14 episodes

My Friends In The North is a podcast by PR and management consultant Sarah Waddington featuring interviews with some of the North’s most influential organisational leaders. You’ll gain professional and personal perspectives on each person’s role, the economy, politics, communications and life in general.
If you’d like to get involved, follow Sarah Waddington @Mrs_Wadds on Twitter and drop her a line via Sarah@Astute.Work
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My Friends In The North is a podcast by PR and management consultant Sarah Waddington featuring interviews with some of the North’s most influential organisational leaders. You’ll gain professional and personal perspectives on each person’s role, the economy, politics, communications and life in general.
If you’d like to get involved, follow Sarah Waddington @Mrs_Wadds on Twitter and drop her a line via Sarah@Astute.Work
www.Astute.Work

    Nicky Jolley, Owner-Manager of HR2Day

    Nicky Jolley, Owner-Manager of HR2Day

    On This epsiode, Sarah Waddington talks to Nicky Jolley, the owner-manager of HR2Day, about: 
    How businesses are managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The human resources support that businesses are most frequently seeking.
    Managing the challenges that come with remote working.
    An increasing trend towards ‘furlough fever’, where some employees don’t want to come back to work.
    Forward planning for the recovery and upturn.
    Managing the redundancy process.
    Top tips for getting some downti

    • 21 min
    Rob Hamilton, Interim Head of Investment for the North of Tyne Combined Authority

    Rob Hamilton, Interim Head of Investment for the North of Tyne Combined Authority

    In this episode, entrepreneur Sarah Waddington speaks to Rob Hamilton, Interim Head of Investment for the North of Tyne Combined Authority, about:
    In what ways the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group is looking to the future post-Coronavirus.
    The rapid strategic scenario planning that is underway and what this means.
    What the worst and best scenarios look like
    The expected impact on the people of the North East of COVID-19.
    How Rob switches off and manages mental health.

    • 16 min
    Alan Welby, Innovation Director at the North East LEP

    Alan Welby, Innovation Director at the North East LEP

    In this episode, entrepreneur Sarah Waddington speaks to Alan Welby, Innovation Director at the North East LEP,* about:
    His role within the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group.
    How the Group is maximising support to the economy and promoting immediate resilience.
    Ways in which the Group is facilitating ways for businesses to maintain capacity and reshape activity.
    Why it’s important to promote innovation right now.
    What one thing keeps Alan feeling optimistic for the future.

    • 17 min
    Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director,North East LEP

    Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director,North East LEP

    In this episode, entrepreneur Sarah Waddington speaks to Michelle Rainbow, skills director at the North East LEP and the Group’s people and employment lead, about:
    What the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group is doing to help keep people in employment.
    The Group’s plans to redeploy staff with transferable skills.
    What gives Michelle confidence that when the time comes, the North East will be ready to bounce back.

    • 19 min
    Colin Bell, Business Growth Director, North East LEP

    Colin Bell, Business Growth Director, North East LEP

    In a one-off series of five interviews, Sarah will be sticking to one theme and talking to members of the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group about what support is available in the region to help businesses.
    Here she speaks to Colin Bell, who is the business growth director at the North East LEP about:
    Why the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group has come together.
    The issues larger firms and the self-employed and smaller limited companies. in the region are facing.

    • 18 min
    Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

    Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

    In these next five interviews, Sarah will be talking to members of the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group about what support is available in the region to help businesses.

    Here she speaks to Helen Golightly, the chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a client of Astute.Work, about:

    What the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group is and its immediate five point plan.

    Advice for businesses trying to stay open and keep people in employment.

    • 17 min

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