72 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
    • 4.8 • 55 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.

    What's coming up in Series 10 of Taking Care of Business

    What's coming up in Series 10 of Taking Care of Business

    Series 10 of Taking Care of Business is here!

    In this preview episode, host Paul Cheetham-Karcz discusses what he's learnt over the past 9 series' of Taking Care of Business, as well as looks ahead to a series featuring:

    Alastair Campbell
    British journalist, author, strategist, broadcaster and activist known for his roles during Tony Blair’s leadership of the Labour Party.

    Tracey Neville
    Former England netball international and Commonwealth Games gold medalist as England head coach.

    Mike Bates
    The Atlantic Grappler and former Royal Marines Commando

    Lily Shippen
    Founder of Lily Shippen Recruitment

    Abbie Day
    Brand owner at Gypsabella

    Chris Brindley MBE
    Former MD of Metro Bank and elite sports business mentor to the likes of Heineken, Sport England, the PFA and Man Utd.

    Kevin Stewart
    Professional footballer for the likes of Blackpool and Liverpool, as well as host of the Money Game Podcast

    A new episode will be dropping every Wednesday from 8th June onwards, so subscribe, share and tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

    • 11 min
    Objectives, strategy and tactics in leaders - A chat with Alastair Campbell

    Objectives, strategy and tactics in leaders - A chat with Alastair Campbell

    What are the common traits amongst the world's serial winners and leaders? 
    That's the topic up for debate in this episode, as host Paul Cheetham-Karcz welcomes to Taking Care of Business a man who knows a thing or two about both winning and leading - Alastair Campbell.
    Alastair is a British journalist, author, strategist, broadcaster and activist known for his key roles during Tony Blair’s leadership of the Labour Party. 
    The pair discuss what Alastair learnt from the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Arsène Wenger whilst writing his book 'Winners', as well as the strategies and objectives (or lack of) in the current Conservative and Labour parties.
    Paul and Alastair also chat about social media's impact on politics, the trend of sportspeople infiltrating the political landscape, dealing with criticism and what the future holds for Alastair Campbell.
    Taking Care of Business is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you find your podcasts. Can't find your platform? Head to www.sedulo.co.uk/tcob

    • 53 min
    Creating a high performance culture that wins gold - A chat with Tracey Neville

    Creating a high performance culture that wins gold - A chat with Tracey Neville

    How do you create a winning team that demonstrates persistent excellence?

    The answer to that question lies within building a culture and environment geared towards high performance; a topic which former England netball international and Commonwealth Games gold medalist as England head coach, Tracey Neville, knows all too well about.

    Tracey joins host, Paul Cheetham-Karcz, to discuss everything from how she created winning environments as England netball's Head Coach to preparing and winning gold medals. Tracey also discusses the impact of sport on her childhood, as well as the childhoods of brothers Gary and Phil, and transitioning her career post-playing days.

    • 44 min
    In the thick of it - A chat with Gypsabella's Abbie Day

    In the thick of it - A chat with Gypsabella's Abbie Day

    What does it really feel like to be a business owner in the thick of a growing brand?
    That's the question put to the next guest on the Taking Care of Business podcast. The founder of Gypsabella, Abbie Day, joins host Paul Cheetham-Karcz, to talk about everything from the early days of founding her fashion brand, through realising she might be on to something, and onto dealing with the challenges that come with growing a successful business.
    Abbie also talks about the future for Gypsabella and her plans to build a sustainable business which pushes boundaries, whilst also looking after herself.

    • 1 hr
    Challenging your limits - A chat with the Atlantic Grappler, Mike Bates

    Challenging your limits - A chat with the Atlantic Grappler, Mike Bates

    What attributes do you need to create a life for yourself without any limits?

    This episode's guest has worked in covert operations for the counter-terrorism unit, is a human intelligence specialist and has worked for the Royal Marines and the Ministry of Defence. He’s also a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has founded his own martial arts centre and in December 2022 is rowing across the Atlantic Ocean SOLO.

    The Atlantic Grappler, Mike Bates, knows a thing or two about challenging limits. In this Taking Care of Business episode, Mike and host, Paul Cheetham-Karcz, discuss the blueprint needed to push further than you thought was impossible, with motivation, inspiration, nerve and discipline at the heart of it.

    The guys also discuss Mike's time in the marines and with the MOD, as well as how he's preparing to take on his toughest challenge yet - rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean on his own for charity.

    • 50 min
    The new face of recruitment- a chat with Lily Shippen

    The new face of recruitment- a chat with Lily Shippen

    What challenges are recruitment firms facing post-pandemic, and what is it like to start a business at a young age?
    In this week's episode, we are joined by Lily Shippen, the managing director and founder of Lily Shippen Recruitment. Speaking to Paul Cheetham-Karcz, she discusses how she got into the recruitment industry, deciding to start a business at just 22 years old, and how new challenges, such as working from home, are affecting recruiters today.
    Lily also goes on to discuss what the next 12 months may look like for her and how she wants to build a legacy.

    In this episode:

    06:50 - Starting in recruitment

    08:40 - Starting a business at 22

    10:43 - Building a client base

    12:23 - Looking back at the first 12 months of business

    14:10 - The pressures of being a business owner 

    15:15 - Challenges brought on by COVID

    17:49 - Effects of Work From Home on recruitment

    24:48 - Have government bail outs accelerated recruitment post-COVID?

    27:25 - Rise of employer review websites

    31:58 - Accelerated growth in the last 12 months

    34:30 - Moving to London

    36:45 - Importance of building a team and developing a culture

    41:03 - Taking inspiration from role models

    42:41 - The challenges Lily's faced in the last 12 months of growth

    44:28 - Visualising and setting goals for the future

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 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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