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SURVIVING LOCKDOWN - an essential business podcast from Mark Ryes Voiceovers

Author: Mark Ryes Voiceovers

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Award-winning voice actor Mark Ryes talks to business owners across the UK and beyond about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on their business - and how they've been coping, changing and adapting to life in lockdown.
57 Episodes
As a professional magician  Marco Seymour has always performed to a very varied audience, and on a daily basis would meet and perform to many people in a host of different social situations. When covid-19 hit - the bookings all postponed or cancelled.Marco chats about how the pandemic has changed the way he works and recalls one particularly unfortunate show overseas when it wasn't just his suitcase that didn't arrive.You can contact Marco through his websites: for family and children's partiesand  for adult /close up magic and cabaret 
Cassie Bouverie worked in the tech industry followed by 12 years running a B&B in central Edinburgh.  Now she runs a website which allows Scottish B&B owners to take bookings commission free. She's taking on the big boys like Air B&B and trying to make it fairer for the accomodation owners.The pandemic has been dreadful for all B&B owners, and it's hit Cassie and her plans hard. She talks about her dream to go nationwide with her bespoke booking software, and to create more jobs in the staycation market.You can contact Cassie through the website -
We all know that alongside hospitality, the events industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Physical events have been replaced by virtual ones, with varying degrees of success, and now there's talk of hybrid events for the back end of 2021.Beckie Towle is the Chief Amazement Officer and founder of The Events Raccoon - an event management agency in their fifth year of trading, producing events for the UK market and around the world. Just how difficult was it when all the physical events were cancelled, and how do you persuade people to "go digital"?You can contact Beckie through the website -
Some parts of the construction industry have been hit hard by problems with the supply chain on concrete and timber during the pandemic. How building companies have responded to those challenges will determine their long term success after covid.Charlotte Hiskins from SH Carpentry & Construction in Oxfordshire explains what they had to do to get through the tough times, and thinks 2021 could be quite a positive year.You can contact Charlotte through the website -
Covid compliance and mental health awareness have never been more prevalent, and whilst some companies are responding to the Health & Safety challenge well... some are not. After a 26 year military career, Harold Floyd now runs Elite Force Safety with the aim of 'Bringing Military Standards to Safety in the Workplace'... but as a business that only started at the beginning of 2020, it's not been without some obstacles along the way.You can contact Harold through the website -
Do you know how much you spend on household bills - or what all your direct debit payments are for? Our next guest on Surviving Lockdown has some great financial tips for you.Stephanie Richards set up Raynham Henderson Wealth Management in 2019. It's a family-led financial adviser practice assisting individuals, families and small companies with their financial needs. The pandemic has forced all of us to look at our finances, especially after a market blip in spring last year - but Stephanie remains positive about the outlook.At a time when people are wondering about furlough, grants, SEISS, savings and fiscally protecting themselves - financial advice is paramount.  You can contact Stephanie through the website -
Think of some of the most breathtaking photographs from high in the sky as well as action shots in sport - and you've described the Edinburgh based business Thomas Haywood Aerial Photography. Thomas is a photographer with over ten years’ experience, a qualified drone pilot and CAA-approved aerial photographer. When the pandemic hit - the focus of his business had to change slightly, and he understood that helping others and networking were the keys to survival.You can contact Thomas through the website - Thomas produces a charity calendar each year, and you can get yours by ordering on the charity page:
If you've ever wished you could access cash for your business in days not weeks, or always make sure you have cash in your business then you should listen to what Ian Roberts, owner of Cashflow Creators has to say.With a proven track record of helping businesses to stay afloat, or close down and restart as a way of protecting employees - he helps companies unlock the secrets of commercial finance. With more firms than ever facing trouble times because of the pandemic, Ian saw huge growth in his business across 2020, and is confident for the future.You can contact Ian via email at or via Twitter @CreatorsCash
Capturing moments that can be treasured forever is the passion of Aina Gomez who runs Family Memento Photography.With a focus on families, Covid-19 restrictions meant that most shoots had to be postponed or cancelled, forcing Aina to change the direction of her business. As well as moving into product photography, she also launched a theatre school at the height of the pandemic. Aina chats to Mark Ryes about her reasoning for doing it at one of the most challenging times in history.You can contact Aina via if you want to find out more about the theatre school contact
Running a business during the pandemic has been hard enough - but starting one from scratch is a monumental task - yet that's what Francesca Eckersley has done with Frananda Yoga. Her journey to yoga began in 2014, when she walked into a Tai Chi class for the first time. Up and running since October 2020, her online yoga business is a testament to hard work, determination and true grit.You can contact Francesca via www.franandayoga.comWhether you're new to Yoga or a regular yogi, Frananda Yoga offers weekly classes and courses to suit you. To find out more, visit and sign up to the monthly newsletter. 
With the job market contracting due to covid-19 - the recruitment industry has had it tough. In some cases, really tough. Helen Fallon is the MD of Global CTS Recruitment, based in Oxfordshire. She deals directly with senior directors and business owners, offering an essential  human touch - making sure the right candidate is matched to the right employer. Some sectors are far from getting back to business, and for Helen, it's a question of staying positive despite these unprecedented times.You can contact Helen through the website -
Sian Pages runs a franchise of Not Just Travel - and as a travel consultant, she's dedicated to organising bespoke trips of a lifetime. 2020 was supposed to be Sian's year - her business was three years old, clients were booking some really complicated but rewarding trips - and then covid hit. The travel industry came to a standstill. Hear how Sian has coped with the roller coaster ride of being in travel, and how she's looking forward to what the future will bring.You can contact Sian through the website:
Sarah Palmer-Granville is a commercial interior designer who launched SPG Interior Design last summer, working on her own projects as well as freelancing into other designer consultancies.When lockdown hit - she saw projects being postponed and cancelled - but through networking and tailoring her business to post-covid solutions, has managed to keep striving ahead.You can contact Sarah through the website -
Prepare for a delicious success story! Oli Barton set up Jolly Good Brownies in 2018. When Lockdown hit - orders went to full capacity - to the point where she's looking for a new home with enough space to set up a separate brownie kitchen to expand the business! Find out how Oli coped with Lockdown, and has come out stronger.You can order brownies and contact Oli through the website -
After 20 years as a teacher - Fiona Millington-Pipe took the bold step of taking her photography business Fiona Millington Photography full time at the start of lockdown. The thing she loves most about photography is the change in her subjects as their confidence grows from having their picture taken. With no financial help from the Government, it's not been easy - but Fiona is going strong and has great plans for her business going forward.You can contact Fiona through the website -
Ceri Owen looks at houses when they're about to go on the market, and performs a kind of magical transformation called staging - giving the best chance of achieving a sale, and achieving it quickly. Her business, sort style and stage was relatively new when covid struck - and so she quickly had to turn to virtual staging. She talks to Mark about the property market, how things have been really tough, and why there's a glimmer of hope in her sector.You can contact Ceri through the website -
David Wall - Dusted

David Wall - Dusted


David Wall is Director and Co-Founder of Dusted – a UK Top 100 design agency who deliver meaningful brand experiences for companies in finance, technology and professional services. With strong views on remote working and how business in general is looking, David explains how Dusted managed to thrive even in the most difficult of times.You can contact David through the website -
Seánna Holland is the co-founder of Packsmart - a fulfilment company for small to medium sized businesses. They pick and pack products for retailers who don't have their own warehousing and distribution solutions. During lockdown the business saw a growth in demand - and they're even planning expansion. Some would say it's a risky move in the current climate - but the team at Packsmart is confident.You can contact Seánna through the website -
Rob Jefferson is Director of Marketing at Knapton Wright - a creative marketing agency helping businesses achieve their marketing goals. They take a creative, results-led approach to digital marketing, PR and advertising - but when covid-19 struck how did the business keep their own name out there, as well as helping their clients.You can contact Rob through the website -
Getting your core message across to potential clients can be a big task - and it's one Steve Atkinson of ScreenForge Web Design in Hull relishes. He's much more than just a web designer. Mark caught up with Steve in Italy, to talk about how his business fared through lockdown, and how rough he thinks the next 12 months might be for business.You can contact Steve through the website -
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