Insightful conversations with entrepreneurs, business leaders and other high-performing individuals, exploring the link between personal and business success.
What is success? How do you develop resilience? Who inspires you? How do you maintain your physical and mental wellbeing?
Our guests explore these questions and more...
Rosie Radwell – “Accept the cards you’ve been dealt and get on with it.”
Rosie Radwell recently marked her 20th year as MD at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth. During that time, both the hotel and Rosie herself have won multiple awards, and Marsham Court continues to be a flagship venue on the south coast.
Rosie's family have been hoteliers in Bournemouth for 70 years, and she talks about the impact this has had on her, and about the pleasures and pressures of continuing that proud family legacy.
Also covered are the importance of building loyalty with guests, staff and contractors, how she competes with the big hotel chains, coping with the upheavals of post-Covid travel, and what she learned from a significant period of family loss and turbulence.
Ben Morton – “I had to ask two soldiers to risk their lives for me.”
Ben Morton is a former British Army captain who served two tours in Iraq and now works as a leadership mentor and performance coach.
Following his time in the army, Ben entered the corporate world and soon realised that a lot of the leadership training he witnessed was heavily focused on using tools and models in what he terms a ‘leadership by numbers’ approach. Perturbed by this lack of authenticity and individuality, Ben left the corporate world to transfer the leadership principles he learned in the army into business leadership and team building.
Richard North - “I heard the paramedic say I only had a few seconds left.”
Richard North is the co-founder and CEO of Wow! Stuff, whose innovative tech-toys are sold in major retailers around the world, from Hamleys in London to Walmart in the US.
In 2001, Richard had a car accident that saw him counting from ten to zero and back again just to stay alive. It was a moment that naturally changed Richard’s life profoundly. Part of this episode focuses on how he overcame his injuries and the lessons he learned from the experience, while we also hear about the joys and legal challenges of the toy industry .
Matt Desmier - "My enthusiasm is on steroids."
Matt Desmier—currently business engagement and knowledge exchange manager for the faculty of media and communication at Bournemouth University—is renowned for his special blend of creativity and business acumen. He was instrumental in establishing one of the UK’s leading creative and digital economies in Bournemouth, and his time at the incubator Enterprise Pavilion saw an astonishing 75 businesses launched within five years, with those businesses experiencing a 95% survival rate.
Dave Chedgy – “The ballsiest thing I’ve ever done is walk away.”
Dave Chedgy went from Premiership rugby player, to 24 years as a high-paced City trader and then co-founder of Dynamic Health—a boutique personal training studio in Lilliput, which he runs with his wife Natasha. Dave and Natasha have also founded The Escape Plan—a platform for better financial and physical freedom.
Sandra Palmer-Snellin – “Responsibility is a huge word in my vocabulary.”
Sandra Palmer-Snellin is director at Farmer Palmers—a fun park based in Poole—and Staglers, an eco-friendly dog chew. Both of these businesses are family owned and run. Sandra talks about managing the dynamics in a family business, what some of the joys, challenges and unique pressures are, and the inheritance of work ethic.
Real People - Inspiring stories
Warren is excellent at remembering that business stories are also human stories. As well as some excellent insights into the rollercoaster journey of the business world, Warren always remembers to dive into the life and personal aspects of the person he’s interviewing. The importance of Warren’s and Evolve’s belief that family, rest, health, wellbeing AND business success are all entwined are a great reminder to take that helicopter view occasionally and review ‘success’ through different perspectives. Subscribe. You’ll love it.
Some of the guests have been great and Warren’s genuine passion for the subject shines through.
I’m working my way happily through the backlog of episodes as I run in the mornings.
Thanks to Warren and team for providing a great insight to how other businesses tick. Keep the content coming!