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 […]

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.

New podcast: employment law policy proposals, a fashion social enterprise, and tech skills

Interviews with Jay Bhayani on employment law policy proposals from political parties; Daniel Koseoglu of Affecto Recruitment on tech skills and recruitment, and Olusola McKenzie of fashion and textiles social enterprise Learn to Re-create.

Investors with a difference: Campus Capital interview

There’s a problem in venture capital. In the UK, VC-ready startups gravitate to where the money is: London (and to some extent Cambridge and Oxford). That’s led to a “tech funding gap in the North of England” – risking a brain drain of businesses seeking investment away from northern cities. Plus, VC decision makers invest […]

Homelessness; fast-growth tech; social investment and more – new podcast

New podcast featuring Scott Woodley of Tutora – a fast growing tech firm connecting parents with tutors, and Mark Harvey of iD8 Photography, who’s co-organised a project to challenge visual representation of homelessness.

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 […]

Boutique hotel goes from launch to national acclaim in under 2 years

Many of us have experienced the all-consuming nature of launching a business. Now imagine your launch also involved project managing all aspects of a complex building refurbishment, on top of creating a brand, recruiting an operational team, marketing to your first customers and growing a customer base and a reputation. The latest episode of my […]

Interviews: mentoring in Gaza; business in Japan and a book of the week

It was a pleasure to welcome Laura Bennett, Elizabeth Shassere and Johnny Pawlik to the Sheffield Live radio studio today. You can listen to the podcast below. Elizabeth and Laura recently traveled to Gaza and mentored entrepreneurs at a bootcamp for the Gaza Sky Geeks programme. They were two of only seven mentors selected from […]

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.

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 – […]