58 episodes

Taking Care of Business is an honest and raw, real-life podcast (and also a book) on how to grow a successful business whilst taking care of what matters most...yourself. The podcast features some of the most successful business leaders in the UK, mixed in with some inspirational guests from the worlds of sport and media. Paul, a working-class guy, has himself started and grown a number of privately owned and publicly listed companies. The Taking Care of Business book is available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and more.

Taking Care of Business Paul Cheetham-Karcz

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

Taking Care of Business is an honest and raw, real-life podcast (and also a book) on how to grow a successful business whilst taking care of what matters most...yourself. The podcast features some of the most successful business leaders in the UK, mixed in with some inspirational guests from the worlds of sport and media. Paul, a working-class guy, has himself started and grown a number of privately owned and publicly listed companies. The Taking Care of Business book is available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and more.

    Building and exiting to JD Sports – The Hairburst story | A chat with Jimmy Hill

    Building and exiting to JD Sports – The Hairburst story | A chat with Jimmy Hill

    What does it take to turn an idea and opportunity into a multi-million-pound business?

    That's the story of this episode of Taking Care of Business, as host and business advisor Paul Cheetham-Karcz welcomes Jimmy Hill - one of the founders of haircare brand, Hairburst - to Series 9 to talk about the journey of growing a consumer brand from nothing, as well as the pressures of closing the majority stake sale of Hairburst to global retailer, JD Sports.

    The guys also chat about what lies ahead for Hairburst on the back of JD Sports' first steps into the UK’s beauty market, as well as Jimmy personally and professionally.

    Find Jimmy on Insta 👉 @J1mmyhill

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Becoming the everyday athlete - A chat with Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Becoming the everyday athlete - A chat with Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Can you be a good person and still win in business?

    The art of being a better leader in business begins at home; that's the topic for episode one of the ninth series of the Taking Care of Business podcast as host and business advisor, Paul Cheetham-Karcz, discusses the concept of becoming an "everyday athlete" to become a better person, in turn creating a better organisation.

    Joining Paul for the discussion are rugby league legends - and perennial leaders in their respective sport - Kevin Sinfield MBE and Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Both men led Leeds Rhinos to their golden era of Super League triumphs, as they recount the behaviours and values that created their sporting success and how it can apply to everyday life.

    We want to hear from you! Once you have listened to the podcast please let us know what you think and leave a review. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sedulo land in Liverpool - A chat with Merseyside's Andy Grant

    Sedulo land in Liverpool - A chat with Merseyside's Andy Grant

    Following the opening of Sedulo's new Liverpool-based premises - dubbed by the press as "Liverpool's coolest office" - the company's Managing Partner (and Taking Care of Business host), Paul Cheetham-Karcz, sat down with one of Merseyside's favourite sons, Andy Grant, to talk about a city which is proud of doing things differently, as well as what the company's arrival means for the region.

    After appearing on Taking Care of Business back in Series 2 to tell his story of overcoming overwhelming odds after being injured by an IED and facing life as an amputee, only to become the world’s fastest single-leg amputee over 10km, Andy's star has continued to rise. Already an established inspirational speaker and author, Andy has gone on to become the co-host of the Leg It Podcast which recently celebrated one million downloads and a status cemented as one of Liverpool's favoured shows.

    In this episode, Andy and Paul chat about coping with the challenges of the last 12 months, how the Leg It Podcast came about and what the future holds for Andy and for Sedulo.

    And there was even time to debate the differing fortunes of the North's football clubs, Liverpool, Everton and Man Utd...

    • 52 min
    From bully victim to Vegas - A chat with boxer, Fes Batista

    From bully victim to Vegas - A chat with boxer, Fes Batista

    What drives people to become successful and elite at what they do? Very often, it's a trauma.
    For Fes Batista, his trauma of experiencing racism and bullying whilst at university pushed him to nearly take his own life. But after regaining his focus and determination - largely thanks to Lady Gaga - Fes decided to board a flight to Vegas to pursue a dream of becoming a professional boxer on the world stage.
    Fes's unorthodox journey into boxing takes him from training in the Mayweather gym to impressing boxing legend, Roy Jones Jr, enough to join his team, as Fes chats to host Paul Cheetham-Karcz on how he uses visualisation, determination and more in the pursuit of his dreams and his 'why'.

    • 49 min
    The everyday mental & physical performer - A chat with HMN24

    The everyday mental & physical performer - A chat with HMN24

    Over the last decade, there has been a cultural shift in what it means to be a high performer. What used to be determined by a person's physical prowess is now judged by their ability to maintain performance both mentally and physically across a day that encapsulates work and family life, as well as physical exercise.

    This transition of humans to 'everyday performers' is the subject of this episode of Taking Care of Business, as Paul Cheetham-Karcz chats to the founders of human performance brand HMN24, Jason Rickaby and Phil Learney, about what it means to optimise your mindset 24 hours a day.

    As well as how to go about the task, the trio also discuss the discipline needed for healthy mindset, the changing approach to nutrition and more.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Moving on up from humble beginnings to worldwide acclaim: A chat with Heather Small

    Moving on up from humble beginnings to worldwide acclaim: A chat with Heather Small

    What does it take to cope with a meteoric rise from humble beginnings to achieving worldwide fame as a musical icon?
    That’s the question I put to singer and former lead vocalist of M People, Heather Small, as she charts her climb from aspiring singer in West London to selling tens of millions of records across the globe with hits such as Proud, Moving On Up and Search for the Hero, and how she managed everything along the journey.
    As well as Heather’s career, this episode of the Taking Care of Business podcast also covers topics including managing nerves when performing, being amongst the Hacienda scene, being a strong black woman in today’s society, Heather’s role as a mental health advocate and releasing new music in the future.
    There’s even time for a revelation around the truth behind the M People name…

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

jenson2508 ,

Real successful people

Came across the podcast from Jimmy Hairburst, that and the interview with Peter from JD was really good. Good to come across a podcast with real people having real success

Oliver Cookson ,

No bull business podcast

I was lucky enough to be a guest on Paul’s show, but before that I listened to a good few episodes and enjoyed them all. 5* all day!

paul23boys ,

Easy to listen too and informative 👌🏻

Great podcast. Highly recommend.

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