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 […]

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.

Sexism in tech & startups; workplace dress codes; scaling a food social enterprise

From sexist dress codes to discrimination in tech, modern slavery to an innovative “pay as you feel” social enterprise food business, and the three “secrets of newbie success in tech” – it’s all in this week’s radio show podcast. Jo Hercberg, Elizabeth Shassere and Jay Bhayani joined me in the radio studio on Friday for […]

Gaza Sky Geeks; Maps and Makers – new podcast

Here’s your latest radio show podcast. Today’s Business Live, broadcast on Sheffield Live FM and internet radio this morning, featured live studio guest Richard Osborne, of From the Workshop, and an interview recorded yesterday with Elizabeth Shassere and Laura Bennett about the Gaza Sky Geeks programme. Richard is a craftsman who creates beautiful objects – […]

Business Live: StartUp bus, Race for Life, Kenya and finance

This morning’s Business Live radio show featured the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs think-tank and of StartUp Britain; a Sheffield based credit union celebrating 20 years in business; the area organiser of the Race for Life and a social entrepreneur working in Kenya.

Sheffield SOUP, Startup Weekend…and overcoming challenges

Today’s Business Live radio show featured studio guests Elizabeth Shassere, Debbie Cundy and Pennie Raven – plus news about Social Enterprise UK’s State of Social Enterprise Survey 2015. This summer, The University of Sheffield will bring people together to launch new products and services that aim to solve problems and meet needs in the ever-changing […]

Meet me at StartUp 2015: UK’s largest StartUp show

        StartUp 2015 is a free event for early stage entrepreneurs, described by organisers as “the UK’s largest StartUp show of the new year.” I’m looking forward to attending, on Saturday 17th January; I am one of a number of advisers offering drop-in sessions and start-up workshops. The organisers have put together […]

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 […]

Mmm, tasty! 2 food entrepreneurs interviewed

The perks of interviewing business-owners became evident on Friday when I was joined by the owners of two fantastic food businesses, as guests on my radio show – and both brought delicious cake! Jane Stammers of Tipple Tales is a passionate baker extraordinaire of yummy rich, moist cakes bursting with fruit and nuts and laced […]

9 steps to social enterprise success

Thoroughly enjoyed running a 3-hour workshop for Sheffield Community Network yesterday (24/04/13) on setting up and running a social enterprise. What a diverse group – facing many similar issues, but also very specific ones. The ever-enthusiastic Andi Stamp – my co-presenter – and I made the workshop as interactive and focused on participants’ specific needs […]