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FastForward answers the questions that keep entrepreneurs awake at night. Hosted by Patricia Keating, programme director at Tech Manchester, this podcast features interviews with experts covering everything you need to know about starting a business including; branding, marketing, mentoring, funding and investment, recruitment and everything in between. Founders also share their experiences of startup life. Packed with tips and advice FastForward gives you all you need turn your business ideas into reality.

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    • Entrepreneurship
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FastForward answers the questions that keep entrepreneurs awake at night. Hosted by Patricia Keating, programme director at Tech Manchester, this podcast features interviews with experts covering everything you need to know about starting a business including; branding, marketing, mentoring, funding and investment, recruitment and everything in between. Founders also share their experiences of startup life. Packed with tips and advice FastForward gives you all you need turn your business ideas into reality.

    How we Built the Eat Out to Help Out App

    How we Built the Eat Out to Help Out App

    Business opportunities can appear anywhere at any time. But it’s one thing to spot an opportunity and another to take advantage of it and work to turn it into a success.  

    When the government announced the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in August 2020, Michael Lawes and Jordan Ryan Madeley, founders of Sancus Group, saw an opportunity to use their already-developed platform to make a positive difference. 

    Seizing an opportunity got this small startup noticed by none other than the Chancellor of the Exchequer, within days they had built the Eat Out to Help Out app that was topping the app store, above Twitter and Uber, and was being used by hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.  

    But, after the national press ran the story, the app was overwhelmed with the number of users. Undeterred, Sancus Group worked around the clock and pulled in a few favours to get the app back up and running.

    In this episode, Michael and Jordan share what the experience has taught them and how seizing one opportunity can pave the way for many more. 

    If you enjoyed this podcast feel free to leave a review here: https://ratethispodcast.com/fastforward

    Host: Patricia Keating
    Guest: Michael Lawes and Jordan Ryan Madeley, Sancus Group https://sancusinsights.com/

    Listening Time: 35 mins

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    • 35 min
    Susan Morrice: I Struck Oil using the Power of my Mind

    Susan Morrice: I Struck Oil using the Power of my Mind

    If there was ever proof of the power of a positive mindset, Susan Morrice is it. She’s been on an incredible journey that’s taken her from Belfast to Belize, where she became the first person to discover oil, proving all the major oil industries wrong. They’d even spent $400 million in the process. 

    How did she do it? With the power of mindset. The belief that there was oil to be discovered and all that was needed to hit the jackpot was a different approach. 

    Susan used the ‘whole mind’ way of thinking to build her businesses Belize Natural Energy and created the private aviation company in XJet. A visionary and pioneer in the field of natural and sustainable energy she now travels the world sharing her experience and championing the Educo Holistic Model. 

    She shares her journey with Trish and explains why it’s important for entrepreneurs to be cheerleaders for each other.

    Host: Patricia Keating
    Guest: Susan Morrice, geologist, explorer, entrepreneur
    http://www.susanmorrice.com (http://www.susanmorrice.com/)
    http://www.belizenaturalenergy.bz (http://www.belizenaturalenergy.bz/)

    Listening Time: 45 mins

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    • 51 min
    097. The Power of Change: 'Learning to Live as a Weirdo'

    097. The Power of Change: 'Learning to Live as a Weirdo'

    Rachel Morgan Trimmer is an incredibly successful entrepreneur. She’s been in business for more than 15 years, built a global travel company and is a specialist career coach. Yet sometimes just getting though each day can be tough.  

    Rachel is a high functioning autistic and has ADHD. For years she went through life believing she was not normal and suffered severe and complex mental health issues as a result.  

    Now, Rachel views her neurodiversity as her superpower – because seeing the world in a different way to others is a help rather than a hindrance. Stats show that workplaces that employ neurodiverse people are 50% more productive than those that don’t. Through her coaching business Sparkle Class Rachel is using her experiences to help her clients – whether neurodiverse or neurotypical.  

    In this candid interview Rachel shares her experiences and struggles with Trish as well as the tools and techniques she's learned to deal with her differences. 

    Host: Patricia Keating
    Guest: Rachel Morgan Trimmer, founder Sparkle Class www.sparkleclass.com

    Listening Time: 45 mins

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    • 51 min
    096. Are You the Reason for Failure?

    096. Are You the Reason for Failure?

    The failure rate of new businesses is perhaps an odd topic to be talking about on a podcast dedicated to supporting startup businesses, but it’s a figure that needs to be highlighted and the reasons for it understood.

    Currently 80 percent of SMEs fail. If you’re in the top 20 per cent and survive your first year the chances of your business celebrating its 5th birthday are around 50-50.

    Australian entrepreneur and business coach Tristan Wright has grown a kitchen-table startup to a seven-figure turnover, but it wasn't plain sailing. After he left his job in engineering to concentrate fully on his small business the Australian dollar plummeted leaving him $200,000 in debt. His marriage also broke down at the same time. He admits he dropped the ball.

    Tristan joins Trish from Australia to share how he picked himself up and rebuilt both his business and his life and the valuable lessons he learned along the way.

    If you enjoyed this podcast feel free to leave a review here: https://ratethispodcast.com/fastforward

    Host: Patricia Keating
    Guest: Tristan Wright, founder Evolve to Grow https://www.evolvetogrow.com.au/

    Listening Time: 45 mins

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    • 45 min
    095. BuildHer: Crowdfunding for Women of Black Origin

    095. BuildHer: Crowdfunding for Women of Black Origin

    Accessing funding for your startup business isn’t easy. If you’re a white, university-educated male, your path to entrepreneurship is significantly less bumpy than if you’re a woman. 

    Currently, female-led businesses receive one per cent of all investment. Just one penny in every pound is invested in new businesses run by women - and there are even greater roadblocks to overcome if you’re a woman of black or ethnic origin. 

    A 2013 report by Warwick Business school found that black-owned businesses were more likely to be rejected for an overdraft and charged higher interest rates than  white-owned counterparts. 

    BuildHer is trying to change that. The crowdfunding platform was set up for women of black origin to be able to access the funds they need to start a business, project or innovation.

    CEO DamiLola Soyoye chats to Trish about why she's passionate about building a platform to help women of ethnic or black origin shine and see their ideas flourish into successful businesses.

    If you enjoyed this podcast feel free to leave a review here: https://ratethispodcast.com/fastforward

    Host: Patricia Keating
    Guest: DamiLola Soyoye , founder BuildHer www.buildher.co.uk 
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    Listening Time: 50 mins

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    • 51 min
    094. The App Leading the Group Payment Revolution

    094. The App Leading the Group Payment Revolution

    If you’ve ever organised a group event, whether a family or corporate event you will understand how frustrating it can be to chase people for payments and you may even be left out of pocket. When Amy Whitell lost £80 after organising a baby shower, she decided there had to be a better way. 

    In May 2019 Amy quit her executive role at education publisher Twinkl to launch group payment app Collctiv, along with her co-founder Pete Casson. 

    As we move into an increasingly cashless society the app aims to take the hassle out of collecting money and can even collect payments in advance. 

    The business has recently closed a £140,000 funding round.

    Amy chats to Trish about the journey to date, understanding the world of fintech, the art of pitching and how the business had an upsurge during the Covid lockdown even though group get togethers were illegal.

    If you enjoyed this podcast feel free to leave a review here: https://ratethispodcast.com/fastforward

    Host: Patricia Keating
    Guest: Amy Whitell, co founder Collctiv https://collctiv.com/

    Listening Time: 50 mins

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Entertaining and Informative

Really enjoyed this podcast so far. Very down-to-earth useful advice for entrepreneurs!

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Great advice

Down to earth advice from engaging host and guests.

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Great practical advice

Listening to the Tech Mcr podcasts shows the real side of entrepreneurship. It’s a good to show how hard working for yourself can be and overcoming obstacles. Thank you to the Tech Mcr team 👍

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