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Discover local business tips, insight, knowledge and expertise from business owners who have been there and done it via The Local Business Podcast.
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Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Episode 19 of the Local Business Podcast, where today we talk to mortgage and protection expert Ross Stisi – Ross’ journey to running his own business came via retail – somewhere that many self employed people have a background in – and it was because of his retail work that Ross was able to become an expert when it comes to handling customers and delivering the very best in customer service.  Have a listen and you’ll find Ross’s business journey compelling.https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
On Episode 18 we talk to a local business owner who runs something a little bit out of the norm.  We met with Douglas Shaw, the owner of Edinburgh Bike Fitting who told us an interesting and thought-provoking story on how his company came to be and how it grew.https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
We had the pleasure of journeying to London in order to visit Jamien Middleton of the Animation Guys –keen listeners out there may remember Jamien from our trip to SME Live last year and his company left such an impression on us that we thought we’d go visit the team at the Animation Guys to see what they could tell us about video marketing and the work that they do.https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
This time, we’ve done something a little bit different and explored the world of franchises.  Often referred to as a half-way house between employment and self-employment, becoming a franchise owner has a number of benefits that make it more appealing than owning your own business.  We had the pleasure of speaking to James Tucker, a franchisee of CEX who spoke to us about why he got involved with, their interesting marketing and why you shouldn’t immediately dismiss the idea of going down the same route as him.You’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
This time around we’re looking at creativity and positivity – two aspects that are needed if you’re to take your business forward but like the hardest things in life, they’re not easy to come by.  But what if your business is dependent on a constant flow of both?  We got the chance to speak to Ryan Powell, founder of Colourvision after he reached out to the Local Business Podcast via our Facebook page and started telling us about his and his companies’ story.You’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
To those outside of the profession there’s a stigma and stereotype that finance is all about looking at spreadsheets and that everything is a little bit grey and uninteresting.  As you’re about to hear though, the reality is a little bit different.  For Episode 14 we got the chance to meet Sam Teller at Bluefish Financial Services in Bristol who talked to us about the profession, why he got involved, what the future holds and why taking care of your finances is so important for the early years of business in order to set you up for a prosperous future.The podcast is purely for information purposes and does not constitute advice.As a mortgage is secured against your home or property, it could be repossessed if you do not keep up mortgage repayments. The value of investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested.You’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
For Episode 13 of the show I met up with two people who decided that working a 9 to 5 job just wasn’t good enough.  So they quit their jobs and started making video games for a living.Simon and Ed created a business: Sole Survivor Studios and went to work on their game: Honey, I Joined A Cult as they chased a dream away from the sometimes soul destroying life of being employed.  We spoke about not just what it meant to chase what they loved doing, but also the advantages of building a community and interacting with other businesses – really important if you’re in a similar position as Simon and Ed, even if you’re not making video games for a living.  You’ll get more than a few ideas out of this episode.You’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
For Episode 12 of the Local Business Podcast we travelled to Wales and visited the King Alf pub in the small town of Maesteg near Bridgend.  I talked with the pub’s owner Gareth Watkins and its’ manager Sian Maddock  - as we looked at the decline of the pub industry, the difference between operating in more populated areas compared to rural and the tale of how they turned a building with a giant hole into a flourishing pub with a vibrant community.You’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
For this episode we decided to look into a subject that affects every business, no matter how big or small. Human resources, or HR as it more commonly known, is an area of business that looks at the people within a company and what happens to them.  Whether that be positive or, as is often the case, negative.If you want to know more about the work Christine does, then feel free to get in touch with her at the following:HR & Diversity Management Limited is 01793 338888Website: www.hrdiversity.co.ukYou’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
Looking for business tips for the new year?  Well, we've got just the podcast for you.You’ll also find images relating to this episode on our social media channels which you’ll find below:https://www.instagram.com/lbpodcast/https://twitter.com/LB_Podcasthttps://www.facebook.com/LBPodcast/If you have any questions or queries about the show, then feel free to e-mail us: show@thelocalbusinesspodcast.co.ukWe’re also looking for new guests, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like your business’s story out there for all to see.
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