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We all have it. That thing that makes us stand out, and be counted. And not just in business, in life. That ’Spike’. But what is YOUR ’Spike’? Do you know?

Is it your ambition? Is it your talent? Or is it your relentlessness to get results in business that most can only dream of?

My name’s Harry Portch, and my show is about helping you figure out what your ’Spike’ is, and how you can use it to get what you want in life and in business.

How to achieve. How to succeed.

Each episode we talk to entrepreneurs and business leaders who have identified their own ’Spike’, and worked out to apply it, so you can stand out in every day life.

So what’s YOUR ’Spike’?

Make sure you listen along, and myself and my guests will try to help you figure it out.

The Spike Podcast Harry Portch

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

We all have it. That thing that makes us stand out, and be counted. And not just in business, in life. That ’Spike’. But what is YOUR ’Spike’? Do you know?

Is it your ambition? Is it your talent? Or is it your relentlessness to get results in business that most can only dream of?

My name’s Harry Portch, and my show is about helping you figure out what your ’Spike’ is, and how you can use it to get what you want in life and in business.

How to achieve. How to succeed.

Each episode we talk to entrepreneurs and business leaders who have identified their own ’Spike’, and worked out to apply it, so you can stand out in every day life.

So what’s YOUR ’Spike’?

Make sure you listen along, and myself and my guests will try to help you figure it out.

    From Amazon to the middle of ’aisle 3’ - Thomas Vosper on the evolution of ecommerce

    From Amazon to the middle of ’aisle 3’ - Thomas Vosper on the evolution of ecommerce

    "I think Amazon found lightning in a bottle at Waste. Exactly the right time I think when I look back at Amazon now, when I look now and then think where's the motivation come from. Amazon, like many other businesses, was on its knees at one point..."
    Welcome to this massively insightful episode with Thomas Vosper.
    Having come through the ranks in ecommerce, from Amazon to TedX speaker and Aisle3 co founder, Thomas shares his views on ecommerce specifically, but also the online space generally.
    Thomas gives us his thoughts on the reality of people like Elon Musk purchasing massive brands like Twitter.
    He also shares his stories around positioning huge companies like Tesco into the ecommerce era.
     
    During this conversation, you'll hear:
    Thomas Vosper's back story How companies like Amazon work when it comes to ecommerce The need for aggregating data for ecommerce success How sites like eBay and Amazon work What is aisle3 and how does it work? How aisle3 strategised their startup Thomas's 'Spike'


    Listen to the previous guests on the Spike by clicking this:
    The Spike Podcast in your favourite app
    Want to catch up on the previous season of "The Spike"?
    You can do so here.
    Guests you might have missed:
    TikTok and Instagram star "Temps".
    IOTK podcaster and young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor.
    BBC "The Apprentice" star and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis.
    Ecommerce whiz-kid Adam Power.
    International DJ Ben Rainey.
    Sports and business excellence coach Tony Walmsley
    Crypto expert Elliott Rayne.
    Animal relaxer Amman Ahmed
    Emotional resilience teacher Alex Holmes
    The Spike is an HM Staffing podcast.
    Reach out to Harry directly with any recruitment questions here:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/harryportch
     
     

    • 57 min
    Building the best community for the best brand...Represent

    Building the best community for the best brand...Represent

    "So they made a presentation and said where we wanna target, what we wanna make... what it means for staff, all that kind of stuff. So I wanted to take that and give our most value members of the community an insight into the brand.."
    Welcome to part two of Season two.
    For our first episode back, we've got Jimmy Charnock. A man who lives and breathes community.
    Having worked in customer service, he knows how to talk to fans of a brand, and what they want.
    And in this case that brand is Represent Clo the massively popular clothing giant from George Heaton and Michael Heaton.
    In this episode, Jimmy tells his story of how he came from big name brands like AO.com and he knew he could bring something special to the clothing brand Represent Clo.
    And from there, it seems it was just an ongoing rise to the top with the company.
    Jimmy Charnock talks with host Harry Portch about how to treat customers and turn them into loyal fans who will not only buy from you, but do your marketing for you.
     
    During this conversation, you'll hear:
    Jimmy's backstory How he first got in with Represent Clo What it's like running a successful and busy online community His tricks for keeping that community engaged His moment calling out Harry for spending so much on clothes 😂😂 How clothing brands are using social media now Jimmy's 'Spike'


    Listen to the previous guests on the Spike by clicking this:
    The Spike Podcast in your favourite app
    Want to catch up on the previous season of "The Spike"?
    You can do so here.
    Guests you might have missed:
    TikTok and Instagram star "Temps".
    IOTK podcaster and young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor.
    BBC "The Apprentice" star and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis.
    Ecommerce whiz-kid Adam Power.
    International DJ Ben Rainey.
    Sports and business excellence coach Tony Walmsley
    Crypto expert Elliott Rayne.
    Animal relaxer Amman Ahmed
    Emotional resilience teacher Alex Holmes
    The Spike is an HM Staffing podcast.
    Reach out to Harry directly with any recruitment questions here:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/harryportch
     
     

    • 55 min
    Life of a hustler when getting Fadez at barbers in Reading

    Life of a hustler when getting Fadez at barbers in Reading

    "I just sat back and thought to myself, I need this 180 day plan. I had made a 180 day plan, which was like every day for 180 days, I'm gonna make a skit and drop a skit.."
    This is one of those episodes that "The Spike" has become famous for. 
    An hour of solid insight into what makes a successful person tick in business.
    Rufaro Kahuni is known in his day job as the Marketing Director of Life of a Hustler.
    In this episode, he's bringing some sick information around how to get your branding noticed by some of the most powerful faces and names in the world.
    Zoning in on his experience with "Secret Drops", Rufaro Kahuni brings host Harry Portch the ultimate branding masterclass.
    From his early days with shoes and hats, through to working with rapper Nines and internet celebrity KSI, all the way out to working with major brands like Nike on their marketing.
     
    During this conversation, you'll hear:
    The origins of Secret Drops on Instagram The connection with number 1 rapper Nines Working with Nike and Jimmy Jones and its impact on Life of a Hustler What Life of a Hustler does with marketing for the BBC (Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network) and Chris Brown - yes THAT Chris Brown! The importance of getting out of your comfort zone Using music to tell stories and be creative The shady side of the music business that he's learned from being on the other side of the recording studio glass His work campaigning about knife crime education Rufaro's 'Spike'


     
    Want to catch up on the previous season of "The Spike"?
    You can do so here.
    Guests you might have missed:
    TikTok and Instagram star "Temps".
    IOTK podcaster and young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor.
    BBC "The Apprentice" star and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis.
    Ecommerce whiz-kid Adam Power.
    International DJ Ben Rainey.
    Sports and business excellence coach Tony Walmsley
    Crypto expert Elliott Rayne.
    Animal relaxer Amman Ahmed
    Emotional resilience teacher Alex Holmes
    The Spike is an HM Staffing podcast.
    Reach out to Harry directly with any recruitment questions here:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/harryportch
     
     

    • 1 hr
    Calling in on The Spike after stopping off in Doha to retrieve Airpods - Lewis Ellis is back!

    Calling in on The Spike after stopping off in Doha to retrieve Airpods - Lewis Ellis is back!

    "That's the sort of clever bit of it is I can act a fool with marketing now whereas in the past l'd just be the fool for the sake of it. It's not very clever, but if you're doing it and aligning it with what your job is.. career passion, clients, whatever. It's way more fun.."
    For this episode, it's the second guest to return from the first season.
    If you're a long time listener, you'll probably recall our maverick marketer Lewis Ellis from a previous episode.
    The big message of his last appearance was that he felt he needed to succeed so that he could pass on the learning to future generations of entrepreneurs.
    He also shared some of the crazy stories of his past, including the time he convinced the national papers and television that he'd got lost on an expedition.
    He was also seen attempting to swim in a swimming pool in a replica Titanic in a shopping mall.
    Since that guest appearance on The Spike, he's been up to more tricks.
    The most famous one was when he travelled across the world to track down his Airpods that he'd left behind on a flight. 
    During this conversation, you'll hear:
    The bantz around Lewis' northern accent Why is Harry's mum cooler than Harry? The troll client who tried to work with Lewis How Lewis and Elton John (kinda) worked together That Apple airpods stunt Dealing with trolls  Lewis's 'Spike' Is it the same as last time?


     
    Want to catch up on the previous season of "The Spike"?
    You can do so here.
    Guests you might have missed:
    TikTok and Instagram star "Temps".
    IOTK podcaster and young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor.
    BBC "The Apprentice" star and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis.
    Ecommerce whiz-kid Adam Power.
    International DJ Ben Rainey.
    Sports and business excellence coach Tony Walmsley
    Crypto expert Elliott Rayne.
    Animal relaxer Amman Ahmed
    Emotional resilience teacher Alex Holmes
    The Spike is an HM Staffing podcast.
    Reach out to Harry directly with any recruitment questions here:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/harryportch
     
     

    • 59 min
    LinkedIn UK personal branding influencer speaks out on Uber driver post trolls

    LinkedIn UK personal branding influencer speaks out on Uber driver post trolls

    "I didn't wanna open this. But I have a look at it. It's actually got like seven or 800 reactions. I'm like, okay, this isn't good. And then... where do I know him from? I click onto his profile. His tagline obviously mentions what he does. I'm like, oh my God. I actually know this guy. Like I've met this guy in person!...."
    We've rolled out a really spicy one for episode five.
    If you're an active user of LinkedIn in the UK, you've no doubt heard of Cat Philp.
    Yes, she's the personal branding influencer who made *that* post.
    Yep the one about the Uber driver who told her she was too pretty to be in business.
    Here's her profile. Go and look for that post if you must.
    And that very dark week in Cat's life does make up a huge amount of the conversation, but we also learn a bit more about Cat and what drives her.
    She talks about her formative years, and why she went down the educational path she took.
    She also mentions how she was unhappy running her previous  business, and why some self-questioning led to a life-changing decision.
     
    During this conversation, you'll hear:
    Cat's school years Apprenticeship or education? LinkedIn and the challenges of client demands That post about the Uber driver How she managed all the 'Johns' The changes coming to LinkedIn  Cat's 'Spike'


     
    Want to catch up on the previous season of "The Spike"?
    You can do so here.
    Guests you might have missed:
    TikTok and Instagram star "Temps".
    IOTK podcaster and young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor.
    BBC "The Apprentice" star and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis.
    Ecommerce whiz-kid Adam Power.
    International DJ Ben Rainey.
    Sports and business excellence coach Tony Walmsley
    Crypto expert Elliott Rayne.
    Animal relaxer Amman Ahmed
    Emotional resilience teacher Alex Holmes
    The Spike is an HM Staffing podcast.
    Reach out to Harry directly with any recruitment questions here:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/harryportch
     
     

    • 52 min
    Serving up the ice cream in a UK heatwave and avoiding LinkedIn

    Serving up the ice cream in a UK heatwave and avoiding LinkedIn

    "Every day new brands are coming on board. I think that's testament to like.. the brand we've got, we've developed, it's so cool. We're in the best locations. AAnd it just kind of snowballs eventually. I'm going out to New York on Friday for a month..."
    We're already on episode four of season two of the new looking and sounding "The Spike" and for this episode, we're inviting back an old mate.
    This episode features Henry Milroy, from Pan n Ice.
    Henry was with us in an episode last year during our first season.
    Henry talks to Harry Portch about the challenges of being a young entrepreneur. 
    He's faced trading during one of the biggest UK heatwaves in history, and shares that experience with Harry.
    He talks about the successes.
    Warning, there are name drops for Google, Grey Goose, Pretty Little Things. Sony, Android, Facebook, Amazon Boohoo, Joe Malone and Rolls Royce.
    Also, the celebrity customers - hello Amelia Dimoldenberg from Chicken Shop Date and Tayler Holder!
    He offers up his advice for other entrepreneurs.
    Harry gets all involved and talks about using rituals for growth, and audiobooks.
    There's also a fairly tasty chat around social media influencers and the way LinkedIn is going.
    And will Henry's Spike be the same as last time?...
    You'll have to listen to find out.
    During this conversation, you'll hear:
    A catch up on Pan 'n' Ice. Marketing of brands in 2022. An opportunity to update the celebrity name drops. What is happening with LinkedIn at the moment? (Harry's not a fan)  Henry's 'Spike'. Is it the same as before?


    Want to catch up on the previous season of "The Spike"?
    You can do so here.
    Guests you might have missed:
    TikTok and Instagram star "Temps".
    IOTK podcaster and young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor.
    BBC "The Apprentice" star and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis.
    Ecommerce whiz-kid Adam Power.
    International DJ Ben Rainey.
    Sports and business excellence coach Tony Walmsley
    Crypto expert Elliott Rayne.
    Animal relaxer Amman Ahmed
    Emotional resilience teacher Alex Holmes
    The Spike is an HM Staffing podcast.
    Reach out to Harry directly with any recruitment questions here:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/harryportch
     
     

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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Found the first two episodes really insightful. Bring on the rest of the series!!!!

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10/10

Fantastic listen. I really enjoyed the first two episodes and thought both the guests and host came across excellent. Great takeaways from each one and I can't wait to hear the rest of the series!

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