The show FOR trade business owners BY trade business owners, hosted by David Sudworth, owner and founder of Mr Soot Chimney Sweep & Training Centre. Based in the North West of England, David started his company as a one-man band. It’s now one of the fastest growing solid fuel industry companies in the UK.On Trade Entrepreneur, David and his guests will talk about all things business, particularly related to trades and blue collar work. He’ll also share his knowledge of marketing, PR and communication which has made Mr Soot one of the country’s most recognisable sweeping and solid fuel training companies.
#65 - ‘It was the biggest SHOCK - I almost couldn’t cope’ - James Archer, of Clock Woodburners
James Archer went from one-man-in-his-shed to being the face of one of the UK’s best known stove brands.
But as Clock Woodburners underwent a meteoric rise, James found it a challenge to adapt to these new pressures.
In a frank interview with David, James talks about how he started out in the industry, the secret behind Clock’s success, and his plans for the future.
#64 - Franchisee To Franchisor: Liam Hobbs of More Than Loft Ladders
“He liked it so much he bought the company!”
In this episode, Liam Hobbs, of More Than Loft Ladders, tells David how he went from being a franchisee to buying the business outright.
It’s a fascinating story from someone who has a real entrepreneurial spirit who only really acted on it a bit later in life.
#63 - How British Chimney Sweeps Can Learn From The USA - Interview with Joe Gomez
Essex chimney sweep Joe Gomez sat the US chimney sweep exams - and passed. He now wants to help improve standards here in the UK. In this episode he talks to David about his experiences in America…
#62 - 'Chimney Sweep Associations Got It Wrong - Here's How To Fix It'
Sixth-generation sweep Josh Firkins joins David for an indepth discussion about the future of chimney sweeping, and how he feels trade associations have got it wrong...
#61 - Why I Made The Leap To Expand - Follow-Up Interview With Alastair Kemp
In a follow up to last year's interview about whether to grown his one-man band, Wilts chimney sweep Alastair Kemp returns to the show to reflect on what he did next...
#60 - Taxing Times: Why Some Businesses Are Stalling
With a sluggish economy, the UK needs small businesses to drive growth. So why are some unable to meet even their own aspirations? In this episode, David reveals a key issue which the Government needs to sort out ASAP...