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Karate youngster hits crowdfunding target

Eleven-year-old Asher Walton-Mitchell raised over £1,250 in a karate challenge to enable a wheelchair bound neighbour to get a lift installed in his home. Karate enthusiast Asher launched a successful sponsorship appeal to perform 50 katas in an hour to raise funds to support his friend Phil, who has a severe form of multiple sclerosis.

BusinessLive! 4 April

BusinessLive040414Today’s was a packed BusinessLive! show – featuring 3 live interviews, 3 other interviews recorded this week, and business news.

Business news covered:

  • A Business Improvement District for Sheffield?
  • Will Aid success for solicitors Bell & Buxton.
  • Could you be the voice of Meadowhall’s Woody the Talking Tree?
  • MADE Festival of Entrepreneurship set to return – and Irwin Mitchell, BHP and The Sheffield College are on board.

Guests / Interviews:

  • Studio guests Mike Browell and Lu Zhong from Weddle Landscape Design. As well as projects in Sheffield and the UK, Weddle have won work on numerous prestigious contracts in China. (Timings within podcast – approx 6 mins to approx 24 mins,)
  • Ian Wild, chief executive of Showroom Workstation, came in to discuss a new initiative called Film Hub North, set to help bring specialised, British and archive film to a wider audience. (Approx 24 mins to approx 35 mins.)
  • Bruce Davis, MD and founder of ethical, regulated crowdfunding platform Abundance and founder of peer-to-peer lender Zopa, in an interview recorded at this week’s TownFunder conference in Sheffield. (Approx 35 mins to approx 39 mins.)
  • Simon Thorrington of The Charity Bank on responsible banking and specialist services for social enterprises – which Simon calculated make up 15% of SMEs – in an interview recorded at this week’s TownFunder conference. (Approx 40 mins to approx 46 mins.)
  • Peter Rees, MD and founder of obstactle race blog and forum Mudstacle, in a live interview about turning his passion and hobby into a business. (Approx 46 mins to approx 57 mins.)
  • Rob Law of children’s suitcase business Trunki – who bounced back from “Dragons Den” rejection to create a multi-million turnover global business, and Paul Lawton of O2 – on entrepreneurship. (Excerpt of the interview played in show from 57 – 60 mins; full interview available below.)

What next?

You can listen to / download the podcast of the whole show here (available for approx 60 days from 5 April). Or listen to some of the interviews:

Abundance interview:

Charity Bank interview:

Trunki and O2 interview:

The BusinessLive! show broadcasts every Friday from 9am to 10am on Sheffield Live!

BusinessLive: crowdfunding, finance, and energy

This morning’s episode of Sheffield Live’s business programme, BusinessLive, covered access to finance for business startup and growth; crowdfunding; social media marketing; and nuclear and renewable energy.

Presenter Jamie Veitch was joined by:

•    Joan Binns, a business advisor in the Sheffield Enterprise Programme
•    Phil Shankland, Grand Master at TinAmps, who has partially funded his business expansion through a crowdfunding campaign (alongide traditional, and his own, finance)
•    Barry James, founder and editor at The Crowdfunding Centre
•    John Mounsey, expert in social media marketing (and much more), of Mounsey Web Consultancy

The show also featured Richard Wright, chief executive of the Sheffield Chamber, talking about whether the investment in nuclear reactors announced this week will be good for British – and Sheffield – businesses; Sheffield’s renewable energy and engineering expertise; and the latest growth figures.