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Brake the Mould is a new, groundbreaking podcast for parking industry professionals, hosted by Ryan Jackson and Alastair Finlayson of Gemini Parking Solutions, featuring regular guest appearances from industry leaders.
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Tune in today to find out everything you need to know about the new Parking Code of Practice and more, as we dive into some of the deeper issues that the industry may be facing in 2021, which presents a new set of challenges along with a world of new opportunities alike. We wanted a single code of practice, which is good for motorists, landowners, and operators, we wanted a single appeals service and a standard-setting body, to ensure the industry can all adhere to the same standards – all of which was delivered. But what was it about the latest code of practice that caused some concern amongst operators? Find out all of this and more in today’s episode.
Local authorities are now pushing for the climate emergency and the fight to reduce carbon emissions, and as a key component of the transportation industry, we are in fact in a vital position to creating change. Solutions such as integrated solar panels offer a fantastic opportunity to tackle these problems, but the challenge that many car parks face, especially privately owned car parks, is the high cost in some of these more common solutions. How can private operators balance profitability and social responsibility? This is just one of the questions we try to dissect in a brilliant episode of Brake The Mould. Does the responsibility lie with the operators to become the voices of change in the industry, and how can we make this a focal point of parking at every level?Scenarios such as working alongside each other, rather than competing, to drive towards this common goal could be the best way of achieving this and Julian explains some of the steps that the BPA is planning to take to drive positive habits as a collective sector, both in parking and transportation in general. Ryan challenges Julian with a question on creating a collective standard that can benefit the environment and create change in the industry, positioning it in a positive light.
Already receiving acclaim from readers, The Success Rebellion is an actionable guide to achieving your own vision for success and breaking free from the limiting beliefs that society put on you. Ryan shares his own experiences and taps into the wisdom of some of the world’s leading voices on personal development, interviewing international best sellers and creators of revolutionary methods of personal growth strategies.Ryan applied the core principles that he shares in his book throughout 2020, closing out the year by launching this powerful first title and moving his family to South East Asia, a personal goal he has been working towards for years, and he believes that by applying these principles – you too can attain your own vision for success.The Success Rebellion book invites you to discover who you truly are, recognising what has failed you and harnessing your innate abilities. The Success Rebellion is your wake-up call – and a call to action to live the life you’ve dreamed of.  The book is available in both paperback and ebook via Amazon, as well as in audiobook form on Audible. Get The Success Rebellion on Amazon Get The Success Rebellion Audiobook for free with a 30 Day Trial of Audible.
Flowbird supports companies, communities and key industries by effectively organising, encouraging and managing mobility within cities, helping overcome the environmental, economical and every day challenges a city’s inhabitants may face in their day to day transportation and commute. From reducing pollution to applying innovative technologies, Flowbird is among the game changers within the industry.  Their technology has created a clever solution to the growing need of sanitisation, offering a hand sanitiser solution for parking terminals – helping to make the public feel reassured when paying for or interacting with a payment terminal. With much of the country still relying heavily on cash in parking, solutions like these are critical.  How can the parking industry be a leader in environmental excellence? We explore some of the solutions and try to answer the question of how we can create a more sustainable solution to cities' transportation industry. With technologies that can provide a surcharge to heavy polluting modes of transportation, will this act as a deterrent to drivers and further motivate them to select a more environmentally friendly mode of transport? Or will these deterrents fall on deaf ears?  We thank Kenny for joining us and exploring some of these pressing questions, to identify how we can drive the industry into the future in a positive, safer way. 
Gareth shares his insights and we dove deep into the question “is the world of parking ready to go cashless?” – which he admits, if we had posed the question in March, may have been a totally different answer. But today, with health and safety as the motivator, cashless is almost a requirement in parking sites across the UK. And it’s not just being lead by the parking operators, but local authorities are now mandating this within parking. Are customers and the general public ready to embrace cashless? What are the technologies that will support this and how can we ensure a smooth shift to a cashless world? Should parking operators have seen this coming and were they holding on to the ‘old world’ methods of the parking industry? There couldn’t be a better person in the industry to talk to ask these questions and we are looking forward to hearing Gareth’s insights. We talk innovation and explore the interesting ways that we can drive the industry forward – plus reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic may have actually helped move operators into these new innovations. Not only that, but how else has this pandemic benefitted us as both parking operators, leaders, and employees. Gareth shares some great points on effective leadership and maintaining a work/life balance.
Rhoda shares her key tips on creating a high-performing virtual team, that is not tied down by the physical location of an office – but still manages to perform. Rhoda also answers the question that has been at the top of my mind, can we create, or even simply maintain a company culture when working remotely? Rhoda thinks we can, and in some ways, working remotely allows for an even better way of driving culture and focusing on performance.Learn the tools that Rhoda uses to manage her virtual team across the world, including some highly valuable productivity trackers and her own SOP for ensuring the whole team is communicating effectively on projects.
Steve has been busy answering questions of the BPA’s members and we dive into some of the most pressing issues and processes required to return to some form of normality in the coming months.*This was recorded via remote call, last month, which means that some of the discussions and predictions have come true as well as some of the information being slightly out of date. With the ever-changing landscape, things are changing by the day, which is why we are pushing to share as much information as possible with the parking community.Steve shared his update in the next steps in developing the new Code of Practice. The BSI and Government are targeting a December 2020 completion date, which has enabled a brief 4 week consultation over the summer.
Is there a better way of feeding appeals data back to providers and the wider motoring community to provide transparency and ultimately, raise understanding, standards and the whole experience? Is there a way that POPLA could be less black or white with their appeals process? There are approximately 30 POPLA trained assessors from various backgrounds with many years of dispute resolution experience. There are, however, a number of details that can impact the decision such as varied levels of legal points and mitigating circumstances presented. John shared his insight into why this impacts the appeal process as a whole. John brings a wealth of experience and shares his insight on how the parking industry as a whole can continue to improve and support the customers.
In today’s episode, the focus is on effective employee engagement and how to inspire development within your teams. The industry faces many challenges with employee engagement, so it feels only right to get the insight and knowledge from an expert in engagement systems on how to effectively engage with employees and some of the things that the industry should be focusing on to grow as a whole. The episode will prove to be valuable for leadership not only within the parking industry but anyone who aspires to lead a high-performing team.
We’re delighted to announce a very exciting start to our ground-breaking new podcast, Brake the Mould – for all things parking! Our first ever show is a lively and informative conversation with Director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, and our regular presenters, Ryan and Alastair. In this launch episode, we talk about raising industry standards, motorist education and other issues relevant to parking. Join us! On Steve Gooding: After a long and illustrious career at the Department of Transport, where Steve was Director General of Roads, Traffic and Local Group, he joined the RAC Foundation in 2015. The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. He’s the main man!
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