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BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod.

Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet). Produced by Happy Content Co.
https://brummies-networking.co.uk
https://happycontentco.com
Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

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BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod.

Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet). Produced by Happy Content Co.
https://brummies-networking.co.uk
https://happycontentco.com
Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    BrumPod033: The Network Shoutout Episode - This Time It's All About You!

    BrumPod033: The Network Shoutout Episode - This Time It's All About You!

    In this special edition episode, we wanted to turn the podcast over to you! So we've invited a handful of folks we know well to submit their own audio promo pitches, as a way of introducing them to you, the wider world.

    Since England is in Lockdown 2, we feel it's more important than ever to keep up your marketing and networking, to ensure you've got a good pipeline of work coming in during these uncertain times. And one way to do that is giving folks the opportunity to introduce themselves to a new audience, namely, you! They're a great bunch of people who we feel you should know about, so please do have a listen to their intro speeches during this episode to find out more about them; and then of course do check out their web links too - all links below.

    We will undoubtedly be running another  'shoutout episode' again in due course, maybe in the new year. So if you fancy having your promo introduction featured in a future episode, you can submit it easily via our SpeakPipe page: https://www.speakpipe.com/brumpod

    Just keep your intro speeches to no more than 30 seconds, and ensure you include all the key info; who you are, what you do, how you can help, where can people find you. (Legal disclaimer: By submitting an audio clip you give us the rights to use it on this podcast).

    Here are the people who have featured today:

    Leila Smith - https://www.promiseprandcreative.co.uk

    Sean Dyer - https://bravenewbeast.co.uk

    Sara Tomaszewska - https://littlemediaagency.com

    Will Woodhouse - https://www.fixmybrokenmac.co.uk

    Luke Burton - https://theconnectionworldwide.com

    Maria Goodwin - https://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk

    Henrik Court - https://www.linkedin.com/in/henrikcourt/

    Theo Thompson - https://www.nourishsocial.co.uk



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com

    Twitter: @happycontentco

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com

    • 25 min
    Brumpod032: Brummies Jobs Exchange And How We Can All Help Each Other Throughout Lockdown 2 And Beyond

    Brumpod032: Brummies Jobs Exchange And How We Can All Help Each Other Throughout Lockdown 2 And Beyond

    In this episode, we’re launching a new initiative, the ‘Brummies Jobs Exchange’ - our way of helping to link up people who are either seeking new employment if they’ve say been made redundant due to COVID19 etc - or indeed if you are a company who have roles available looking to be filled, we want to try and help you fill them.

    This isn’t a commercial venture, and we’re not acting as recruiters - we are simply helping provide a platform and an audience via our Brummies Networking LinkedIn Group, website and social media channels. (All links below).

    We encourage everyone to be on the lookout for these types of posts, and we’ll be encouraging every post we see to be posted also in our LinkedIn group so it acts as a hub, where you’ll hopefully be able to link yourselves up with each other, to help each other out as best we can.

    Create your job seeker/job available posts in the Brummies Networking LinkedIn group, by starting it with ‘CAREER’ at the start, to make it clear and obvious; and hopefully then you’ll get some interest and assistance from fellow members.

    Especially important during these trying times, with the impending Lockdown 2 now coming into effect.

    (Lockdown 2 was mentioned during the episode, & was only confirmed by Parliament post-recording)

    We also encourage you to submit your guest blogs to us which we can promote on the website. A further bit of self-promotion for you.

    And please do make use of our Speakpipe page where you can send us your business elevator pitches in audio form, which we can incorporate into future episodes. Max. 30s or so, keep it brief, to the point; who you are, what you do, how you can help, what sort of clients you’re looking for - you know the drill.

    And remember, we’re also running our weekly Twitter hour every Tuesday 11am-12 - just use the hashtag #brummiesbizhour to join in; and like the above, post your promos, what you do, how you can help, the types of clients you’re looking for etc.

    We’re all in this together folks, so let’s all do whatever we can to help each other out as best we can, especially during these precarious times we’re living in.



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com

    Twitter: @happycontentco

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com

    • 24 min
    BrumPod031: Midlands COVID Update, New iPhone Launch & 5G Expansion PLUS How To Support Local Small Businesses

    BrumPod031: Midlands COVID Update, New iPhone Launch & 5G Expansion PLUS How To Support Local Small Businesses

    In this episode, we're offering up more of a slightly shorter and snappier 'updates episode', just to give you the heads up about the latest news re. COVID19 in the Midlands, and what West Midlands Mayor's latest announcement is.

    We also talk about the impact the local lockdowns and new Tier system is having on the region as a whole - with hospitality being hit quite hard yet again. 

    Apple have also recently announced the new iPhone 12 series of phones, with launch happening Friday 23rd October. Why is this relevant? Because this is Apple's first foray into the realm of 5G - which can only mean that because iPhones are arguably the world's most popular phone, it is now likely that now is the time 5G sees much greater expansion of availability, meaning we will all get to benefit from what 5G can offer. Not just in the sense of faster download speeds for movies and music; but what it means for the bigger picture - i.e. enhanced capabilities for autonomous vehicles, reducing the latency/lag which is prevalent with 3G/4G technologies. Lots of exciting developments are heading our way over the next 12 months or so.

    We also give a shoutout to Midlands company BCRS Business Loans, who have launched a LinkedIn challenge to encourage everyone to support local small businesses by taking part in simple challenges - from leaving a SME you've used a great review, or giving them a public shoutout on your social media - and whatever else you can think of to give a leg up to any great small, local and/or family run businesses near you that you love. It's these little things that can make such a positive impact on a small business, and they'll really thank you for it!

    References from this episode:

    https://twitter.com/andy4wm/status/1318616191997534214



    https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/10/750000-uk-hospitality-jobs-at-risk-survey-reveals/



    https://www.bcu.ac.uk/research/collaborate-with-us/5g/how-5g-will-change-birmingham-in-real-time



    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=bcrssmechallenge



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com

    Twitter: @happycontentco

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com

    • 26 min
    BrumPod030: Decoding The Winter Economy Plan with Alistair Hayward-Wright

    BrumPod030: Decoding The Winter Economy Plan with Alistair Hayward-Wright

    In this episode, we’re talking to Alistair Hayward-Wright, from Hayward-Wright Accountancy Group, who helps us to decode and decipher Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan, the scheme that will replace the furlough and SEISS grant payments ongoing.



    It’s been an incredibly tough time throughout COVID-19 for all businesses, both the self-employed and those who are salaried. With numerous inevitable redundancies being mentioned on LinkedIn and beyond, now is the time to really focus on future plans to ensure your business stays afloat, and ideally, thrives as best it can.



    There are now several changes afoot which business owners will need to become familiar with, as it will affect all employees and the amount of hours they’ll need to work before the scheme takes effect - a process that is quite different to the current furlough scheme.



    Likewise for the self-employed, the SEISS grants are, in some fashion, being extended; but with a lesser amount being paid out than before - so for many, it may be a slight top up to your income, but perhaps not much more than that. Therefore, lots of preparation and planning is key to ensure you stay ahead of the game.



    So, if you’re like us, and trying to get your head around all this information isn’t exactly bedtime reading - then tune in, as thankfully Alistair will lead us through it bit by bit to hopefully make it a little simpler to grasp.





    Where you can find Alistair online:



    https://www.haywardwright.co.uk



    https://twitter.com/HaywardWright



    https://www.facebook.com/haywardwrightltd



    https://www.linkedin.com/company/hayward-wright/



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.  

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod



    Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com

    Twitter: @happycontentco



    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic



    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.



    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com



    Sound effects courtesy of http://www.freesfx.co.uk

    • 28 min
    BrumPod029: PR vs Marketing - What's Right For You? Setting Up An Agency During A Pandemic! Plus How To Deal With Negative PR

    BrumPod029: PR vs Marketing - What's Right For You? Setting Up An Agency During A Pandemic! Plus How To Deal With Negative PR

    In this episode we talk to Leila Smith from Promise PR and Creative, a PR agency based in Solihull. 

    Leila set up her agency during the pandemic! So we explore how that went, and what brought her to that point.

    We explore the world of PR versus marketing - how and why they're different, and how to decipher what a business might need.

    Lots of businesses during the pandemic and lockdown period starting cutting back spending on PR and marketing, so Leila explains why it's more important than ever to kick things up a gear to ensure businesses stay communicative and relevant.  She also tells us about her experiences with business networking, and the importance of the human connection.

    Plus, we also discuss the scenario of negative PR, and how to combat that effectively; with a good example that came to light on LinkedIn and Twitter in the last couple of days. 

    You can find Leila online at the following places:

    https://www.promiseprandcreative.co.uk

    https://twitter.com/CreativePromise

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/leila-smith-83a67a117/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/promise-pr-and-creative/

    https://www.instagram.com/promiseprandcreative/



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com

    Twitter: @happycontentco

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com

    • 33 min
    BrumPod028: Lisa Brown from Lisa B Interior Design - The Design Industry During Covid, And Are The General Public Creative?

    BrumPod028: Lisa Brown from Lisa B Interior Design - The Design Industry During Covid, And Are The General Public Creative?

    In this episode, we speak to special guest Lisa Brown from Lisa B Interior Design, a design agency based at the Custard Factory, Birmingham.

    We discuss what the state of the design industry has been like during COVID, as well as hearing her backstory about how she got to where she is now. 

    We also pose the question, just HOW creative is the general public when it comes to starting a new project? What to do when there's no forthcoming information from a prospective client! And of course, how to handle the situation when residential clients spar between themselves with competing ideas! 

    Lisa also explains what the general design process is, how to go about approaching a designer, & what you need to know to get the best result; as well as detailing the differences between approaching interior design in a residential vs. commercial setting.

    You can find Lisa online at the following places:

    Website: https://lisabinteriordesign.co.uk

    Portfolio: https://lisabinteriordesign.com

    https://twitter.com/InfoLisaBDesign

    https://www.instagram.com/lbidesign/



    Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking.

    https://brummies-networking.co.uk

    Brummies Networking on Twitter: @brummiesnet

    BrumPod on Twitter - @brumpod

    Produced by Happy Content Co. https://happycontentco.com

    Twitter: @happycontentco

    Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

    Twitter: @birocratic

    BrumPod - The UK Small Business Podcast. BrumPod is designed for small businesses, because 2/3 of the hosts are small businesses! Our goal is to bring you topics that affect you as a fellow small business owner directly; everything from website tools and technology, changes in regulations, business networking tips, business growth; plus we talk to regular guests from all walks of life, discussing their journeys in working with small businesses to make other people’s lives easier.

    BrumPod Hosts:

    Richard Heathcote (Voice Over Artist) - https://www.richardheathcote.co.uk

    Iwan Thomas (Business Coach) - http://www.iwanthomasassociates.co.uk

    Jason Jones (Self Storage) - https://www.accessstorage.com

    • 32 min

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