11 episodes

Join Be the Business and host Hunter Ruthven as each episode an inspiring business leader or entrepreneur reveals the small, but incrementally powerful changes they've made to better their company's performance, productivity and culture. Their challenges are those being faced by businesses all over the world each day. Their solutions are what will help others produce game-changing improvements.

Visit www.bethebusiness.com to find out where the business you own, run or work in could be improving.

It's The Small Things Be the Business

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Join Be the Business and host Hunter Ruthven as each episode an inspiring business leader or entrepreneur reveals the small, but incrementally powerful changes they've made to better their company's performance, productivity and culture. Their challenges are those being faced by businesses all over the world each day. Their solutions are what will help others produce game-changing improvements.

Visit www.bethebusiness.com to find out where the business you own, run or work in could be improving.

    BONUS EPISODE: John Lewis Partnership – Sir Charlie Mayfield

    BONUS EPISODE: John Lewis Partnership – Sir Charlie Mayfield

    Before we take a break ahead of series two, there’s time for a special bonus episode. Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and Be the Business, took a few minutes out of his day to take us inside the day-to-day workings at one of Britain’s biggest retail brands.

    He discussed:


    How he stays connected to thousands of the company’s “partners” around the country
    Why continual improvement is so important
    What happens when he visits different John Lewis or Waitrose sites
    His rallying call for British firms wanting to improve but not knowing where to start

    GUEST: Sir Charlie Mayfield
    HOST: Hunter Ruthven
    TAGS: small business, SME, leadership, business improvement, management, startup, entrepreneurs, productivity, innovation, luxury goods, manufacturing
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    • 16 min
    10. Cumbria Crystal – Chris Blade

    10. Cumbria Crystal – Chris Blade

    In this tenth and final episode of series one, we sit down Chris Blade, managing director of Cumbria Crystal – the UK’s only remaining producer of hand-blown, hand-cut, English lead crystal. He talks us through some of the challenges of manufacturing in the luxury goods sector as well as the highlights of running a business based on rare artisan skills:


    Inventive ways to maximise revenue: workshops and events
    Small operational changes that take a big chunk off overheads
    Using bonuses to get disparate teams to share a collective goal
    The value of executive learning programmes and networks

    GUEST: Chris Blade
    HOST:Hunter Ruthven
    TAGS: small business, SME, leadership, business improvement, management, startup, entrepreneurs, productivity, innovation, luxury goods, manufacturing
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    • 40 min
    9. Finest Dental – Mark Schaberg

    9. Finest Dental – Mark Schaberg

    In this episode we sit down with Mark Schaberg, COO of Finest Dental – a challenger brand of dental surgeries. Mark talks us through some of the challenges he’s seen in growing the chain to ten surgeries in and around the South East of England and reveals why there is a lot other businesses can learn a seemingly niche industry like dentistry. He touches on:


    Developing a new business model in a change-averse industry
    Use of data-driven marketing and innovative technology
    Attracting, retaining and motivating medical professionals
    Creating customer journeys for a highly diverse demographic

    GUEST: Mark Schaberg
    HOST:Hunter Ruthven
    TAGS: small business, SME, leadership, business improvement, management, startup, entrepreneurs, productivity, innovation, medical
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    • 47 min
    8. Artichoke – Bruce Hodgson

    8. Artichoke – Bruce Hodgson

    In this episode we sit down with Artichoke founder Bruce Hodgson, a craftsman by trade who has had to learn about management and leadership as his business grew.

    Bruce goes into detail about:


    Finding talent in an area where the right skillset is hard to find
    Saying no to work if they are the wrong kind of projects
    Changing pricing models to suit both customers and the business
    Creating a business structure that helps with succession

    GUEST: Bruce Hodgson
    HOST: Hunter Ruthven

    TAGS: small business, SME, leadership, business improvement, management, startup, entrepreneurs, productivity, innovation, food industry

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    • 42 min
    7. Prezola – Dom Beaven

    7. Prezola – Dom Beaven

    In this episode we sit down with Dom Beaven, one half of a husband and wife team that saw an opportunity in the wedding gift list space and capitalised on it. He explains how Prezola:


    Built an online business to take on physical incumbents
    Used industry trends to direct change in the organisation
    Tackled issues such as sustainability in a creative way
    Created a company where people see career opportunities

    GUEST: Dom Beaven
    HOST: Hunter Ruthven

    TAGS: small business, SME, leadership, business improvement, management, startup, entrepreneurs, productivity, innovation, food industry
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    • 40 min
    6. Detox Kitchen – Lily Simpson

    6. Detox Kitchen – Lily Simpson

    In this episode we sit down with Lily Simpson, founder of healthy meal delivery business Detox Kitchen. She talks us through some of the challenges she’s overcome in her quality-first foodie mission so far:
    Scaling up at the right time to maintain quality Being in tune with industry trends not a slave to them How to find meaningful mentor relationships When to follow instincts and when to follow the data GUEST: Lily Simpson
    HOST: Hunter Ruthven 
    TAGS: small business, SME, leadership, business improvement, management, startup, entrepreneurs, productivity, innovation, food industry 
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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Love this!

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