Thank you to Dan Hancocks, Managing Director of CoCredo, for joining me on the Lets Talk Small Business podcast as we talked about the current business world, CoCredo and what the future looks like.
Dan is a driven, honest, fun, hard-working and focused professional with over 20 years’ experience in the Business Information Industry. As Managing Director and Owner of CoCredo, he is honoured to work with such a great team of people and lucky enough to do a job that he really enjoys doing. Since joining in 2003 and completing the MBO of Wyse Assist to CoCredo in 2009, CoCredo have moved offices twice due to growth, doubled their workforce, invested heavily in IT, Marketing and Customer Support, and streamlined Finance. In May 2015 Dan completed a further MBO becoming the sole owner of CoCredo and since then the company has had 4 years of rapid growth with 2018 being the best yet.... This is also highlighted in CoCredo's 99.4% customer retention rate and the way they have adapted as a business in recent years, with a clear strategic plan going forward.
Some of the proudest moments in Dan's working life have been most recently with CoCredo winning 'Credit Information Provider of the Year’ and 'Employer of the Year' at the CICM British Credit Awards 2019. The judges commented that the company was 'Head and shoulders above the competition. A business that truly listens to what its clients want. Innovation at its best'. In 2018, Dan was over-whelmed to be awarded with 'Business Leader of the Year' at the Bucks Business Awards and 'Technology Innovator Person the Year' at the Credit & Collections Awards. These awards are recognition for many years hard work by all the team, the great ethos the company has as a business to always go that extra inch and treat customers how they would want to be treated themselves, and the passion the company has to succeed on a daily basis.
Dan is a keen fundraiser and supporter of the Oxford Children’s Hospital (OCH) and help organise the OCH Charity Golf Day in June each year, raising over £175k in the last 8 years. This is very close to his heart after they helped save his sons' life in 2010.
It was a pleasure talking to Dan about his business and what they offer the small business world.
Listen to Kathleen Kirkland and I talking about how she publishes books, her great book about three ladies and their running exploits and Kathleen's journey from Southend to Milton Keynes!
Kathleen's Linked In profile is here
It was a pleasure to talk to Glenys Chatterley who is based in Chelmsford, Essex about her Effective Business Network and how her experience and people skills help small businesses learn, grow and develop.
Glenys is a networking pro and has many useful blog articles on her website to help business owners understand more about networking.
This is what Glenys has written on her Linked In profile:
If you’re in business and want to be part of a business focussed, supportive network then ebn is for you, ebn offers a opportunity to establish a strong network of people who know and trust you and are advocates for your business.By working together and sharing business knowledge everyone benefits and their businesses grow.
ebn currently has 17 breakfast groups in Essex and others in Herts and Suffolk, and it is growing fast. The focus of meetings is helping the members To make all the right connections to grow their businesses.
Effective Business Network started in 2005 as Essex Business Network and as a group director and avid networker it made sense to take it over in 2012, when the opportunity came up. Since then we’ve added 9 new groups and the membership is growing every week. On 2/5/14 we rebranded as Effective Business Network and are now looking to go over the boundaries of Essex. With a system that works we want to help as many businesses as possible...perhaps you might be interested in coming along or setting up a Group?
Join us for breakfast one morning and find out more—find your nearest meeting on our website http://www.ebn.uk.com.
Listen to Wendy Thomson and I talking about her cleaning business and what businesses should be doing following COVID19.
This is what Wendy says on her Linked In profile
Green cleaning guru using naturally powerful ingredients to improve your home and office living space. Developed own brand of natural cleaning products and methods of cleaning that save water and reduce waste trademarked 'Just Primal®'.
My goal is to have a unit producing my range of green cleaning and well-being products and to get as many businesses, schools, care homes etc using green cleaning methods and products.
Specialist: Green cleaning products and services and well-being products.
Environmental Award winner Jul 2012 Stroud Life Awards for how my business focuses on saving water and using environmentally friendly own brand cleaning products.
Training specialist with 20 years experience in identifying training needs, training opportunities and selecting the right training methods.
Today I spoke with Liz Drury who is a Voice Over Artist based in North Lincolnshire.
Liz has worked with businesses around the world, both large and small, and regardless of whether you run a multinational company or you’re a one-man-band, her promise to you is the same: she will provide a PROFESSIONAL, friendly service and will deliver QUALITY recordings in the format of your choice FAST.
Liz can do this because she works from a professionally equipped home studio, which consists of a gold series Vocal Booth and Neumann TLM103 microphone, and though Liz is based in rural North Lincolnshire (lovely and quiet for audio recording!), the power of the internet means your files can be sent to you in minutes, wherever you are.
Liz takes care of her clients. They tell her that she's a pleasure to work with and they appreciate my attention to detail and reliable service.
Liz LOVES what she does, and she's good at it too, but it isn’t just Liz who says so as she's been shortlisted for One Voice Awards two years running. she's not just serious about voiceover – she's serious about business too. Liz was one of 2017’s Top 100 Small Businesses in the UK, and a runner up in the North Lincolnshire Business Awards 2017, the Lincolnshire Business Awards 2019, the Lincolnshire Tech Awards 2019, and the Rural Business Awards 2019.
• If you know your brand could sound better
• If you’re unhappy with how your corporate or explainer videos sound
• If your training materials don’t come across the way you’d like
• If you’re irritated by the tone of your voicemail prompts and on-hold sales messages….
TALK TO LIZ! Her website is www.lizdrury.co.uk
Have you ever wondered how you could gain more attention to your business but you simply don't have the time ? This is where a company such as Sentry Collective can help. Listen to owner Luke Redhead and I talking about his business and how they help small businesses engage with written page content for websites, blogs and articles and social media posts.
Luke's Linked In profile is here:
I'm a content writer and the editor for Sentry Collective, a small company dedicated to working closely with small businesses to create content that's right for them. Whether it be article/blog posts, email content or just proofreading, it helps to give small companies that extra free time whilst still benefiting from sharing content with their readers to keep them engaged and increase their online presence.
Our mission is to take away the pain and burden of creating content, giving back the time that smaller companies would have spent to create this. We're dedicated to helping make a change and give small businesses the chance to focus on creating relationships and building their businesses; we focus on crafting the content that helps keep their prospects and customers interested and involved with the businesses.
Today I spoke to Zack Fortag from the Ahead of Time Academy about his passion for helping young people between the age of 15 and 25 who want to start a business. Zack runs a charity which helps support young people in Essex in the UK and his academy can help young people around the world with key learning opportunities, blogs and other key material.
Zack's Linked In profile is here:
My name is Zack Fortag I am a 19-year-old entrepreneur from Essex. When I was just 15, I started Ahead of time clothing which was a motivational clothing brand to help young people in fashion and business. In our duration we helped over 100 young people work in fashion and the business industry. Our clothing also was very successful we sold into 13 countries, worked with the largest fashion show in the UK and had partners such as Asos, Boys base and many stores across the UK and USA.
Also, I ran Ahead of time academy which was extremely successful we employed five people and had a great office, I also have done public speaking and events for Young Enterprise.
My latest venture is Ahead of time academy which is a CIC not for profit organisation aimed to help young people learn skills and gain connections for life. So far in our first few weeks we have secured some of the biggest charities as partners.
Today I spoke to Lindsay Woodward from LW Marketing in Rugby, Warwickshire about how she helps businesses with their marketing and her passion for writing books.
Lindsay's profile on Linked In
I’m a CIM qualified Chartered Marketer with 17 years' experience in helping to enhance brands and grow businesses. As a Consultant, I work with companies that require marketing support. Whether it’s aiding an existing marketing team or looking after all the marketing for a company, I can develop marketing strategy, produce a marketing plan and executive a range of activities as needed.
Although I am a specialist in the construction industry, I've also helped out a range of other businesses, including those in the technology, professional services and utilities industries.
I have a wealth of experience across the full marketing mix. This means I’m able to write plans that effectively utilise a range of actions, such as copywriting and content development, digital marketing, blogging, social media management, PR, campaign development, lead generation, event planning and internal communication. Whatever the action, the important thing is to find out what’s right for your business.
Today I spoke to Martin Searle and Andrew Murphy from the Federation of Small Businesses talking about the benefits of being a member and how they've helped small businesses during COVID19 and how small businesses can benefit from membership.
Andrew recently partnered with the Federation of Small Business (FSB) and can now offer memberships to local business owners in the BN postcodes.
For less than a cup of coffee a week you have full access to the protection that the FSB affords small business.
For the last few months, I have had the pleasure of visiting 1,000s of businesses in the south.
What is the FSB?
• Offers members a wide range of vital business services including:
• Tax investigation Protection
• Legal Protection Scheme
• Employment Protection
• Health & Safety advice
• Legal Hub
• Insurance Service
• Start-Up Business advice
• PR/Crisis Management
• Business Banking
• Funding Platform
• Cash Advance
• Debt Recovery
• Workplace Pensions
Andrew can also help introduce you to other Membership Advisors around the UK if you aren't in the BN postcode.
Listen to Simon Dutton from DBTI Limited and I talking about LEGO® Serious Play®
This is what Simon says on his Linked In page about LEGO® Serious Play®
LEGO® Serious Play® is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving method where participants are led through a series of questions which go deeper and deeper. Each participant builds his or her own three-dimensional LEGO model using specially selected LEGO bricks in response to the facilitator’s questions. These 3D models serve as the basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® maximises the full potential, insight, confidence and commitment of all the people around the table..
Today I talked to Jacky Clarke from Clarke Learning Consultancy about her business and her free e-book which you can download here
Jacky's Linked In profile is here:
Highly determined, motivated and analytical who is able to take an objective view to see situations from all angles. A strong team player who is willing to go the extra mile to support the wider team and business. An optimist and realist who operates well through periods of change. Placing high value on honesty, passion and positivity in all situations. Thriving in challenging environments where a broad commercial knowledge is key to achieving success.
Proven experience in designing, delivering and evaluating learning across diverse business areas to all staff levels including senior management. Effective in the delivery of technical, personal effectiveness skills and management development through both in-house programmes, externally accredited and qualifications up to Level 3.
Listen to Joseph Young from Kuvio in the US and I talking about creativity.
Joseph's Linked In profile:
Gifted software developer and solutions provider with a passion for producing elegant and efficient code and strong experience in all phases of the agile software development lifecycle. Recognized as a key contributor and outstanding performer by Gwynn Group, EF Johnson Technologies and the USAF; recipient of numerous awards. Talented learner, problem-solver and innovator: unique ability to single-handedly conceptualize, design, develop, and quickly deliver cutting edge business applications that transform companies. Strong communicator and relationship builder; employs rare skillset to improve business and ensure smart utilization of latest technologies.
Favorite Stack: C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Angular, Typescript, D3. Web application design & development, data analytics & presentation engines, user experience design.
Listen to Victoria Fellowes from Stride Forth and I talking about business coaching.
Victoria's Linked In profile:
MEET VICTORIA ► A qualified professional coach (iPEC), a L&D professional, career transition specialist, ELI psychometric master, international public speaker, senior-level recruiter and a global nomad. Trusted by Clients (individuals and corporates) for delivering exceptional results. Professionals are coached and trained to master their potential and sustain long term success for both themselves and for their organisations. They also enjoy working with someone who is passionate, professional and who understands work/life dynamics.
WHY STRIDEFORTH? ► Clients love the access they get to a unique set of skills and insight. Knowledge of >45 industries, an innovative approach, direct experience of a wide range of business structures, a global perspective, reality-based outlook, a fearless and engaging manner, a 6th sense in identifying a person’s potential and solutions that are practical, viable and sustainable.
WHAT WE DO ► We take away the pain and stress that people often feel in their roles and put in place a forward-looking framework that provides security, choice and opportunity in the shape of development programmes (both in-person and online). We absolutely love wowing clients with their results and seeing them smile is hugely rewarding.
WHO YOU ARE ► Partners, Directors, Managers, MBA graduates and career-minded young adults across the globe. Your professional backgrounds are extremely diverse, yet you all share one thing in common - a sense that you have more to offer than what your current role allows. We have helped hundreds of people to break through career blocks and leverage their full abilities.
READY TO TALK? ► Drop me a line via LinkedIn or email@example.com or simply book a call - calendly.com/strideforth
SPECIALITIES ► Executive coaching, L&D, leadership assessment, employee engagement, executive presence, career strategist, Board confidence, communication coaching, sales coaching, upskilling managers, team engagement, project coaching, career returners, outplacement, panel interview coaching, managing appraisals and psychometrics.
Today I spoke to Susan Risdale about her Natural Business Network in Andover, Hampshire.
Susan's Linked In profile is here:
Natural Business Network (NBN) is my brand new business venture - a friendly and relaxed business networking group where you have the chance to meet other local business owners, community members and tell them about your business and interests.
Today I talked with Sara Penrose from Sara Penrose Limited about her creative workshops
Sara's Linked In Profile is here:
I am a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Artist specialising in developing teams and creative skills for businesses. My Creative Workshops for Business help with subjects such as People Engagement, Staff Retention, Leadership Development and Change Management, as well as developing key creative skills such as problem solving, critical and lateral thinking, wellbeing and design innovation
Due to my background in both engineering and art, I combine the best of both worlds. The approach is a measured and structured delivery, whilst encouraging a different way of thinking with a skilled creative task.
I also provide Leisure experiences, where guest realise their creative ability. Consisting of Experience Days, Experience Breaks and E-scapes, my on-line school. The Perfect way to develop a hobby, a group activity or as a gift.
Today I spoke to James MacPherson from Rebranding Safety about his thoughts on health and safety and his podcast and You Tube channels.
James is a regular Health and Safety professional, but with one very strange hobby. In his spare time, he hosts a health, safety and wellbeing podcast and YouTube channel called Rebranding Safety. Born out of frustration of over complicated systems and safety ‘gone mad’ practices and perceptions, James took it upon himself to publish his opinions and conversations for you all to listen to. The podcast has grown fast within the first year, providing in-depth discussions with many people of influence within the industry, including Jason Anker, Louise Taggart, Rachel Butler and Andrew Sharman, alongside his solo episodes where he thinks aloud for your listening pleasure. James’s authentic style alone challenges the stereotype, with his self-deprecating humour and passionate shouting into the microphone (not to mention the swearing) resulting in him being described as a “hip young gun slinger of health and safety” and “professionally unprofessional” Rebranding Safety has also been pegged as “a down the pub style podcast”, so rip off your hi-vis, snap the clip boards in half and check out Rebranding Safety.
Tonight I spoke to Emma Speirs, Director and Owner of Ballyhoo PR based in Corby, Northants about PR.
This is Emma's profile on her Linked In account.
I am passionate about all things PR and writing. I love meeting with new clients and finding out about their business, products, services and industry and helping them to tell their story.
I have 15 years of PR and copywriting experience, working for advertising and PR agencies and in in-house PR departments at a number of companies. I have also edited various business to business magazines and managed the social media accounts of several firms.
After spending years handling the PR activity for companies that included a leading national housebuilder, SATRA Technology Centre and Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, I decided to set up Ballyhoo PR to offer small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) cost-effective PR and copywriting services that can help them to share their story and raise their profile.
Ballyhoo PR was established in May 2016 and has really taken off! I am flexible and able to create bespoke PR plans for SMEs who are on a budget but have a desire for regular, good quality PR activity and can also provide traditional retainers for larger companies or those that can't commit to employing a full-time PR or marcomms member of staff.
Today I spoke with Basil Reynolds and how he coaches young people with music ability and talent. We also talked football, music and his book!
This is what Basil's profile says on his Linked In profile:
I have been providing positive change in a talented client base, from emerging artists to creative professionals. Creating a safe space for conversations so we can improve their creative potential. We enhance the skills needed to manage their lives outside the classroom & industry so they can thrive within it. This amplifies the quality of life giving them a platform to realise their dreams professionally.
Your talent will get you there but it is self - development that will keep you there!
Having used Mark's services in the past, I can personally recommend Repair Not Replace for fixing your mobile devices.
This is what Mark offers as per his Linked In account:
Mobile Phone, MacBook, Laptop, & Tablet Repairs. We buy your unused phones turning them back into cash. We sell phones and tablets with a 12 month warranty, refurbished. We offer GDPR secure wipes of mobile phones, tablets.
Today it was great to talk to a social media expert in the form of Samantha Cameron and her business - Samantha Cameron Social.
This is what Samantha says on her Linked In profile
With only 24 hours in a day, do you struggle to fit social media into your already busy day? Do you panic when it comes to putting your social media content together, as you have no idea where to start or what to post – or even where to post?
Social media can be the best way to grow your customer base, communicate with customers old and new, and to express what you and your business are all about.
But it all takes time!
From training for absolute beginners, to devising a strategy across multiple social media platforms, I can help you build a solid social media presence for your business, and give you all the tools you need to cultivate and maintain your following.
I’ve grown 5 successful businesses using social media and other online methods, and I’d love to help you do the same. If you are ready to take your business to the next level, then I’m ready to take you there using my simple but effective methods.
As a social media expert I’ve been showing businesses of all sizes how they can grow for over 4 years.
As an entrepreneur, public figure, keynote speaker and professional networker I love nothing more than sharing all of my knowledge, tips and advice on social media and social networking with others to help them gain new customers. I will help you understand your social media and how you can use it to maximise your social media presence, build your online profile and increase your brand.
My social media solutions include:
⭐️ 1-1 Social media training and mentoring
⭐️ Social media consultancy
⭐️ My own scheduling and content creator
⭐️ Online social media training programme
⭐️ Social media content planners and calendars
⭐️ Facebook support group
⭐️ Social media group workshops and training days
⭐️ Social media management
⭐️ Paid ad campaigns
⭐️ Monthly networking event
Being a business owner, a Mum to 5 amazing children, wife to my wonderful husband Rich and I dealing with a chronic disease, I know how important it is to have a good work and lifestyle balance, family is everything, especially our time together and our holidays.
Showing other businesses how simple and fun social media can be and also how to save time allowing you to get back time for YOU is my PASSION.
This morning, I spoke with Vicky Galbraith from Identify Virtual Assistant about her business and what an honest approach she has. I loved the fact that she's happy to talk to business owners about her services, but also her approach to being honest and suggesting that potential clients do their research first to find the "right fit".
This is from her profile on her Linked In account:
By day I am a Virtual Assistant and founder of Identify Virtual Assistant, providing administration services and business support to business owners. My roles include Social Media Management, Personal Assistant duties, general administration, customer service emails/calls, etc.
Today Jo Ferreday from Sheer Edge Ltd and I talked about how her business has pivoted during COVID19.
Almost 2 decades of experience in the Hospitality and Events industries. Many clients Jo has worked with from the beginning of her career are still in contact and using her services now, a testament to Jo delivering a great service. Jo is a mother to her little boy the reason she started Sheer Edge 4 years ago.
Jo's values are; Transparency, being honest, adding value, time and supporting wherever she can.
Making a difference, choosing kindness and always being helpful and supporting those in need wherever possible. Paying it forward and being grateful for what you have is so important.
WHY USE JO & SHEER EDGE? Jo has been selling for 22 years in various industries Recruitment, Corporate Hospitality, Conference & Events, Marketing Services to few. Jo has enjoyed working for companies and running her own businesses. Sheer Edge vision is to ease the time pressure for our clients. Whether its; Delivering the Event Management Training Workshops, free venue finding service or booking our clients corporate hospitality at sought after events. We always put our client's needs at the heart of what we do.
WHY BOOK ON OUR EVENT MANAGEMENT TRAINING WORKSHOPS? With over 25 years of collective experience in the events industry, we decided it was important to give something back. We are a CPD Accredited Provider and during our workshops, our Event Management Team share our experiences and give you the tools you need to feel confident to run your own event. Our Workshops are interactive and enable you to meet and network with other like-minded event organisers and professionals.
WHY USE OUR FREE VENUE FINDING SERVICE? Many of our clients run successful companies, work for busy bosses or are PR or Brand companies working on their client's behalf. You may be looking for a meeting space for a training day, AGM meeting, a team-building or leadership event, annual conference or Awards Dinner, large or small we can help. We take time to understand what you need, the purpose and source the best options for you. There is NO CHARGE for this service.
WHY USE A CORPORATE HOSPITALITY BOOKING SERVICE? There are so many options available where to start? What events do your clients enjoy, or is it to treat your staff or loved one? You can book from 2+ for sporting events, concerts, one-off events, we book individually or manage your calendar for you. We work closely with venues to deliver the very best for you and your guests.
CAN WE HELP? We're a friendly bunch message us here email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0330 223 3176
Today I talked to Ros Thompson from Bach Flower Remedies about her business.
Ros has had an interest in holistic therapies for many year and recently she has been working more and more in this field. She qualified 5 years ago as a Bach Flower Practitioner and now works with many clients on her days off. She also work with animals using her Therapies, she is a qualified Reflexologist, Reiki Master, Crystal Therapist and Indian Head Massage Therapist, she also practices Kinesiology as well.
Today I talked to husband and wife duo Rupert and Angela Turton from Action Coach about coaching and some of the great help they've been giving to small businesses during COVID19 and lockdown.
You can connect with them both on Linked In by clicking on their names above:
Rupert and Angela run ActionCoach Oakham, who work with local businesses to help them identify the barriers and the opportunities that will help grow their business more rapidly than they would on their own.
* How to recruit and train the best team, and retain them?
* Understand how many good sales leads marketing is generating?
* How many leads are converted to sales?
* What do the customers think of the business?
* What single action, if taken today, would double the profit next year?
During his career as a senior leader Rupert has mentored teams to get the best result for both the customer and the company. He has built teams for both sales pursuit and operational delivery for medium sized business to large corporates. Across his career Rupert has had exposure to all aspects of management covering marketing, sales, operations, HR, legal, finance, IT and logistics giving him a great understanding of the way a business works.
As a coach, Rupert's role is to ask you the right challenging questions!
I work with businesses owners to show them how to make more profit and improve their lifestyle.
I help you rediscover the dream that drove you into business in the first place.
When I work with you, I analyse where your business is today, define where you want your business to go and devise a plan as to how to get there. Once the plan is in place I guide you along the journey, offering you support and challenge in each measure, providing accountability and advice.
The ActionCoach Growth system is full of leading business, sales and marketing and team building strategies, which I tailor into an individual program to support your personal aspirations and goals.
Listen to Michelle Kehoe and I talking about CBD Oil and her business Leaf Organics UK
As a fitness professional working in the sales & marketing industry I discovered CBD and the benefits of this supplement.
Looking for quality products was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
After years of researching and studying CBD and wanted to share my extensive knowledge and create a product that customers could trust. Leaf Organics was founded.
Combining high quality products & offering guidance, Leaf Organics is the trusted brand to go for all things CBD related.
The business is based in Stockport, Cheshire offering a nationwide delivery service and I am here to help you improve your health and well being.
For a free consultation call Tel 0161 519 5557.
Stockist and affiliate programs available.
Talking Mental Health First Aid Training with Jude Price from Cognizant Mental Health Training in Hampshire.
Jude's profile on her Linked In page says:
There is no health without mental health. From learning to deal with stress, to understanding more complex mental health issues Cognizant courses can help you make a difference to mental health at work.
A business that embraces mental health and plays a positive role in helping your team to be their best selves will be rewarded with a workplace that is more engaged, translating to higher productivity.
Having worked in the mental health sector and experienced my own past mental health issues, it’s fair to say I’m well versed in the subject. Those past issues caused all sorts of problems with my professional life. A very steep, emotionally draining, time consuming learning curve, but I am now all the stronger for it.
Now as a qualified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer my passion for normalising conversations about mental health at work is highlighted in the delivery of the MHFA courses - yes, it’s ok to have that conversation however awkward or uncomfortable!
The more we talk about it the more we realise we are are not alone with our mental health issues, that many others have been there too. So now knowing its OK to talk about mental health the next steps are:
* Be more aware of your own mental health
* Help someone else who may be struggling with mental health issues
* Build a Resilient and Mentally Strong Workforce
To discover how to ’raise awareness’, 'stop stigma' and how you can ‘make a difference to mental health at work’, please contact me, or book on a course today.
Talking to Amanda O'Rourke from Amanda O'Rourke Coaching about business coaching and why business owners need a business coach.
Amanda O’Rourke is a business coach, who helps business owners ditch the stress and overwhelm that running a business can bring and guides them towards a more profitable and abundant life.
Previously, she was the managing director of her own award-wining franchise business, which she started in a virgin territory in November 2007. Amanda successfully sold that business in January 2019 and retrained as a coach with the Co-Active Training Institute.
A long-time supporter of Cancer Research UK, she was a member of the local fundraising committee for 10 years. She also embarked on a sponsored trek to Machu Picchu in Sept 2015 to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.
Amanda has sponsored children through World Vision for over 20 years, with the belief that if we can help others, we should. She also sponsors businesses abroad through Care UK’s initiative, Lendwithcare.org.
Amanda is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider. She also volunteers as a mentor for The Girls’ Network, helping young women aged 14-16.
Amanda has appeared on television as an expert cleaner on the BBC2 show “What Not to Buy and Why” and on the BBC1 quiz show “Pointless” with her husband, on which they won! She has been featured in a number of publications, including "The Franchise Magazine" and “The Lady”.
Amanda is passionate about her work. She believes we all believe we all deserve to be happy and it is her mission to help as many people as possible live a joyful and fulfilled life.
I've known Sheila from Your Business Expo for 11 years and it was great to talk to her today about her business. I've never met someone so positive during the lockdown when she has no events going on! Have a listen!
With over 60 years experience in their industry, Gary and Zoe Britton from The Arracan Group are perfectly placed to bring support to businesses in the South East, Kent and South London area.
Have a listen to us talking about how they help small businesses and can bring military background to business..
Amazing interview with Claire Mandle from Bsight Digital Marketing about Facebook advertising. How much money have you wasted in the past ? Claire can help and has produced an amazing guide for you which you can download here
Today, Tony and I chatted about how Eard Advisory Services help small businesses with their HR, Accounting and Payroll services and also an amazing project called PPE4NHS helping to support the NHS with PPE requirements.
Great to talk with Mujtaba from MG Web Solutions about his business and how he helps small businesses be found on line. Listen to why he started his business and what he can offer small businesses around the UK.
I love interviewing small businesses from across the UK and it's been great to interview Heather Barrie from Harries Coffee about her coffee, how she's "pivoted" in Covid-19 and how she's raised money for local charities in Chichester with her sponsored head shave!
Listen to my interview with Charlie Stone, Station Manager and Director of Shire Sounds Radio in Kettering as we talk about how he started Kettering's community radio station and how they add value to small businesses in the Kettering area!