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Do you run a small business? Would you like loads of free advice from business experts from across the spectrum of business skills? Want advice you can implement right now, for free, to make your business better? Then this is the show for you.This is a serious business show, but with a not so serious feel to it, very much a cafe culture, chatting about business, and both informing and entertaining listeners. Mark Harris is the Enterprise Doctor - he does mentoring and coaching for small businesses. In this series he talks business with a range of business experts. He teases out their secrets of success - how did they do what you're trying to do? Along the way he gets lots of great advice for his business, and of course for yours.

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Do you run a small business? Would you like loads of free advice from business experts from across the spectrum of business skills? Want advice you can implement right now, for free, to make your business better? Then this is the show for you.This is a serious business show, but with a not so serious feel to it, very much a cafe culture, chatting about business, and both informing and entertaining listeners. Mark Harris is the Enterprise Doctor - he does mentoring and coaching for small businesses. In this series he talks business with a range of business experts. He teases out their secrets of success - how did they do what you're trying to do? Along the way he gets lots of great advice for his business, and of course for yours.

    Janet Lacey and Richard Knight guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 14th July 2022

    Janet Lacey and Richard Knight guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 14th July 2022

    On The Business Show on Marlow FM on 7th July 22, business troubleshooter Richard Knight and travel consultant Janet Lacey joined me to talk about their businesses, and to discuss the  business news . 
    Connect with Janet at https://www.linkedin.com/in/janet-lacey-stelling-24034911/ and her website is at https://thelaceys.notjusttravel.com/ .  All Richard’s contact details are at https://lionheartmanagement.co.uk/.
    The link between my two song choices is people I met backstage.  First was Tiffany, so I played “I think we’re alone now” – you can hear it, and see the video, at https://youtu.be/w6Q3mHyzn78 .
    I spoke to Janet about Not Just Travel, how the weather here impacts on people going away, and how she helps people narrow down what they want to do on their holiday, and then to Richard about how he helps businesses in trouble, but how he actually prefers to help businesses avoid getting into trouble.
    “Denis” by Blondie was Richard’s music choice, because is first girlfriend (in his dreams) was Debbie Harry, and because his wife is Denise.  Hear it at https://youtu.be/ahGxiSV_LH0 .
    Janet’s story for us was how business travel is changing, including the rise of the digital nomad and sustainable travel.  It's at https://www.abta.com/industry-zone/partner-insights/five-business-travel-trends-2022.
    Her choice of music was Arrow’s “Hot hot hot” – can’t imagine why!  Listen at https://youtu.be/mBQDu6ONXXg .
    Covid related burnout is also a hot topic. The article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2022/01/12/covid-related-burnout-is-having-a-big-impact-on-small-business-owners-survey/?sh=70023a5a70c8 which Richard chose for us sparked a hot conversation on the lasting impact of the pandemic on the mental health of business owners, and you should leave your devices at home when on holiday.
    We then discussed https://www.enterprisenation.com/learn-something/boris-johnson-appoints-new-small-business-minister/ - what is a Small Business Minister?  What has one of them ever done for us?  Will they come on my show to chat??
    The final story was Janet’s choice – you can read it at https://www.marketingweek.com/five-trends-transform-2022-marketing-strategy/ - what did we think are the key trends?
    I closed the show with another band I’d met – The Boomtown Rats with “I don’t like Mondays” – hear it at https://youtu.be/-Kobdb37Cwc.
    You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/enterprisedoctor/ and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/enterprisedoctorbusinessshow/ .  
    My website is at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/ .  Clips of all episodes are at https://www.youtube.com/user/EnterpriseDoctor/ - please subscribe there, and within your podcast app! 
    Copyright Marlow FM Ltd 2022. Reproduced here by kind permission of Marlow FM Ltd.

    • 43 min
    Sharron Moffatt and Erika Moralez-Perez guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 7th July 2022

    Sharron Moffatt and Erika Moralez-Perez guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 7th July 2022

    On The Business Show on Marlow FM on 7th July 2022, mental health trainer Sharron Moffatt and solicitor Erika Moralez-Perez joined me to talk about their respective businesses, and to discuss a range of business news stories.
    You can connect with Sharron at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharron-moffatt/ and with Erika at https://www.linkedin.com/in/erikamoralezperez/ .
    Having recently seen Elton John at Hyde Park as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, I kicked off the show with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  Watch a great live version from Top of the Pops at https://youtu.be/RZ3Bb4UsXhU.
    I spoke first to Erika about Iconos Group, and what she does as both CEO and Commercial Lawyer for Iconos Group.  We also talked about GDPR, which is one of her specialisms.  Remember that?  
    Sharron then talked about the importance of noticing mental health issues in yourself and in other people, before explaining her work as a mental health trainer – in what way does she train people, and how does she train?
    We then had quite a conversation about the menopause, and in particular (of course) the impact of the menopause on someone’s working life, be that the woman involved, her manager, her colleagues or others in that part of her life.  See https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/17/more-than-1m-uk-women-could-quit-their-jobs-through-lack-of-menopause-support for the article that sparked the conversation.  A long, but really important conversation to be having.
    “Happy” by Pharrell Williams was Sharron’s choice of music, because you just have to get up and dance to it (which used to be a rule in her house!).  Hear it for yourself at https://youtu.be/C7dPqrmDWxs.
    Erika’s choice of business news story for us to talk about was around the lack of business continuity planning leading to flight cancellations, and what we can all learn from that – again, quite a conversation!  Read the story for yourself at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62021354.
    Lastly, we talked about the article at https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources-page/six-tips-for-managing-loneliness-as-a-small-business-owner.html - what are the best ways to deal with loneliness as a small business owner?
    I closed the show with another band who’d recently played at Hyde Park – The Rolling Stones.  Their song “Time is on my side” perhaps doesn’t sum them up, but I played it anyway!  Enjoy it at https://youtu.be/sEj8lUx0gwY (in black and white of course!).
    You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/enterprisedoctor/ and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/enterprisedoctorbusinessshow/ .  
    My website is at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/ .  Clips of all episodes are at https://www.youtube.com/user/EnterpriseDoctor/ - please subscribe there, and within your podcast app! 
    Copyright Marlow FM Ltd 2022. Reproduced here by kind permission of Marlow FM Ltd.

    • 43 min
    Jay Blake and I guest on Lawrence Wood’s version of The Business Show on Marlow FM 16th June 2022

    Jay Blake and I guest on Lawrence Wood’s version of The Business Show on Marlow FM 16th June 2022

    On The Business Show on Marlow FM on 16th June 2022, Jay Blake and I joined Lawrence Wood for his version of The Business Show.  Nice for me to be the guest rather than the host for a change!  And Lawrence's chosen theme for the show was business development – delighted that he thinks I know a little about the topic!
    You can connect with Jay at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayblakehere/ and with Lawrence at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrencemwood/ .
    Lawrence chose to kick off the show with the original Gloria Jones version of “Tainted Love”.  The song is about complicated relationships, and Lawrence believes many people have a complicated relationship with business development!  Have a listen for yourself at https://youtu.be/OJKe2j9Wjh4.
    He spoke first to me about Enterprise Doctor, what I do, for whom, and how.  You can find out more about that at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/enterprise-doctor/.
    Jay then answered the same questions, with info on Your Amity available at https://youramity.co.uk/.
    We then move into a conversation about the matter at hand – business development, starting with what those words actually mean.  
    “Like Clockwork” by The Boomtown Rats was my choice of music because if you have good business development processes which work like clockwork, you should end up with an order number from your new client.  Hear it for yourself at https://youtu.be/BtDhMScCkcQ.
    We then had quite a debate about the processes that should be embedded within business development, the flexibility required in those processes, how to increase the number of ‘touch points’ with a prospect, and more.
    “Just to see you smile” by Tim McGraw was Jay’s music choice for us, because smiling is such a beautiful currency – have a listen for yourself at https://youtu.be/V7TolEcnKbs.
    Jay and I were then challenged by Lawrence to share how we would attract the attention of, and then win business from, a prospect in the room with us and with a number of similar competitors to ourselves.  Challenging indeed!
    We then talked about our top tips for acquiring customers before covering off how we would advise a client who needed to choose between a range of suppliers.
    Lawrence closed the show with Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure", which you can hear at https://youtu.be/YoDh_gHDvkk.
    You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/enterprisedoctor/ and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/enterprisedoctorbusinessshow/ .  
    My website is at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/ .  Clips of all episodes are at https://www.youtube.com/user/EnterpriseDoctor/ - please subscribe there, and within your podcast app! 
    Copyright Marlow FM Ltd 2022. Reproduced here by kind permission of Marlow FM Ltd.

    • 45 min
    Lindsay McLoughlin and David Horne guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 19th May 2022

    Lindsay McLoughlin and David Horne guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 19th May 2022

    On The Business Show on Marlow FM on 19th May 2022, guests David Horne and Lindsay McLoughlin joined me for business conversations and some great music – you can connect with them at https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidkehorne/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaymcloughlin/respectively.
    What better tune to play for Lindsay, and her members from Athena who were listening than Lionize with “Fire In Athena”?  Luckily, she liked it!  Make your own decision by listening at https://youtu.be/NUDDUJ9rLug.
    I spoke first to David about web design company Kehorne, including the uniqueness of their four point triangle!  You’ll have to listen to find out what that’s all about.  See all about Kehorne at https://kehorne.co.uk/.
    I then talked to Lindsay about Athena, and about the pros and cons of a women-only network.  Supportive or discriminatory?  Or both??  Find out more about Athena at www.theathenanetwork.com/lindsaymcloughlin
     and at https://www.facebook.com/AthenaMaidenheadMarlow or https://www.facebook.com/AthenaSWOxon.
    “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys was Lindsay’s choice of music because of the fire and support that Athena gives her – spot the fire theme!  But was it actually her who chose it, or Alison Crook?  Hear it for yourself at https://youtu.be/J91ti_MpdHA.
    Lindsay also chose our first business news story for discussion which can be found at https://www.ft.com/content/143c2613-3e3a-48bb-8e2c-c7d479860f0f and continued the theme of what works best for women, but let’s not forget the men for whom the same applies! 
    “One Trick Pony” by Paul Simon was David’s music choice for us, the title track of one of his favourite albums – have a listen for yourself at https://youtu.be/WDM_ZohMCGk. 
    I found our next story to chat about, which you can read at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61182406 - is it time for business which were successful during lockdown to pivot again?
    Our final story was David’s choice and can be read at https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/15/next-and-wagamama-bosses-face-backlash-for-taking-bonuses-after-government-support - are they worth it, and is the govern,ent support storyline a red herring?
    I closed the show with a song for David by his namesake (and maybe his Auntie, and maybe not), Lena Horne, with “Ain’t Misbehavin”.  I actually can’t find the Lena Horne version online, but you can hear the great Billie Holiday’s version at https://youtu.be/R64FBzsVsYg. 
    You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/enterprisedoctor/ and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/enterprisedoctorbusinessshow/ .  
    My website is at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/ .  Clips of all episodes are at https://www.youtube.com/user/EnterpriseDoctor/ - please subscribe there, and within your podcast app! 

    • 42 min
    Why join a Chamber of Commerce?

    Why join a Chamber of Commerce?

    It’s a rare occurrence for me to have two guests on The Business Show, but that’s what happens on today’s episode of The Business Show, which features Paul Britton, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Collins, who as well as running CSR Accreditation, is President of the Buckinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, one of the constituents of Paul’s organisation.
    We talk first about how Paul came to be doing what he’s doing, and how Richard became a Local President.
    Paul then explained the set-up of the Chamber, which is part of a UK and global network, and more importantly perhaps, what that means for members.
    I discussed with both guests the role of local chambers, which is around driving change and contributing to the Chamber’s Business Manifesto.
    Membership of the Chamber has changed from employment-based membership to a new model and we talk about why that was recently implemented, and the outcome so far.
    Of clear interest to members is the differentiator - what does the new model mean in terms of cost, and how do members measure their return on investment.
    To get in touch with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce go to https://www.thamesvalleychamber.co.uk/ while their membership info is at https://www.thamesvalleychamber.co.uk/membership/ and an overview of what they offer is at https://www.thamesvalleychamber.co.uk/what-we-offer/ .
    You can connect with Paul Britton at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbrittonthamesvalley/.
     Richard Collins is open to connection at https://www.linkedin.com/in/csr-accreditation/ whether you want to talk about the Buckinghamshire Chamber or CSR Accreditation, and you can find info on the latter at https://csr-accreditation.co.uk/ .
     If you want to connect with me, to talk about the mentoring and coaching I deliver to small businesses, or if you think you'd be a good guest on the show, please do let me know. You can do that via https://www.linkedin.com/in/enterprisedoctor/ .
    To contribute to (or just read) conversations about this episode, please join the podcast's Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/enterprisedoctorbusinessshow/ .
    And my website is at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/. 
    On the YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/EnterpriseDoctor you can hear clips of other episodes – please subscribe there! 
    And within your podcast app, remember to like this episode (if you like it!), leave us a great review, and please do subscribe there too, to ensure new episodes hit your app as soon as they're released. 
    These words and the content of the podcast are © Enterprise Doctor 2022

    • 27 min
    Hilary Messer and Tony K Silver guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 5th May 2022

    Hilary Messer and Tony K Silver guest on The Business Show on Marlow FM 5th May 2022

    On The Business Show on Marlow FM on 5th May 2022, guests Hilary Messer and Tony K Silver joined me for business conversations and some great music – you can connect with them at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilary-messer-4393332/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyksilver/ respectively.
    I kicked the show off with Abba’s “The Winner Takes It All” dedicated to one of my regular squash opponents Ben – I’m not saying to whom it applies.   😉  Have a listen at https://youtu.be/92cwKCU8Z5c .
    I spoke first to Hilary about Gardner Leader, the firm of solicitors for which she works, and about her specialism in what used to be called litigation, but is now called dispute resolution.  See all about Gardner Leader at https://www.gardner-leader.co.uk/.
    I then talked to Tony K Silver of Solid Silver Solutions and in particular about the award he recently won, as well as the work he does with clients to enable their LinkedIn profile to give them the results they want, which do of course vary from client to client.
    “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves was Tony’s choice of music, because it’s a very happy song!  You can hear it, and be happy, at https://youtu.be/iPUmE-tne5U.
    Our first business news story for discussion was Tony’s choice and can be found at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61298394 and sparked quite a debate on the pros & cons of paying people less to work from home.
    Hilary’s choice of story for us was no about where to work, but for how long to work.  Will the four day week be a thing?  See https://smallbusiness.co.uk/uk-businesses-join-four-day-work-week-trial-scheme-2560331/ for the article that sparked this conversation.
    “Business as Usual” by The Eagles was Hilary’s music choice for us. The lyrics mean a lit to her, especially right now – have a listen for yourself at https://youtu.be/oVZlNJrOGEU. 
    Our final conversation was also Hilary’s choice – the menopause is something we’ve never discussed on The Business Show, but we absolutely should, so we did.  Have a read of the article we discussed at https://www.smeweb.com/2022/04/08/time-for-business-to-end-this-toxic-silence-around-menopause/.
    With another personal dedication, this time to my cousins Ray & Andrea who were visiting from LA, I closed the show with ELO’s “Last Train to London”, which they were catching later– you can enjoy it at https://youtu.be/Up4WjdabA2c.
    You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/enterprisedoctor/ and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/enterprisedoctorbusinessshow/ .  
    My website is at https://enterprisedoctor.co.uk/ .  Clips of all episodes are at https://www.youtube.com/user/EnterpriseDoctor/ - please subscribe there, and within your podcast app! 
    Copyright Marlow FM Ltd 2022. Reproduced here by kind permission of Marlow FM Ltd.

    • 40 min

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Top quality discussion and advice

Mark has sourced excellent quality professionals to discuss relevant business topics for the current pandemic situation. Interesting and informative discussion, and expertly facilitated by Mark. I’m looking forward to more podcasts of this calibre.

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