The Oxford Business Podcast

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Hosted by Ben Thompson, the Oxford Business Podcast is a monthly podcast featuring conversations with experts in a range of fields including marketing, finance and sales. read less
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Building Trust Through Effective Data Protection Practices
Oct 6 2023
Building Trust Through Effective Data Protection Practices
In this episode of the Oxford Business Podcast, Ben is joined by Regina Johnys, co-founder of Databasix, to discuss the importance of data protection. With practical advice and insights, Regina shares her expertise on managing personal data, complying with data protection regulations, and protecting sensitive information.Listen to the podcast to hear expert insights on this and more:The introduction of GDPR Guidance on how businesses can approach data protectionData usage transparencyStaff training on data protectionMore about the guest:Regina Johnys is the Director and Co-founder of Databasix, having set up the company in 2015 with Kellie Peters, the CEO of Databasix. Databasix works to bring people and data together, in order to change the way that data is collected, understood and used. They help individuals within organisations to be able to revolutionise their attitude to data and unlock its true potential and value, ensuring that every item is beneficial at every level. LinkedInLearn more about Databasix About the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Ben Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Charity and Challenges Within Oxfordshire
Jun 2 2023
Charity and Challenges Within Oxfordshire
In this episode of the Oxford Business Podcast, Ben is joined by Sabiene North, CEO of Be Free Young Carers to discuss their work to support young carers in Oxfordshire.Listen to the podcast to hear expert insights on this and more:The work that goes into running a small charityCharities and the cost of living crisisHow businesses can support local charitiesMore about the guest:Following a 22-year career in Wealth Management, Sabiene joined Be Free Young Carers in March 2020 before taking over as CEO in 2022. Her role at Be Free Young Carers is vital for leading the team, bringing in funds, liaising with the community, corporates and raising awareness of the important work the charity does. In her spare time, Sabiene is passionate about getting involved in the community, in her roles as a trustee of Supershoes and a run leader at her local running club.LinkedInLearn more about Be Free Young Carers About the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Ben Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Client Considerations and Finding Solutions
May 5 2023
Client Considerations and Finding Solutions
In this episode of the Oxford Business Podcast, Ben is joined by Emma Finneron, owner and managing director of ByEmmaJaneInteriors as they discuss her work within interior design, her prestigious awards within the sector and the importance of tailoring services to the client.Listen to the podcast to hear expert insights on this and more:The positive impact of interior designFinding solutions to client issuesInterior design client motivatorsHow awards can benefit a businessWorking within a male-dominated sector More about the guest:Emma Finneron is an Oxford-based interior designer with over 30 years of experience working in the world of fashion, property and interiors. With a passion for architecture and design, Emma is proud to have built an award-winning interior design company helping both residential and commercial clients navigate their way through the world of interiors. In 2022 she expanded the business to incorporate her own construction team and offer project management and coordination on renovations, extensions, new builds and commercial refurbishments and fit-outs.LinkedInLearn more about ByEmmaJaneInteriors About the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Ben Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Securing Your Business in the Digital Age
Apr 7 2023
Securing Your Business in the Digital Age
In this episode of the Oxford Business Podcast, Ben is joined by James Craddock, owner of Get Support IT Services and Get Radio as they discuss the importance of cyber-security and how Get Support IT Services can assist your business.Listen to the podcast to hear expert insights on this and more:How Microsoft 365 can benefit your business.The importance of owning a web domain.Anti-virus and Endpoint Detection Response software.BitLocker and Encrypting your data.More about the guest:James Craddock is the owner and founder of Get Support IT Services. Having founded the company back in 2000, the business has now grown to a team of around 30. Get Support IT Services offers a wealth of experience for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, assisting with every aspect of computer hardware and software support. James is also the co-founder of Get Radio, a 24-hour DAB radio station that broadcasts across the entire county.LinkedInLearn more about Get Support IT ServicesLearn more about Get RadioAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Ben Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Overcoming the Pressures of Business Ownership
Mar 3 2023
Overcoming the Pressures of Business Ownership
In this episode of the Oxford Business Podcast, Ben is joined by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneur's Mentor as they discuss Mike's experience as a business owner, the role of the entrepreneur and the importance of talking to a business coach.Listen to the podcast to hear expert insights on this and more:What actually is an entrepreneur?The benefits of a business coachHow much should I have in reserves for my business?The business model canvasMore about the guest:Mike Foster is a business mentor who has run his own businesses and advised many more in various advisory roles. He has a wide range of experience including strategy, marketing & sales, finance, operations, health & safety and people management. Mike works with business owners and entrepreneurs to review the key areas of their businesses and establish the focus needed to make them successful. LinkedInLearn more about Mike and The Entrepreneur's Mentor About the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Ben Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Identifying Ideal Clients and the Importance of Loving What You Do
Feb 3 2023
Identifying Ideal Clients and the Importance of Loving What You Do
In this episode of the Oxford Business Podcast, Ben is joined by Dylis Guyan, an International Sales and Leadership Expert, as she shares her story, advice and experience in the world of sales, including the importance of loving what you do, understanding what your clients need and the necessities of appropriate training for leadership roles.The importance of loving what you doThe necessity of training for leadership rolesHow to identify your ideal clientThe importance of a client central approachListen to the podcast to hear expert insights on those topics.More about the guest:Dylis Guyan is a seasoned sales and leadership professional with over 23 years of experience in the financial services and corporate sectors. She has held prominent positions in the banking and insurance industries, including Field Sales Manager and Regional Sales Director. Dylis currently operates as an International Sales and Leadership Expert, as well as a tutor for the Said Business School at Oxford University and a course director for the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Dylis is passionate about helping others develop their sales and leadership skills, and loves to share her knowledge and experience.LinkedInLearn more about how Dylis can help you and your businessAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Ben Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
The Big Power of Small Businesses
Nov 4 2022
The Big Power of Small Businesses
This week Ben explores how successful businesses can overcome difficulties, both professional and personal to strive for success.In this episode, Ben speaks with Mary Thomas of Concise Training and Concise Digital, Nick Mason of Wagner Mason Accountants and Howard Feather of Howard Feather Business Advisors.What makes a successful small businessThe digital channels that will help your businessHow to counteract issues confronted by small businessesWhen to outsource workThe importance of a support networkListen to the podcast to hear expert insights on those topics.Guests:Mary Thomas:Through Concise Training and Concise Digital, Mary Thomas assists business with their digital and social media marketing to ensure that your digital output is beneficial for your business. By utilising her expertise in training, Mary will help you to be able to get the most out of your digital marketing, whilst also offering a variety of outsourcing options.LinkedInConcise TrainingConcise DigitalNick Mason:Nick Mason is the director of Wagner Mason Accountants, providing his clients with a high-quality and personal service. His work helps businesses make sure that they have the financial information they need to run their business on a day-to-day basis.LinkedInWagner Mason AccountantsHoward Feather:Howard Feather is a business advisor and mentor, helping you to make the tough decisions to move forward. Through Howard Feather Business Advisors, Howard helps to increase productivity, overcome barriers within the business and generate sales within the business.  LinkedInHoward Feather Business AdvisorsAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Quiet quitting and putting the human in Human Resources
Oct 7 2022
Quiet quitting and putting the human in Human Resources
First came the great resignation, and now we have quiet quitting. Why are employees becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their work, and what can employers do to retain their staff? In this episode, Mike speaks with Paul Hayward of Blake Morgan and Jane Fryatt of Face2faceHR.The rise of quiet quittingHow businesses can retain employeesThe importance of communicating with your teamFocusing on output not inputListen to the podcast to hear expert insights on those topics.Guests:Paul Hayward:Paul is a member of the highly rated employment, pensions, benefits and immigration team at Blake Morgan LLP; working in both Oxford and Reading. He has previously acted for large multibody corporations undertaking central government contracts, public sector bodies (including NHS Trusts and Schools) and recently a number of high-profile individuals such as senior BBC executives, Premier League footballers and agents. LinkedInBlake MorganJane Fryatt:Jane is an HR Consultant at face2faceHR. Her HR experience has been gained across various sectors including media and publishing, science, technology and engineering. She has first-hand experience of managing teams in both operational and office environments and can bring down-to-earth, practical HR solutions to her clients. LinkedInFace2faceHRAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Making networking work for you
Sep 9 2022
Making networking work for you
As in-person meetings have returned in this post-pandemic world, how can networking events help businesses grow their client base and how can these businesses get the most out of such events? In this episode, Ben speaks with Matt Eastland-Jones of Story Ninety Four, Ted Yeates of Kept Assets Limited and James Constable of Get Support IT Services.The importance of networkingBuilding trust with clientsUtilising networking to build a brand onlineThe benefits of podcasting for B2B purposesHow networking can facilitate collaborationListen to the podcast to hear expert insights on those topics.Guests:Matt Eastland Jones:Matt is the founder and Managing Director of Studio Ninety-Four, an Oxfordshire-based podcast and video production company. Starting as a freelance filmmaker and digital storyteller, Matt's work at Story Ninety-Four focuses on helping businesses engage new audiences, grow visibility, improve social engagement and enhance conversion rates.LinkedInStory Ninety-FourTed Yeates:Over the years, Ted has excelled at identifying areas of concern affecting family welfare and has worked tirelessly to develop suitable solutions. Now in his 70s, Ted is passionate about helping those who are later in life protect the assets they have accrued throughout their working lives by arranging Bloodline Planning, Will Writing and Estate Planning.LinkedInKept Assets LimitedJames Constable:James is an ex-Professional footballer with more than 15 years in the game, who has recently taken up the position of Business Development Manager at Get Support IT Services. Through his work, Get Support IT is able to provide every aspect of computer hardware and software support for the UK's small and medium-sized businesses.   LinkedInGet Support IT ServicesAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitment: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer-to-peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Working from home, office culture, and adapting your business post-pandemic
Aug 5 2022
Working from home, office culture, and adapting your business post-pandemic
The pandemic brought on many changes to businesses. One of the most significant was the change from office life to working from home. With the pandemic now behind us, how has the workforce changed and adapted post-pandemic? In this episode, Ben speaks with Katie Aldridge of The HR Dept Newbury, Darren Aston of Aston & James, and Paul Mabbutt of Jennings.  The 2022 officeAre businesses working from home or back in the office?Has the demand for offices changed?What can employers do to ensure staff are healthy when working from home?Listen to the podcast to hear expert insights on those topics.Guests:Katie Aldridge:The HR Dept Newbury supports small to medium sized companies with their HR, and it’s our approach that really sets us apart. Instead of telling small businesses what they can’t do, we tell them what they can do to achieve the results that they want. LinkedInThe HR DeptDarren Aston:Darren joined Aston & James in 1997 to work with his older brother Alan as his young apprentice. He learnt quickly under his guidance and gained a lot of experience working for a small family business – fast track to 2012, Darren bought the business from his brother to become the owner. During lockdown they shifted to working on Covid infection control products, PPE and assisting customers with their Workspace at home – reassessing kit and ergonomics. Aston & James now positioning themselves to best serve their customers wherever they choose to work – in The Workplace – In The Warehouse – In The home, and on the go.LinkedInAston & JamesPaul Mabbutt:Paul is an experienced Managing Director with a focus on helping to develop people and grow organisations in the Private and Voluntary Sector. Skilled in business planning, mentoring and people development, plus passionate about building ethical and people focused cultures. LinkedInJenningsAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Raising finance for your business in 2022
Jul 1 2022
Raising finance for your business in 2022
What are the different ways to raise finance in 2022 to fund your growing business?In this episode, Mike speaks with Tracy Smart of The Smart Team, and Sam Jones of NGI Finance. Current climate with raising financeDifferent ways to raise financeHow to prepare for financing your businessTips for better forecastingListen to the podcast to hear expert insights on those topics. Guests:Tracy Smart:Finance Director and Founder of The Smart Team, Tracy is passionate about making a difference & delivering results for small and scale up businesses. The Smart Team provide outsourced finance skills to SME’s, supplying access to highly experienced finance directors and leaders.LinkedInThe Smart TeamSam Jones:Sam is the Business Development Manager at NGI Finance and helps business owners realise their dreams and save time with flexible funding options.LinkedInNGI FinanceAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
The Importance of Coaching & Development
Jun 10 2022
The Importance of Coaching & Development
In this episode, Mike speaks with Nick Hughes from Dynamic Coach Group, Jenny Gordon from Jenuine Consulting Ltd, and Ian Farrington from Prodevuk.When do you know you need coaching and development?How important is development to career progression?How has the pandemic altered coaching?Listen to the podcast to hear expert answers to those questions.Guests:Nick Hughes:Dynamic Coach is driven to improving your revenue streams and profit margins and as such we have developed our sales training and coaching practices with DYNAMIC outcomes in mind, whether that be with set strategies or training to develop individuals or teams.LinkedInDynamic Coach GroupJenny Gordon:Jenny is the founder & brilliance coach at Jenuine Consulting; a people developer who specialises in helping businesses create and sustain brilliantly effective, productive, teams. Bringing practical understanding of the issues that keep you awake at night, together with wide-ranging experience and a sustained record of success in coaching, facilitation, learning and development, quality improvement and innovation helps illuminate your business, creating clear strategies to bring out not only the unique brilliance of you but also the people you work with.LinkedInJenuine ConsultingIan Farrington:Ian has spent over 30 years working in the public, private and not for for profit sectors. In theory, this was about policy, strategy and delivery in a range of contexts. In reality, it was always about people and the realisation that it takes the right people, with the right support, to deliver sustainable success. LinkedInProdevukAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Kindness & Working with Charities
May 6 2022
Kindness & Working with Charities
In this episode, Ben speaks with Tim Wraith the Corporate & Community Partnerships Manager at Sobell House, Jamie Miller the CEO of Headway Oxfordshire, and Anne Cooper the Senior Fundraiser at Cecily's Fund.How can businesses work with charities?What are the benefits of volunteering with charities?Why do charities need to start behaving more like businesses?Listen to the podcast to hear expert answers to those questions.Guests:Tim Wraith:As the Corporate & Community Partnerships Manager at Sobell House, Tim brings immediate value by utilising his excellent communication skills to nature and maintain successful working relationships with both internal and external contacts. He thrives on dealing with challenges and has a sense of urgency and desire to make a real positive difference in people’s lives. LinkedInSobell HouseJamie Miller:Jamie is a highly motivated, proactive and experienced charity leader and for the past 12 years has been the CEO of Headway Oxfordshire. Established in 1982, Headway Oxfordshire has over 30 years’ history of supporting those affected by acquired brain injury. As CEO, Jamie has overall responsibility for implementing the directives of the charities Board of Trustees including planning and implementing the strategic direction of the organisation, identifying funding streams, the development of services, and management of individual projects. LinkedInHeadway OxfordshireAnne Cooper:Cecily's Fund supports orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. As the Senior Fundraiser, Anne supports Cecily's Fund's mission to enable orphans and vulnerable children to go to school, supporting children to succeed at school, preparing for life beyond school, and strengthening community support for children's education.LinkedInCecilys FundAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Making your Finances Work for you and your Business
Apr 1 2022
Making your Finances Work for you and your Business
In this episode, Mike speaks with Marc Kavanagh founder of MK Mortgages and Michael Pawley founder of Proficio Solutions.What are the current concerns around finance in 2022?How do you raise finance for your business?How does being self-employeed affect your ability to get a mortage?How far in advance do you need to prepare your finances for lending?Listen to the podcast to hear expert answers to those questions.Guests:Marc Kavanagh:Formerly a member of the Scots Guard Band, Marc founded MK Mortgages in 2014 to help buyers navigate through every stage of finding and applying for their mortgage – and ensuring they get the most suitable deal available based on their individual circumstances. MK Mortgages are able to access mortgages that you may not find when searching independently, saving you valuable time and money.LinkedInMK MortgagesMichael Pawley:Founder of Proficio Solutions, Micheal provides outsourced Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer services to a number of entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses, partnerships and LLPs. Their approach is to ensure that directors and business owners really understand their finances using clear, relevant, analytical information and then to work with them to take informed decisions about their businesses. LinkedInProficio SolutionsAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
Scaling your Business from 1 to 10 Employees
Mar 4 2022
Scaling your Business from 1 to 10 Employees
Scaling your business is a challenge that many business owners face. How do you transition from a sole trader to larger opperation with multiple employees and departments?In this episode, Ben speaks with Cath Convery of Explosive Learning Solutions, Tracy Smart of The Smart Team, and Sam Jones of NGI Finance. What steps are needed to scale a business?How can borrowing support and finance your growth?How important is getting recuitment right first time?What support is out there for business owners wanting to scale?Listen to the podcast to hear expert answers to those questions.Guests:Cath Convery:Formally trained as an education technologist and teacher, much of Cath's career has been in Change Management, specifically in Learning and Development. This resulted in her founding Explosive Learning Solutions in 2005, an independent Defence and Homeland Security Learning and Development (L&D) consultancy and training provider. LinkedInExplosive Learning SolutionsTracy Smart:Finance Director and Founder of The Smart Team, Tracy is passionate about making a difference & delivering results for small and scale up businesses. The Smart Team provide outsourced finance skills to SME’s, supplying access to highly experienced finance directors and leaders.LinkedInThe Smart TeamSam Jones:Sam is the Business Development Manager at NGI Finance and helps business owners realise their dreams and save time with flexible funding options.LinkedInNGI FinanceAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entrepreneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment.Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.
How to Succeed in Marketing in 2022
Feb 3 2022
How to Succeed in Marketing in 2022
Effective marketing is key for the success of any business. But creating a successful marketing strategy is harder than it looks, and it's one area that many businesses get wrong. In this episode, Mike speaks with Sally Green of YMS, Mike Duerden of Urban Element, and Josh Cox of Prystine Web Solutions. How can businesses best consider their marketing strategy?How do businesses decide on their marketing channels?How do you create trust with clients?How much money should businesses spend on marketing?Listen to the podcast to hear expert answers to those questions. Guests:Sally Green: Sally has been working in marketing for over 35 years. She has been an International Marketing Director for a market leading publisher and has been running her own marketing consultancy company for the past 15 years.LinkedIn: @sallydgreen YMS: yms.agency Mike Duerden: Mike is the Senior Digital Sales Executive at Urban Element and is dedicated to providing excellent customer experiences with over 10 years experience.LinkedIn: @mikeduerdenUrban Element: urbanelement.com John Cox: Josh founded Prystine Web Solutions back in 2016 and is the director and web developer. Since starting the company, Josh has been working with a range of clients to offer bespoke websites as well as hosting and site maintenance. LinkedIn: @josh-luke-frederick-coxPrystine Web Solutions: prystine.co.ukAbout the Oxford Business Podcast:The Oxford Business Podcast is a podcast by OBCN, the Oxford Business Community Network, and hosted by Mike Foster, the Entreprneurs Mentor, and Ben Thompson from Thompson & Terry Recruitment. Mike Foster: @mikefosteroxfordThe Entrepreneurs Mentor: entrepreneursmentor.co.ukBen Thompson: @ben-thompsonThompson & Terry Recruitement: thompsonandterry.co.ukThe Oxford Business Community Network has been established to provide a trusted, peer to peer, group networking opportunity for businesses based in Oxfordshire, where 'people buy people'.The Oxford Business Podcast is produced by Story Ninety-Four and recorded in their Podcast Studio in central Oxford.