64 episodes

A podcast, produced in rural Australia, bringing together ambitious women from the bush, the city and all over the world. As a former ABC Rural journalist, Company host Skye Manson loves to shine the spotlight on rural people doing amazing things. Each series will include a hand picked mix of stories from well known and inspirational women in our cities, international friends and colleagues and of course - country women who're killing it in business.

Company Manson Podcasting Network

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 109 Ratings

A podcast, produced in rural Australia, bringing together ambitious women from the bush, the city and all over the world. As a former ABC Rural journalist, Company host Skye Manson loves to shine the spotlight on rural people doing amazing things. Each series will include a hand picked mix of stories from well known and inspirational women in our cities, international friends and colleagues and of course - country women who're killing it in business.

    BONUS: Sarah Wheeler: The Outback Long Ride

    BONUS: Sarah Wheeler: The Outback Long Ride

    In a bit over a week, in May 2024, Sarah Wheeler and her horses - Shifty and Sally - will set out on The Outback Long Ride, a 5,500km journey through Outback NSW and QLD honouring the lives of her late parents and raising funds and awareness for upper GI cancers through the Pancare Foundation and for her own charity, A Daughter's Way which will support families and individuals suffering tragic loss and grief.
    Sarah is one of four girls in the Wheeler family who've suffered through incredible heartache and grief after losing both their parents. Their mother Terri died from biliary cancer and their father Gavin died in 2010 suddenly and unexpectedly from an enlarged heart.
    Sarah says feeling broken and lost in the wake of losing two parents in such a short time and so young that, she just knew she wanted to do 'something meaningful and something that would help her to find focus and healing' while helping and inspiring others to do the same.
    For her, The Outback Long Ride is the answer to that soul searching and will spread awareness far and wide for her future endeavours of her own charity 'A Daughter's Way'; where she aims to create all expenses paid weekend to 7 day retreats, group camps or group expeditions run by trained mental health professionals, and developed by clinical psychologists and so much more for rural and regional families experiencing grief and loss in Australia.
    Sarah's looking forward to hopefully meeting lots of people along the way over the next 9-12 months as well as documenting her travels through photography that she's aiming to turn into a coffee table book, an exhibition and maybe even a documentary.
    You can Donate to The Long Outback Ride's page at the Pancare Foundation here.
    You can follow The Outback Long Ride at @_beneaththebrim on Instagram
    Or here on Facebook
    The Outback Long Ride; YouTube
    To support low survival Upper GI Cancers go to pancare.org.au  

    • 32 min
    BONUS: Cara Spreadborough: An Ode to Liberty

    BONUS: Cara Spreadborough: An Ode to Liberty

    I first met Cara Spreadborough when we started talking about a sponsorship for our newsletter Company on Sunday’s. (So full disclosure, Cara’s label Sorority Clothing has been paying for a sponsorship of our newsletter for the last six weeks. )
    I knew not much about Cara’s high end fashion boutique Inky and Moss in Roma QLD and nothing about her second online label Sorority Clothing. So we got chatting and I learned that most of the shirts in Sorority Clothing are made from Liberty Prints - big tick, huge tick for me. 
    We started exchanging Liberty stories …… and then she told me the story of how the business came to be. She’s lost her identical twin sister years ago - and this was Cara’s Ode to her sister - and is a venture in which she feels a strong sense of spiritual guidance and good luck
    And then she started telling me about all the one-on-one attention and conversations she has with the people of Liberty in London. 
    This is what this podcast is all about. A new clothing label born in Roma Queensland with a direct line to the people in charge of Liberty in London and with shirts manufactured at Lake Como in Italy. 
    It happens, but not just in the cities. And we’re here to celebrate it.

    Thankyou to Rabobank Australia for its support of this series of Company.
    You can sign up to our free weekly newsletter here.

    • 27 min
    Jodie Goldsworthy: How to make family business, big business

    Jodie Goldsworthy: How to make family business, big business

    Jodie Goldsworthy is a co-founder and director of Beechworth Honey based in Beechworth, Vic. When Jodie and her husband Steven decided - out of the blue* - to take on a beekeeping venture of their own they had not a bee hive to thier name. It was starting from scratch. What they did have was four generations of heritage of family knowledge on how to manage bees and produce honey.
    Beechworth Honey is a first generation business with a fourth generation heritage. 
    30 years on their business is the second largest brand in the Australian Honey market - and the biggest family owned Honey company in Australia. 
    Their ascent to this lofty high is built on hard work and a determined integrity to treat all aspects and people within the business how they would like to be treated themselves. Simple mantra. Big results.
    *There was never any encouragement nor plan for Jodie to follow in her family's beekeeping footsteps. For all she knew she was set to be a teacher.
    Thank you to Rabobank Australia for its support of this Series of the Company podcast.

    • 48 min
    Bourby Webster: How to build music culture in the bush

    Bourby Webster: How to build music culture in the bush

    When you go to a stadium in Australia or even just a local footy match - singing, chanting and war cries are not uncommon. We’ve all been there - and experienced the power, that feeling, of people coming together and singing. 
    In Britain is also the case for live orchestra events. But in Australia, this is unheard of. 
    Enter Bourby Webster a pom from rural UK, who trained in classical live music at Oxford University and is now determined to change the zeitgeist around live orchestral performances in rural and regional Australia. 
    When Bourby moved to Perth - it was for love. There was no thought, nor ambition to change the culture of music in Australia. 
    But when her relationship failed…She looked around her and noticed a huge gaping hole in the culture of Australian orchestra. 
    Her idea was to try and recreate the British model of touring a symphony orchestra to regional communities and so she created the Perth Symphony Orchestra; music for everyone, anywhere. 
    People laughed. Asked if she was joking? ‘This is impossible, people won’t travel to come to an event like this’ They don’t need it, they don’t want it. There’s no doubt she’s been up against it. There’s a huge cultural ‘cringe’ to overcome.
    To add - Western Australia already had a symphony orchestra, WASO which is longstanding, respected and well known. 
    This is a Manson Podcast Network production in partnership with Rabobank Australia.

    • 46 min
    Kim McDonnell: How to build a social enterprise

    Kim McDonnell: How to build a social enterprise

    From Ayr to Mt Isa to Melbourne to New York; entreprenuer Kim McDonnell's social enterprise, Thankful is an example of how to successfully outgrow your boots, and roots, in regional Australia.
    Years ago Kim and her partner sold *everything* chasing a feeling of fulfilment in the creation of her social enterprise Thankful. When no-one in Australia would invest nor take her seriously, she uprooted her family - and a very comfortable life in Melbourne - and took them to a lesser life in New York.
    We talk about 'ambition' and 'innovation' on this podcast and Kim is a shining example of what can be achieved if you are courageous enough to go for it, and keep going and going and going. Cliched I know. But Kim's persistence has seen her glean support and recognition from the United Nations, members of the Rockerfeller family and the Ford Motor Group family.
    SafeFul App: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/saveful/id6460647948
    Thankful Podcast
    Thankful4Soil Film
    Thankful4Farmers initiative

    • 52 min
    Edwina Bartholomew: How to manage a 3am alarm

    Edwina Bartholomew: How to manage a 3am alarm

    Sleep, Eat, Work, Rest, Play, Mess about, Sing, Read, Eat, Bath, Read, Sleep - Rinse and Repeat. This is the life of Channel 7’s Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew and also of you, and me and anyone with children. 
    When it comes to Edwina, sure there are a few extra’s thrown in there like a nanny and invitations to fancy shows and opening nights - but ultimately she’s a mother, who’s very successful in her high profile job, but who also spends hours scrolling interiors on Instagram and naps during the days.
    When I watch Edwina on Sunrise. I just wonder how she does it all? Like really, 3am alarms and two young children and a high profile and extra business ventures: it’s a lot.
    But I also really admire the path that she has carved for herself as a self proclaimed ‘devotee’ to country life.  And we need people like Edwina in our corner - someone who’s happy to champion our causes, projects, challenges, the special people.
    Today we talk about her TV presenter life, her daily routine and we get excited about her latest venture Saltash Farm at Carcoar near Orange in central west NSW.
    This podcast is produced by Manson Podcasting Network in partnership with Rabobank Australia.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Kate3537 ,

Fabulous episode

Loved the Ep with Bec Fing very interesting and insightful!

CityNanna ,

Fabulous

Thank You for a Lovely and Enjoyable Podcast, I’ve gone back to the beginning to catch up on past episodes I love listening to all your guests...

Mere Mortals Podcast ,

Really Rurally Fantastic

Something about hearing folks living more rural just feels wholesome. Skye asks pertinent questions and helps us get a quick but deep look into the life of her guests. Very solid!

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