This week look at the lack of female entrepreneurs. The number has fallen for the third year in a row and according to Natwest, it's costing the UK economy £1 billion a year. But, plenty of women do start and run their own business. So what is going on? Georgie Frost was joined by Lindsay Loxley, the MD of the Women in Business Network, Helene Martin Gee, president of the Pink Shoe Club, Julie Baker, NatWest's head of enterprise for business banking and Melanie Lawson, an entrepreneur and founder of Bare Biology.
Lindsay Loxley, Helene Martin Gee, Julie Baker, Melanie Lawson
Worrying numbers of small businesses are feeling increasingly stretched by financial pressures. So much so, that 1 in 5 small business owners with cashflow problems aren't able to pay their staff, and are instead having to dip into their savings. To find out how this has come about, Share Radio reporter Anviksha Patel spoke to former Apprentice winner and Small Business Champion, Tim Campbell MBE.
This week the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show will be coming to Manchester providing the North's biggest hospitality show to industry professionals. According to latest stats the North of the country has lead the way for Britain's food and drink industry with cities such as Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham topping the growth tables for independent restaurants. Overall growth has proved strong though with a widespread boom in the independent sector. To discuss some of the current trends Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to organiser of the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show, Thom Hetherington.
We've heard of the purple pound, we've heard of the pink pound, and we've heard of the silver pound. But have we heard of the Muslim pound? The Halal economy is big business in the UK however many still struggle to find restaurants that cater for it. That's why Siddika Jaffer founded The Halal Dining Club in May 2015 - an app which aims to transform the Halal dining experience for millions of Muslim diners around the world. She joined Sarah Lowther to tell the story behind the app.
If you want to earn a lot of money...you may want to think about a career in tech! Forbes' billionaire list is out for 2017.183 of the list are from the industry - up 23 on the previous year - with 3 of the top 5 being CEOs of tech companies. They have a combined $1 trillion net worth.
To go through the list Georgie Frost was joined by Mary-Ann Russon, Senior Technology Reporter with the International Business Times UK.
This week Sue Dougan is joined by the Group Chief Executive at Police Mutual, Stephen Mann. Stephen spent his early financial career with Aviva before joining Police Mutual nearly 9 years ago. He has a background in law, and an interest in law and order issues - he's trustee of the Police Memorial Arboretum Trust and a member of a key group with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Each week we're joined by an author to talk us through the ideas and background to their book. This time Sue Dougan was joined by entrepreneur Edwina Dunn to discuss her book "The Female Lead" which showcases 60 of the world's most accomplished women.
Nosh Detox is a company producing freshly made, non-pasteurised juice diets, detox and nutritional plans across Europe and the US. But it also has quite a unique backstory. Former lawyer Geeta Sidhu-Robb set up the business after retraining as a food technician and nutritionist to find a way of treating her ill son. Focusing on allergy free foods, nutrition, diet and organic produce she aimed to find an alternative to the drugs and steroids being suggested by his doctors. Geeta spoke to Share Radio's Melanie Wray to tell the story.
Shapr allows its users to make new business connections and network by offering up relevant potential contacts in a Tinder-like format. Georgie Frost spoke on the line to Shapr's CEO Ludovic Huraux to discuss his app.
What does it take to start up your own business? Guts determination and lots of energy. In the business world, some of the stories are truly inspirational. And in Cheryl Spain's case, it's no different. Back in 2013 Cheryl was a single parent with one dream - to create and run her own fitness studios. No money; very little and now she runs Fitness Fusions in a large building in Clapham. She joined Georgie in the studio to tell her story.