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Leaders of impact-creating businesses and social enterprises share their practical tips and stories. Be inspired, intrigued and amazed, get advice to help your values-driven business thrive and benefit from candid conversations about how other leaders overcame challenges and built their businesses and social enterprises. New episode every Friday here and on Sheffield Live FM radio.
 
From banks that can’t lend to small businesses, predatory payday lenders, high interest loan sharks, or social investors who just don’t support social enterprises - there’s plenty to criticise in the world of finance. But there’s a a strong and growing network of finance providers who are building resilient economies throughout the UK – offering a personal service, a supportive approach and a real alternative to traditional bank lenders and finance providers. Responsible Finance providers br ...
 
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There's a game Natalie Doherty likes to play when she meets young people on one of the Source Skills Academy's programmes. They have this image indoctrinated into them about the type of person who is a Director of Quality, Curriculum and Innovation, she says. And they're often shocked by her career journey from dance to director – but hearing it ma…
 
"We're not just hashtagging, we're actually doing something about it. I hope that gives anyone listening with a mental health problem strength: you don't have to be shut down, you don't have to be defined, you can take control." Kat Morley is the founder of Insight PR and Media. After studying journalism and winning awards for her coverage of wrest…
 
News matters to local communities. How can we generate the most possible resource available for local news and then produce the best possible local newspaper with that resource? This is the starting point for Social Spider, which publishes five local newspapers. David Floyd, MD of the 2003-established social enterprise, joins us to explain Social S…
 
Episode 356 of Business Live features Mike Lawrence, workplace health and wellbeing consultant. This interview was originally recorded on 17 December 2020 and is re-broadcast this week. Working from home means many entrepreneurs and employees feel isolated; others experience overwhelm and burnout, or never stop working. Mike has strategies to prote…
 
Manjit Sareen is CEO and co-founder of Natterhub and a serial entrepreneur. Since her co-founder Caroline Allams was on the show earlier this year the business, which teaches children to be safe and savvy online, has announced a high-impact collaboration with Microsoft. Manjit explains how Natterhub offers an innovative, immersive and safe environm…
 
What holds people back from using their creativity in the workplace? Why have "closet creatives" stopped expressing their creative side in day-to-day life? And what are the impacts on health, wellbeing, problem solving and productivity when you rediscover your creative voice? Emily Moncuit helps people find their creative voice through the art of s…
 
Royal British Legion Industries is a charity supporting the Armed Forces and its veterans, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed. Michelle Ferguson runs its two social enterprises, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. The firms make road and rail signs, the RBLI's much-loved Tommy fi…
 
Social media is more than the platforms whose name changes are headline news. Sheffield Forum launched in 2002, and by last year received over 245,000 visitors per month. People love to discuss local news, seek and give advice and recommendations, and engage in friendly or robust debate on Sheffield Forum. Some users have even met their life partne…
 
What are NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens – and how can creators, creatives and artists start to sell NFTs of their work? Earlier this year Joe Horner, the award-winning Sheffield-based photographer, hit rock bottom in his business because of the impact of Covid. But a lack of bookings gave Joe the time to investigate the burgeoning world of NFTs. It has…
 
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 …
 
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 Special…
 
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-t…
 
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 thes…
 
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 –…
 
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 a…
 
Danny Kruger MP answers questions from Responsible Finance CEO, Theodora Hadjimichael: How can Government stimulate a boom in the social economy? Danny has described the role of social enterprises in “fixing broken markets” – what does he mean by broken markets? How can social enterprises address them? Banks and tech companies invest heavily in CDF…
 
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 experie…
 
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 …
 
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 t…
 
Can business be a force for good? Definitely, according David Hanney, CEO of Alpkit, a business and certified B Corp which designs and sources outdoor clothing, camping equipment, bikes and other gear. Alpkit sells direct-to-consumers through its website and its stores in the UK. It now has more than 100 employees – 6 years ago there were just 12. …
 
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 produc…
 
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. Sinc…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 writ…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 partn…
 
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 …
 
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, …
 
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 downlo…
 
Here's a first in 330 episodes: a birdsong soundtrack. Lovely backdrop for a chat about books and publishing with Stefan Tobler of And Other Stories. Known worldwide for publishing some of the best contemporary fiction and non-fiction, And Other Stories aims to help people discover adventurous and inspiring writing – and make the publishing industr…
 
"There are people who've been ostracised by mainstream society and not given the opportunities we've been able to provide for them in the workplace." What a year it's been for chef and social entrepreneur Chris Hanson. 12 months ago the lease for Blend Kitchen's café in Sheffield City Centre was coming to an end. After two "amazing years" serving g…
 
Yinka Ewuola puts a stop to the conversation that because women entrepreneurs have less time to focus on their business, they are at a disadvantage. How and why? Listen on. She runs Calla Success Systems, supporting women to build thriving and profitable businesses while living full, fabulous and nourishing lives. Yinka explains we've been sold a l…
 
How do you support your team and manage them effectively at a time of such uncertainty and change? How do you build their and your resilience? And what can business leaders and social entrepreneurs learn from neuroscience about dealing with stress? Jennifer McCanna, a leadership coach, has plenty of practical ideas and solutions you can implement n…
 
Playing has been Dale Le Fevre's life's work. One of the world's best-known exponents of the New Games movement, Dale has given workshops, trained and played in 35 countries since 1975. New Games are about fun for anyone who wants to take part. Research demonstrates a wide range of benefits for participants. Dale has also worked with businesses wor…
 
Social enterprises exist to create impact. Not measuring it is like trying to reduce your blood pressure without checking whether your medication or lifestyle changes are having an effect, according to social enterprise and impact specialist Heidi Fisher. Yet many social entrepreneurs are mired in a swamp when it comes to measuring, managing and un…
 
Do you remember supermarket shelves stripped bare when the UK went into its first national lockdown in 2020? And widespread reports of no home delivery slots? There are many other places to buy groceries though – but lots of independent shops don't or didn't have their own online shops or delivery services. That's where this week's guest Mazen Musa…
 
"It's important we can still look forward to a great future," says Mike Lawrence, workplace health and wellbeing consultant. Working from home means many business leaders and employees feel isolated; others experience overwhelm and burnout, or never stop working. He has strategies to protect and support you and your colleagues' health and wellbeing…
 
Normally on this show we get to pick the brains of business leaders and social entrepreneurs. Today's episode is a little different: it's a deferred brain-picking, if you like. I recently joined a live call with Carol Jordan, Head of Planning at ITV News, organised by Broadcast Revolution. Responsible for three daily TV news bulletins, Carol has br…
 
In this episode: a round-up of support, funding and grants for businesses and social enterprises; a guide to where to buy wonderful presents which have a positive rather than negative impact in the world. It was 'Black Friday' when this show was first broadcast on FM radio, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, perhaps followed by 'Cy…
 
How do you turn thoughts of a better future into reality? How can we create high-quality jobs, make places work better for people, and truly enable an inclusive and green recovery? Paul Riley, director and network co-ordinator at Transition Liverpool CIC joined me for today's show, episode #320. He originally got in touch after I asked social entre…
 
Food Works collects, upcycles and shares surplus food, preventing 7-9 tonnes from being wasted every week. CEO Rene Meijer describes how it achieves this – and what this fantastic social enterprise has been doing this half-term to ensure no child in Sheffield should go hungry. Rene explains how Food Works operates (and has adapted), how it makes in…
 
Minreet Kaur is a freelance presenter, producer and reporter. She’s worked in radio and television for the BBC, Sky News and multiple other media channels. Her father Rajinder Singh the "Skipping Sikh" has inspired people all over the world. His work to show people how to stay fit and healthy led to an MBE. Minreet used her journalistic skills and …
 
We're talking about radio in episode 317 of Business Live. There's been a surge in listener numbers for local and community radio stations since the pandemic, and we explore why, with guests Sangita Basudev of Sheffield Live! and Shahid Ali of Link FM. It was Local Radio Day this week, highlighting the value of local radio to communities and celebr…
 
Tony Robinson OBE is my guest for episode 316 of Business Live. Tony has hard won advice for anyone who runs their own business or is thinking about starting one. And he’s someone who has waled the walk and earned the right to give that advice having started and run businesses for over 30 years. This wide ranging chat also covers bootstrapping rath…
 
How do you make sales easy? What's the difference between a prospect and a suspect – and why should you treat each differently? Steve Knapp is the author of a best-selling sales book and one of the people behind a programme called Plan.Grow.Do, which offers fully funded training here in the Sheffield City Region. He has plenty of tips about effecti…
 
Here's a super retail success story. 20 months ago Kelly Wright launched The Refillery – now Edinburgh's largest plastic-free and ethical shop. She left a well-paid corporate job to launch the business. Even before Covid-19 some folk might have had doubts about launching a bricks-and-mortar retail business when many high streets are struggling. It …
 
Would you like a slice of £250,000 to start a business which will solve a pressing problem? Em Scicluna joined me on the show today to tell us about a new scholarship programme for 18-22 year olds, launched by business accelerator TwinklHive. Em is TwinklHive's Resident Growth Manager at Twinkl Educational Publishing. She outlines what’s the schola…
 
The word went out: tell me about a book which helped you in business. And Jane Austin of Persuasion Communications got in touch with an intriguing choice: not "Persuasion" by her near namesake Jane Austen, but Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Jane explains how re-reading Jane Eyre gave comfort through the difficulties of the pandemic – and how great n…
 
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