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Currently the Number 1 Manufacturing Podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!Mark Bracknall, Founder of Theo James Recruitment is the host of Manufacturing Leaders.The UK is still a powerhouse in Manufacturing & Engineering. We speak to those who are helping to make those firms a success. By motivating, inspiring and managing teams.Are you new to management? Are you keen to hear from those who are dealing with the same day-to-day challenges you are facing?In this podcast we get inside the minds of the Managers in Manufacturing & Engineering, and understand how they get the best our of their teams and make Manufacturing & Engineering great.

Manufacturing Leaders Mark Bracknall

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Currently the Number 1 Manufacturing Podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!Mark Bracknall, Founder of Theo James Recruitment is the host of Manufacturing Leaders.The UK is still a powerhouse in Manufacturing & Engineering. We speak to those who are helping to make those firms a success. By motivating, inspiring and managing teams.Are you new to management? Are you keen to hear from those who are dealing with the same day-to-day challenges you are facing?In this podcast we get inside the minds of the Managers in Manufacturing & Engineering, and understand how they get the best our of their teams and make Manufacturing & Engineering great.

    Embracing Emotional Intelligence: Paul Cheetham's Insights on Leadership and Personal Growth

    Embracing Emotional Intelligence: Paul Cheetham's Insights on Leadership and Personal Growth

    Discover the profound impact of emotional intelligence on leadership with our esteemed guest, Paul Cheetham. As a seasoned expert in HR and entrepreneurship, Paul joins us to unravel the intricacies of emotions in guiding teams and making pivotal decisions. We venture together into the transformative realm of self-awareness, where the art of managing and parenting converge, revealing that the essence of leadership flourishes through a deep understanding of oneself. Our dialogue takes us from personal anecdotes of emotional challenges, like grappling with physical pain, to the strategic balance of the thinking and feeling brains in our professional lives.

    Embrace the journey of growth through the lens of feedback—how it shapes us and our decisions as leaders. We ponder the delicate dance of receiving and filtering critiques, the power behind radical candor, and the path to creating a culture that values honest exchanges. Paul and I delve into personal growth narratives, sharing experiences from emotional intelligence courses and the balancing act between empathy and neutrality in HR scenarios. It's about transforming not just our professional approaches but also the way we connect with others and view ourselves.

    As we wrap up our conversation, we reflect on the authenticity that fuels our drive to lead and the passion that aligns our work with our personal values. We underscore the critical role of intrinsic motivation and resilience in confronting life's adversities, and the importance of mentorship and genuine emotional engagement. Join us for a thought-provoking episode that promises to ignite self-reflection and inspire a leadership style that resonates with your authentic self, fostering a positive impact wherever you go.
    Please subscribe to the channel for more content! Theo James are a Manufacturing & Engineering Recruiter based in the North East, helping Manufacturing and Engineering firms grow across the UK. Please call us on 0191 5111 298

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    Pioneering the UK's First Lithium Refinery: Richard Taylor's Journey to a Sustainable Future

    Pioneering the UK's First Lithium Refinery: Richard Taylor's Journey to a Sustainable Future

    Embark on a compelling exploration with Richard Taylor of Green Lithium, as he chronicles the establishment of the UK's first Lithium refinery. This episode promises to immerse you in the innovative spirit of Teesside's green industrial revolution, where you'll witness the power of a united team's unwavering dedication to sustainable practices. Richard's journey from concept to reality is a masterclass in adaptability, showcasing the importance of a skilled team.

    As Richard unfolds the story of Green Lithium, he brings to light a newfound appreciation for natural resources and the insatiable drive to foster a cleaner future. You'll gain insights into the strategic formation of a delivery-focused team, the environmental implications of site selections, and the discovery of a green byproduct with the potential to revolutionize the construction and manufacturing industry. The chapter on sustainability highlights the significance of awareness and education in natural resource management, as well as mentorship's vital role in crafting the next wave of environmental stewards.

    Finally, Richard shares the perspective-shifting opportunities awaiting in the green lithium industry, inviting listeners to contribute in various capacities – from internships to investment. His reflections on carbon reduction strategies and inspirational figures emphasize the importance of incremental change and learning from historical successes. The conversation culminates with an inspirational message: the path to a greener future is not linear, but with passion and perseverance, progress is inevitable. Join us for an episode that not only educates but ignites a spark of optimism for the sustainable advancements shaping our world.
    Please subscribe to the channel for more content! Theo James are a Manufacturing & Engineering Recruiter based in the North East, helping Manufacturing and Engineering firms grow across the UK. Please call us on 0191 5111 298

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    Threading Success: James Worthington on Evolving Manufacturing and the Fabric of Networking

    Threading Success: James Worthington on Evolving Manufacturing and the Fabric of Networking

    Step into the realm of  manufacturing leadership  with James Worthington, the innovative co-founder of MyWorkwear, as he charts the course through the evolving landscape of manufacturing and service excellence. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the confluence of business leadership and manufacturing innovation. James discusses the strategic shift from traditional manufacturing processes to a service model that epitomizes efficiency and quality, akin to the precision of a perfectly tailored work uniform.
     
     Dive into the heart of manufacturing leadership as James shares his journey of integrating just-in-time systems at MyWorkwear, striking a harmonious balance between exceptional customer service and leveraging the latest in technology. The episode shines a light on the transformative power of networking and community engagement in the manufacturing sector. James reveals how authentic relationships and a robust community presence have woven the fabric of his company's expansive growth.
     
     Moreover, this conversation explores the pressing challenges and burgeoning opportunities within the UK's manufacturing industry, spotlighting the skills gap, the indispensable role of governmental support, and the vital need to attract new talent to the field. As a fervent supporter of Race Against Dementia, James also touches upon the personal and philanthropic drives that propel his ambitions beyond financial gains. Plus, anticipate exclusive insights into an upcoming project set to revolutionize MyWorkwear's digital interface and customer interactions.
     
     Join us in this insightful episode that interlaces personal achievements with professional acumen and deep-seated industry insights - a compilation of lessons from a business leadership perspective, dedicated to not just outfitting businesses but also pioneering industry-wide transformations."
     
     
    Please subscribe to the channel for more content! Theo James are a Manufacturing & Engineering Recruiter based in the North East, helping Manufacturing and Engineering firms grow across the UK. Please call us on 0191 5111 298

    • 53 min
    9 Levers To Pull To Increase Value in Business: Corporate Finance Expert Carl Swansbury

    9 Levers To Pull To Increase Value in Business: Corporate Finance Expert Carl Swansbury

    Unlock the secrets to elevating the value of your business with corporate finance maestro Carl Swansbury from Ryecroft Glenton. Our conversation takes you through the critical strategies of crafting robust exit plans, fortifying senior management teams, and distinguishing your business in the market. Carl's sharp insights guide you through the maze of maximizing your company's worth, with a particular focus on the manufacturing and engineering spheres. If you're contemplating a sale or preparing for a management buy-out, this episode is your roadmap to a lucrative exit.

    As Carl delves into the art of business valuation, you'll learn about the nuts and bolts of developing a business plan that not only sets your vision on a measurable trajectory but also primes your enterprise for a future sale. We dissect the importance of reverse engineering your business plan based on the desired exit value, highlighting the levers you can pull to amplify your business's appeal to potential buyers. This episode is a masterclass in aligning your company's trajectory with your long-term goals, whether you're aiming to create a lifestyle business or position it for a blockbuster sale.

    Rounding off our in-depth chat, we tackle the human element of succession planning and the strategic intricacies of selling a business. Get to grips with the psychological tug-of-war that many business founders experience and learn how to craft a seamless transition that secures the legacy of your hard work. Plus, we share growth and leadership insights that are the cornerstones of success in the manufacturing world. Join us for a fascinating episode that could be the catalyst for the next big leap in your business journey.




    Please subscribe to the channel for more content! Theo James are a Manufacturing & Engineering Recruiter based in the North East, helping Manufacturing and Engineering firms grow across the UK. Please call us on 0191 5111 298

    • 52 min
    Steering with Empathy: Jonathan Phillips, Plant Director, Gestamp Tallent on the New Era of Leadership in Automotive Manufacturing

    Steering with Empathy: Jonathan Phillips, Plant Director, Gestamp Tallent on the New Era of Leadership in Automotive Manufacturing

    Discover the heartbeat of empathetic leadership with insightful Jonathan Phillips, Manufacturing Director at Gestamp Talent. As we sit down together, Jonathan unveils how the automotive manufacturing industry has shifted gears towards a management style that values empathy, teamwork, and a deep understanding of the human element. 

    Our conversation promises to reveal the critical components of upholding a 75-year company legacy while navigating through the trials of modern-day leadership, from employee well-being and work-life balance to the essential role of apprenticeship programs in sustaining industry growth.

    Embark on a journey through the evolution of management styles where Jonathan and I dissect the transformation from autocratic rule to a culture of support and mutual respect. As we traverse the rich history of workplace dynamics, we unpack the pandemic's influence on prioritizing personal responsibilities and the newfound corporate emphasis on flexibility and family time. Delving into the impact of electric vehicles and automation, we discuss how industry leaders must remain agile and forward-thinking to keep pace with the rapid changes defining the future of automotive manufacturing.

    Wrapping up our enlightening session, the focus shifts to the personal tales of leadership that have shaped Jonathan's philosophy. From the unforgettable integrity of Bobby Robson to the liberating mentorship of ex managers, we explore the diverse paths to leadership excellence. So, let's raise a toast to the resilience of the manufacturing industry and the leaders steering its course; join us for a thought-provoking episode that celebrates the authenticity and adaptability at the core of successful leadership.
    Please subscribe to the channel for more content! Theo James are a Manufacturing & Engineering Recruiter based in the North East, helping Manufacturing and Engineering firms grow across the UK. Please call us on 0191 5111 298

    • 41 min
    Liam Hunt, MD of Ambic Manufacturing - Make Yourself Redundant!

    Liam Hunt, MD of Ambic Manufacturing - Make Yourself Redundant!

    Join the two-year celebration of our podcast as we sit down with the remarkable Liam Hunt, the youthful mastermind behind Ambic Manufacturing. As we raise a toast to growth and innovation, Liam unpacks the art of leadership, his strategy for scaling businesses by striving for autonomy, and the blend of inspiring passion with shrewd management that has characterised his journey. If you're itching to up your leadership game and empower your teams, this is a conversation that stands as a testament to what youthful ambition coupled with strategic thinking can achieve.

    Transitioning into the realm of people as the cornerstone of any enterprise, we share tales of aligning goals and harnessing individual strengths to catapult a business to the forefront of its industry. You'll hear how adopting the goal of making oneself redundant isn't just a whimsical ideal, but a concrete strategy for fostering scalability and team autonomy. These insights serve as an arsenal for anyone managing one or multiple ventures, illuminating the path to creating self-reliant teams that drive independence and growth.

    We wrap up by delving into our collective role in sculpting the future of manufacturing and the importance of STEM education in closing the skills gap. The episode highlights the transformative power of mentorship, hands-on experiences, and the significant response from companies in supporting initiatives that engage young minds. This is more than just an anniversary celebration; it's a call to action for industry veterans and newcomers alike to champion sustainability and mentor the next wave of innovators who will continue to propel the manufacturing industry forward.
    Please subscribe to the channel for more content! Theo James are a Manufacturing & Engineering Recruiter based in the North East, helping Manufacturing and Engineering firms grow across the UK. Please call us on 0191 5111 298

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