SMEs account for 99.9 per cent of the UK’s business population, 60 per cent of its workforce and half of all the UK’s private sector turnover. So, why don’t we hear more about them? In this series, you will. Tim Haïdar of GS1 UK plays host to weekly informal and informative discussions with SME owners, industry partners and business experts, in a series of “how to” guides applicable for everyone from start-ups to well-established companies. And if that weren’t enough, every week he’s joined by Ben Clarke, custodian of the barcode pantheon of knowledge, to shine a laser on some of the interesting facts behind those familiar black and white lines. If you have a story to share with our SME community, then we'd love to hear from you too – please get in touch and be our next episode.
Post-Brexit trade - more than just teething problems?
After five years of push-me-pull-you politics, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement to set out a future relationship came into force on 1 January 2021.
Although the deal was supposed to provide assurances for UK businesses, many have been left frustrated by the wholesale changes that have occurred, of which they had little warning.
While some issues may be teething problems, others are permanent changes in the way that business will have to be conducted henceforward.
To try and cut through the noise, we invited trade expert, Victoria Boldison, to give us some practical advice on how to avoid the major pitfalls of the post-Brexit era.
Duty Deferment Scheme
The SME Brexit Support Fund
Bolst Global website
Victoria's LinkedIn page
The future of supply chain….featuring jet packs
HGVs that join an electrified tramway above motorways?
A delivery robot on every street corner?
The postman conveying your mail by jetpack?
We speak with Prof Richard Wilding OBE of Cranfield University about pandemic, present and future, covering the above and the below:
The hurry-up of Supply Chain 4.0Procuring for resilience rather than for costOnshoring, near-shoring and multi-shoringInfrastructure in the face of Net Zero 2050ESG risksThe need for a common language for traceability dataCorporate cyber security starting in the home
Sustainable fashion and the need for a green recovery
After a bit of a hiatus, we are back on the case again with an episode about sustainable fashion and the need for a green post-pandemic recovery, no matter what walk of life you are in.
We speak with Vanessa Barker of Bedstraw + Madder about her business journey, and co-founding a company that makes garments from sustainably sourced fabrics that are plant dyed without the use of chemicals.
HKRITA Green Machine
The Sustainable Angle - Future Fabrics Expo 9.5
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability
Elephant dung paper
The True Cost
Lady Garden Foundation
Sea Sisters Sri Lanka
From idea to marketplace – the birth of a product
In this episode we speak with friend of the podcast, Sophia Procter, about the process she went through to get her prodcut from idea to sales success, national newspaper coverage and award recognition.
Mark Sheahan, inventor in residence, The British Library
British Plastic Federation
Amazon Accelerator Programme
The Lean Startup
Totally Locally: getting the UK online – town by town
The onset of the coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the business world, as the way we've traded for millennia ground to a sudden halt. As doors closed, so did businesses, and small towns and small businesses were hit the worst.
At a time when the company owners and conurbations felt cut adrift, online business communities began to spring up across the United Kingdom in an attempt to weather the crisis.
One of the most prominent of these is Totally Locally, set up a decade ago as a grass-roots initiative to digitise towns. We talk to its founder, Chris Sands, about how important this kind of community is in pandemic Britain, and what SMEs should be doing to survive in 2021.
Hebden Bridge high steet online
How pitching has changed in the pandemic era
As we exited a detested 2020 into the fresh and undiscovered Hades of 2021, we thought it wise to go back and speak to one of our first interviewees from the sunlit uplands of March last year, when the world was a decidedly less difficult place, and interviews could be conducted in person.
When we first spoke with food mentor, Karen Green, we asked her for her top tips for crafting the perfect pitch to prospective buyers. Ten months later, we went back to ask the same questions for success in the pandemic continuum, and to see how things had changed.
Make 2021 best ever
Pitch perfect – waitlist