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Let's Talk Small Business

By Simon Cox
Meet small businesses from across the World with a series of Podcasts and interviews with small business owners!
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VOICE OVER ARTIST: Liz Drury and I talking about the benefits of using a voice over artist

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COACHING: Talking with James Hall from James Hall Coaching
Are you currently someone who would answer yes to any of the following: - Do you dream of doing something different but don't know how or where to start? - Are you stuck in a rut? - Are you scared to make a change and leap out of your comfort zone? - Or, do you start something new with great enthusiasm but lose it half way through and stop? If so please get in touch so we can talk about you and how I can support you through your journey to achieve your goals. James Hall Coaching - Create Your Tomorrow Today. I currently work at Imperial Brands, full time, but with their support over the last 7 years I have gained coaching and mentoring qualifications, developed my coaching skills and gained experience internally as a coach and mentor. In March 2020 I launched my coaching business, part time, and have since supported a number of individuals around the world to make a positive change in their lives. Please check out my client's feedback below or visit my website for more details I am a qualified ILM coach and NLP Licensed Practitioner and my aim is to help and support individuals who want to create a better future for themselves by making a change in their lives and unlock their potential.
April 13, 2021
BUSINESS SUPPORT: Talking with Sheila Bell about her business
Listen to Sheila talking about her business. Visit her website here Sheila's Linked In profile also includes the following: Having a vast experience in accounting / admin support as have run a small business since 1993 and entering six months accounting data three times in the beginning - as I did not know what I was doing - I vowed to make sure that other small business owners would not make the same mistakes. In challenging times, it is so important to keep in touch with both your clients, suppliers & staff. With this in mind we try to speak to 4-5 people a day to make sure that they are ok. We are also providing free support re regard to furlough employee calculations & reclaim via HMRC portal. Training and supporting small businesses is my skill which I love. Customer support and service is key, we must be doing it right as some clients have been with us for over 15 yrs. With Auto-Enrolment we are providing presentations via "youtube" with the aim to clarify what a small business owner needs to do. Hand holding is our speciality - as you are all outside your comfort zone with regard to pensions. Specialties: Accounting Software: - XERO, SAGE 50, Quickbooks, IRIS, Excel Registered / Correspondance Address Services Payroll Software: - SAGE, Primo, QuickBooks, Payroll Manager
April 13, 2021
PHOTOGRAPHY: Talking Photography with Andrea De Gabriel
Andrea de Gabriel is a Portrait Masters’ award-winning, full-time, professional photographer, and also a winner of the prestigious Woman Who Solopreneur Award, in 2020. Her business was established in 2003 and, ever since,  it has been her privilege to use her skills to create portraits which enrich and tell her client’s life stories. “I invite you to experience yourself at your highest confidence, with beautiful, high end, professional photography which will become a very special and unique part of your story!” Whether you are looking to have a much deserved pampering with the Women Portrait Session or a sumptuous Boudoir Portrait Session, both of which will make you feel amazing, (because you truly deserve to feel that way!) or whether Andrea is photographing for your business, with the Headshots’ Portrait Session, or for your family ‘s story with the Mother & Child Portrait Session or the Children and Family Portrait Session  - Andrea absolutely, unequivocally, believes that you and yours are worthy of the best possible service and of amazing, professional, photography! To find out more about her business, you can visit her website here:
March 23, 2021
BUSINESS COACHING: Listen to Phil Airson who is a business coach talking about why he chooses to work with women
Are you a passionate individual who feels stuck in a rut? Do you find yourself repeating the same negative patterns with mindset, physical and mental health and self limiting beliefs? Are you not fully showing up in your relationships? Four years ago….. Phil was the KING of this! Always there in body but never truly showing up as himself. He sat in his tailored suit, in his private office, looking at a picture of his ideal family. When he would breathe it felt HEAVY. It was a far shot from stacking shelves at midnight in the supermarket, serving nachos at the cinema, performing stand up comedy and being a travelling musician...even the circus! He had done it all! He had worked 16 years for all of this. His parents always said “Work is something you do, it's not supposed to be something you enjoy you just do it” he took that to heart not just in work but LIFE had now become something he just did. He had worked 16 years in high finance, travelled the world but he always felt lost and disconnected from his life. He didn't belong, he was out of place in HIS LIFE! Something felt wrong and one day he decided he WAS WORTH MORE. He was going to not just make a change but a TRANSFORMATION! He ditched the job he had wanted to ditch in the first week of his 16 years and he chose to do work he enjoy… on HIMSELF. This is what he discovered on his journey: 1- How to show up POWERFULLY as his authentic self - Building bullet proof confidence and sense of self. 2- Being PRESENT everyday - Switching on that light behind the eyes that was off too long, clearing any fog and learning to LOVE and LIVE each day to the fullest. 3- Make CONCRETE life decisions - Making them from a place of self certainty. Building a crystal clear vision of my future. 4- BAD HABITS - Weeding out what is the cause of the habits and self limiting beliefs keeping him stuck, replacing them with habits that serve him and come naturally now. 5- MOTIVATIONAL ROCKET FUEL - Creating perpetual momentum and becoming unstoppable. Removing any blocks to your success. Phil wants you to know all this because he wants you to know HE HAS GOT YOU. He knows what it’s like and most importantly he knows how to change it. If this resonates with you, let’s see if Phil and you can work together to create a better life for a better you. It is time you finally committed to your own transformation. RESOURCES Book a Free session - FACEBOOK - Instagram -
February 18, 2021
TRANSFORMATIONAL THERAPY: Talking with Gabrielle Preston-Banks about how she helps people
Gabrielle is a Rapid Transformational Therapist and Coach and her mission is to help businesses and their employees fulfil their potential. RTT helps identify old patterns of thought and behaviour holding individuals back professionally and personally. Together we break down these barriers for good to create a stronger, better version of you. Her passion for helping others has spread over 30 years, whilst working in various mentoring and management roles, where she supported and encouraged individuals to achieve and succeed in their career and life goals. Due to her own life experiences, she can truly understand and relate to the challenges many people face. She also knows first-hand the freedom and release rapid transformational therapy can bring. Gabrielle studied coaching, therapy and how the mind works for many years and she is proud to say she has trained with the world-renowned, multi-award winning, celebrity therapist and hypnotherapist Marisa Peer. Her own journey is what inspired her to set up my practice Transform & Achieve. RTT has an exceptionally high success rate for a wide range of business issues. It can help increase sales performance, improve productivity, conquer public speaking fears and overcome money blocks. In just two to three sessions – whether that is face-to-face or via Skype or Zoom - this powerful and life enhancing therapy sees almost instant results. Gabrielle has literally seen people transform before my very eyes. It can also help those struggling with personal issues, which could be impacting their work life, such as low confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, phobias, additions, relationship problems and general health and wellbeing. Gabrielle can also help with sports performance and fitness goals too. You can contact her as follows: Linked In Website E-mail
January 20, 2021
NETWORKING: Talking with Jason Yearwood from Connect Business Networking
Jason Yearwood is one of Peterborough leading business networking experts. Having many years of experience both networking and leading a successful business networking franchise. Jason comes from a Sales background and currently has a large Network Marketing business and has been a Regional Director of Business for Breakfast. Jason enables and leads the large team he has created to work towards securing their own financial future and this leadership style really shines through when you see him working with his teams or helping network attendees find their feet when they are at his events. Through owning and running a Referral networking franchise and pulling on the years of experience and continuously honing his networking skills Jason has successfully built his business and created a vast amount of financial reward both through direct sales and most importantly through referrals. Jason rightly feels that he can offer other business owners a good insight in Networking and how using his approach could lead you to really gain so much more from your networking activities.
November 06, 2020
CEREAL DRINKS: Talking with Dr Adrian Massey and his C'go breakfast drinks brand
Dr Adrian Massey is a dedicated and passionate entrepreneur on a mission to change the future of breakfast with C'go Drinks. At C'go Drinks they believe in using only a few simple great tasting ingredients, like milk and cereals from British farms to bring you a bowl of cereal in a bottle, to provide really convenient and satisfying breakfast on-the-go. Dr Massey is a PhD qualified, experienced food scientist and product developer with extensive knowledge of developing and launching different product categories - cereals, beverages and American style baked goods into the UK and European markets. This experience has been gained in a range of different companies from blue chip to smaller manufacturing businesses.
October 04, 2020
VIRTUAL BUSINESS EXHIBITION: Sheila Smith talks about her global business exhibition
October 13th is the ground breaking, trail blazing day that Sheila Smith launches her on line Virtual Business Exhibition and we're delighted to be exhibiting. Listen to Sheila and Simon talking about the exhibition and how you could get seen globally!
October 02, 2020
HEALTHY PRODUCTS: Tara Day, a Norwex Consultant, talks about her products and services
It's important we pay attention to what is going on inside our homes and Tara Day, a Norwex Consultant, explains why. Having survived breast cancer, Tara talks about why she joined Norwex, talks about the products and the environment. If you would like to know more about Tara's business visit
September 18, 2020
BUSINESS MENTORING: Geoffrey Prince talks to Simon Cox about his 50+ years in business
Meet Geoffrey, a man who has been there and done it and is now helping small business around the world with mentoring. A man who has over 50 years of experience in business in boat building, running a hotel, running a newsagents plus lots more! Geoffrey is now helping 50+ year olds who are looking to start a business with his experience and knowledge. Website:  
September 10, 2020
TALKING SOCIAL MEDIA: Meet Nicola Moss from Moss Social talking about her business
Are you a small business owner trying to get your message out to your ideal clients? Do you struggle to find the right words for your social media, blogs and newsletters? Are you spinning plates trying to be Sales, Marketing and Operations in your business? Perhaps it’s time to outsource a few things? With years of experience with the written word, Nicola could be the support you’re looking for, offering social media management, press release and blog writing. For your free guide to her 10 top tips to make your social media more effective for your business click here
September 07, 2020
FREE MONEY: Maurice Kelly talks about Starting a Business with Free Money or Low-Cost Money
Listen to Maurice Kelly from Hargreaves, McKenzie and Kelly talking about Business Angels, Government funding and free money.
September 02, 2020
TALKING CREDIT: Dan Hancocks from CoCredo and I talking about credit
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.
August 08, 2020
WRITING A BOOK: Listen to Kathleen Kirkland and I talking about book publishing
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
July 21, 2020
NETWORKING: Talking with Glenys Chatterley from Effective Business Networking about Business Networking!
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
July 14, 2020
TALKING CLEANING: Wendy Thomson and I talk cleaning and what businesses should be doing following COVID19
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.
July 13, 2020
VOICE OVER ARTIST: Liz Drury and I talking about the benefits of using a voice over artist
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. So, • 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
July 09, 2020
BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Talking with Luke Redhead from Sentry Collective and Blogging and Social Media
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.
June 27, 2020
BUSINESS NETWORKING: Hannah Thompson and I talking about Sofa Networking!
Today was great as I talked to Hannah Thompson from The Development Partner Network about her Sofa Networking business network enabling businesses to meet each other across six different regions.
June 26, 2020
CALLING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Listen to Zack Fortag and I talking about his support for young entrepreneurs
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.
June 26, 2020
MARKETING: Lindsay Woodward and I talk about her services and how L W Marketing can help businesses
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.
June 25, 2020
FSB: Listen to Martin Searle and Andrew Murphy from the FSB and I talking about what they offer small businesses
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 • Care • Insurance Service • Start-Up Business advice • PR/Crisis Management • Business Banking • Payment • 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.
June 22, 2020
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®: Talking with Simon Dutton from DBTI about LEGO® Serious Play®
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..
June 18, 2020
LEARNING CONSULTANCY: Listen to Jacky Clarke and I talking about how she helps small businesses
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.
June 12, 2020
CREATIVE: Listen to Joseph Young from the US and I talking! My first International Podcast!
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.
June 11, 2020
CHARITY: Listen to Shahida Rashid and I talking about her charity and her business
Today I talked with Shahida Rashid about her charity which supports women in Bangladesh.
June 11, 2020
COACHING: Talking with Victoria Fellowes from Stride Forth about Business Coaching
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 or simply book a call - 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. 
June 10, 2020
NETWORKING: Talking with Susan Risdale from the Natural Business Network
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. 
June 08, 2020
CREATIVITY: Talking Creativity with Sara Penrose
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.
June 08, 2020
HEALTH & SAFETY: Talking to James MacPherson from the Rebranding Safety Podcast
Today I spoke to James MacPherson from Rebranding Safety about his thoughts on health and safety and his podcast and You Tube channels. Meet James: 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.
June 05, 2020
PR & COPYWRITING: Talking with Ballyhoo PR Owner Emma Speirs
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.
June 04, 2020
COACHING EMERGING MUSIC ARTISTS: Talking with Basil Reynolds about the great work he does with young emerging music artists
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!
June 01, 2020
MOBILE MOBILE REPAIRS: Talking to Mark Jones and his mobile repair service for mobile devices!
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.
June 01, 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA: Talking to Samantha Cameron about social media
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.
June 01, 2020
VIRTUAL ASSISTANT: Talking with Vicky Galbraith and her virtual assistant business
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.
May 30, 2020
EVENT BUSINESS PIVOTING: Jo Ferreday and I talking about how her events business has pivoted during COVID19
Today Jo Ferreday from Sheer Edge Ltd and I talked about how her business has pivoted during COVID19. ABOUT JO: 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: Tel: 0330 223 3176
May 29, 2020
HOLISTIC THERAPY: Talking with Ros Thompson about her holistic therapy business and healing animals
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.
May 29, 2020
ACTION COACH: Talking Action Coach with Rupert and Angela Turton
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's Profile: 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! Angela's Profile: 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.
May 28, 2020
CBD OIL: Talking to Michelle Kehoe about her CBD Oil business
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.
May 27, 2020
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: Talking with Jude Price about Mental Health
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.
May 27, 2020
BUSINESS COACHING: Talking about business coaching with Amanda O'Rourke
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, 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.
May 27, 2020
MARKETING: Tonight Kym Hamer and I talked about marketing and visibility
I often wonder why businesses cut their marketing. Listen to Kym Hamer from Artemis Futures talking about marketing during lockdown and how she can help businesses during this period.
May 26, 2020
BUSINESS EXHIBITIONS: Talking to the Queen of Northants Networking AKA Sheila Smith
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!
May 26, 2020
WILLS AND LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY: Listen to Tracey Carter and I talking about wills
Listen to Tracey Carter from Secure Inheritance Legal Services Ltd as we talk about when is a good time to have a will and lasting power of attorneys.
May 25, 2020
FORK LIFT TRAINING: Talking to Dawn from Pegasus Fork Lift Training
Listen to Dawn Girardi from Pegasus Fork Lift Training and I talk about a Northamptonshire business celebrating 25 years in business.
May 24, 2020
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY: I talked to Gary and Zoe Britton from The Arracan Group about their business
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..
May 21, 2020
SALES COACHING: Tonight I talked sales coaching with Elaine Atherton from 2SummitUp
Have you ever heard of a sales coach who doesn't like selling ? I talked with Elaine Atherton from 2Summitup about her experience and how she can help small businesses who are worried about selling.
May 21, 2020
MARKETING: Talking to Tamara Holland from Dot and Stripe
On tonight's podcast, I talk with Tamara Holland about her start up marketing business and how she's helping small businesses. 
May 20, 2020
VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS: Talking to Rachel Britton about her VA business
Listen to Rachel from Rachel Britton Virtual Assistant talking to me about her new business and the value of virtual assistants.
May 19, 2020
PARCEL DELIVERY: Chatting with Tony Spooner from AJS Express Parcels Limited about his business
Have a listen to Tony Spooner from AJS Express Parcels Limited and I chatting about his business, his awards success and how COVID-19 has affected his business.
May 19, 2020
FACEBOOK ADVERTISING: Talking to Claire Mandle from Bsight Digital Marketing
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
May 18, 2020
PAYROLL and PPE4NHS: Today I spoke with Tony Bilbie from Eard Advisory Services about their services
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.
May 18, 2020
DIGITAL PRESENCE: Talking to Mujtaba Ghauri about how he helps small businesses
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. 
May 16, 2020
FREEDOM LIFESTYLE: Amazing "interview" with Paul Wakefield, I only asked two questions!
What an inspirational man Paul Wakefield is. Have a listen to his story and visit his website. You will be inspired!
May 15, 2020
POSITIVITY: Talking "Keeping It Real" with Neil Giller
How real are you ? Talking positivity and challenges with Neil Giller from Stuff The Rest. You can connect with Neil on Facebook or Linked In. 
May 15, 2020
CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS: Talking yummy chocolate with Karen Hemmings from Chocolate Fountain Heaven
A podcast not to be missed as I talk chocolate with Karen Hemmings from Chocolate Fountain Heaven
May 13, 2020
TAKING CARD PAYMENTS: Listen to John Tippett and I talking about card payments for small businesses
Today I talked to John Tippett from Card Industry Professionals, an independent supplier of cost effective card payment facilities.
May 09, 2020
COFFEE: Meet Heather Barrie from Harries Coffee
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!
May 08, 2020
BUSINESS NETWORKING: Meet Phillip Silk-Neilsen talking about Invictus Business Web
Have you ever thought about venturing into business networking ? Meet Phillip Silk-Neilsen from Invictus Business Web
May 08, 2020
MARKETING: Meet John Holder from Profit Growth Unlimited
Listen to my interview with John Holder from Profit Growth Unlimited based in Rugby, Warwickshire as we talk about how he helps small businesses and is Amazon listed book.
May 06, 2020
RADIO: Meet Charlie Stone from Shire Sounds Radio
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! 
May 06, 2020
HOBBIES: Meet Olly Clarke from Puzzle Crazy UK
Listen to my interview with Olly Clarke from Puzzle Crazy UK as we talk about how he started the business and about his products! Great guy!
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