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31 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
How to become a boggart-maker and why we should conserve not preserve heritage
Fancy a career where your skills will be in huge demand? No, not driving a lorry – working in one of Yorkshire's oldest and rarest traditional crafts.Stone masons, milliners and even boggart-makers are now sought-after more than ever. These and other heritage crafts offer health and wellbeing benefits and fantastic career opportunities, according to today's guest Richard Godley.Richard wears several hats, including for the WEA (Workers' Educational Association) which is behind a free Heritage Skills Weekend at Sheffield’s Woodland Gallery. Richard tells us more about the weekend in this, episode 350 of Business Live. He also covers:why we should "conserve, not preserve" heritage,the WEA's activities and coursesthe National Emergency Services Museumwhat a boggart-maker actually does.Timings:0 - 2:16 Introduction2:16 interview with Richard Godley22:00 Key findings from the new State of Social Enterprise Survey 2021, available in full here24:20 Launch of TEAM SY – Tech Ecosystem Accelereration and Market-making South Yorkshire, working to "join up" the tech ecosystem so that tech and digital entrepreneurs are embedded in a thriving environment26:50 The SME Climate Commitment. More here.27:27 £10,000 of match-funding available for community businesses which are crowdfunding, via Crowdfunder and Power to Change. More in their 22 October webinar.29:07 Wrapping up, a few other updates and praise for the wonderful novel, Piranesi.
36 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Young people achieving the unbelievable and connecting with nature with Element Society CEO Chris Hill
Element Society is a youth-led charity with an enterprise mindset, says CEO Chris Hill.It has run over 200 projects since launching in 2013: "young people become role models to their peers and we train them to deliver projects." Over 5,000 young people have changed their lives and their communities by working with Element. People attending Specialist schools don't always get the same opportunities as people at other schools, so Element has been running a Learning through Nature programme. It has extensive benefits to participants, as Chris explains, and involves working with The National Trust – "they can add something pretty special to this programme" – and SEND schools.Projects, trading, winning contracts, even selling pizza: it's all about bringing in unrestricted income and avoiding "mission drift." Has Element ever been in danger of diluting its mission to secure funding? How does it measure its impact? How did it secure a city-centre base from Yorkshire Building Society? And what are its criteria for working with partners and building relationships? Chris explains in this, episode 349 of Business Live.Chris would love to hear from listeners if you can offer employment placements or training opportunities. Check out Element Society here.Also in this episode:28:33 Create Sheffield launches online programme to discuss "Why Creativity Matters NOW" Details.30:01 Yorkshire has fastest-growing digital industry in UK.31:08 Previous guest Yasin El Ashrafi of music social enterprise HQ CAN named joint national winner in O2 Everyday Heroes Award.32:29 Awards: The Sheffield Business Awards are open for entries. The deadline is 1 November. Enter here. Meanwhile the Star Small Business Award winners have been revealed 34:20 Sheffield Women in Tech's next event, 19 October is "Mind the Gap: Negotiating Your Pay - the ShfWIT guide" – details.
39 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
How to break into the film industry with no money and celebrating independent film: Ben Wilkinson and Joe Palmer
What is a "micro-budget" film? Ben Wilkinson is the founder and director of the Spirit of Independence Film Festival, taking place on 2 October.Now in its third year the festival celebrates films across genres from all over the world. It showcases talent, demonstrates excellence in film-making, entertains viewers, and is a brilliant industry get-together for grassroutes film making.And Ben gives his definition of a micro-budget film: a maximum of £150,000 for a feature film, and £1,000 for a short. The festival will inspire others too: some incredible films are being screened this year as Ben describes.Joe Palmer, who runs video production firm Open House Pictures, is helping to grow and publicise the festival. He tells us what he's most excited by and gives an update on how his business has developed since his last appearance on this programme.The festival includes a talk: No Money? No Problem! How To Break Into The Industry When You Have No Money, and in this episode Ben and Joe both give their top tips and advice based on their experiences.Also in the show: events, funding and more.Timings:0 - 28:35 Interview with Ben and Joe. Check out the Spirit of Independence Film Festival programme and book tickets. Take a look at Open House Pictures too.28:35 Sheffield Business Awards are back! Entry deadline 29 October. Details here.29:54 Update from the Business & IP Centre Sheffield.31:18 Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards – £50,000 of funding. Details.32:29 October is anti-slavery month and businesses are being asked to support the survivors of modern slavery in Sheffield. You can donate new items for care packages and purchase items from the online wish list, here .34:00 Social Enterprises Futures, a month-long digital festival.34:52 So called "environmental" companies outperform others – but I have a problem with a definition.35:55 Business Sheffield's programme of free workshops, webinars and virtual one-to-one sessions.37:05 Wrapping up.Thanks for listening to the show – and thanks Ben and Joe for coming on air.
27 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Supporting educators to welcome pupils from overseas with Leon Smith, Twinkl
Leon Smith is Chief Customer Officer at educational publisher Twinkl. The Sheffield-based firm employs over a thousand people and has produced specialist resources to support schools and educators in welcoming pupils arriving from overseas for many years.Now, in response to growing demand, the EdTech giant has launched a curated collection of these (and new) resources, many of which are free to access, to provide guidance on how educators can support and welcome students whose first language is not English. There are also packs to help parents and educators explain current affairs and upsetting news stories to children and young people.Leon, a former teacher, tells me more about the range of resources and the impact they are designed to have. Plus she updates us on recent developments at Twinkl – and what her role as chief customer officer involves. We delve into user experience and marketing too.Also in this episode: details of three fantastic grant funding opportunities:£50,000 grants and mentoring, coaching and business support in the Women in Innovation Awards. Deadline 13 October.Grants of up to £10,000 through the South Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Mayoral Community Fund – but be quick, the closing date is 9am on Monday 13 September. Details.Innovate UK's Healthy ageing challenge – more about this on the UKRI website; closing date 17 November 2021.And some events: a couple of years ago I visited the Megatron, part of a network of underground river tunnels and Victorian storm drains beneath Sheffield City Centre. This watery cavern is an engineering marvel. Public tours have resumed so grab your chance. Plus the free People Communities Together festival.Timings:0:00 - 16:39 Leon Smith, Twinkl.16:39 New research demonstrates managers are focusing more on output than hours worked – and this improves recruitment and retention. It's from the Working Families Benchmark Report.19:30 Grants and funding: Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards | South Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Mayoral Community Fund | Innovate UK's Healthy ageing challenge.24:41 How to visit the Megatron in Sheffield on the 12, 19 or 26 September | People Communities Together Festival
44 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Digital growth marketing and how to 25x ecommerce sales with Amanda Perry
When shoemaker Hewlett & Co started working with Amanda Perry, the Louth-based firm made around £2,000 per month in online sales. "We knew there was something there and quite quickly took them to £150,000 months," says Amanda, founder of digital marketing agency Soup and the E-com Growth Hub.It's a remarkable tale in an episode crammed with them – Amanda says many businesses have increased sales by a factor of 25 through working with her team, and Soup itself has grown dramatically too.Soup specialises in results-driven performance marketing for e-commerce brands. The E-com Growth Hub is a community and learning platform for small product business owners. Both are getting dramatic results for clients and members."Rollercoaster" is overused in the business world, but Amanda's journey is certainly that. From indie-retail expansion to bankruptcy, baking to e-commerce and now making a big mark in growth marketing – her story is one of bounce-backability.Amanda is frank and open in this interview about the impact of liquidating her cupcake business, Fancie, and becoming personally bankrupt back in 2014. It hurt a lot of people and she's tried hard to right a lot of wrongs, she tells me. And of course it led her to dark times – she hit absolute rock-bottom.But she fought back and rediscovered her purpose. And in this episode (number 346!) she covers what she learned from the experience, her wilderness years, a turning point and how she came to set up Soup. This is powerful, hard-won stuff, so take note so you can avoid what Amanda describes.Amanda gives us plenty of implementable tips too. Listen for advice about social media, influencer, SMS and email marketing, why you need to think about customer acquisition cost and customer lifetime value, and lots more. It's a corker of an episode – or should I say, a rollercoaster!Links: SOUP | The E-com Growth Hub | Amanda's website
41 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Connecting people through sport with Justine Reilly, Sporting Heritage
Sport connects people in unique ways. How can intangible things like memories and shared experiences of sport be collected and harnessed? How can places, memorabilia and artefacts be preserved and looked after? And how does that benefit all of us?Dr. Justine Reilly set up Sporting Heritage CIC, a Yorkshire based organisation on a mission to look after, protect and celebrate the diverse sporting heritage across the UK's four nations.Sometimes bigger sports, which are more often in the public domain, overshadow other and grassroots sports, and Sporting Heritage is for all sports. It helps tell stories that haven't been told, and engages with schools, museums, community groups, businesses and sports groups to share our sporting heritage. Justine has a background in museums, culture, archeology and as a television producer. She is determined to ensure sporting heritage is diverse and inclusive. Sporting Heritage has launched the neurodiverse museum to ensure there's representation and accessibility for neurodivergent people across the museum sector.The organisation's annual National Sporting Heritage Day, in September, will be its biggest yet and is backed by well-known ambassadors. Justine gives a preview, and covers her organisation's grants programme and the biggest challenges in getting this now-thriving social enterprise out of the starting blocks. Also in the show today: business, social enterprise and freelance funding and events.Timings:0-35:30 Interview with Dr. Justine Reilly, Sporting Heritage CIC35:30 The Community Ownership Fund, and the Freelance Fund for arts and culture workers in Sheffield38:20 Enterprise Nation's August bootcamp about exporting and international trade with with Amazon and the Department for International Trade (free, registration required)39:22 Wrapping up and an event reminder
43 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Fixing diversity and inclusion with disruptive innovator, Shana Gujral
Seven out of ten workplace diversity and inclusion programmes fail. They don't achieve meaningful change. A partner in an international accounting firm has even said "after every single unconscious bias training that has ever been done, nothing’s ever improved."So I was fascinated to talk with Shana Gujral in this episode. She's had direct experience of diversity and inclusion programmes which don't have any effect. Shana is determined to change this and her business, Lila, is "revolutionising" diversity and inclusion.An online platform powered by behavioural science and gamification, Lila is worlds apart from tickbox exercises. It uses bite-sized, implementable chunks of activity, backed by experts and supported with nudge theory, so participants can not only learn, but they can implement actions. Businesses and employees can build inclusive cultures "where everyone can feel seen and heard."Shana is a serial impact entrepreneur and diversity and inclusion consultant who has also worked in global FMCG businesses. She also tells me about pivots, lessons from a side-hustle and a previous business, and the rocket-fuel effect of incubator and accelerator programmes (see links below).Timings:0 - 34:33 interview with Shana Gujral, Lila. Accelerators: Shana mentions the Centre for Entrepreneurs' NEF+ programme, Bethnal Green Ventures, Antler and Founders Factory.34:33 Event: Sheffield Social Enterprise Network's 11 August Networking event36:29 New software training programme from EyUp Skills and iO Academy. The £11,000 programme offers fully-funded bursaries through the Diversitche Fund to people under-represented in tech. Details.38:43 The Star Small Business Awards39:24 Grants from The UK Space Agency's Space Technology Programme.
45 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
An entrepreneurship 101 with Caroline Allams, Natterhub
Natterhub is an educational social media platform which prepares primary school children to thrive online.A gated, "sandbox" environment which includes more than 300 interactive lessons, it develops media literacy and is used in more than 4000 schools.How did Caroline Allams and co-founder Manjit Sareen take Natterhub from idea to Minimum Viable Product in April 2020? And how did they scale up rapidly: Natterhub is now enjoyed by teachers and pupils in more than 60 countries around the world?Caroline explains. This interview covers the power of understanding your strengths and weaknesses and working with a complementary co-founder, building a culture where you and your team can ask questions, and why it's crucial to really prioritise what matters to your audience in your Minimum Viable Product.There's lots, too, on why media literacy matters and how Natterhub develops this, plus some shocking-but-not-shocking research results from polling of over 15,000 pupils across 2,500 schools, exploring their online habits and how they feel about the internet and social media. Natterhub's website.Natterhub has been supported with investment from TwinklHive, a business accelerator created by the online educational publisher Twinkl in 2019.Also mentioned on the show: the Young Innovators Awards from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, details. And this (free, registration required) Inclusivity and the Psychology of Othering event from Inova Consulting on 23 July aimed at businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations interested in inclusivity.
46 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
How to make a living as an artist, avoid rip-off agents and follow your dream with Julia Brown
Julie Brown makes a living in her dream career. The contemporary artist trained at Huddersfield University two decades ago and has returned to her full-time art practice after working as an illustrator and designer.Julia is part of a new, major group exhibition at The Sculpture Lounge in the Holme Valley where she is a resident studio holder.In the interview (0-34:00) we discuss:Julia's work, how she expresses our relationship with place, and a new body of work about wind turbinesHow to get your name out there as an artistIt's easier to market yourself when you're passionate about what you doChoosing an agent who will support you and how to avoid some scams and trapdoors common in the art worldTips and advice about submitting your work to exhibitions and awardsGetting representation at galleriesHow a safety net can turn into a cage, but there's never the "perfect" time to follow your passion.Why "every decision you make needs to relate to where you want to go."Check out Julia's website here and The Sculpture Lounge.Also in the show:34:00 Funding opportunities i) the Young Innovators Awards from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, details. ii) the Fiserv UK 2021 Back2Business Grant: £10,000 grants available, details. 37:58 Forthcoming events: webinars about selling online, sustainability and SMEs and more from the Business & IP Centre Sheffield. Plus Cliffhanger – Sheffield's "inner city event celebrating outdoor adventure," the British Bouldering Championships, and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.39:35 If you run an online businesses selling to consumers living within the EU, you need to know about changes to E-commerce VAT. 41:09 Interesting new research about renewable energy, income inequality and energy poverty42:39 A couple of new books: Lucy Kellaway on education and teaching and Michael Pollan on coffee44:16 And I've been reading the new issue of Positive News magazine.
47 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Brewing beer with bread to make the world better: Louisa Ziane, Toast Ale
Drink beer, make the world better! This is no corporate greenwash. You can grab a delicious ale and make a direct contribution to fixing the food system and addressing the climate emergency. Consumer power creates change.The food system is the biggest contributor to climate change and biodiversity loss, yet we waste a third of everything we produce. Nearly half of bread is never eaten. Toast Ale uses surplus fresh bread from the bakery industry to brew its beer. Co-founder and chief operating officer Louisa Ziane explains how its beer, available from supermarkets, in restaurants and online, creates environmental and social impacts which go way beyond saving millions of slices of bread from waste.She tells me how Toast measures and is cutting its carbon footprint, explains how it secured investment to support its growth (getting listed in supermarkets needs a lot of up-front capital) and describes how its purpose is locked into the heart of the business.Toast is a brewery which truly does what it says on the can. I found this conversation fascinating. Also in the show today: funding for social enterprise, electric vehicles and more. Timings:0 - 40:56 Louisa Ziane interview, including:6:25 What being a certified B Corp means and why collaboration and open-sourcing is key to Toast's impact.10:50 Toast has measured its carbon footprint for the past three years and this year its calculations were certified. Louisa explains how it is reducing its emissions and where to start when it comes to measuring your carbon footprint accurately.17:40 Offsetting isn't a solution alone.21:00 Why Toast is working with Soil Heroes and Feedback.25:35 Equity for Good: Toast's investors have pledged that any net capital gains they get if they sell their shares in the future will be reinvested into organisations with environmental missions.29:33 What were the biggest challenges in launching and growing Toast?35:40 Other amazing businesses and breweries Louisa admires – pop some of these in your pantry!Also covered on this episode:Free trials of electric vans for businesses, social enterprises and other organisations in Sheffield. Details here.Funding: for social enterprises operating in the environment sector, check out the Enterprise Development Programme here.£150,000 (and up) grants from the The National Lottery Community Fund's Growing Great Ideas programme.New ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) outdoor screen showing Adventure Bites films, free, in Sheffield City Centre.Millions of people in Britain have poor or low numeracy skills. New research from social enterprise Plain Numbers about how to boost comprehension of bills and financial information.Photo of Louisa Ziane by Joanne Warren Moore. Check out other episodes of Business Live here.
51 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
The Magic of Escape Rooms, Mentors and Unspoken Moments with Hannah Duraid
Where to go and what to do as lockdown restrictions lift? The pub, a restaurant, to the cinema? How about a locked-room where you and your team-mates must escape a horrifying, demonic or magical scenario? Yes please!Hannah Duraid founded The Great Escape in 2015, Sheffield's first escape room experience, and was last on this show in May 2016. Since then Hannah and her team have taken on a new site in Sheffield and opened in Leeds, developed a further game with the Royal Armouries Museum and won multiple awards.Over 300,000 players have been through their doors, and since The Great Escape reopened in May people are flocking back, looking to be locked-up once more. But also to choose their own immersive and cinematic adventure, as Hannah tells us.Hannah is about to launch an exciting new game too, and during lockdown she came up with a fantastic and very different idea – The Unspoken Playing Card Experience – which stimulates deep insights and discussion. She describes why she created theses cards and people's reaction to them in this episode too.The interview also covers the power of mentors – Hannah has always sought the advice and insights of other business leaders and mentors during her entrepreneurship journey, and has worked with different mentors at different stages. She tells me how she has found mentors and the components for effective mentorship.Plus some books which Hannah found transformative and why: The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma and Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles.Timings:0 - 3:15 introduction3:15 -47:15 Hannah Duraid47:15 Coming soon: ShAFF – Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (watch the trailer here) and the Children's Media Conference 2021
53 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Online reviews, better websites, good social media and the power of PR with Harvey Morton
How can you get people to leave positive reviews on online review sites? How do you deal with controversial comments on social media? And what are the biggest factors behind "checkout abandonment" on small business websites?Harvey Morton is a website, digital and social media expert. He works with small businesses through to larger brands such as Santander and some Universities. And he solves their website, digital and social media issues, all with a focus on gaining customers.He's also a former winner of the National Young Freelancer of the Year Award. Timely that I interviewed him on National Freelancers' Day.Since Harvey was last on Business Live he's appeared on national and regional radio, in numerous newspapers and other media, and has launched his own well-reviewed podcast. These have all had tangible benefits to his business. Harvey kindly describes how some PR tips I gave him have unlocked a huge range of media opportunities, which I was thrilled to hear.Also in the show: a funding opportunity, an interactive game in Sheffield, and some recommendations. Timings:0-3:17 Introduction and updates3:17-49:16 Interview with Harvey Morton. National Freelancers Day, how his business has evolved, why social media engagement is important, fixing issues which prevent customers from buying, preventing overwhelm (more tips from Harvey here), addressing controversial topics on social media, using online review sites, starting his own Social Sanctuary podcast, getting interviews and coverage in the media, and shocking findings from his own research. Find Harvey online here and on twitter.49:16 Tech Nation's Net Zero programme – grant or investment funding to help businesses to scale and meet zero emissions targets50:10 The UK Social Enterprise Awards (deadline 2 July)50:28 The Beat the Street Game in Sheffield51:09 I've been reading: this article in Pioneers Post magazine about Amsterdam-based social enterprise Plastic Whale's successful Online Company Cleanups – great idea51:27 I've been listening to: Heidi Fisher's interview with Chris Roberts of the North Wales Dragons, a social enterprise and community football team which raises money for charities all over the UK and beyond (I edit and produce Heidi's podcast)52:05 I've been watching Netflix's On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a compelling drama about a horrifying multi-level marketing pyramid scheme52:21 And I've been drinking delicious Dark Woods Coffee and Toast Ale (beer which makes the world better)
36 minutes | May 28, 2021
Building a fantastic company culture and a thriving business with Holly Jenkins, Jiraffe
So many businesses boast about a positive culture without their actions following through. But Jenx Limited (trading as Jiraffe) has clearly invested in enabling and building a supportive culture for its people and customers – and the business is thriving, as director Holly Jenkins describes.Jiraffe makes specialist postural support equipment and Holly was last on the show in early 2020 as the pandemic and lockdown struck. At the time she told me about an initiative to ensure vulnerable children and adults in society still had access to vital seating, standing, sleeping, and mobility support equipment. How many people benefited?Holly gives us the details and covers how Jiraffe adapted through 2020 to support its customers and staff, why the firm is recruiting for 8 new roles, where the growth in the business has come from, and everything Jiraffe has been doing to maintain and build its positive company culture.Also on the show (episode #338): how to enter the UK Social Enterprise Awards; how to access (for free) a range of fantastic business research and intelligence tools at the Business and IP Centre Sheffield.Timings and links:0-3:09 Introduction3:09 Interview with Holly Jenkins, Jiraffe28:19 Details of the UK Social Enterprise Awards 202131:34 How to book a visit to the Business & IP Centre Sheffield to get free access to business research databases
57 minutes | May 14, 2021
How to sell books worldwide with multi-six-figure author and entrepreneur Joanna Penn
At the "best time in history" to be a creator you should heed Joanna Penn's advice whether or not you're an author.The New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, who also writes non-fiction for authors, has much to say about how creative entrepreneurs can protect and maximise the value of their intellectual property.Joanna has written 17 novels and 12 books for other writers and sold them in more than 180 countries. She runs her own publishing company and has signed licensing deals with traditional publishers too. Now a multi-six-figure author entrepreneur, around a third of Joanna's income comes from book sales, with affiliate fees, course sales, sponsorship of her podcasts and donations through Patreon making up other income streams.I fired up the rocket-fuel coffee and bombarded Joanna with questions. Want to publish fiction, non-fiction or interested in taking control of the value of your creative output? There are encyclopedias-worth of advice crammed into this episode so buckle up and listen well, Joanna is extraordinarily generous and open with her tips. We cover:Being an independently- and traditionally-published authorCommon problems with traditional publishing contracts including astonishing "rights grabs" – don't sign away your soul in blood!Snobbery in the publishing industry and how things have changedJoanna's income breakdown as an author-entrepreneurIndie authors don’t just write, they manage their business: contracts, PR and publicity, ads, commissioning covers or translation and more – how does Joanna decide what to invest her time into and what to outsource?Promotional strategies for fiction and non-fictionAn introduction to the world of new opportunities which AI and technology are unlocking for authors and other creativesAuthors Joanna admires and who inspire herMore free resources you can get from Joanna to help you in your creative and business adventuresJoanna's hundreds of articles, audio podcast episodes, videos and resources are available on her website including her free author blueprint and detailed advice about writing, publishing and marketing your book: https://www.thecreativepenn.comAlso check-out Joanna's Creative Penn Podcast about writing, publishing, book marketing, and making a living with your writing.
54 minutes | May 7, 2021
Super connections, stories, technology, music and saving Soho with Tim Arnold
Some folk talk about technology with an "emperor's new clothes" glee, as though it's a panacea for everything wrong with society. Others exhibit phobic terror, blaming technology – not how people use it – for human failings and foibles. Many see both a light and dark side, and there's increasing interest in the addictive nature of social media.For today's curious and playful guest Tim Arnold, technology, social media and our appendage-like mobile phones allow us to be "super connected" – enabling expression, conversation and connection. But with a potentially corrosive effect too.Tim is a singer songwriter and filmmaker who has self-released 22 albums after starting his music career leading 90’s British art rock band Jocasta.His new feature-length film and album Super Connected includes a single of the same name, released today. Watch the video here.Talking with Tim was fun and frank and fascinating. In this interview we cover:whether technology has made it easier or harder to make a living as an independent musicianhow a friend of Tim’s who is a mental health professional inspired Super Connected, and why Tim made his new film with Dixie McDevitt and Kate Aldertonwhat a "story concept album for the digital age" meanssocial media can have a corrosive effect on our mental health and can be a lifeline too,Tim's a creator, collaborator, interviewer (check out his weekly Super Connected Conversations podcast and YouTube series exploring the impact of technology on human psychology and society) – how does he manage his own mental bandwidth, prioritise or focus so as not to be overwhelmed?is Tim worried about big business and music industry behemoths muscling in where independent creators have been able to innovate?can Artificial Intelligence (AI) come up with music which stirs the soul?why Tim (joined by Stephen Fry) campaigned to save some of Soho's most loved community assets like Madame Jojo's and Soho Squarehow to get an invitation (everyone is welcome) to see the feature-length Super Connected film and whole album (go to https://superconnected.technology )Tim's work with the Sheffield Arts Lab – there's play and intrigue ahoy here!How to connect with Tim (website | Bandcamp | Twitter)This episode is a treat and a feast and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
39 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Empowering voters with Eleanor Holmshaw, WhoIsMyCouncillor
Accountability, transparency and informed decision making are at the heart of a new website launched by today's guest Eleanor Holmshaw.Whoismycouncillor.co.uk allows users to find the candidates standing in the council elections in their part of Sheffield. They can see candidates' answers to a set of specific questions "important to the city" and learn more about who they could vote for.Eleanor covers why and how she and a crack team launched the site to empower voters and boost engagement with our democratic system.Self-confessed "spreadsheet obsessive" Eleanor also gives me the lowdown on lessons learned from launching the site in record time.Also in today's show:business accelerator TwinklHive is offering £250,000 to young entrepreneurs looking to establish their own digital business. Details at 33:59 in the podcast and here.lovely news from previous guest, Kresse Wesling – Elvis and Kresse, which rescues London's decommissioned fire-hose and creates beautiful goods, has just made its largest ever donation to the Fire Fighters Charity (details at 31:10 and here). Check out my 2019 interview with Kresse .Registration open for The Children's Media Conference – details at 36:05 in the podcast and here.
52 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Football and Business with Paul Reeves, Sheffield United Football Club
What a week to discuss the business of football with SUFC's Head of Commercial, Paul Reeves.Paul is well known for his dealmaking skills and commercial nous. He explains how he came to join the club in 2014 after working for the city's Chamber of Commerce, and the first big sponsorship deal he scored.We discuss:how the club worked with its partners this year, adapting commercial opportunities because of lockdown,how elevation to the Premiere League and changing fortunes on the pitch affect its business partnerships,its Academy, its super-successful Women's team, and its community foundation,And of course we address what happened this week when six other Premiere League clubs were widely accused of greed as they tried and seemingly failed to breakaway to a new European Super League.Plus Paul gives his advice about developing commercial relationships and partnerships, and names some of the mentors and business inspirations in his own career so far.Also in this episode (number 334): events, a campaign and more. Timings:0 - 2:20 Introduction2:20 Interview with Paul Reeves, Head of Commercial, SUFC45:30 Business and social enterprise updates: businesses invited to join the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance | Social enterprises: apply by Sunday 25th for the SE100 Index and Social Business Awards | Hundreds of businesses are calling for a "Better Business Act" – what is it and why?
47 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
No Waste Living, Website Wizardry and a Productivity Power-Up with Louise Blackburn
Roll up, roll up it's a two for one special in today's show. Guest Louise Blackburn discusses her brace of businesses: No Waste Living and Amber Couch.Amber Couch is Louise's website design and development business, which she's been running for 15 years. Sites have certainly changed a lot in that time. Yet there are three common issues which hold many websites back, so they don't generate the results they should. Louise explains what these are and how to fix them.No Waste Living does what it says on the proverbial tin. Born after several years of lifestyle changes Louise made, it's an online shop selling refills for household necessities alongside other sustainable products. It's also a resource crammed with useful information. And putting it all online was precipitated by lockdown, as Louise explains.There are tips a-plenty in this episode. Louise is a systems and processes acolyte and has plenty of powerful productivity tips, alongside her website advice. And there's more...she also explains how you can realistically move to using less plastic.It was a pleasure talking with Louise and I hope you'll enjoy the interview and find her tips and advice helpful.Timings and links:Introduction: Louise Blackburn runs Amber Couch5:10 three amazingly common website issues and how to fix them10:00 why a website theme is like a new-build house and a custom-built site is like buying land and designing and building your own home13:00 Louise's background, how Amber Couch launched, and why Louise set up the business16:03 Powerful productivity, systems and micro-systems advice23:09 What is No Waste Living?24:40 Was there a tipping point for Louise – why did she set up the shop?26:30 How does it work in terms of the two types of product it sells? And more about issues with plastic and recycling32:17 How customer numbers and turnover have developed35:32 Louise's tips to support the circular economy, reduce, reuse and recycle38:20 Louise reveals her biggest "why" today for Amber Coach, her website business40:25 No Waste Living: small steps can be positive in your life and have a big impact42:30 Wrapping up and a couple of other things – Sheffield’s Make Yourself at Home initiative, all about supporting local businesses and communities; the Festival of Debate; The Business and IP Centre Sheffield and Start-Up Day Reloaded
45 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Marketing more effectively and the life changing power of apprenticeships with Dale Robinson
Enquiries about apprenticeships are soaring for The Source Skills Academy, a leading Sheffield provider of training, according to Dale Robinson.And it's no wonder: as the UK moves out of lockdown, apprenticeships can help businesses future-proof themselves while giving young people a head-start.As Director of Business Development for The Source, a charity operating since 2003, Dale works with employers across the Sheffield City Region and his enthusiasm for the life-changing power of apprenticeships is evident throughout this interview.Dale's own career journey began with an apprenticeship in a bank, and he's determined for businesses and young people alike to benefit from meaningful, fulfilling apprenticeships.We also cover:How The Source adapted throughout the pandemic pandemic to serve the region's businesses and local communities, getting people into training and qualifications that boost their confidence and grow their prospectsReopening its conference facilities and creating a new community learning zone Its traineeships which support people whose qualifications or confidence have really suffered and can lead into an apprenticeship or jobHow some of Sheffield's most innovative businesses are offering placements through the Government-funded Kickstart schemeThe Source's communication and marketing methods to engage with employers and young peopleDale's own inspirations in businessAlso in this episode: new funding opportunities and your chance to feature in a future show.Timings:0 - 2:19 introduction2:19 Dale Robinson of The Source Skills Academy38:55 Do you run a shop, pub, hairdresser or other business able to re-open from the 12th of April? Would you like to be on the show? How to get in touch and tell your story40:41 Funding opportunities for businesses and social enterprises from UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs and from the Steel Charitable Trust. Plus Skills Bank extension and wrapping up
45 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Jillian Kowalchuk, Safe & the City
Jillian Kowalchuk is an award-winning entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and the founder & CEO of Safe & The City.She launched this app in 2017 after a Google Maps route led her into a situation where two men threatened to assault her, which she didn't report believing her experience would not be taken seriously.Since then Safe & The City has been downloaded by tens of thousands of people who use it to report their daily experiences, give community ratings for walking and public transport routes, and learn where nearby safe sites are.It's a tragic indictment of our society that her app exists. We have much work to do to change attitudes and behaviours, eradicate harassment and achieve gender equality. And Jillian is clear: victims of violence and of everyday harassment should not be responsible for solutions. Her app exists to crowdsource evidence and transparent data about the experiences and everyday harassment which continue to be rife for women.We talk about how Safe & the City works and has expanded from covering London (and Berlin) to UK-wide. Jillian also covers:how men can be better allies to gender equalitycampaigning in collaboration with others for misogyny to be treated as a hate crimeher work with the Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneurial Programme Female Founders Advisory Board, and how to attract more international female talent to the U.Kher experience attracting investment, when VCs continue to invest into male-led teams more than those with female founderstips for crowdfunding, having run two successful campaignsthe Female Founders PledgeAlso on this week's episode, details of five new funding opportunities for businesses and social enterprises.Timings and links mentioned:0-33:50 Interview with Jillian Kowalchuk Download the Safe & the City App (ios and Android) | Safe & the City website | Jillian's TEDx | UN Women UK joint report | Hollaback | SHE-EO33:50 Reflecting on a year of lockdown, and the Sheffield Steel Spirit Stories page36:40 Funding and grant opportunities: The Covid-19: Economic Recovery Fund | The SME Brexit Support Fund | The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme | The University of Sheffield Careers Service: SME Funded Projects Scheme | Santander Universities Employability Scheme 2021
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