Tony Robinson OBE is my guest for episode 316 of Business Live. Tony has hard won advice for anyone who runs their own business or is thinking about starting one. And he’s someone who has waled the walk and earned the right to give that advice having started and run businesses for over 30 years.
This wide ranging chat also covers bootstrapping rather than borrowing, why small is beautiful and what Tony sees as a natural progression from E.F. Schumacher's views on "economics as if people mattered."
We talk about what makes Tony so angry with business stadium speakers and scammers and why he’s using his new book The Happipreneur - Why #MicroBizMatters? written with Taryn Lee Johnston, to support a not-for-profit campaign group, #ExcludedUK, that acts as an "inclusive alliance for the excluded."
Also in this episode: Applications are open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change. Up to £10,000 grants plus peer support could be available.
And almost £100m has been spent through Social Enterprise UK's "The Buy Social Corporate Challenge" according to new figures. 24 of the UK’s biggest businesses have signed up.