Award-winning voice actor Mark Ryes talks to business owners across the UK and beyond about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on their business - and how they've been coping, changing and adapting to life in lockdown.
Marco Seymour - Marco's Magic
As a professional magician Marco Seymour has always performed to a very varied audience, and on a daily basis would meet and perform to many people in a host of different social situations. When covid-19 hit - the bookings all postponed or cancelled.
Marco chats about how the pandemic has changed the way he works and recalls one particularly unfortunate show overseas when it wasn't just his suitcase that didn't arrive.
You can contact Marco through his websites:
www.marcosmagic.co.uk for family and children's parties
and www.marcoseymour.co.uk for adult /close up magic and cabaret
Cassie Bouverie - Private House Stays
Cassie Bouverie worked in the tech industry followed by 12 years running a B&B in central Edinburgh. Now she runs a website privatehousestays.com which allows Scottish B&B owners to take bookings commission free. She's taking on the big boys like Air B&B and booking.com trying to make it fairer for the accommodation owners.
The pandemic has been dreadful for all B&B owners, and it's hit Cassie and her plans hard. She talks about her dream to go nationwide with her bespoke booking software, and to create more jobs in the staycation market.
You can contact Cassie through the website - www.privatehousestays.com
Beckie Towle - The Events Raccoon
We all know that alongside hospitality, the events industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Physical events have been replaced by virtual ones, with varying degrees of success, and now there's talk of hybrid events for the back end of 2021.
Beckie Towle is the Chief Amazement Officer and founder of The Events Raccoon - an event management agency in their fifth year of trading, producing events for the UK market and around the world. Just how difficult was it when all the physical events were cancelled, and how do you persuade people to "go digital"?
You can contact Beckie through the website - www.theeventsraccoon.co.uk
Charlotte Hiskins - SH Carpentry & Construction
Some parts of the construction industry have been hit hard by problems with the supply chain on concrete and timber during the pandemic. How building companies have responded to those challenges will determine their long term success after covid.
Charlotte Hiskins from SH Carpentry & Construction in Oxfordshire explains what they had to do to get through the tough times, and thinks 2021 could be quite a positive year.
You can contact Charlotte through the website - www.sh-construction.co.uk
Harold Floyd - Elite Force Safety
Covid compliance and mental health awareness have never been more prevalent, and whilst some companies are responding to the Health & Safety challenge well... some are not. After a 26 year military career, Harold Floyd now runs Elite Force Safety with the aim of 'Bringing Military Standards to Safety in the Workplace'... but as a business that only started at the beginning of 2020, it's not been without some obstacles along the way.
You can contact Harold through the website - www.eliteforcesafety.com
Stephanie Richards - Raynham Henderson Wealth Management
Do you know how much you spend on household bills - or what all your direct debit payments are for? Our next guest on Surviving Lockdown has some great financial tips for you.
Stephanie Richards set up Raynham Henderson Wealth Management in 2019. It's a family-led financial adviser practice assisting individuals, families and small companies with their financial needs. The pandemic has forced all of us to look at our finances, especially after a market blip in spring last year - but Stephanie remains positive about the outlook.
At a time when people are wondering about furlough, grants, SEISS, savings and fiscally protecting themselves - financial advice is paramount.
You can contact Stephanie through the website - partnership.sjp.co.uk/partner/stephanierichards