In this episode of our Insight series we talk to award winning broadcast journalist Felicity Hannah. Felicity has balanced her established freelance work with home schooling and sharing her normal office space with partner, three sons and a dog.
In her day job Fliss regularly talks to business owners, consumers and experts in a wide variety of fields. Who better to gauge the current mood of the nation and assess how life after lockdown may look?
From Edinburgh ghost tour guide to Virtual Reality meetings and pain, passion and success of lego we cover a wide area of topics in this fascinating chat.
Bio - Felicity Hannah, a Philosophy Graduate from Edinburgh University, who has established a successful career as a freelance print and broadcast journalist, specialising in consumer affairs, business and personal finance. She regularly writes for the Times, The Independent, The Mirror and for the BBC News website. Felicity also regularly covers the presenter spot for BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up To Money and can often be found hosting Money Box Live on Radio 4. Last year Felicity won two awards for her broadcast journalism. She also has three sons under 10 and a dog so she's certainly busy.
Website: http://felicityhannah.co.uk/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FelicityHannah
In this episode we explore Alastair's new book How to Build a Better Business Plan. We evaluate the importance of planning and the opportunities for investment and growth borne out of a well drafted and impactful plan.
We look at the key steps required to structure a comprehensive and universally understood business plan and set the guide in context with the demands of businesses emerging from a global crisis.
This is probably as good a time as ever to stand back and consider the purpose and direction of your business. Even if you have a plan it's worth checking in to see if you have all the bases covered because Alastair leaves no stone unturned.
Our guest Alastair Thomson is a Law graduate and qualified accountant who’s worked at C-Suite level for a number of multinational organisations.
His financial qualifications have seen Alastair in great demand within a range of senior roles including manufacturing, B2B services, utilities and financial services.
In his many CEO assignments Alastair has created high growth businesses out of formerly staid performers, typically doubling revenues in 3 years or less, with improved profit performance to match.
These results are in no small part due to the entrepreneurial side to Alastair’s management approach. His focus has always been on growing revenues and profits than the traditional cost management pre-occupation accountants are better known for.
As he often says, “The problem with cost cutting is that if you spend £10,000 on something now, the most you can ever add to the bottom line with cost cutting is £10,000, because once you get the cost down to zero you can’t save any more. However, with a good product and effective marketing, your opportunity to grow sales is effectively unlimited. So that’s where you get a better return for time invested.”
Currently, Alastair supports a range of ambitious entrepreneurial businesses with significant growth plans as a board advisor and fractional CFO.
Alastair has written two books: “Cash Flow Surge: 101 No-Cost and Low-Cost Fast-Action Strategies to Boost Your Business Cash Flow” and “How to Build a Better Business Plan”, both of which help business owners and entrepreneurs demystify the financial side of building and running their businesses.
In addition to his executive roles, Alastair has served as Chairman and Non-Executive Director for a range of charitable organisations, mainly in the education sector. He also served as Chairman of the Northern Business Forum, an organisation dedicated to supporting business growth in the North of England, working with government agencies, business membership organisations and employers of all sizes.
Books: How to Build a Better Business Plan and Cash Flow Surge
LinkedIn: Alastair Thomson
Our guest, Rachel Flower, is a qualified and highly experienced lawyer, leadership mentor, business coach, public speaker, advocate for female entrepreneurship and one of the co-founders of Excluded UK.
In this episode of HReSource Insights Rachel will be talking to me about Active Orbit a business she founded last year which as our copy above eludes offers tremendously powerful combination of personal value-based rewards linked to the tracked physical efforts of its community’s members. Active Orbit is an app led fitness programme that engages with its community by promoting activity supporting a healthier lifestyle. Through its unique connection with UK retailers, member activity can be collated and used as a currency affording discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.
We explore the creation of the original concept, trials of launching a new business mid pandemic the product’s evolution and a look forward to how the other side of Covid-19 might look for this very exciting venture.
In addition to running Active Orbit Rachel is the co-founder of the Broadroom, a network of like-minded individuals not exclusively for women but with a clear intent to encourage, support and engage with fellow female entrepreneurs. She also runs legal consultancy Serenwood.
Rachel lives in Yorkshire but you just might hear the lilt of a Welsh accent especially when speaking passionately as she does frequently on subjects very close to her heart.
You can find out more by visiting their website; https://activeorbit.co.uk/ or send an email to email@example.com
In this episode of HReSource we talk money, specifically an area often clouded by a lack of understanding and jargon - investments.
We meet Steve Clapham author of a new bestselling book that's causing quite a stir in the investment world.
The Smart Money Method aims to strip away the mystique and provide a logical path to deliver a better understanding of the risks and opportunities to help even a novice make better informed investment decisions.
This is 50 minutes of conversation certainly worth investing in...
Steve Clapham is the founder of Behind the Balance Sheet, an investment research and training consultancy, which produces bespoke research and runs training courses for a select group of institutional clients. Steve’s Forensic Accounting Training Programme launched in June 2018, and in its first two years some 300 professional investment analysts and portfolio managers at some of the biggest funds in the UK took the course, which has been enthusiastically received. The course is unusual in that it looks at the issue of financial manipulation from a practitioner’s perspective and has over 150 real life examples of accounting chicanery from around the world.
Steve spent some 20 years as an equity analyst at different investment banks, covering various sectors, and was consistently rated in the top 10 in his sector in Extel, II and Reuters surveys. He moved to the buy-side in 2005 and was a partner and head of research at two multi-billion dollar hedge funds; he specialised in using a deep dive research approach to identify special situation opportunities.
Steve trained as an accountant and lives in London; he enjoys reading, yoga, and skiing and is interested in investment theory, wine and classic cars. He is regularly featured in the press, including the Financial Times, the Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph and City AM. Steve also frequently appears on podcasts, including Bloomberg Odd Lots and the Acquirer’s Podcast as well as on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and on Real Vision, talking about accounting issues at quoted companies.
His book, The Smart Money Method, outlines his research process and is a number one Amazon investment category bestseller.
Our special guest for this episode of the HReSource podcast is DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY - Pioneering entrepreneur, innovator, problem solver and philanthropist. If you thought home based, flexible working and equality and inclusivity in the workplace were new concepts you might be surprised to hear they were the cornerstone of Dame Stephanie’s first company, Freelance Programmers founded in 1962. It was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion and made 70 of her staff millionaires.
In this podcast we investigate Dame Stephanie’s love of maths, early career in computing, the sparks and obstacles that led to forming the company, a girl named Steve, relationships, partnerships, public speaking on a global scale and ultimate sense of accomplishment in being a hugely successful Venture Philanthropist – not simply offering financial support to causes close to her heart such as Autism, the charity Autistica and specialist schools but in so doing providing the strategic focus and idea generation to help ensure such support delivers successful outcomes.
DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY CH is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. In 1962, she founded an all-woman software company that pioneered remote working, upending the expectations of the time. It was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion and made 70 of her staff millionaires. Since ‘retiring’, her focus has been on philanthropy, especially autism and IT. Her TED Talk has had over 2 million views, and her memoir, ‘Let It Go’, is being made into a film produced by BAFTA-winning Damian Jones. ‘So To Speak’ an anthology of some 30 speeches from the past 40 years was published in November 2020. Copies of her books can be ordered via www.steveshirley.com – every penny she receives goes to Autistica, the medical research charity she founded.
Twitter @DameStephanie_ Instagram @DameStephanie_
A fascinating episode exploring the connections and lessons we can learn to help our personal and commercial development via insights shared from the world of elite performance and high profile sporting organisations.
We take a look at Grant's successful career spanning work for Glasgow Rangers, Middlesbrough FC, Manchester City and the FA, drawing lessons from this experience. We identify key areas where business owners, executives and managers can learn from elite sports management:
Crisis Planning and Management
Physical, Mental and Emotional Fitness
Re-purposing and goal planning
Consistency and making marginal gains.
Grant Downie OBE is a consultant in medical & performance solutions for elite sport & industry. Grant's distinguished career spans over 34 years at the heart of professional football & elite sport.
Discover more of Grant Downie and resources he has made freely available at his website - https://grantdownie.co.uk
Emma is well known as the 'Voice of London's Buses', London's Overground Trains and the London River-bus, heard by more than 9 million Londoners and tourists. To date she has recorded a mind-blowing 60,000 announcements. I will also be the voice of the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail).
Emma’s voiceover work ranges from corporate films to commercials, telephone systems to public address systems.
In this podcast we explore the work of a Voice Over Artist and the experience of working from home with clients across the globe as well as Emma's additional business in running a successful PR consultancy supporting local businesses.
Voice Over Artist, Public Speaker & PR Consultant
Former Presenter - ITV Weather, Red Dragon Radio, Capital Gold
During her spell with Capital Gold Emma co-hosted a radio show with Jerry Springer
• Transport for London 'Voice of London's Buses'
• London's Overground Trains
• Elizabeth Line (Crossrail)
• London Riverbus, heard by more than 9 million Londoners and tourists
• Recorded a mind-blowing 60,000 announcements
Examples of other client brands
• Trafford Centre
• Royal Dutch Airlines
• English Heritage
• Visit Dubai
As well as the voice over work Emma runs a public relations consultancy specialising in independent retail.
Contact https://emmahignett.com Twitter @emmahignett
This episode is the first in series 2 which will be going under the title of "Managing Forward"
In series 1 we dealt with "Coping with Covid" and whilst we know it's still very much with us we thought a positive outlook on success and forward thinking should be our focus throughout this collection of insights.
In this episode entrepreneur Amanda Thomson outlines the challenges faced this year and the success of her newly created sparkling wine which is creating quite a storm is the drinks industry.
With a growing trend toward living healthier lifestyles our desire to pop a cork at the drop of a hat doesn't now need to follow with a bad head the next day.
Groundbreaking brand Noughty created by Amanda and her team will truly surprise you, a vegan, halal, low sugar, alcohol free bottle of fizz, it really is very good.
With growing sales and international demand we can expect to hear a lot more of Noughty with Amanda able to call on her many year's experience as a broadcaster for the BBC.
A thoroughly enjoyable discussion with one of the UK's brightest entrepreneurs.
Amanda Thomson is CEO and Founder of Thomson & Scott, voted one of Business Insider’s Coolest People in Food & Drink 2019. Thomson is leading the global shift to delicious alcohol-free drinking with her game-changing Noughty - the first top quality organic, vegan, halal non-alcoholic low sugar sparkling wine.
Raised on a plant-based, no sugar diet by her health-conscious mother, Thomson has always had a keen interest as to what’s in her food. Formerly an Arts Broadcaster at the BBC, Thomson moved her young family to Paris and studied for her Diploma in Wine at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu School where she was Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and an EY Winning Woman.
Thomson & Scott now sells in key territories around the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the US and will shortly be appearing on the shelves at Waitrose stores.
In this episode David Laud explores the career and current challenges of one of the key figures running a globally recognised data measurement and management company.
At the forefront of supporting the UK Governments efforts to contain and communicate effectively on Covid19 matters, Kelly Beaver has had a challenging but ultimately rewarding 2020.
This episode of the HReSource series, covering organisational and individual responses to the pandemic, helps to shine a spotlight on an inspirational leaders work in leading a multi skilled team in delivering support for high profile clients.
An open and frank conversation, which in our opinion, is definitely worth hearing .
Kelly Beaver regularly engages with the Government in translating complexities into practicalities from data findings sourced from Ipsos MORI surveys and assists at both a National and Local Government level to support strategies and communication campaigns borne out of her team’s work during the current Covid19 crisis.
Kelly is the Managing Director of Ipsos MORI’s Public Affairs division, a team of over 250 evaluation, advisory and social research professionals.
Prior to her current role Kelly led Ipsos MORI’s policy and evaluation unit, which is now a national leader in delivering evaluation services to the UK government.
Kelly joined Ipsos MORI from PwC where she worked within the Research, Strategy and Policy Group and The Evaluation Partnership (subsequently Coffey International Development).
She is experienced in facilitation, negotiation, presenting to Ministers, Special Advisors and senior leadership teams. Kelly holds several honorary positions outside of her role at Ipsos MORI. These include a Senior Research Fellowship at the Kings Policy Institute, a Board Member for the Campaign for Social Sciences in the UK and as a Trustee for the Early Intervention Foundation. Kelly was a Director of the UK Evaluation Society between 2011 and 2017.
Anthony Grey is an accomplished Business Development professional who has an impeccable track record of building, managing and delivering new business pipelines. His consultative sales approach and strategic thinking has helped him build new business with globally recognised brands.
Our guest has a very engaging personality and his undoubted communication skills have led to opening doors at the very highest levels in the corporate world.
Interestingly he also has a side hustle that of itself can break the ice at even the hardest pitch for business.
Join David Laud in a fascinating conversation with Anthony where he shares his views on the changing landscape of sales and how he’s managed both a successful corporate career and gained global recognition for his side hustle.
In this, episode 9 of our covid series Anthony discusses the impact of Covid and technology on the sales process, the future of business development and challenges faced by those charged with introducing customers to the organisation.
Of course we discuss the Side Hustle...and were the "sideburns" in the title a clue?? Take a listen to this entertaining episode to find out.
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-grey-87290b4/
In this Podcast we explore the world of "Cyber Security" and "Big Data". We look at the lessons we can learn from Governments and corporations who've failed to deliver and capitalise on the undoubted advantages new technology can bring to our lives. We also discuss the big five; Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, their dominance of the Big Data world and moves afoot to contain and control their handling of our "private" information.
1. How do we keep up with the ever-larger number of online threats.
2. Data capture - staff, suppliers, customers, prospects has GDPR worked?
3. Compliance is it a set of boxes to tick or should we better understand the risks and implications of breaching rules?
4. Big Data… why should we be paying attention to it?
5. How has the Government adopted Big Data into its activities to meet its objectives?
6. Trace, Track and Test was trailed as a key solution to control the spread of Covid before we find a vaccine. Has it worked?
7. Examples of the misuse of Big Data
Claire Davey is an award-winning Cyber Risk specialist. With a decade-long career working for the world’s largest broking houses, she’s helped numerous global clients understand, mitigate and transfer their cyber and contractual technology risk.
In September 2020 Claire’s stepping off from the City treadmill to pursue her passion of lifelong learning, studying for a PhD in the field of addiction, while continuing her work in the cyber security field through her own venture: cyberclaire.com. Claire will be running group and 1:1 training programmes for professionals who want to understand more about cyber risk and cyber insurance.
ACII and CISSP qualified and accredited performance coach.
Winner of Team Leader of the Year Award, Women in Insurance Awards 2019
Trailblazer Award Nominee, Women in Insurance Awards 2020.
Winner of the Chubb Insurance Prize for Risk Management, 2014.
Our Guest in this podcast is Guy Kilty. Guy will be a familiar name and voice for many radio listeners. For over a decade Guy has appeared as a regular host on BBC radio five live and its iconic and very popular “Wake Up to Money”, a 45-minute bowl of snap crackle and credit crunch. He also regularly covered the news, up all night and Radio 4’s Moneybox “Live”. Many may not realise that Guy’s entrepreneurial drive has resulted in the setting up of a successful Podcast Production company called Dap Dip. Dap Dip provides an ideal opportunity to call on those years of broadcasting experience, helping raw podcasters polish their craft and grow an engaged audience.
In this podcast we cover...
Guy's Career and Interests
A Brief background of Podcasting
Essential Advice for Launching Your Podcast
Audio v Video
Popularity and Longevity of Podcasting
Vanity Pods vs Audience Driven Broadcasts
Sourcing and Managing Guests
Trailers and Why/When They're Important
Use of Show Notes & Transcripts
Promoting Your Podcast
Measures of Success Including Importance of Plays vs Impact
https://www.dapdip.co.uk/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Headliner App - https://www.headliner.app/
The Price of Football Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/price-of-football https://twitter.com/pof_pod
One Heat Minute Podcast https://oneheatminute.com/podcast
The Dap Dip Song - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings https://open.spotify.com/track/23owcOQI9Rp8iHs49ReN8w?si=y2kzJ2DXTR2qq-7CB3QXMA
Today’s guest is a very experienced lawyer, leadership mentor, business coach, public speaker, advocate for female entrepreneurship and one of the leading lights of Excluded UK. Excluded UK is a group created to fight against a significant injustice suffered by millions of UK taxpayers who, without good reason, fell between the gaps and received no help when much needed Coronavirus related financial support was handed out by the chancellor.
Our guest is Rachel Flower and she will be talking to me about “Cause and Effect”
How to Create a Campaign Platform and Grow an Engaged, Focussed Community to Achieve Results
She is the co-founder of the Broadroom a network of like-minded individuals not exclusively for women but with a clear intent to encourage, support and engage with fellow female entrepreneurs. She also runs legal consultancy Serenwood and has created another network called Free 2 ride which is an online activity centred offering aiming to grow a community of active members looking for a healthier lifestyle.
Rachel lives in Yorkshire but you just might hear the lilt of a Welsh accent especially when speaking passionately as she does frequently on subjects very close to her heart. You’ll also hear in this episode how Rachel is working hard to balance her busy career as a seasoned entrepreneur and campaigner with that of an equally busy parent.
When Covid19 and lockdown hit the UK most of us were in a state of shock. Fortunately the Government did take swift action when mass redundancies were looming. We saw the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme also known as Furlough. There were other schemes announced to support the self-employed such as the Self Employed Income Support Scheme, and a Discretionary Grant Scheme co-ordinated by local authorities which has currently paid out £11 billion via 900k grants to businesses across the UK. BUT..despite the very best efforts of a wide range of tax players from self-employed to freelancers to company directors and those denied furlough or individuals simply earning less than 50% of their income from self-employment 3 million UK taxpayers are affected by this oversight and received Zero support since Lockdown began. Excluded UK is fighting their corner.
In episode 5 of our series on managing through a crisis, David Laud talks to Tim Ringo, hugely experienced corporate executive, MD of Accenture and VP of IBM and SAP. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a YouTube Channel and is an author and popular public speaker.
During this podcast Tim answers a broad range of questions which relate to improving our business performance and covers an outline of the key content features of his new book, Solving the Productivity Puzzle. The timing of this publication couldn't be better given the World's collective desire to re-boot and re-focus after the negative impact of Covid19.
This fascinating discussion explores;
How businesses are dealing with the pandemic,
Struggles with harnessing and capitalising on the advancement of digital technology,
The changing workplace,
The key to creating a motivated workforce,
Managing 6 generations at work,
Corporate case examples of productive best practice,
Online review sites,
Wellbeing and productivity,
The future landscape and definition of productivity,
Immediate priorities for business owners and senior execs
Tim's new book Solving the Productivity Puzzle is available from publishers Kogan Page and via Amazon .
For more information click here
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Covid19 has had a widespread impact on our lives. From the obvious fears of catching and hopefully recovering from Coronavirus to perhaps loss of work or change in pattern by working from home.
Restrictions on travel and ability to see and hug loved ones also proved to be difficult adjustments but one thing that’s quietly growing whilst all of this “strange new World” has developed around us is the impact on our overall state of mind and wellbeing.
BMA mental health policy lead Dr Andrew Molodynski has said: “Covid-19 has meant a sudden and stark change in the way people live their lives but as we return to some semblance of normality, we are faced with the longer-term impact this pandemic will have on mental health.
As we know prior to Covid19 the UK’s mental health services were literally at breaking point, with an expected uplift in mental health issues following the pandemic the nation could be in for a very difficult time.
This growing concern is hitting large proportions of the population and it’s important that we all understand how we can be affected and what to do to prevent, mitigate or treat the symptoms and underlying causes of poor mental health.
Today we are delighted to welcome Diane Youdale who’s going to help us understand the common symptoms that manifest when we’re not coping and offer some useful tips and advice on better managing ourselves and essentially others, this is important for our HReSource listeners many of whom are responsible for the wellbeing of their staff.
In this episode we cover:
Becoming aware of the problem and ability to recognise symptoms
Most likely causes for having poor mental health
Tips and techniques to help ourselves better cope with these challenges
Suggestions on how to approach others who are causing concern, family, partners or colleagues
Thoughts on how you could help a colleague who you’re worried about
How we can identify those at highest risk and appropriate action to take
Ideas on taking a more positive and proactive approach to prevent the development of low mood, stress and anxiety
Practical steps to ensure the wellbeing of staff is taken seriously and not just a “tick box” compliance exercise
Our Guest - Diane Youdale
Diane is of course the artist formally known as “Jet” from TV's Gladiators. As many of you will remember she was one of the original and I think true to say one of the most popular Gladiators. Diane arrived on ITV’s primetime show following careers in gymnastics and then as a choreographer, dancer and fitness professional.
Whilst she is no longer “Gladiating” she is still very active in choreography plus teaching both dance and physical fitness programmes. Diane is also a qualified and practicing Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Coach. It’s this area that we’ll be exploring today and as Diane says herself adding Psychotherapy to her skills has helped round off her understanding of the challenge’s humans face in their lives, both physical and mental.
Dr Wendy Sneddon shares essential advice for those of you who've decided to start a new venture as a result of your Covid19 reflections.
In this absorbing conversation Dr Sneddon explores:
Knowing Your Strengths
Creating a Vision
Setting out Clear Plans
Develop and Maintain a Positive Culture
Dr Wendy Sneddon RVN, MSc, AssocCIPD
An award-winning author, associate member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Wendy is a UK-based experienced Business and Leadership coach with 20-plus years of helping start-up businesses, strategic planning ,and team management/training. Wendy is passionate about doing what she loves, she helps entrepreneurs to build solid foundations for a successful business, through engaging and motivating their teams, so they love what they do and stay with you.Founder of the Lodestone Lounge, an online community supporting entrepreneurs with business skills; creator of HR For You software (Cloud based Employee Management system), an online filing system for you’re all your employee data and records. Passionate about ending abuse against both human beings and animals,
Wendy Sneddon is also part of the Links Group, raising awareness of the link between animal abuse and human abuse, helping vet teams recognise non accidental injuries in animals and how to help their clients who may be victims too, currently developing resources to help employers recognise the signs of domestic abuse and know how to support their employees.Truly inspirational business support, we design & implement strategies to Attract -Recruit -Retain Great Employees & Loyal Customers
Want some help motivating your team?
Need a neat way to store all your employee data and share company information?
Read my book and you’ll find out everything you need to have in place to set up your own HR system.
HReSource Podcasts Series 1 - Covid19 and Support for Business
My guest in this episode is the head of one of the largest litigation teams in Scotland, he’s also, very conveniently, a well respected and hugely experienced employment lawyer!
In this episode (recorded 15.6.20) we cover the latest updates to the Flexible Furlough Scheme including;
The background and stats to CJRS the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Changes by month up to end October 2020, including the contributions to be made by employers
Practical steps in planning ahead
Taking staff back part time
Rotating Furloughed staff
Redundancy and alternative options to consider
Innes Clark is a partner with Morton Fraser one of the leading law firms in Scotland. Innes is an accredited specialist employment lawyer and has been listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list in the Legal 500 UK 2020 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. Just in case you're wondering, the legal matters we will discuss during our chat are common to all jurisdictions across the UK however we would strongly urge you to take professional advice if you're in any doubt over the decisions you're making for your business as a result of Covid19.
Full show notes are available to HReSource members - if you're running a business or provide management support you can join our community by following this link - CLICK HERE