Podcast: New opportunities for Newcastle

Lucy is chief executive of The Alchemists, which works with businesses to accelerate their development and success, and Tom Caulker owner of the World Headquarters nightclub (community and socially based nightclub, music venue, fashion shows, nights for people with learning disabilities) discuss the opportunities coming along and what it takes for businesses to be part of the new economy.

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Despite their pleas it could be May before pubs are pouring pints again

I always regarded Sunday lunchtime and Christmas Day as the best sessions to be had in my local pub. The beer would flow along with the good cheer and laughter. A Monday night session wasn’t bad either; a release valve following the return to work after the weekend break, and a chance to chew the cud and put the world to rights.

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Podcast: Clarity not claret this Christmas…please

The BackinBuisness team catches up with some of the small businesses people we met in 2020. How have they fared, where are they hoping to be this time next year and what support do they need to get there? We put the points raised to John Stephenson MP for Carlisle and chair of APPGs on family business and food and drink.

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Podcast: It’s everyone’s business

Whether you’re doing business in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or England, you’re facing restrictions. Some are just starting while others are coming to an end and there are tiers upon tiers to navigate. But ultimately the result is the same: small businesses are taking a hit with many fearing for their futures.

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Opaque message spells economic disaster

Some friends came down last week to visit me and the “guvner” in our little corner of East Kent. They booked into a very respectable hotel in Deal with a notable fish restaurant. We met them for pre-dinner drinks having booked a table at a local hostelry before pitching up at the restaurant for some fresh sea bass and a nice bottle of wine. (Just the one? I hear you ask!)

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Food, drink and family emotions…a heady business mix

Family businesses and the food and drink sector are hugely important to the UK economy. Small businesses in those sectors are going to be more beneficial to the economy in the long run than big business, but they need a higher profile; they need certainty, stability and no surprises, and the world needs to be saved from mediocre gin. 

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You need to listen to the firms and not the Treasury, Rishi

It hard to imagine what life was like before the onset of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown. That was at the end of March and life has since changed dramatically for most of us. Small business folk and freelancers’ lives have been blighted while their businesses and livelihoods struggle to survive. The Government has decided it has done all it can to help but for many life will never be the same again. 

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