Are there business lessons to be learnt from the way musicians interact with their fans? Mark Jennings, CEO of Subba Media believes so. Talking to Simon Rose, he explains how to have an open conversation which leads to better engagement with your customer base. Authenticity, he says, is the key to building a supportive community. He also passes on a business tip divulged to him by Midge Ure.
Richard Foster-Fletcher of Toastmasters International talks to Simon Rose about the best ways of grabbing attention when giving a speech. He offers advice on how to open a speech and imparts tips on keeping the audience with you in an era when people are more easily distracted than ever. As he explains, the preparation you make before the speech can be just as important as what you say when you're on your feet delivering it.
The legal process could be about to change dramatically if blockchain technology is used in the creation of so-called disintermediated smart contracts, with a decentralised ledger that can be seen by all. It's a brave new world for lawyers but also an exciting one, as explained by Jacqueline Watts, Senior Associate Solicitor at A City Law Firm. With the legal system based on precedent, how will things develop where there is no precedent?
For entrepreneurs, every penny can matter. Yet many simply throw hard-won money away throbyugh making elementary mistakes when it comes to tax. Jonathan Amponsah, founder and CEO of The Tax Guys, talks to Simon Rose about the 12 most common tax mistakes business owners make. These include such errors as not keeping proper records, wasting tax allowances, failing to claim relevant tax breaks and acquiring or disposing of businesses the wrong way.
In the wake of the Marriott Starwood data breach, with up to 500 million customers' data compromised, how can we protect ourselves when using the web. Simon Rose spoke to Mike Ianiri of independent telecoms brokerage Equinox. In a chilling interview, Mike explains the options for guarding your data and warns that free wifi, which so many of us use widely, is a cyber criminal's dream.
The London Investor Show is almost here again, taking place on 19th October, with the Manchester Investor show happening on Friday 9th November. Alex Denny, head of investment trusts at Fidelity International, discusses with Simon Rose what he'll be talking about at the show. He emphasises the vital importance of long-term, consistent saving, particularly for retirement, and the different ways in which people should invest at different stages of their lives. He also briefly touches on his hobby, nautical archaeology. NOTE: Share Radio listeners who book for either show on www.LondonInvestorShow.co.uk should enter the voucher code "SHARERADIO18" and they will get a pair of complimentary tickets worth £50.
App development company The Distance almost didn’t go the distance, coming close to failing two years ago. Now it is thriving, with a near seven-figure turnover. In conversation with Simon Rose, MD Anthony Main offers advice to other businesses on how to survive tough times, get through a lean patch and emerge the other side healthier than ever.
With the heavy push towards university education in recent years, have we been neglecting apprenticeships as an option for school-leavers? Simon Rose talked to Neil Hammond of the National Careers Service and Josh Tapper, former star of Gogglebox, who took up an apprenticeship in the Civil Service. They both believe the pendulum needs to swing back towards technical and vocational training.
If your smartphone has ever run out of better, Hugo Tilmouth has the solution for you. His company, ChargedUp, is establishing a system enabling people to borrow portable batteries, much in the same way as they do bikes. He discusses the venture with Simon Rose, explaining how it came about, how it works and how the company hopes to expand in the future.