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What is 'ever-boarding' and why should you use it in your business?Why do over half of sales people not hit their targets, and what can you do to support them better, giving you a huge return on investment if you do it right?And what does Ash Ali mean when he talks about unfair advantages which people can identify and apply?Imagine you spent a long time and invested a lot of money to get the best talent into your company, then gave your new starters a poor experience. In those first few weeks and days, new employees decide whether or not to stay. Their decisions and successes in their roles depend on your process when they join your business, and your ongoing support.Ash is the co-founder of Uhubs, seeking to help sales leaders in B2B tech companies grow faster. If you recruit and employ sales people, he has lots of important advice in this episode – in fact it will be useful to most business leaders.Uhubs itself has pivoted and Ash explains why. And it has secured investment in a couple of funding founds, including from TwinklHive in Sheffield.Ash was the first UK marketing director of Just Eat and is author, with Hasan Kubba, of The Unfair Advantage, winner of Business Book of the Year 2021.He is an enormous advocate of bootstrapping and launching minimum viable products and used the same process to get his book in front of initial readers then an agent and publisher.So lots of practical advice today from Ash, including three essential elements for successful recruitment, retention and ongoing support for salespeople, the best time to seek investment and how to go about it, working with complementary co-founders and more.Also on the programme (after the interview) – two business funding opportunities, including the ReNew Sheffield Call for Projects, and reflections on a lovely article about dry stone walling in the Peak District published by The Sheffield Tribune.Thanks for listening today. Please rate / review / follow / subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast app and get in touch to suggest guests or topics.
When Hellen Stirling-Baker launched Small Stuff in 2016, a mentor told her it would fail because she was so focussed on ethical business. Six years later she runs a thriving online and physical shop, has opened and expanded into larger retail premises, and survived the challenges of the pandemic. Turnover and profits are increasing, says Hellen – and she has not compromised her ethics and values.Hellen is one of over 1,000 leaders of businesses large and small calling for a "Better Business Act." They want the Government to amend legislation to ensure businesses are legally responsible for benefiting workers, customers, communities and the environment while delivering shareholder and stakeholder returns. We cover what that means and this week's Better Business Day, and discuss Hellen's multiple-award-winning, eco-conscious children's store in Crookes, Sheffield. Hellen has tips for entrepreneurs who hope to launch other sustainable (in all senses) businesses. A healthy dose of inspiration and practical advice in this, episode #366 of Business Live.Timings and links:0:00 - 25:48 Introduction and interview with Hellen Stirling-Baker, Small Stuff. Hellen also presents This Sustainable Business podcast.25:48 More about The Better Business Act, the four principles and how to learn more.29:53 Quick recap of some previous episodes with guests who demonstrate ethical business is great business, including Kresse Wesling (Elvis & Kresse), Yasin El Ashrafi (HQ Recording Studios), Jen O'Brien (Music Broth), David Hanney (Alpkit), Louisa Ziane (Toast Ale).32:13 Funding: 15-20 projects can secure up to £1m each through The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. Power to Change seeks partners for Community Improvement Districts.34:38 Reflections on Positive News magazine, and a good article from economist and Times columnist Ryan Bourne about why we should allow asylum speakers to work (The Entrepreneurs Network has ling called for this too).37:16 Upcoming events, including Record Store Day 2022 (so why not listen to last week's interview with Mark Elliott of Record Collector), Opportunity Sheffield job fairs, Sheffield Digital Festival, Sheffield Forum Live #3, The Festival of Debate.Thanks for listening to the show! Get in touch here and please leave a rating or review so more folk can find it.
It's a Sheffield institution, a fixture in the firmament of music-lovers. Record Collector opened in 1978 and sells vinyl albums and CDs from its double-fronted shop in Broomhill and worldwide from its online store.Vinyl is "back with a bang" says Mark Elliott. He's worked at the store since 1988 give or take a couple of breaks including a stint in New Zealand. UK  vinyl sales have jumped for the 14th consecutive year, according to BPI figures, and nearly a quarter of albums sold are purchased on vinyl.That must be good news for independent record shops? What does it mean for the second-hand trade? And how did Record Collector make it through the last couple of years, an extraordinary tough time to operate any independent retail business?Mark also discusses the phenomenon of Record Store Day,  the legendary story of a Public Enemy signing at the store, and independent businesses competing with internet behemoths.Timings:0 - 2:34 Introduction – this is episode #365 of Business Live.2:34 Interview with Mark Elliott, Record Collector. Its website is here and Discogs listings here.30:08 News from former show guest, Blend Kitchen.32:12 Upcoming events including Sheffield Forum Live #3 in May, The eBay Business Roadshow in April, two new Best of ShAFF events and an extension to ShAFF 2022 Online, Peddler Market, The Festival of Debate, Pollen Inner City Flower Market.Enjoy the show? Follow/subscribe/rate or review it on your favourite podcast platform. We broadcast most Friday mornings at 9am on Sheffield Live 93.2FM and online, with podcasts here and on most podcast outlets. Thanks for listening!
Diane Evans, whose father was Ukrainian, tracked down her relatives near Lviv in Western Ukraine just two-and-a-half years ago.  Since then she's met them for the first time and been in frequent contact.When Russian forces invaded Ukraine she wanted to help the Ukrainian people and refugees fleeing the war. Over just two days her business, Evans Lee, collected over £100,000-worth of donations of medicines and bandages, bottled water, canned food, toiletries, baby milk and food, and good quality clothing.Then with the help of volunteers and businesses which gave the use of warehouses, vehicles, staff time and more, Diane organised, boxed and packed the donations. The goods have been transported to the Polish border and distributed to Ukrainian refugees.Diane joins me to discuss how she searched for and found her family members in Ukraine; the donation drive and being overwhelmed by the generosity of people and businesses; other ways to support the Ukrainian people, including by  offering accommodation; and the Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal and The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, which is working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services.We also talk a little about housing and running a family business – Evans Lee has been established for 9 years – with Diane's top tips about the "small little bits that make a difference."Also in this, episode 364 of Business Live: if you're an extraordinary business leader, creating social change, then a £10,000 award from the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize could be a game-changer for you. We have details about how to apply (deadline 8 April).Timings and links:0 - 29:45 Interview with Diane Evans, Evans Lee. 30:45 Good news from former Business Live show guest, Natterhub31:35 Employment law changes from April, in brief. Frequent guest Jay Bhayani of Bhayani Law has a blog with more details.33:08 Details of the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize. Plus a shout-out for an interview with Nicole Helwig of Cambridge Social Ventures on Heidi Fisher's Make an Impact podcast (which I edit).35:54 Wrapping up, including a signpost for Sheffield Live's interviews with journalists and people in Ukraine, and its list of ways to support Ukraine. Plus congratulations to The Sheffield Tribune as it celebrates its first anniversary of "a different kind of local journalism." And how to get in touch if you want to suggest a topic or put yourself forward to be on this radio show and podcast.
It's crucial to prioritise when you launch a Minimum Viable Product. How? And how do you progress from MVP to uptake in more than 60 countries worldwide?Caroline Allams and Manjit Sareen launched Natterhub, an educational social media platform which prepares primary school children to thrive online, in April 2020. Their platform teaches children to be safe and kind digital citizens and is an experiential learning environment where pupils learn about their relationship with screens.This interview with Caroline was originally recorded and broadcast in July 2021. It proved so helpful to many listeners, we included it in episode #363 of Business Live on 18 March 2022.Caroline also covers media literacy, finding and working with a complementary co-founder (I have also interviewed Caroline's co-founder, Manjit Sareen) and building a culture where you and your team can ask questions. Also on today's episode: Olha Peredera, a Ukrainian journalist and IT worker in Konotop, Ukraine, has spoken with Sheffield Live! about how the war has affected her and her family. Watch Sheffield Live's interview here.Timings and links:0 - 2:35 Introduction.2:35 Caroline Allams, Natterhub.42:01 Wrapping up.
Who are we talking with when we meet someone on a dating app or social media platform? A real person or a fantasy construct? How do we know a person's profile is genuine and what they're telling us is true?With romance fraud rocketing, scammers and criminals are using dating apps and social media platforms to reel in their victims. But a new, British dating app uses robust ID verification to ensure users are who they say they are, and Jessica Zeun joined me today to explain how Fluttr works.It's based on three pillars, "safety, authenticity and efficiency" and Jessica tells us the app's founders saw "so much terrible stuff happening in dating apps" which they sought to fix – but at the same time it needs to be fun.She covers the user experience, how the founders raised their startup-costs and plans to roll-out the app beyond the UK. And as a long-term expert on social media Jessica gave her perspective on platforms – plus tips for anyone moving, like she has, from building products for other people to building their own.Also on the show: funding opportunities and events for businesses and social enterprises. This is episode 362 of Business Live – hope you enjoy it!0 - 25:53 Jessica Zeun, Fluttr25:53 Funding! Act fast if you want to apply to the Digital Innovation Grant (DIG) programme which supports Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Yorkshire to develop their use of digital technology. Plus travel sector and hospitality, accommodation and leisure grants (Sheffield), details here. 29:41 Events: The Sheffield Universities Managing Directors Club on 10 March covers funding to innovate and grow your business. Details and booking.The SME Business Breakfast event on 29 March: details and booking.Thanks for listening!
Remember going to shops and popping your change into a charity collection box next to the till? The problem for charities is this has become a memory, not a habit, as we move to a cashless society.And it means an £80m shortfall in fundraising every year for charities which used to collect spare change.But Sean Donnelly's business Ripples, a social enterprise, wants to fix this and help small acts of generosity ripple outward to make a huge impact. Ripples uses Open Banking and its own clever, flexible and secure design to make a positive difference. It seeks to enable small penny donations and ultimately raise millions for charities, schools and important causes around the world. Sean  had to "kiss a lot of frogs" on the journey to secure seed funding for Ripples (which launched as Roundups and has just refreshed its branding). So he's got lots to say which will help other entrepreneurs prepare for seed investment rounds and finding angel investors.We also cover effective altruism, seeking to maximise the impact of money donated or invested into doing good, plus the value of networks and ecosystems for startups in tech, finding a co-founder and the lessons Sean learned from earlier businesses he launched.Timings:0 - 3:17 Introduction.3:17 Interview with Sean Donnelly, co-founder, Ripples (which has secured investment from Sheffield-based business accelerator, TwinklHive).33:30 What books have informed, inspired or challenged you, or given you tools you've found useful? Let me know. Sean and I talked a little about William MacAskill's "Doing Good Better – Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference." Worth reading. Do you have book recommendations? Get in touch.35:28 Upcoming events including Tramlines, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and the Outdoor City.36:29 Funding! Travel sector and hospitality, accommodation and leisure grants (Sheffield), details here. And the Digital Innovation Grant (DIG) programme supports Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Yorkshire to develop their use of digital technology.38:09 Wrapping up.
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 makes the idea of a senior job more accessible to them.Doherty, whose father wanted her to be an accountant, "wasn't the conventional student" at school, she says. After studying dance and sport she began a career as a dancer which took her all over the world. Her career developed into running major sport and cultural events before she "broke into education" and she's worked in both a formal and community context in the education sector for 15 years. Today we discuss:Does education prepare people adequately for the workplace?Confounding the expectations that society, schools, families often make of people.Transferable skills from dance and sport which helped Natalie overcome brick walls and be resilient in the face of knocks on her career journey.What those brick walls and knocks were.How the Source's traineeship programmes help young people develop and, crucially, apply their skills.Also on today's show: Aneeka Zarar says she has transformed her life thanks to The Source Skills Academy’s Traineeship programme. Aneeka, 18, now has a full-time job she loves at Yorkshire Accommodation Bureau Ltd in Rotherham. She and her manager Laura Else talk about how the experience worked for Aneeka and the business.Timings and links:0 - 3:18 introduction,3:18 interview with Natalie Doherty, Director of Quality, Curriculum and Innovation, the Source Skills Academy,30:40 Aneeka Zarar and Laura Else, Yorkshire Accommodation Bureau,43:27 If you run a business in Yorkshire and the Humber which sells online, the ten free of charge Digitise Your Exports (DYE) events could help you to increase their online sales. Details.46:01 Wrapping up.
"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 wrestling, while living with her own mental health issues including PTSD and BPD, Kat launched the  #WeGetThat Campaign on social media, hit a crowdfunding target and launched her agency. She has made "bridging the gap between mental health and sustainable, productive employment" integral to her business. Her five-person firm has a dedicated mental health and wellbeing programme, and Kat shares the four elements of this with advice other small businesses can use. She also gives tips on crowdfunding, branding and winning attention for campaigns or businesses.Also on today's show: co-operatives are the UK"s best-kept business secret but tick all the boxes when it comes to building a better society, says Rose Marley, CEO of Co-operatives UK. With infectious enthusiasm and a stack of examples, Rose shows how co-operatives are thriving in all sorts of sectors.Rose has crucial advice too for new co-operatives about what to include in  your governing documents and tells us about the Ownership Hub, a partnership between the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) and Co-operatives UK. It has launched its first development hub, in the Sheffield City Region.Timings and links:0 - 3:17 introduction3:17 interview with Kat Morley, Insight PR and Media33:53 interview with Rose Marley54:06 wrapping upThanks for listening to the show.
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 Spider's purpose-driven, sustainable approach to “fill the gap left by the retreat and decline of corporate local news."How? David explains, covering Social Spider's social, editorial and commercial models, its approach to quality journalism and revenue generation, how its newspapers are embedded within their communities – and why local news is a brilliant opportunity for social enterprises.With a staff team of 17 Social Spider is increasing reader membership numbers, advertising income, and impact. Having fantastic, high-quality content is only one part of making the model work, he says. David's observations on journalism and the media today, building communities, commercial and social models and initiatives like the Local Democracy Service are well worth your time.David's also a fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab which seeks new approaches to finance and investment which works for communities – his focus has been social investment. So I asked his view on how to encourage more or better social investment into social enterprises.Also in today's show: new funding opportunities for businesses and social enterprises, upcoming events, some book recommendations, and a round-up of other episodes covering the media. Enjoy the show! Timings and links:0 - 3:18 Introduction and some book recommendations: Iain Broome's A for Angelica, John Le Carré's Silverview.3:18 Interview with David Floyd. More about Social Spider here (, find David on Twitter, and read his blog here https://startspreadingnews.medium.com45:34 Reflections and summary of other episodes covering the media – eg interview with journalists Michelle Rawlins, Sam Walby and Bird Lovegod, Minreet Kaur, David Walsh. And another book recommendation, Rutger Bregman's Humankind.49:49 Funding updates – details of grants for businesses and social enterprises including the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, Low Carbon Business Support and Business Productivity Grants. More here. And the Cultural Recovery Fund.51:38 Events: Sheffield Beer Week, Indie Beer Fest, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. 'Meet the Locals', and 'Celestial Bodies', at Sheffield's Fronteer Gallery. Details and register for the Private View. Plus events from Business Sheffield and the Business & IP Centre.
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 protect and support you and your colleagues' health and wellbeing. Mike "could talk for a week about some of the challenges I've had to overcome." As a young man he had to move to London to access employment opportunities: covert racism in Sheffield proved an enormous barrier. Has that changed? Mike now works with many corporate firms and large organisations, enabling them to address discrimination, bias and barriers to inclusivity. He describes initiatives and action, underway and needed, to create a level playing field for all. Mike also describes how he found mentors, how he rebuilt his own confidence after a challenging period, the impact of Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning,  and gives realistic, practical advice for business leaders about listening, asking questions and building trust.Find Mike Lawrence Health and Wellbeing online. And here's the book mentioned in the interview.
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 environment for children and how it has developed since launching last year.  Although Manjit and Caroline had been working on the product for several years the onset of the pandemic pushed them to launch earlier than originally planned in 2020 – she tells me why.Natterhub was the first start-up company to join TwinklHive, which invested into the business too. It has won customers in more than 60 schools and is poised for explosive global growth thanks to a new integration with Microsoft means for Natterhub. Manjit describes how this came about.For serial entrepreneur Manjit, developing, launching and growing Natterhub is an exciting and new chapter in an extraordinary business career. But the idea behind Natterhub had nearly been shelved just before she and co-founder Caroline became business partners. A serendipitously-overheard conversation led to their partnership and a world-leading business.This week Natterhub scooped the Gold award in the Digital Education Awards, yet another accolade for the 9-person, lean firm named one of the top SaaS (software as a service) companies in the UK by TechRound earlier this year.We also explore some of Manjit's earlier entrepreneurial experiences and she has advice for entrepreneurs on how to secure investment and the value of an experienced CFO to your team. And Manjit is running a new fundraise for the firm and always open to new partnerships; she tells folk what she's looking for and how to reach her.Finally we return to some of Natterhub's functionality and recent initiatives such as a youth board and  its Rate My YouTuber web page, which reviews the content of popular YouTubers, to help parents make informed decisions about the content their children are viewing online.Timings:0 - 38:27 Introduction then interview with Manjit Sareen, Natterhub.38:27 Funding updates: the overseas trade show fund from the UK Tradeshow Programme (UKTP) – uo to 40% / £4000 grants to exhibit at approved events; the British Design Fund – £100,000 to £200,000 investments into eligible businesses.40:30 Upcoming online events from Sheffield Adventure Film Festival ShAff Online and wrapping up.This is episode 355 of Business Live. Love the show? Please leave a rating or review on your podcast platform of choice – thank-you!
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 sketching and drawing.She's been working with global corporates, running lunchtime sessions for their employees with profound impacts on feeling good, building connections, productivity and the ability to apply their thinking to solve challenges, which we explore in this conversation.And she's launched Emily's Notebook, her sketchbook community crammed with free resources to help people build a sketchbook habit and build their creative confidence. It also offers courses and Emily's " Sketch from Scratch Kits." Too often we've disconnected creativity from the workplace, and suppressed it in our day to day lives because of negative experiences. "Creativity has sometimes been linked to the thing that you do as the by-product of your life," says Emily – and we discuss whether it's really the "taboo" some people think.Last time Emily was on Business Live she worked for the CBI, now she runs a startup. Whatever the size of your business or social enterprise, I think you'll find Emily's points about the psychology of creativity fascinating.Also in the show today: FIVE funding and grant opportunities for businesses and social enterprises, and an upcoming event where you can meet a co-founder.Timings and links:0 - 2:15 introduction,2:15 Interview with Emily Moncuit. Check out which is packed with free tips, and Emily’s Sketch from Scratch Kits – a wonderful gift to yourself or a loved one? We also discuss Sir Ken Robinson's famous Ted Talk.25:51 Funding and grant opportunities:  New Low-Carbon Business Support Project | The Co-op Carbon Innovation Fund (for social enterprises and charities across the UK) | Grants of up to £24,999 in the South Yorkshire Business Productivity Programme | The Digital Innovation Grant programme for SMEs in South Yorkshire | The Social Enterprise Support Fund.30:29 Startup Meetup next week – you can meet a co-founder.31:30 What's coming up on the show, how to get in touch, and wrapping up.
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 figures, and even offer ecommerce fulfilment services.Michelle tells me more about what Britain’s and Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Companies make, who their customers are, and how the social enterprises support injured veterans, and people with disabilities and health conditions.We discuss why some veterans may struggle to find employment, or with other challenges;  and what more we can all do to support disadvantaged groups through positive business choices.And Michelle has some essential advice for employers – if you want support to ex-service personnel, and you recruit via a process including interviews, you must be aware of this.Also in the show today: a funding opportunity and an event for social entrepreneurs.Timings:0 - 35:25 Michelle Ferguson, Royal British Legion Industries' interim director of social enterprises35:25 Social entrepreneurs in England, take a look at the new Social Enterprise Support Fund –£16.3m is available to help rebuild trading income36:20 Details of The Time is Now! - A Social Enterprise Exchange / Sheffield Social Enterprise Network Conference on 18 November37:35 Wrapping up
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 partner through the Forum; many have forged enduring friendships and relationships.But when its founder announced in 2020 that, after 18 years, Sheffield Forum was for sale, many users feared the end was nigh for their much-loved community.Chris Sellars and Beca Allsopp joined me today. The new stewards of Sheffield Forum after Chris' investment and joint venture vehicle, Bulldozer, acquired it last year, they've allayed users' fears while bringing new ideas. We discuss:why Bulldozer took ownership of a much-loved community and their plans,the first Sheffield Forum: Live – "bringing stories worth sharing to our Sheffield community and celebrate the talent in this city," it features talks covering music, science, art, faith, poetry and should be fascinating,Bulldozer's mission and aims as an investment and joint venture vehicle,practical tips for people seeking an investor or JV partner,Beca's Psychology Masters – which proved rather timely in its subject.Enjoy today's episode, number 352 of the show, and check out Sheffield Forum, Bulldozer, and the Sheffield Forum:Live event.
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 changed his life.NFTs boomed in 2021: Christies sold an NFT of an artwork for over $60m earlier this year, but what are they? And how can artists and creatives make and sell NFTs of their work – and even enjoy future royalties when they are sold again?Joe gives a huge amount of practical detail in this interview about what he's learned about minting and selling his work, how to value it, finding an audience, and the effect on the rest of his day-to-day career as a photographer and acclaimed artist.It wasn't a get-rich quick scheme, and Joe's clearly committed to his work and his art, but it has been transformative: "It's been's quite insane...what I made in a year last year I made in a week."He covers cryptowallets, platforms to trade NFTs, the best time of day to share new work for sale, the importance of a dedicated Twitter account and much more. If you're an artist or creator investigating NFTs, Joe's interview (which of course is NOT investment advice) is gold.Timings:0:00 Introduction and what are NFTs?2:20 Joe Horner interview – find Joe's Instagram here, LinkedIn page here and Flowerblocks Twitter account here39:20 Forthcoming events: The Business & IP Centre Sheffield's Start-up Day 2021 and Sheffield Forum's first Sheffield Forum: Live43:10 This week's Budget and Spending Review45:33 Sheffield named Greenest City in UK, wrapping upEnjoyed the show and this interview? Please leave a review or rating on your podcast platform of choice so more people can discover it – thanks!
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.
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.
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.
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
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