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Oliver Shaw from Kalibrate talks to us about planning for the unseen. We’ve all experienced the unprecedented, but what does the remainder of 2021 and Covid-recovery hold? It’s still difficult to see what normality might look like, but Oliver singles out some key themes: The way people work will change, and that will knock on to many other parts of…
 
“Early-stage investment is often the trickiest to get, but also the most precious” Joe Inglis joins us to talk about fundraising for his new business, VetChef. A fully qualified vet, with successful businesses and media career under his belt, Joe’s new venture disrupts the market from the simple point: We can do better for our best friends than pro…
 
We catch up with Rich Irving, owner of Squeezed Media, an established video and animation company. Covid accelerated its shift towards graphics and animation after Covid halted video production in its tracks in march 2020. Animation quickly became the main part of the business and sustained Squeezed, in spite of rising competition in that area duri…
 
“Don’t panic, run with it.” Verity Clarke was one of the exceptional case studies that emerged from Amaiz’s survey on the effect of lockdown on UK small businesses in 2020. Verity started her current company in 2019, and, as she says, "they say your first year of business is challenging, but come on now." Verity talks through her experience in sett…
 
We catch up with Carla Watkins, who we spoke to earlier in this series. Carla’s previously talked about her portfolio of small businesses and the many strings she has to her bow… But professional mermaid? That’s right. Here we talk to Carla about this one particular and unusual occupation as a professional mermaid - a wander through the realms of p…
 
“A moment in history when you can be a business owner and performer” Nicole set up Manic Stage Productions 15 years ago and have since performed for clients of all sizes, including P&O, for the past few years. The entertainment business had grown every year until it… Was stopped in its tracks by the global pandemic. Nicole explains the grief that c…
 
“You have to get online, even partially and focus on the things you can control.” Lucy Shrimpton’s experience with her newborn inspired her to start a business that provides a valuable service to other parents with recent arrivals. This fascinating chat covers how The Sleep Nanny has developed behavioural-based support to coach parents and how Lucy…
 
“The fantastic adventure of running a business.” Carla Watkins is a brand and photographer specialist, who relishes the freedom of being self-employed. She’d built a quartet of businesses before the effects of the pandemic hit them all in 2020. Carla chatted to us about her various businesses, how she’s built them up and developed their messaging. …
 
Darryl Bannon returns to the Amaiz Podcast to talk about starting a business in the luxury sector. Now? Yes, it’s an ideal time to get an idea off the ground, but it requires a particular mix of psychology, acumen and hard work. Luxury means high margins and high standards to match. It’s crucial to target your customer. Darryl talks to us about the…
 
Georgina started up her egg delivery service during the first lockdown, rapidly expanding it to bring the best of Sussex produce straight to the doors of Lewes. Soon, Georgina’s Eggspress was delivering produce ranging from South Downs honey to asparagus and cheese across East and West Sussex. Georgina’s background is in creative event production a…
 
Amaiz talsk to Troy Norcross of SER Team The initials of SER Team stand for strategy, execution, and results. Troy set up the consultancy to empower efficiency and decision making in business. As he tells us, engagement is essential - and that extends from celebrating success to managing failure. Troy gives a fascinating insight into business strat…
 
We had a great chat with Rod Beer, MD of the UK Business Angels Association - the not-for-profit trade association that supports the early-stage investment community. It’s a fascinating and informative discussion that’s indispensable for any business thinking about investment this year. What’s the difference between angel investors and venture capi…
 
Lianne set up LMO Development in April 2020. A challenging time to start a business, but the last year has also highlighted the online potential for talent and learning consultancies. LMO helps organisations of all sizes develop their people. At any other time this would have been part of face-to-face meetings, but COVID meant an immediate pivot in…
 
Kate Young founded the Safeguarding Association to support professionals in their jobs, creating a space for collaboration that encourages better working in safeguarding. Four years in, Kate talk about business banking as a business owner. Like many owners with a growing business, she faced the challenge of multiple payments into a high street acco…
 
A highly experienced recruitment professional, Angelique wanted to make a difference and put the ‘human’ into human resources. New Beginnings Consultation helps candidates appreciate their value, and that’s more important than ever. 2020 brought a rapid shift to home working and Angelique expects changes to working environments and structure to las…
 
“We are all getting online - it’s a phenomenal opportunity for business owners” In this podcast, we’re joined by Judy van Niekerk, A serial business-owner across many sectors. Judy’s made sure she’s at the cutting-edge of technology all the way through and her two current businesses - working with entrepreneurs and retail traders on a global level …
 
From media production to online production.,, Another chat to a business under lockdown. This podcast, we talk to James Garrett, whose video production company grew from moonlighting at university. Videography and media companies have faced massive disruption during the pandemic. James adapted his company by following the flow to online. While HNE …
 
2021, what do you have in store? The Amaiz Podcast talks to experts from across the business spectrum. We've gathered together some of their thoughts, predictions and expectations for 2021. After an extraordinary year, with question marks hanging over the pandemic and Brexit, what trends will define the year ahead? From office space to sustainabili…
 
John Attridge of BBX joins us for this fascinating chat about procurement and supply chain. John's vast experience includes setting up BBX. So far, the network that helps companies trade their excess capacity has reached 32 countries and nearly half a million businesses. In this fascinating conversation, he shares his views on the challenges facing…
 
"Welcome to your remote meeting zone." Innovation is a widely used term, but its meaning is even broader than most people think. Remote-working expert Zoltan Vass joins us to discuss the essential benefits innovation bring to business. He explains how remote working will play a large part in the next industrial revolution, something that has only b…
 
Sally Graham joins us to talk about sustainability and investment. Fern Equity pairs companies with investors in the impact space - as Sally explains, 'impact' means anything that advances the Sustainable Development Goals. From companies with products that are positive for the environment to those with large-scale climate-change initiatives, it's …
 
Is it vital for every business to have a bookkeeper? In this episode, we're joined by Andrew Tapson of Pearl.biz. Bringing vast experience of supporting companies with strategic management services, Andrew discusses the specific potential of bookkeepers. As he explains, they can bring great value to any business at the coalface. Ideal finance suppo…
 
Professor, author, and greenhouse gas expert, Mike Berners-Lee talks to us about sustainability in this fascinating and important chat. From a practical perspective, Mike’s research work and consultancy help businesses get on top of the climate crisis. Businesses want to be more sustainable for various reasons, and Mike explains how a business resp…
 
Yani embraced entrepreneurism after drawing together her passions for creativity and urban development. She's always been fascinated by the potential companies have to transform the experience of a city. At NACUE, the UK's leading membership organisation for engaging students in enterprise, she supports the business leaders of the future. Hear abou…
 
"Covid is ten years' worth of change in one year." Tom Ball from desklodge.com joins us for catch up on the extraordinary changes 2020 brought to 'flexible working' - as Tom says, that's when you're free to work anywhere. The past year has posed huge issues for businesses large and small, employees and freelancers. Tom talks through the importance …
 
Introducing the "Queen of Furlough" - Debee runs the progressive training and HR consultancy Debbee Dale Developments, specialising in the breadth of HR resources and talent across travel, tourism and hospitality. How has she earned that nickname? The Covid-era brought an onslaught of new terms and specialisms to HR, and Debbee talks about the chan…
 
"Right time, right place comes from building connections." A stunning chat with serial entrepreneur and creative thinker Ian Silverstein. Ian has vast experience building businesses from scratch, scaling them and expanding them in other countries. The growth of his design business in the Middle East is a fascinating case study. But the story doesn'…
 
"If you haven't got a happy and well team, they aren't going to be achieving." Can you think of a topic more important and relevant in today's workplaces? Wizzy Magnussen has created the stigma-free platform mindsanonymous.com where workers can anonymously share their stories and experiences. She talks to us about the importance of a platform that …
 
“Author of “That sh*t will never sell” and with a book title like that, you know you’re in for punchy insight from David Gluckman. As he says, “Creating brands is not a democracy” What does that mean? Find the answer and far more in this fascinating chat with the product and brand development specialist. David takes us through his incredible experi…
 
Darryl Bannon of Darryl Bannon Consulting brings her holistic understanding of how businesses work and grow to the Amaiz Podcast. If you’ve reached the stage where you’re thinking of ways to grow and scale your business, this is an unmissable chat. Daryll takes us through the types of available investment and the crucial things every business owner…
 
Amaiz has just published its most important and far-reaching report yet. With less than a month to go before the Brexit deadline, and hopes of a deal heading to the wire in Brussels, 'The Brexit Brink' report pulls together the experiences, hopes and concerns of UK business and expert insight to assess the challenges coming our way: "The Brexit Bri…
 
Here's a relaxed and upbeat podcast from lockdown. After helping top executives at some of the biggest companies in London discover yoga and pilates, Amanda transferred her business to Hampshire three years ago. After expanding from village hall to a residency in a health club, her audience was growing organically... Then COVID hit. When the shutte…
 
In this episode we catch-up with Kate Tompsett from Series 2 earlier podcast to see how her small shop fared after the first lockdown eased. The spring restrictions gave Kate the chance to develop the digital side of her business and as she puts it, "take control destiny her destiny a little bit more". While a significant loss was face-to-face cont…
 
Amaiz talks to Clara Lee of Claraty Consulting, a business that's all about helping other businesses concentrate on what they do well. Unfortunately, as vital as it is, that's rarely bookkeeping. You may recognise the horror stories mentioned here: Unruly accounts, spikes of receipts and boxes of invoices. Clara explains how getting on top of a bus…
 
Have you heard about Amaiz Jars? They're the simple and automated way your business can save for an unlimited number of things. Whether that's tax, an equipment upgrade, or to prepare for a lean season, Jay Gajparia the head of Amaiz's Expert Accountancy Team is here to explain just how these sub-accounts can make your year and your business! Find …
 
Think opening a business account is complicated? Matt Goddard explains how making the life of a small business owner easier begins with downloading the app. A mobile banking and bookkeeping solution that can transform and empower your business is only a few steps away. Find out more about Amaiz features and how they support small business at https:…
 
Thousands of small business owners use their personal bank accounts to manage their business finances - there has to be a better way! Head of Amaiz's Expert Accountant Team Jay Gajparia is on hand to explain why it's so much easier than you might think to keep your business account separate and your costs down. Find out more about Amaiz features an…
 
Matt Goddard of Amaiz explains why small business owners stand to gain a lot from the Amaiz app. A combination of business banking, bookkeeping and accounting support helps them cut down their admin and take control of their invoices and payments. Find out more about Amaiz features and how they support small business at https://amaiz.com/features/…
 
In this episode of the Amaiz Talks to Business series, Amaiz interviews Happy & Glorious's Kate Tompsett. A small business in one of the smallest towns in Britain, the arrival of COVID-19 pushed Kate's focus online as she developed her website and social media to compensate for the restrictions of lockdown. The past few months have highlighted the …
 
In this episode of the Amaiz Talks to Business series, Amaiz interviews Electrician and business owner Ian Baker. Ian discusses the challenge mobile work poses to invoicing and admin, and the importance of a dedicated business account. While COVID dramatically affected his work schedule, As lockdown eases, does he see a lasting change to his busine…
 
In this episode of the Amaiz Talks to Business series, Amaiz interviews Circla's Claudia Gwinnett. Circla takes on single-use plastics by delivering eco-friendly hair, body and skincare products to doorsteps in refillable containers. The past few months saw climate and coronavirus challenges combine, as founder Claudia explains. Circla quickly expa…
 
In this episode of the Amaiz Talks to Business series, Amaiz interviews Eventmind's Ashanti Bentil-Dhue. The COVID-19 lockdown hit few sectors as visibly as events. Ashanti talks about the role online platforms and digital tools have had in pivoting the industry towards virtual events and lead generation over the past few months; elements that can …
 
A kind of long time ago, on a mobile conference platform far, far away... In the first ever (released) locationally-challenged Whiskey Bitness: Uniqlo stores get EVEN smaller, HARK! a new Yoho Brewing release, boxers and turtles (or adulthood, for that matter) don't mix, "Sweet Potato, I shochu-choose you!" (and it has a picture of a train), drinki…
 
DROP AND GIVE ME 88! Minutes of podcast that is! Join the Business Lads as they delve into their first taste of 100% Corn Whiskey, their first non-glass bottle with Platte Valley., and their most pun-tacular title yet! In this episode we learn that Michael Crichton isn't for kids, the (likely, but not confirmed) origin story of Denny's, Fantasy Rog…
 
A wild GUEST appears! The Business Lads use MAKE A SHORT EPISODE! It's not very effective... Join the Business Lads and Special Guest Ben Guest on what might be (really not too keen on going through to check) the longest episode we've ever produced! We'll get childish, wildish, occasionally mildish, and talk you through this episode's bottle "the n…
 
In the latest epsiode of Whiskey Business, the Business Lads encounter their deepest fear - a moral dilemma and a traitor in our midst! Listen in for the apparently perfect formula for a Takoyaki party, the WB Court of Justice (where roles appear to be in a constant state of flux), the creation of a new (and delicious, if at the time unwelcome) coc…
 
Back after a pretty long absence, the Business Lads pop in to the Baird Beer Taproom Nakameguro to sample the 2017 edition of Hop Havoc. Mel finds that people expect more of him now that he has moved up an age rank, Rogers gets let outside after dark, and Karl learned that people really weren't making up that babies are great, despite outward appea…
 
DING DING! Episode 11 sees the Business Lads step into the ring with the 58th, 59th, and 60th Prime Minister of Japan, the long-dead Hayato Ikeda! Join us as we sling verbal left crosses, uppercuts, and haymakers at our venerable opponent across topics such as cherry blossoms, the Kanda river, anime, whether or not to wash a lemon, the late and gre…
 
In our latest, most confusing and most fantastical episode yet, the Business Lads are confounded by some kind of magic wizard dude (or dudette) and placed under The Spell of Befuddlement! Join us as we stumble over the first two films in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Cornetto Trilogy, get surprised, fail miserably on Scottish and German pronunciation…
 
This time its Rog who gets abandoned as Mel and Karl head out in Shibuya to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We settle in at Yamaga Kushiyaki for some tasty charbroiled chicken, highballs, and somewhat risqué discussion on cultural similarities, the potential of socks for canonization, and why everyone wants to be friends with Henry VIII. #whiskey #whi…
 
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