Building a new future for small businesses and freelancers.
Each week we will take stock of the issues facing small businesses, get personal accounts of what business owners are facing, and hold the powers that be, such as the banks and policy makers, politicians and business groups, to account on their responses (or lack of them) at the time we need them most.
Scottish politicians seek small businesses votes
Candidates for all the competing political parties in Scotland are knocking on doors to get the support of voters in the elections on 6th May. BackinBusiness invited all the main parties to put up a candidate to speak about their plans for Small Business and Self-employment in Scotland. Four candidates took part. Hear what they had to say.
Striving, surviving and thriving: the UK's small businesses 12 months on
Exactly a year ago BackinBusiness launched its podcast to give small businesses a voice throughout the Covid pandemic. Little did we think then that we'd still be around a year later hearing from small business people about the trials and tribulations of keeping their heads above water yet planning ahead with optimism. We look back over the 12 months with Mark Hart Professor of entrepreneurship at Aston University, Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Hair and Beauty Federation and Keith McAvoy of the Seven Brothers Brewery in Salford (think 2 bars in Manchester City Centre and beer made from Coco Pops and Rice Krispies amongst other things).
Welsh Small Business and Self-employment Hustings
Candidates for all the competing political parties in Wales are gearing up for the elections on 6th May. BackinBusiness invited all the main parties to put up a candidate to speak in the Welsh Small Business and Self-employment Hustings this week. Five candidates took part: Anthony Slaughter, Leader of the Wales Green Party; Sally Stephenson the Liberal Democrat Small Business spokesperson; Rhys Mills, Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Islwyn and the fourth candidate on the South Wales East regional list; Russell George, the Shadow Minister for Economy, Business and Infrastructure for the Welsh Conservatives; and Lee Waters, the Deputy Minister for the Economy and Transport. Each was given the same amount of time to answer questions from the session chair Liz Barclay or submitted in advance by Welsh business people.
Interview: Ben Everitt, MP for Milton Keynes North
This week Liz Barclay talks to Ben Everitt MP for Milton Keynes North about the importance of innovation for the small business in his constituency and for driving the UK's economic recovery.
Interview: Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer Culture and Economy at Leeds City Council
What makes Leeds a great place to start and grow a business? There's an important role for local authorities as Eve Roodhouse Chief Officer Culture and Economy at Leeds City Council tells Liz Barclay.
Interview: Lord Shipley
The Lib Dem Peer Lord Shipley Chairs the new House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee. He talks to Liz Barclay about the challenges of creating jobs for the large numbers of young people looking for work, the skills firms need from those young people, and the important role of small businesses willing to innovate and create employment vital to the UK's recovery.
Welcome back Mickey Clark!
Great business Podcast with the brilliant Mickey. The BBC’s loss is this podcast’s gain. I hope that they will increase their output and perhaps rival Wake Up to Money. More Mickey and gang please and it’s good the team are putting their skills together to help businesses. Keep up the good work everybody!
Brilliant and informative