus Tom and Sam from Sheffield Chamber and some business, co-op and social enterprise updates.

Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur: 5 crucial tips

The latest Business Live radio show podcast features an interview with an entrepreneur who took the leap from a 12-year civil service career to running her own business.

Co-working, collaboration & pop-up food – Business Live

In today’s Business Live radio show Matt Hill, co-founder of co-working space Union St, explains the philosophy behind the space and gives some productivity and planning tips for startups and small businesses. The show also covers Apple’s tax arrangements; and includes business and social enterprise updates and forthcoming events.

Ruth Lucas of Rovernighter interviewed

An in-depth live interview with Ruth Lucas of Rovernighter. Ruth discussed product development, design iteration, access to the market, funding, intellectual property, marketing, and sources of advice and support for entrepreneurs. In January Rovernighter was selected as the Virgin StartUp of the Week, and at the end of March the business was named by Theo Paphitis as a Small Business Sunday #SBS Award recipient.

Business journalism and women in tech – radio interviews

My Business Live radio programme on Sheffield Live this week featured David Walsh, the Business Editor of the Sheffield Star newspaper; and Kate Loach, senior recruiter at specialist tech recruitment consultancy, Affecto. The show covered Sheffield business news and confidence; journalism and how to get media coverage; women in tech and more. Details and the podcast here.

Interviews: networking; “celebrity” service and Small Business Saturday

Today’s Business Live radio show and podcast features interviews with Geoff Ramm – author and “celebrity service” expert; Jill Ashton with top tips for networking; and business startup expert Charlie King. Listen to the podcast here.

State of Social Enterprise; a Funny Business; investment readiness

Three interesting interviews in today’s Business Live radio programme: the State of Social Enterprise research reveals a thriving sector which is sustainable and makes a positive contribution to society; a Sheffield business leader who is doing a stand-up gig in aid of a cancer charity; and a digital marketing agency on investment readiness and some tips for listeners.

Approved Food’s Dan: Dragons’ Den, Sheffield Live and Virgin ‘Pitch to Rich’

Today’s guest on my Business Live radio programme was Dan Cluderay, founder of Sheffield-based Approved Food which is now the UK’s largest online-only discount retailer.

Dan is urging people to vote for Approved Food after submitting a “Pitch to Rich” entry that could see the business receive a funding boost from Virgin boss Richard Branson.