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BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod. The zoom backgrounds link Iwan mentions in this episode: https://www.mmhmm.app Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet). Produced by Happy Content Co. https://brummies-networking.co.uk https://happycontentco.com Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com
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Disrupting The Face Of The Recruitment Industry With Dan Hoff-Rodrigues
In this episode we talk to Dan Hoff-Rodrigues from CX Squared Talent Solutions based in the Midlands. Dan’s company focusses on recruitment for the tech industry - but he doesn’t work in the traditional model of recruitment, but favours a ‘Talent As A Service’ model, helping to drive the industry into the 21st century. You’ll learn about his career path to date bringing him to where he is now, and why he wanted to disrupt the face of recruitment by doing things in a different way.  Why he’s a ‘Duman’ - a doer that’s a human - someone that doesn’t spend time endlessly planning (see Ep53!) but gets on with it and takes action where it’s necessary, solving problems where he finds them. Dan additionally explains the ‘why’ to what he does - doing what he can to find solutions to the digital skills gap, digital poverty, tech in education, helping to get kids switched on to the tech industry early; learning skills they wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. As well as how to get those who are massively under-represented into the tech industry, in various roles. He also dispels a lot of myths and misconceptions about the industry as a whole, gives advice on how you can break into the industry - as it isn’t just about being able to code, or having to have certain qualifications or skills.  His aim is to level the playing field of the tech industry, and is doing so not just through his business, but via various initiatives he has set up (Diversity In Tech Brum, & The Brum Muse) to help many people learn, connect, and get the career they want in tech. You can find out more about Dan at the following places. https://www.cx-squared.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/danrodrigues7/ The Recruitment Doctor - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWI_LNkWhdb82O8-zrfgO6w https://twitter.com/cx2talent https://twitter.com/brummuse Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
45:03
October 6, 2021
When Does Planning Become Procrastination?
A raw and unplanned episode filled with some topical updates, including the state of the electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as updates on the Birmingham Clean Air Zone and how that’s going. Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure: Midlands Connect calls for urgent action needed to speed up the expansion of EV charging points in the midlands. EV use will increase by more than 3000% by the end of the decade, and currently we’re lagging behind. Around 500 charging points are being installed every month at the moment; but industry bodies say that what’s needed is 700 points a DAY - so lots still to be done to improve our EV infrastructure to make it more appealing to petrol and diesel motorists. Clean Air Zone: Since the Clean Air Zone was implemented in Birmingham back in June this year, the latest studies have shown that pollution is down within the zone by nearly 20%. A good start. And good for the health of the people living and working within its boundary. But so far, there has seemingly been signs of pollution increasing on the ring roads surrounding it. Further plans need to be made to ensure that the pollution problem isn’t just being moved elsewhere. It’s early days, and things might change so no conclusions can be drawn yet, but it’s certainly something the council need to keep monitoring. We round out the episode with what plans mean to you and your business, and how they should be adaptable. Sometimes by over planning, it leads to procrastination and simply not getting the job done. Like having a meeting to discuss what’s going to happen in the next meeting. Sometimes you just need to get on with it and make things happen. But plan for plans to change! Resources: https://www.business-live.co.uk/manufacturing/urgent-action-needed-speed-up-21624279 https://inews.co.uk/news/birmingham-clean-air-pollution-charging-driving-city-centre-1185720?ito=twitter_share_article-top https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9982253/Charging-points-electric-cars-preset-turn-NINE-HOURS-day.html Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
31:07
September 22, 2021
LinkedIn Announces Native Video Conferencing
LinkedIn now has nearly 740million members, & over 55million registered companies. Microsoft bought Skype in 2011. They then bought LinkedIn in 2016. They’ve had the ability to bring in video technologies to LinkedIn for years now.  So why the delay?  At the beginning of 2020 saw the massive rise of Zoom, from a little heard-of video conference app, to global powerhouse, exponentially increasing their user base in a very short space of time thanks to the pandemic. With LinkedIn bringing their own version out now, is it too little too late? What new features will they be bringing to the party? Even with the massive user base LinkedIn has, will it be enough for their own video conferencing platform to thrive when there’s so much other competition out there who may, arguably be doing it better, and easier? Or are they just playing catchup? We explore all the above in this episode, and also offer some top tips as to how to get the best out of LinkedIn generally, to maximise your business success on the platform. Resources: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/linkedin-launches-native-video-meetings/416388/#close https://kinsta.com/blog/linkedin-statistics/ https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/31/linkedin-is-scrapping-its-stories-feature-to-work-on-short-form-video/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
27:23
September 8, 2021
How To Take Time Off When You’re Self Employed
When you’re self-employed, a freelancer or solopreneur, it can be difficult to make the time to take time away from your business and go on holiday. There’s often guilt about not being available to your clients, worries about loss of earnings, pressures of getting someone in to cover for you while you’re away; meaning there are so many people that don’t take annual holidays at all. This can be extremely damaging to your physical and mental health. We aren’t robots, we’re humans - we can’t work 24/7, 365 days of the year. It’s not possible. Otherwise we’ll burn out and crack up, which is precisely what we don’t want. A UK study showed that 1 in 4 freelancers take no annual holiday, and of those that do, 45% take their work with them. In this episode, we delve into strategies that you can implement practically, to make your life easier when planning to take time off. Something that we ALL, regardless of whether you’re self-employed, or an employee, need to do to ensure we relax, switch off, reflect and recharge. Whether holidaying in the UK or abroad, taking time away from your business doing something completely different is vital, and will reinvigorate you no end. So please make sure you do it! Resources: https://www.crunch.co.uk/knowledge-productivity/holiday-when-self-employed-get-away-with-getting-away Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
26:38
August 25, 2021
Networking Safely After 17 Months & How To Keep Your Network Effective
In this episode, we reflect on the fact we have just hosted our first in-person networking event in over 17 months! It was a strange feeling being back in our spiritual home of networking - but quickly the strangeness subsided into a feeling of (relative) normality, and absolute familiarity. We had a (capped) roomful of people eager to get back to business networking, with great, deeper conversations happening throughout. It really was great to see. We also reflect in this episode about how we can all keep our networks effective, and fresh. Reconnecting with people you haven’t spoken to for a while. Meeting up with people that for so many months have been merely 2D avatars. So much is lost when we’re confined to Zoom meetings; nuance, body language, context. As good and such a Godsend things like Zoom have been during the pandemic, it’s nice to actually see humans again, and keep the connections going, getting to know people again on a deeper more personal level; something that just isn’t quite so effective online. We also remind everyone in this episode what we’re up to and how we’re going to be continuing our monthly events ongoing, whilst keeping it as safe as possible for everyone attending. We can’t wait to see you again at the next event. Eventbrite link will be going around very soon, so stay tuned. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
25:43
August 11, 2021
Productivity Tools You Can't Live Without
In this episode, Richard and Iwan give a run down of some of their top productivity tools that they simply can’t live without. (What they did before then, who knows…) We cover various business tools, apps, software and platforms that simply make life easier in 2021 and beyond - tools that will often save you lots of time and effort, in turn making you a more productive business owner. There are also mentions in this episode of great free or low cost alternatives to the more well known ‘big boy’ software giants, where alternatives may well fit the bill for you more, without having to spend big money on costly annual subscriptions. Covering various aspects from office tools to help admin, to social media and the creative industries, there’ll be something for everyone in this. Notable mentions include re-affirming elements that people often forget about that can be highly useful, like Mail Merge in Microsoft Word, Canva for graphic design which also now enables you to create videos, as well as alternatives to Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop. So if you’re in the market for some new software and tools to help you or your employees be more productive and don’t want to break the bank, this episode is for you! Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
35:25
July 28, 2021
Will Digital Business Cards Prevail In a Post-Pandemic World?
A new (to us) technology has been stumbled upon - the digital business card. An NFC-enabled plastic credit card sized business card that can be scanned on the recipient’s phone, loading up a browser page with all your relevant contact details and web links - with a big shiny button front and centre to allow that person to immediately save your details to their phone’s address book. The technology isn’t necessarily that new - but it’s the first time we’ve seen it in such a slick easy to use and deploy format. Will digital business cards replace traditional business cards, or will they still have their place? Will they be strictly the domain of the tech savvy super nerd? Could they be advantageous at networking events in a post-pandemic world where people more than ever are conscious about viruses, germs and touching surfaces that others have also touched? We delve deeper into this technology to explore how they could be used, as well as their positives and negatives. (And of course, Rich just HAD to buy one to check it out for himself - and so far, positive reviews). Not an ad/sponsored episode in any way - but in case you were curious, here’s the link to the digital business card he bought: https://www.tapitag.co We also reiterate that we’re HOPING to bring our in-person events back in August. Do make sure you’re on the mailing list because as soon as we have concrete info, that’s the first place we’ll be letting people know, as well as posting the same on our socials. So do follow those too. https://brummies-networking.co.uk/mailing-list-sign-up/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
29:36
July 14, 2021
Are You A Specialist Or A Generalist?
A phrase we’ve all heard before - ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ - certainly some truth to it - albeit with some negative connotations. In this episode we’re discussing generalists versus specialists - which is more preferable? Maybe there’s no right or wrong answer, as there are a multitude of advantages and disadvantages to both. Whether you’re an employee or a business owner, this topic will apply to you, as you may already fit on one side of the fence on this one, possibly happy with where you are - perhaps you want to change your situation. Generalists have a good understanding of a wide selection of topics and skills, often transferable across various situations. They can adapt quicker, navigate through uncertainty, and are able to offer a multitude of services, and be better at multi-tasking. Specialists often earn more money because it takes longer to study to get to that position, becoming an expert your field. You’re often more sought-after by head-hunters, more likely to be a thought-leader, resolve high level issues and streamline work processes. But on both sides of the scale, there are also disadvantages - it’s up to you to work out which is better to be in your own business situation. Have a listen as we delve deeper. Resources we refer to in this episode: https://innovationmanagement.se/2020/10/27/what-are-the-differences-and-advantages-between-a-specialist-and-a-generalist/ https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/generalists-vs-specialists/ https://www.brainspire.com/blog/specialist-versus-generalist-in-todays-businesses-an-evaluation Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Audio Shed - https://audioshedpodcaststudio.co.uk Twitter: @audioshedstudio Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
22:38
June 30, 2021
When Plans Change - Be Adaptable (Including Us)
With the recent announcement from The Government that so called ‘Freedom Day’ being set for June 21st is now being put back by 4 weeks, it means our plans have now had to change too. We are now planning on bringing back our in-person networking events, hopefully, in August. But of course, watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter and follow our socials for the latest news on that. It brings with it the renewed thoughts of the importance of being flexible and adaptable, as changes are likely to happen. Whatever we plan for, hope for it to happen, but expect things to change without much notice. Our hearts go out to the hospitality venues especially with all their plans for reopening fully in June, only for that now to be delayed by another month. There are stories in the press about venue owners having to throw out stock that won’t last, especially given fridges re being turned off to save costs. And now Matt Hancock the Health Secretary has also now said that people should restrict their movements in and out of Birmingham in order to curb the rise in the Delta variant of Covid19. Essential travel only. Birmingham’s Health Chief further clarifies things, which we talk about.  References referred to are below. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-health-boss-explains-new-20822514 https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/wolverhampton-nightclub-owner-bins-7k-20823906 Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
16:26
June 16, 2021
BrumPod045: Returning To Normal - And The Return Of Our In Person Events!
Business is gradually returning to some sense of normality; people are back at work, shops are open, and for the most part, we can more or less return to life as we kind of knew it. Many companies are transitioning their office buildings to accommodate hybrid working, allowing for people to continue to work from home indefinitely, and scaling down their premises to have spaces to meet and collaborate, but not necessarily every day. Companies such as HSBC, Lloyds, Standard Chartered are doing so, as are tech giants such as Twitter, Square and Spotify. It’s likely many more will follow suit over the coming months and years. We also have exciting news in the fact that we’re planning on bringing back our in-person networking events pretty soon! We’ll obviously keep everything monitored re. Covid and its problematic variants, but if all goes to plan - we will be back to some semblance of normal events in the near future. Have a listen to find out when! More info will be forthcoming on our mailshot and social channels, so stay tuned… Sign up to our mailshot here: https://brummies-networking.co.uk/mailing-list-sign-up/ Resources referred to in this episode: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/05/22/if-you-dont-want-to-return-to-the-office-or-stay-at-home-everyday-theres-now-a-third-attractive-way-to-work/?sh=35e775a83a49 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57230018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57230017 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57226155 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57225856 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-57232728 Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
26:56
May 26, 2021
BrumPod044: Keeping The Passion Alive Within Your Business - The Benefits Of Outsourcing
In this episode we talk to Jenna Lawson and Georgia Beech from Seamless OS, an outsourcing company based in Birmingham. Throughout this episode, they both highlight the benefits involved in starting your outsourcing journey, the amount of money you might save if you start outsourcing compared to hiring in-house teams of people, or indeed doing various tasks yourself. And for many small businesses, especially over the tumultuous last year, how outsourcing various tasks can help business owners stop working ‘in’ the business, and get back to focussing ‘on’ their business. Outsourcing can bring with it a lot more peace of mind for many a business owner, and if you’ve thought about going down this route, then this episode is most certainly for you. Jenna and Georgia offer some brilliant insights into their industry, giving you all the information you need to know. Seamless OS can be found online at the following locations: https://www.seamless-os.co.uk https://twitter.com/SeamlessOS https://www.linkedin.com/company/seamless-os/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
29:44
May 5, 2021
BrumPod043: Networking In The Virtual World: Clubhouse & Its Clones
With more options to network online than ever, especially during Covid where it’s been of utmost importance, we discuss the latest iteration of platforms - Clubhouse; the audio networking platform that’s slowly taking the world by storm. Used as a platform that’s akin to Zoom, but without the cameras, people are using it in a multitude of ways; general group chat, Q&As with industry experts, panel discussions, the list goes on. And of course, as soon as something becomes popular, all the other platforms are now following suit! With LinkedIn, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter now getting in on the action with audio chat functionality. Which platform will prevail? We’ll have to wait and see. But for now, there is no end of ways we can all network online in some way or another. Will all this continue well into post-pandemic days? Probably so - but possibly with platforms and users adopting it into various niches, mixing it in with in-person networking once again when it’s safe to do so. Fancy joining us on Twitter Spaces for an audio chat session sometime? Then follow our Brummies Networking twitter (@brummiesnet) for more details. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
41:22
April 21, 2021
BrumPod042: The Real Dragon’s Den - Investing In Small Business
In this episode we talk to Roger Wood, Director at Midlands based Venture Capital firm Midven. We discuss the obvious comparison - what does real-world small business investing look like in the real world, and is it anything remotely like what we see on Dragon’s Den? (Or Shark Tank in the USA). Roger explains all a small business would need to know should they be thinking about seeking investment for their own business. Key things discussed include; what makes a business investment-ready? What are the main criteria an investor/VC firm looks out for, the absolute musts and must-nots. What does the application process look like, how long does it take? Plus of course, the all-important how much of a stake a VC will take in return for investment! So if you have an interest in investment and would like to know more, this episode is for you. Roger explains the process in non-jargon language, and certainly makes the prospect of investment distinctly less scary than the Dragon’s Den! You can find Roger online here: https://midven.co.uk https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-wood-5b3b9a1/?originalSubdomain=uk Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
46:17
April 7, 2021
BrumPod041: How Important Is Hope?
Covid vaccines have been rolled out at an unprecedented rate. The general mood of the country is gradually improving now we have the roadmap out of lockdowns, with ‘life after lockdown’ being a firm light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. So we ask, how important is hope in business? Many businesses this last 12 months have innovated their way to staying afloat, and in some cases, success and thriving. Being adaptable to change and uncertain futures has been a key marker in seeing how a business can get through a year of practically no trading, otherwise. It’s taught us the importance of being resilient to changing times, the drive to continue on, flexibility, and doing everything we can to create a more certain future for ourselves and our businesses despite outside influences. False hope, going at things blindly, will nearly always end up going badly. Having a realistic, thought-out plan, ensuring you’re planning for the worst but hoping for the best is a healthier mindset to have. Finding the sweet spot between optimism and pragmatism is key. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
27:56
March 24, 2021
BrumPod040: How Important Is Email - And Are You Too Reachable?
In the technological age we’re living in, we’re now all too used to being reachable by a multitude of communications media - email, text, social media, mobile phones, video conferencing. When email came around, people proclaimed ‘the letter is dead!’. Of course that’s not true.  When texting, WhatsApp, social media etc came about - people then proclaimed that ‘email is dead!’.  Of course, that’s not true either! It’s more about its importance in our lives, and how we adapt to technology, to make it work for us - often adapting our uses for certain technologies to make our lives easier. These days, email is less about sending round-robin chain emails with the ‘latest’ (i.e. ANCIENT!) jokes and what would be the precursor to ‘memes’ - that’s now more prevalent in messaging app group chats! Email is now used more for official, archival, paper-trail processes, when you need to refer back to information at a later stage. How important is email in your life? Do you send/receive anywhere near the amount as you used to say 15 years ago? And with the advent of the smartphone, we’re now all too used to being accessible even out of office hours; which for many, can be detrimental to our mental health.  Do you check emails at 11pm? Does it affect you? Or do you manage to find ways to switch off most of your communication apps after office hours? Let us know your thoughts!  References for this episode: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2021/03/02/microsoft-teams-issues-major-blow-to-zoom-with-game-changing-new-security-features/?sh=4d7b58712dfa https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/e-mail-is-making-us-miserable?utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_022721&bxid=5bd66d132ddf9c619437cd69&cndid=16654856&hasha=8dc340b6d9e768535372efc80e93c40e&hashb=3d27264dfb5cd6c3cfa9656854dad99200485ab2&hashc=69a0659a06a33df1ca19330ca460dd7cbaa6b4176fde35d21c5dd2c7698b4491&esrc=AUTO_OTHER Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
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March 3, 2021
BrumPod039: Can You Run A Business Using Free Or Low Cost Software?
In this episode we look at if it’s possible to run a small business using pretty much entirely free, or low-cost software, as opposed to the ‘big players’ like Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud for instance. With the notion of ‘buying software outright’ being far less commonplace in this digital age, with subscription models being favoured far more - are the free and low cost options as good for most people?  What are the downsides? Do you need software to be up-to-the-minute updated? Will free/low cost options do much of the same thing? Will it involve a learning curve?  Is there a problem with cross-platform compatibility? We take a look at a few examples, from Adobe Creative Cloud vs Affinity, Microsoft 365 vs OpenOffice/Libre Office/WPS Office, as well as some other software you might not even be aware of. So ultimately the question is - is using free or low cost software right for your business? Or is it best to stick to the software you know, and just pay the higher costs? Resources referred to in this episode: https://www.techradar.com/uk/best/best-free-software-small-business https://uk.pcmag.com/enterprise/77162/21-free-tools-your-small-business-should-be-using-today https://www.profitbooks.net/top-free-software-for-small-businesses/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
35:32
February 17, 2021
BrumPod038: Do You Need A Wristband To Tell Your Boss You’re Unhappy?
A new wearable technology has been launched, called Moodbeam - a smart bracelet that allows employers to track your mental health. It consists of 2 buttons, you press yellow for if you’re happy, blue if you’re sad. It allows employers to check in remotely with home-workers to see big swathes of data to see who is ok and who is demonstrating signs of needing wellbeing support. We discuss whether this is the natural next step for companies to take in order to track and monitor the mental wellbeing of their staff, or whether this all feels a little too dystopian, like an episode of Black Mirror. Is it the new smart way in this modern digital age to check on vast numbers of employees by putting it in their hands, literally; or does it remove all sense of ‘personal’ and lack the human touch? Make up your own mind… We also check back in with the topic of What3Words, the UK mapping company that’s divided the entire globe up into 3metre squares. They’ve come on leaps and bounds since we last talked about it over a year ago, so we check in with how their mapping service is being integrated in different ways all over the world, from emergency services, e-commerce, drone deliveries, car breakdowns, sat-nav & much more. Resources referred to in this episode: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55637328 https://what3words.com/news/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com Sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com
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February 3, 2021
BrumPod037: New Year Updates - It’s Been A Hell Of A Year And It’s Only Been A Fortnight
In this episode, we bring you an update as to what’s been happening since our last episode at the end of last year. We’ve seen massive changes in social media since the ‘insurrection riot’ at the US Capitol buildings a few days ago. Twitter and many other social media platforms have now banned Donald Trump for his involvement in allegedly stoking the violence. Since then, tens of thousands of other accounts related to QAnon have also been deleted, and we assume, banned. This sparks one of the biggest clean-ups that social media has probably ever seen. Also, a new bank has launched in Birmingham, called Birmingham Bank - the first bank to bear the Birmingham name for over a century. This bank will have a strong focus on the SME sector.  Westside BID have also announced a match-funding scheme to help businesses located in the Westside area of Birmingham invest in crucial products & services, offering 50% of funding required. More info in links below. Covid-19 vaccine continues its rollout, with more and more locations announced for where the public will be able to be vaccinated. Even Asda is opening its first store in Birmingham to create a vaccine clinic within the George dept. More Asda stores likely to follow, but the first ever will be in Birmingham. AstraZeneca also gearing up to be able to provide 2million vaccine doses a week by mid-February. Finally, NHS Birmingham & Solihull has launched the Midlands’ first one-stop mental health service to help those with mental health issues, regardless of severity - something everyone should be aware of. More info below. Resources referred to during this episode: https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2021/01/12/birmingham-bank-launched-to-serve-sme-businesses-throughout-the-midlands https://westsidebid.co.uk/2021/01/12/bid-launches-financial-match-funding-safety-net-for-westside-businesses/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55638558 https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/special-features/10-million-people-need-mental-19575369 https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-astrazeneca-on-track-to-deliver-two-million-vaccine-doses-a-week-by-mid-february-as-it-calls-for-priority-access-12186734 Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
24:52
January 13, 2021
BrumPod036: Xmas Special & Predictions for 2021
As our final episode of 2020, we thought we’d issue an extra little episode before Christmas as a brief roundup of this year, but more looking ahead with positivity and optimism to 2021. We also make a few predictions about what the world of work, online tools and social media may be like in 2021 and ongoing, hopefully making it more beneficial and positive for all. Will there be more fact checking on Twitter and Facebook, with them deleting more of the disinformation out there? Will more and more businesses be more open to the idea of flexible working and rethinking the 9-5 for the employees that could do with such a schedule? Will more businesses hire more freelancers, creating ‘virtual teams’ rather than having businesses host an array of skills in-house at all times? And why oh why didn’t LinkedIn get in on the video conferencing game this year, given they have a primed and ready audience for it! Late to the game, LinkedIn, you’re late to the game… And we look at a good news story about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott who’s done a massively good deed… Finally, on behalf of all at Team BrumPod/Brummies Networking, I want to thank you for being a listener of BrumPod throughout 2020 - we very much appreciate you being here. Have a very (as much as possible) Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. And we’ll see you all again in early January 2021! Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com Sound Effects courtesy of freesfx.co.uk
32:57
December 22, 2020
How Will The Upcoming Clean Air Zone Affect The Birmingham Business Community?
[Apologies for the crackly audio in the early part of the episode - was due to broadband connection interference with our guest. This improves greatly just before 11mins in.] In this episode, we talk to Councillor Waseem Zaffar from the ‘Brum Breathes’ department at Birmingham City Council who are launching the Clean Air Zone in the city. Waseem explains what exactly a Clean Air Zone is, who will be affected, who will be charged, and who will be exempt from the charges.  Will everyone have to pay? Is it the same as a Congestion Charge Zone? Will it affect my business? There’s been a lot of rumour going around about who will be the most affected, so thankfully Waseem is on hand to explain in detail how it’s all going to work, and dispels a lot of myths along the way! The Clean Air Zone scheme looks set to enhance the air quality in the city centre greatly, as well as help promote and support alternative transport choices, including electric cars. For more information on the Clean Air Zone, do check out the council’s dedicated website to it, at: https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
39:26
December 17, 2020
BrumPod034: The Future Of The Electric Car - Is It Right For You? A Deep Dive With A Motoring Journalist
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the world of electric cars and where they’re going, with motoring journalist Richard Aucock from MotoringResearch.com. We take a look at how far electric cars have come on, technology wise, in just a few short years - and what the future of driving electric will be in the NEXT few years; both in terms of the car tech itself, and the infrastructure needed to support it. From the inception of the 1st Nissan Leaf with its very limited range, we now have electric cars capable of 350+ miles. How far away are we from having cars that could travel further? How long until battery technology makes the next leap and bound to be able to fully charge a car in just a few minutes? What are the best cars to look out for at the moment and in the future? What’s best to go for now? Full EV? Plug-in Hybrid EV? The choices are mind-boggling. If you’re someone who is wanting to buy their first electric vehicle and want some rock solid information and advice, then this episode is for you. Richard Aucock explains all, and gives us his top picks of cars to look out for, debunks some common misconceptions, and explains everything you want to know about electric cars - in simple terms! Where to find Richard Aucock online: https://www.motoringresearch.com https://twitter.com/richardaucock Resources referred to in this episode: https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/2030-petrol-diesel-car-ban-explained/ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/17/boris-johnson-announces-10-point-green-plan-with-250000-jobs Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
50:47
December 4, 2020
BrumPod033: The Network Shoutout Episode - This Time It's All About You!
In this special edition episode, we wanted to turn the podcast over to you! So we've invited a handful of folks we know well to submit their own audio promo pitches, as a way of introducing them to you, the wider world. Since England is in Lockdown 2, we feel it's more important than ever to keep up your marketing and networking, to ensure you've got a good pipeline of work coming in during these uncertain times. And one way to do that is giving folks the opportunity to introduce themselves to a new audience, namely, you! They're a great bunch of people who we feel you should know about, so please do have a listen to their intro speeches during this episode to find out more about them; and then of course do check out their web links too - all links below. We will undoubtedly be running another  'shoutout episode' again in due course, maybe in the new year. So if you fancy having your promo introduction featured in a future episode, you can submit it easily via our SpeakPipe page: https://www.speakpipe.com/brumpod Just keep your intro speeches to no more than 30 seconds, and ensure you include all the key info; who you are, what you do, how you can help, where can people find you. (Legal disclaimer: By submitting an audio clip you give us the rights to use it on this podcast). Here are the people who have featured today: Leila Smith - https://www.promiseprandcreative.co.uk Sean Dyer - https://bravenewbeast.co.uk Sara Tomaszewska - https://littlemediaagency.com Will Woodhouse - https://www.fixmybrokenmac.co.uk Luke Burton - https://theconnectionworldwide.com Maria Goodwin - https://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk Henrik Court - https://www.linkedin.com/in/henrikcourt/ Theo Thompson - https://www.nourishsocial.co.uk Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
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November 18, 2020
Brumpod032: Brummies Jobs Exchange And How We Can All Help Each Other Throughout Lockdown 2 And Beyond
In this episode, we’re launching a new initiative, the ‘Brummies Jobs Exchange’ - our way of helping to link up people who are either seeking new employment if they’ve say been made redundant due to COVID19 etc - or indeed if you are a company who have roles available looking to be filled, we want to try and help you fill them. This isn’t a commercial venture, and we’re not acting as recruiters - we are simply helping provide a platform and an audience via our Brummies Networking LinkedIn Group, website and social media channels. (All links below). We encourage everyone to be on the lookout for these types of posts, and we’ll be encouraging every post we see to be posted also in our LinkedIn group so it acts as a hub, where you’ll hopefully be able to link yourselves up with each other, to help each other out as best we can. Create your job seeker/job available posts in the Brummies Networking LinkedIn group, by starting it with ‘CAREER’ at the start, to make it clear and obvious; and hopefully then you’ll get some interest and assistance from fellow members. Especially important during these trying times, with the impending Lockdown 2 now coming into effect. (Lockdown 2 was mentioned during the episode, & was only confirmed by Parliament post-recording) We also encourage you to submit your guest blogs to us which we can promote on the website. A further bit of self-promotion for you. And please do make use of our Speakpipe page where you can send us your business elevator pitches in audio form, which we can incorporate into future episodes. Max. 30s or so, keep it brief, to the point; who you are, what you do, how you can help, what sort of clients you’re looking for - you know the drill. And remember, we’re also running our weekly Twitter hour every Tuesday 11am-12 - just use the hashtag #brummiesbizhour to join in; and like the above, post your promos, what you do, how you can help, the types of clients you’re looking for etc. We’re all in this together folks, so let’s all do whatever we can to help each other out as best we can, especially during these precarious times we’re living in. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
24:22
November 4, 2020
BrumPod031: Midlands COVID Update, New iPhone Launch & 5G Expansion PLUS How To Support Local Small Businesses
In this episode, we're offering up more of a slightly shorter and snappier 'updates episode', just to give you the heads up about the latest news re. COVID19 in the Midlands, and what West Midlands Mayor's latest announcement is. We also talk about the impact the local lockdowns and new Tier system is having on the region as a whole - with hospitality being hit quite hard yet again.  Apple have also recently announced the new iPhone 12 series of phones, with launch happening Friday 23rd October. Why is this relevant? Because this is Apple's first foray into the realm of 5G - which can only mean that because iPhones are arguably the world's most popular phone, it is now likely that now is the time 5G sees much greater expansion of availability, meaning we will all get to benefit from what 5G can offer. Not just in the sense of faster download speeds for movies and music; but what it means for the bigger picture - i.e. enhanced capabilities for autonomous vehicles, reducing the latency/lag which is prevalent with 3G/4G technologies. Lots of exciting developments are heading our way over the next 12 months or so. We also give a shoutout to Midlands company BCRS Business Loans, who have launched a LinkedIn challenge to encourage everyone to support local small businesses by taking part in simple challenges - from leaving a SME you've used a great review, or giving them a public shoutout on your social media - and whatever else you can think of to give a leg up to any great small, local and/or family run businesses near you that you love. It's these little things that can make such a positive impact on a small business, and they'll really thank you for it! References from this episode: https://twitter.com/andy4wm/status/1318616191997534214 https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/10/750000-uk-hospitality-jobs-at-risk-survey-reveals/ https://www.bcu.ac.uk/research/collaborate-with-us/5g/how-5g-will-change-birmingham-in-real-time https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=bcrssmechallenge Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
26:36
October 22, 2020
BrumPod030: Decoding The Winter Economy Plan with Alistair Hayward-Wright
In this episode, we’re talking to Alistair Hayward-Wright, from Hayward-Wright Accountancy Group, who helps us to decode and decipher Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan, the scheme that will replace the furlough and SEISS grant payments ongoing. It’s been an incredibly tough time throughout COVID-19 for all businesses, both the self-employed and those who are salaried. With numerous inevitable redundancies being mentioned on LinkedIn and beyond, now is the time to really focus on future plans to ensure your business stays afloat, and ideally, thrives as best it can. There are now several changes afoot which business owners will need to become familiar with, as it will affect all employees and the amount of hours they’ll need to work before the scheme takes effect - a process that is quite different to the current furlough scheme. Likewise for the self-employed, the SEISS grants are, in some fashion, being extended; but with a lesser amount being paid out than before - so for many, it may be a slight top up to your income, but perhaps not much more than that. Therefore, lots of preparation and planning is key to ensure you stay ahead of the game. So, if you’re like us, and trying to get your head around all this information isn’t exactly bedtime reading - then tune in, as thankfully Alistair will lead us through it bit by bit to hopefully make it a little simpler to grasp. Where you can find Alistair online: https://www.haywardwright.co.uk https://twitter.com/HaywardWright https://www.facebook.com/haywardwrightltd https://www.linkedin.com/company/hayward-wright/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com Sound effects courtesy of http://www.freesfx.co.uk
28:44
October 2, 2020
BrumPod029: PR vs Marketing - What's Right For You? Setting Up An Agency During A Pandemic! Plus How To Deal With Negative PR
In this episode we talk to Leila Smith from Promise PR and Creative, a PR agency based in Solihull.  Leila set up her agency during the pandemic! So we explore how that went, and what brought her to that point. We explore the world of PR versus marketing - how and why they're different, and how to decipher what a business might need. Lots of businesses during the pandemic and lockdown period starting cutting back spending on PR and marketing, so Leila explains why it's more important than ever to kick things up a gear to ensure businesses stay communicative and relevant.  She also tells us about her experiences with business networking, and the importance of the human connection. Plus, we also discuss the scenario of negative PR, and how to combat that effectively; with a good example that came to light on LinkedIn and Twitter in the last couple of days.  You can find Leila online at the following places: https://www.promiseprandcreative.co.uk https://twitter.com/CreativePromise https://www.linkedin.com/in/leila-smith-83a67a117/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/promise-pr-and-creative/ https://www.instagram.com/promiseprandcreative/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
33:42
September 16, 2020
BrumPod028: Lisa Brown from Lisa B Interior Design - The Design Industry During Covid, And Are The General Public Creative?
In this episode, we speak to special guest Lisa Brown from Lisa B Interior Design, a design agency based at the Custard Factory, Birmingham. We discuss what the state of the design industry has been like during COVID, as well as hearing her backstory about how she got to where she is now.  We also pose the question, just HOW creative is the general public when it comes to starting a new project? What to do when there's no forthcoming information from a prospective client! And of course, how to handle the situation when residential clients spar between themselves with competing ideas!  Lisa also explains what the general design process is, how to go about approaching a designer, & what you need to know to get the best result; as well as detailing the differences between approaching interior design in a residential vs. commercial setting. You can find Lisa online at the following places: Website: https://lisabinteriordesign.co.uk Portfolio: https://lisabinteriordesign.com https://twitter.com/InfoLisaBDesign https://www.instagram.com/lbidesign/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
32:50
September 2, 2020
BrumPod027: With Jordan Patel from Art.Quarter, Birmingham's Newest And Most Adventurous Multi-Use Commercial & Retail Space Yet!
In this episode, we talk to Jordan Patel from Art.Quarter, which will end up being, we think, Birmingham's most adventurous multi-use site yet; currently being built, it will end up housing commercial units, office space, retail outlets and pop-up shops, food and drink outlets, technology centres, AR and VR gaming centre, amongst many other things! All in the heart of Digbeth, the home of Birmingham's creative industries. We find out how the build and overall project is going, especially with the inevitable setbacks with COVID19, who this venue is for, and how it can be utilised. Jordan also goes on to explain how the Art.Quarter project is going to be able to start supporting young & start-up businesses by offering countless routes of business support, to give the best chances possible of making it a success. It's an ambitious, gargantuan task! But as you'll hear, with Jordan's passion and determination, we wish him every success with it. We're convinced it certainly will be... So sit back, listen, and enjoy! You can find out more about Jordan and Art.Quarter online at the following links: https://www.artquarteruk.co.uk https://twitter.com/artdotquarter https://twitter.com/jordanartdot https://www.instagram.com/jordan.patel/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
40:14
August 5, 2020
BrumPod026: Returning To The Office After Lockdown. Do You Want To? Do You Have To? How Different will It Be?
In this episode we take a look at the issue of returning to the office after so long. How different are things going to be now? Is your workplace geared up and ready?  Is it safe? How do you feel about it all? What are the expectations, and your rights as an employee if things don't seem to be up to scratch? Has all this changed how we work forever? There's certainly been a major environmental impact given a study we touch upon, as well as people's mindsets having changed and been slightly re-evaluated.  We look at various scenarios, and offer our own thoughts on the situation. But of course, if you're needing advice as an employee or employer and need more information on your rights, please do speak to someone qualified in that field, in law/HR etc, don't take anything in this podcast as official advice! Always speak to a professional. Resources and information we discuss in this episode: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-almost-one-in-three-workers-ready-to-keep-working-from-home-after-lockdown-12025311 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53484767 https://www.nelsonslaw.co.uk/returning-work-coronavirus/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
33:24
July 23, 2020
BrumPod025: How the hospitality industry needs a radical rethink, with guest Anthony Tattum from Big Cat Agency
With special guest: Anthony Tattum from Big Cat Agency. In this episode, we talk to Anthony Tattum, CEO of Birmingham based creative agency, Big Cat. We discuss how, in a post-COVID world, the hospitality industry needs a radical rethink in how they operate, to optimise earnings and efficiency, given how there will be so many restrictions for months to come. Many businesses have managed to adapt really well through lockdown, operating in a different capacity to what they're used to, by offering additional or amended services; takeaways, produce boxes, meal kits etc. Something which has been near-essential to survive. Anthony gives some brilliant advice and case studies of successful businesses' transitions, and how YOUR business can replicate some of these ideas to survive and thrive in the months and years to come. Here's where you can find Anthony: http://bigcatagency.com https://twitter.com/anthonytattum https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonytattum/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
38:56
July 7, 2020
BrumPod024: Will You Be Covered Post-COVID19? What Should You Be Checking Right Now? We Talk To An Insurance Broker
In this episode, we talk to Daniel O'Brien, an insurance broker from Aston Lark. We discuss the current state of the insurance industry in the midst of the pandemic, what cover you THINK you have, what cover you NEED, and lots of top tips and advice that all business owners should be aware of to ensure you're fully covered for all eventualities once we reach that golden egg that is 'the new normal'. We cover areas such as what business owners and facilities managers need to consider when re-opening on July 4th, how the exposure to risk has changed now, how companies are adapting their business models in the wake of COVID19, and where we go from here - what are the things to look out for?  Thankfully, Dan explains all. Tune in and subscribe to ensure you receive all future episodes automatically.  You can find Dan at the following places: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-o-brien-dip-cii-a7a91358/ https://twitter.com/EmotionalRug https://www.astonlark.com Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
42:07
June 24, 2020
BrumPod023: How To Manage Flexible And Remote Working Employees Effectively In The New Normal
Today's Guest - Sarah Burns from Handled PA- https://handled-pa.com In this episode we talk to Sarah Burns from Handled PA, a virtual PA service based in Birmingham. As someone who runs an entire team completely virtually online, as well as of course their clients, she is well positioned to give some great advice as to how businesses might manage remote working and flexible working environments ongoing post-COVID19, in what has been referred to as 'the new normal'. There is talk of some businesses re-evaluating their entire structure post-pandemic, and whether they will continue with large premises with everyone working on-site. Lots of businesses are already planning for lots of employees to be able to work from home permanently, the likes of Facebook, Twitter and BT already committing to enabling massive changes in the future. Throughout this episode, Sarah will guide you through how she manages her team members, how the move to online can work best for you, with lots of tips and tricks, as well as telling us about useful online platforms that you might benefit from too in your business. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
29:22
June 3, 2020
BrumPod022: Lockdown Week 7. How Is Life Changing? The Dangers Of Not Diversifying - Like Primark. And Gov Portal for Self-Employed Income Support Now Open
We're now in Week 7 of Lockdown here in the UK. We chat about how things have changed, and where things might be going once Lockdown is lifted. Will businesses still flock on their normal commute into city centres? Or will there continue to be more working from home? Big businesses to scale down their operations to maintain smaller centralised hubs? It would make sense maybe. Our main topic is about the dangers of businesses not diversifying - with Primark being the prime example in recent days, them having ceased to make any money overnight since Lockdown went into effect. From £650 million in sales per month, to £0. Why? Because they have zero e-commerce or m-commerce systems in place, they are 'bricks and mortar' only. So what would your business do if ever faced with this again? Have you come up with ways you can diversify? If you haven't, it's well worth taking a look at again. Always better to be prepared for any eventuality. We take a look at some great examples, in the form of some pizza and beer companies. What's not to like? ALSO - the Government portal for registering and for checking your eligibility for the self-employed income support is now live. We chat briefly about that, about how nice and easy it is to do. If you're self employed, please do check it out and see if you're eligible. They will then contact you in due course when it's time to make your claim. Here's where to see for yourself: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/self-employment-support/enter-unique-taxpayer-reference Resource referred to in the episode re. Primark: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52365191?at_custom4=D2E9F15C-83BC-11EA-A11C-41974744363C&at_custom2=twitter&at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_campaign=64&at_custom3=%40BBCNews&at_medium=custom7 Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
36:00
May 6, 2020
BrumPod021: Dealing With Stress During Lockdown With Martin Warrillow
In this episode, our special guest is Martin 'The Warrior' Warrillow, a stroke awareness campaigner, blogger and podcaster.  Martin suffered a stroke in 2013 after dealing with a tremendous amount of job related stress. After collapsing whilst crossing a road & nearly being hit by an oncoming bus, he managed to drag himself to safety, with half his body paralysed, with only a foot between him and the passing bus.  During this period of global lockdown, stress is going to be playing an ever-increasing role in many people's lives. Hopefully this episode will help in some way, giving you the tools to try and combat it. Stress has played a significant role in Martin's life, turning it upside down. He talks about the dangers of stress, the warning signs, and how to cope with it.  This is his story. Find Martin online: https://www.askthewarrior.com https://twitter.com/warrior_martin https://www.facebook.com/groups/askthewarrior/ http://thewarriorpodcast.libsyn.com Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
35:48
April 17, 2020
BrumPod020: How Businesses Can Use Marketing And Social Media To Their Advantage During The Coronavirus Crisis
This episode's guest - Greta Geoghegan from Digital Glue - https://digitalglue.agency With the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis dominating every headline and website, we try to cut through things to offer some help and support for small businesses.  In this episode, we're talking to Greta about how small businesses can utilise marketing and social media to their advantage to help get them through this period of uncertainty. What platforms might be useful for you. What tools she recommends for various tasks. And the importance of building community at this time of nationwide lockdown. How can businesses create and maintain a sense of community and togetherness when social distancing is the new normal? Plus, we look at the 'new fangled' social media platforms like TikTok - should your business be on them? Some say so. Greta explains all. Finally, we get Greta's take on marketing trends that will be likely throughout the remainder of what will be a very odd year all round. Tune in and subscribe now.... Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
33:25
March 31, 2020
BrumPod019: Coronavirus - How Is it Affecting Small Business? How Can We Adapt And Survive? How The Government May Help. Plus Tips For Working From Home
In this episode we're (unsurprisingly) looking at Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it's currently affecting small businesses. With so much fear and worry in the world right now, small businesses are having to think on their feet, adapt quickly, and do what they can to survive through this period of uncertainty. The hospitality industry is a particular worry, as the government tell the public we should be refraining from visiting bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. So many are now turning to offer takeaways and collection/delivery services, in order to get through this period of otherwise having very few customers through their doors. We also look at the government's advice and support plans to aid businesses through this, and look at how some businesses may not be insured for this crisis - check your policies now to see if you may be affected should you need to claim for business disruption etc.  Plus we're looking at the concept of much of the UK working from home in self-isolation and for many what feels like quarantine. We mention a whole load of tools and platforms that might be of use in order to maintain business continuity and communication with your team members and customers, via methods like Zoom, UberConfererence, Slack, Skype, Microsoft Teams etc. If you're affected by COVID-19, our thoughts are with you - hope you feel better soon, and that you can get back to a normal life and business routine.  We're all in this together folks; so let's be kind and help each other. Links to items we discuss during this episode: https://www.creativebloq.com/advice/coronavirus-remote-working?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15321&utm_content=170320_JM+&utm_term=698507&m_i=Imr0%2B%2BUEkj2hdPHZJiSgAytjmUyqsuZDWuXsVTfHfX9kT%2BYtxV9u_QTpXgZGaNtY4FHPjAgPsSrvHfxgwawys2TjZW%2BBnuIIIz&M_BT=244063946052 https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/16/bt_broadband_network_wfh/ https://www.ft.com/content/ff00ec96-6481-11ea-b3f3-fe4680ea68b5 https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-get-the-government-3000-coronavirus-grant-2549866/ https://www.abi.org.uk/news/news-articles/2020/03/abi-comment-on-coronavirus-and-commercial-insurance/ http://bit.ly/3dcubPc Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
31:24
March 19, 2020
BrumPod018: Brummies Networking's 5th Anniversary! Our Origins & Where We're Going. Plus, How Networking Has Changed With LinkedIn
We're back from hiatus! In this episode we're going a bit self-reflective, talking about how Brummies Networking has recently turned 5yrs old! But as many will know, we've been going even longer than that, just under a different guise.  We discuss how it all came about, the changes we've seen along the way, how networking attitudes have changed, how technologies have evolved for us to continue the networking far easier online, forging even closer relationships thanks to tools like LinkedIn; and how our group wouldn't be anything like it is now without our fantastic members. We even give a shoutout to some of our members personally, using them as amazing examples of brilliant & effective networking in action! We've witnessed the birth of the Birmingham Sales Squad and how they've utilised business networking to ensure that customer service is at the forefront of everything. It really is a fantastic example of how effective networking and creating a positive supportive community can really benefit everyone, especially in the service industries.  Are you mentioned? You'll have to listen to find out! We also touch on some practicalities of networking and overall health. We're not trying to ring any alarm bells, but we do give a mention of Coronavirus and general illnesses that could affect how & when people should network, and if you're feeling ill (just generally), how it's better to NOT go networking.  Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
31:24
February 26, 2020
BrumPod: Stick with us - Rich explains our absence - We will be back very soon!
Thanks for sticking with BrumPod - we're really sorry we haven't brought you any episodes lately - Rich moved house mid December, and has been without proper broadband ever since! (The joys of living in the countryside) However, installation of the broadband is now within DAYS so we will be bringing you regular episodes again very soon. So thanks for staying with us and being a subscriber, we look forward to bringing you lots more episodes this year, with some fantastic guests along the way! We'll be back in your favourite podcast app, VERY soon.... Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
01:03
January 22, 2020
BrumPod017: Should Schools Teach Entrepreneurialism? Learning, Skills and Qualifications As A Freelancer
In Episode17 we discuss an offshoot topic from Episode 16, and look at how the world's attitude has changed over the years from kids growing up and being taught the traditional 'get a degree and then get a job' mentality.  With the tools, technologies and platforms available these days, it's getting much easier for people looking to go down the self-employment and freelance route to be able to learn new skills, enhance their knowledge on different subjects to help prepare themselves for being a job creator, rather than just being someone 'with a job' in traditional employment. Should schools do more to teach the entrepreneur's way of life more since the world is changing rapidly? Is it something that is even in the remit of a school? As with the benefit of the internet and online courses and YouTubers offering tutorials on just about anything, is it simply just down to personal ingenuity and proactive mentality, in a digital version of the 'survival of the fittest'? We discuss! What are your thoughts? Leave us your comments on this episode's blog post via the website below. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
22:29
November 5, 2019
BrumPod016: The Current And Future State Of The Modern Workplace
In this episode we look at the current and future state of the modern workplace, what a 'workplace' even consists of in this technological age. So many business folk can get on perfectly well with just a laptop, a phone and a decent broadband connection.  Are traditional offices still as popular as they were with the idea of 'hotdesking' becoming more of a thing?  More and more people are working flexible hours, remotely from home or coffee shops without feeling the need to be in an actual office.  What will the future workplace be like? Will more of us work remotely and feel less need to commute? What happens to teamwork? What about when you're working on sensitive client material, what type of location would be better? We discuss one particular horror story.  If 5G and web technologies enable more of us to work flexible hours and in non-office based locations, will we miss out on the social aspect; the water cooler moments, gossip, relationship building, etc etc? Also we look at all of this and how it impacts the area of mental health, and obtaining a healthy work-life balance. We weigh up the pros and cons.  Episode resources referenced in the show: http://blog.condecosoftware.com/state-of-the-workplace-in-2018-report https://www.workfront.com/blog/state-of-work-2019 https://www.forbes.com/sites/abdullahimuhammed/2018/12/21/10-remote-work-trends-that-will-dominate-2019/#1db7fdb7c72a https://www.talentlyft.com/en/blog/article/161/7-key-workplace-trends-in-2019 Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote(VoiceOver Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas(BusinessCoach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones(SelfStorage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
25:15
October 18, 2019
BrumPod015: Apps, Mobile Websites, Smart Technologies and Small Business - How Can They Help You?
Episode 15 sees us talking to our special guest, Doug Ward, from B13 Technology based in Birmingham. Doug is a tech expert who deals with mobile technologies including app and software development and other web based tools.  We discuss what the differences, pros and cons are between these technologies and more importantly, HOW they can help you as a small business. Are they easy to access? Does your business need an app or is it fine to just utilise a mobile friendly website? Can they revolutionise the way you work and interact with your customers? How will 5G and mobile technologies marry up in the future, and what added functionality will they bring? Tune in to find out the answers to all these questions as Doug enlightens us on all things tech! Doug can be found at: https://www.b13technology.com https://twitter.com/b13technology Some interesting app stats that we discussed during the episode: https://buildfire.com/app-statistics/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier. BrumPod Hosts: Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com
30:04
September 27, 2019
BrumPod014: HS2 - A Revolution In Transport For Business, Or A Giant Waste Of Money?
In this episode, we look at HS2, the UK's proposed high speed rail link which aims to run along the spine of the country, connecting up all the major cities. Ideal in theory, but at what cost?  With budgets spiralling out of control, and now the government saying they are now putting it up for review to assess spends and its future viability, we discuss its merits, and its pitfalls. With estimated costs going from £33m to potentially £100m by the time it's finished, will it be worth the investment? Are other technologies more worthy of that kind of investment; the likes of electric car infrastructure for instance, making that 100% green from factory to on the road - is that potentially a better way to invest that kind of money? You'll have to decide for yourself of course, we are just here to raise the questions that need raising. Resources referred to in this episode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Central_Main_Line https://www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/statistics/ https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/jaguar/107398/the-government-isnt-doing-enough-to-encourage-electric-car-sales https://www.hs2.org.uk/why/ https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/latest-news/news/2019/8/22/watch-timing-of-hs2-review-is-frustrating-and-unhelpful/ https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/latest-news/news/2019/8/22/more-business-reaction-to-hs2-review/ https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1168852/HS2-latest-high-speed-rail-updates-cost-government-review-boris-johnson-dominic-cummings https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49420332 http://stophs2.org/facts Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.
21:33
August 28, 2019
BrumPod013: Our Old Friend GDPR - It Hasn't Gone Away! PLUS Downtime In Your Business For Good Mental Health
In Episode 13 of BrumPod, we briefly revisit GDPR given some recent themes in the news, and people we've come into contact with who are in contravening the regulations - so we wanted to serve a reminder that everyone is liable under GDPR - it applies to all businesses, from big business all the way down to micro businesses and one man bands. Ensure you're compliant! And we're also looking at the subject of the importance of downtime in your business; getting away on holiday to be able to recharge your own personal batteries and clear the cobwebs, to ensure good mental health and optimum wellbeing. It's vitally important that we all look after our own health as well as the health of our businesses - so if you haven't managed to get away on holiday, do book some time off! Go abroad, take a 'staycation', visit the coast - whatever your chosen route, make sure you give yourself adequate time to relax, recharge, and look after your own state of mind.  Some of the articles we refer to in this episode below. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49099364 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45976300 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/10/gdpr-fines-ba-british-airways-marriott-data-watchdog https://threatpost.com/google-fine-privacy-gdpr/141055/ https://tide.org/blog/british-airways-google-gdpr https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/09/marriott-fined-over-gdpr-breach-ico https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2019/07/former-motor-industry-worker-ordered-to-pay-25-500-from-proceeds-of-data-theft/ https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2019/07/estate-agency-fined-80-000-for-failing-to-keep-tenants-data-safe/ https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/users/3881-maxine-harley/posts/18485-the-threat-to-mental-health-that-self-employment-brings Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
24:42
July 25, 2019
BrumPod012: Should Your Business Be On Instagram?
Episode 12. Should your business be on Instagram? It's the fastest growing social network, with it boasting some impressive stats that might make you think seriously about getting your own business on there if you're not already. We explore some of the ways you can leverage the audience on Instagram to make it a great channel for promoting your business, making the most of your online marketing efforts.  We also discuss some of the ways you can reduce the extra time it may take for your business to adopt yet another social media channel, using various tools and technology to help you, speeding up the process. Resources we refer to during the episode: https://www.websitehostingrating.com/instagram-statistics/ https://later.com/blog/instagram-marketing-trends-2019/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
27:17
June 14, 2019
BrumPod011: What 3 Words could save your life? We discuss a revolution in mapping and addressing
In this episode we look at British company What3Words, who are revolutionising the way the entire globe is mapped and divided up into accurate universal addresses. With 75% of countries lacking an accurate method of addressing, some having none at all, this could make a massive difference to the world, so not only can you find businesses and people more accurately; it could save lives through accurate location pinning for humanitarian efforts, and for the emergency services. We explore all the areas this could be utilised, and think of other ways that perhaps haven't been thought of before. More info: https://brummies-networking.co.uk/what-3-words-could-save-your-life/ We also have a birthday bash for Jason at The Botanist, Temple St, Birmingham on Fri 28th June. Get your free ticket on Eventbrite now, and hopefully see you there. Book in using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brummies-birthday-bash-the-botanist-tickets-62197760175 Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
31:03
May 22, 2019
BrumPod010: The changing face of the high street & what it means for businesses. And clean Air Zones; how will it affect you?
In this episode we look at the changing face of the British high st - are bricks and mortar buildings still important to us? How are we using them? How are the high streets evolving with user demand?  Big businesses are closing stores, big chain and high end restaurants are closing, but some are thriving. Plus Primark has opened the world's biggest store right here in Birmingham. We look at the ways the high street can remain relevant to modern society. The new Clean Air Zone is being introduced to Birmingham in 2020 - what will this mean for travel into the city and for the businesses within it? Will you be affected? Below are some links to things we talk about that may be useful for planning your future travel into the city centre. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20076/pollution/1763/a_clean_air_zone_for_birmingham https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-47867785 http://metroalliance.co.uk/projects/birmingham-westside-extension/five-ways/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
29:32
April 26, 2019
BrumPod009: 'Knowing Where To Tap' - a rough guide to market economics! (The fun way) & the equation Cost vs. Time vs. Value
In today's episode we look at the equation of Cost vs. Time vs. Value, seeing what is best for you and your wallet. This all came about after replacing a car headlamp bulb last week. I promise you it's more informative & entertaining that it sounds!  We look at skillsets; knowing when is the right time to pay someone to do various things for you. Do you have the time, skills or patience to learn to do something? Or does it work out most cost effective to let someone else do it? We even look at the parable that's floated around the internet since the day it was switched on - the one about the engineer and a hammer. Weighing up all the options so hopefully it makes life easier for you in the long run, and makes you think about how valuable your time is. Everyone has the same amount of hours in a day - it's up to us to work out how to spend them. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
26:52
April 2, 2019
BrumPod008: Gayle Kelly from Parkinson's UK on how she utilises Business Networking for fundraising
A conversation with Gayle Kelly, Regional Fundraiser for Birmingham & Black Country at Parkinson's UK, on how she utilises business networking in her fundraising and awareness-building efforts. Some really insightful thoughts, well worth a listen to her perspective on it all. Especially leveraging networking for things you may not expect or immediately think of, which could help you too. You can find out more about Gayle here: https://twitter.com/gaylepukbhambc Parkinson's UK website: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk Info on her 'Secret Supper' event mentioned in the episode: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/secret-supper-2019 The Afternoon Tea event: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/sparkling-afternoon-tea-2019 The Sutton Walk event: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/walk-parkinsons-sutton-park Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
30:04
March 5, 2019
BrumPod007: Mental Health In The Workplace With Special Guest David Andrew
In this episode we focus solely on the topic of mental health in the workplace, with special guest contributor David Andrew, of David Andrew Coaching.  Looking at all the ways life & work can affect our mental health; recognising the signs of someone suffering, and what we can do to combat it.  You can find out more about David on his website:  https://davidandrewcoaching.com And if you or someone you know is suffering mental health issues, and need some guidance, The Samaritans is a fantastic place to go for help and advice. It is always best to address issues as early as possible. And if you have a friend who you think is suffering, talk to them about it as soon as possible. https://www.samaritans.org Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
36:17
February 20, 2019
BrumPod006: 2019 roundup of important info; and a tool to help small businesses get paid on time!
In this episode we talk about several important bits of info coming up that you should be aware of, dates for your diary in regards to the UK Gov's 'Making Tax Digital' timeline, as well as important updates to employment law, and how Brexit will be affecting employers and employees if  they're EU nationals. We also discuss the initiative that Paul Uppal, the UK's Small Business Commissioner wants to deploy, namely a tool that would help small businesses know which large businesses are BAD payers! Large businesses are notorious for being late payers, so he wants to bring in a traffic light system to help small businesses plan when they're likely to be paid so it doesn't negatively impact their businesses, helping them to plan and grow their businesses.  Useful resources: http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk/newsletters/BusinessMattersVol8No1b.pdf https://www.elev8bymazars.co.uk/solutions/mtd/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhKviBRCNARIsAAGZ7CeoDLZ0iuZgZBLf4U9C0CX5pYNNXtIhS1FwfUUC18Pi4hYKr5VN1Y4aAm4vEALw_wcB https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/2019-employment-law-eight-changes-to-look-out-for/ https://www.smallbusinesscommissioner.gov.uk/news-3/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.   https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
37:36
January 25, 2019
BrumPod005: How do people treat networking at Christmas? And why do some events work and not others?
In our last show of 2018, we look at the different ways people treat networking around the festive period. Should we still maintain utter professionalism, or is it ok to be a bit more relaxed? And we look at why some events work, and the reasons others perhaps don't; looking at all the different flavours of networking and their various merits. This episode is Christmas themed, as it's our last one now for 2018. However, we will be back bright eyed and bushy tailed from early January onwards, with some brilliant guests lined up for future episodes. So do stay tuned for all the latest info and updates. Follow @brumpod on Twitter for all the latest news. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
30:06
December 3, 2018
BrumPod004: Channel 4 Bypasses Us, Netflix Joins Us; & Is Your Workstation Damaging You?
We firstly discuss Channel 4's decision to move their HQ to Leeds instead of Birmingham. Contrast that with Netflix's decision to start investing in the Midlands by using it as a place to film and produce future original content, plus them investing heavily in Europe-centric content. Then we look at a report that discusses how people working from home could be doing themselves damage. With more and more people self employed or on flexi-time working from home, is your home workstation suitable? Reports show the stats of people working from kitchen tables stooped over laptops, even working from sofas and even their beds! We discuss the ways you can prevent future pain and back problems by getting your workstations set up properly, including standing & height adjustable desks. Resource: https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/latest-news/news/2018/11/6/research-finds-home-workers-not-supported-on-correct-workstation-set-up/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. https://brummies-networking.co.uk Twitter: @brummiesnet Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com Twitter: @happycontentco Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com Twitter: @birocratic
28:16
November 12, 2018
BrumPod003: 'Making Tax Digital', the UK government's new digital initiative - will it work?
In this episode we talk about the UK government's digital initiative, 'Making Tax Digital', which is designed to make business owners' lives easier by creating a seamless digital workflow, simplifying the tax and VAT submission process. Those that'll be hardest hit initially are smaller businesses who maintain their accounts through offline spreadsheets. It will require transitioning to third party cloud software platforms like QuickBooks, FreeAgent etc, as they will work hand in hand with the government's 'MTD' API. The first stage is rolling out in April 2019, so if you're VAT registered then you need to start preparing now. We discuss the various points of view, and the significant pitfalls that most business owners everywhere could find along the way. The long and short - be prepared! Further reading, and info quoted during the show: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/uk/making-tax-digital/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/software-suppliers-supporting-making-tax-digital-for-vat/software-suppliers-supporting-making-tax-digital-for-vat https://www.accountancyage.com/2018/08/16/making-tax-digital-challenges-and-timescales/ https://www.sage.com/en-gb/blog/making-tax-digital-in-trouble/ https://www.accountancyage.com/2018/08/08/making-tax-digital-a-simpler-system-or-muddying-the-waters/ Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. Produced by Happy Content Co. https://brummies-networking.co.uk https://happycontentco.com Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com
27:00
October 23, 2018
BrumPod002: 5G To Be Launched In The Midlands, & LinkedIn/Networking Etiquette - what annoys you?
In our second episode, we discuss the fact that 5G broadband technology is to be piloted & launched in the Midlands, UK. What will that mean for technology generally, and us in business? Also we look at LinkedIn and networking etiquette - what annoys us, and how important it is to cultivate and nurture our connections; looking at the various criteria we should all probably use when deciding who to accept connection requests from. Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking. Produced by Happy Content Co. https://brummies-networking.co.uk https://happycontentco.com Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com
29:21
October 5, 2018
BrumPod-Ep1: Are Business Cards Dead?, & How To Network
In BrumPod's inaugural episode, we discuss the relevance of business cards in today's technological society; do they still serve a purpose? Also we talk about business networking, and give our top tips as to how you can maximise your results from it. Brought to you by Brummies Networking's team members; Richard Heathcote, Jason Jones, Iwan Thomas & Danny Peters. Podcast produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com https://brummies-networking.co.uk Music by Birocratic - http://birocratic.com
23:50
September 14, 2018