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Phil Birss - From Bedroom Start-up to Boardroom | Ep #33

Phil Birss - From Bedroom Start-up to Boardroom | Ep #33

April 2, 2019

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Phil Birss – Co-founder and MD of Elephant Digital. Elephant Digital is a creative agency based in Liverpool delivering branding, website development and digital marketing services.

 

Episode Notes:

[01:06] Phil introduces himself and Elephant Digital.

[03:57] How does Phil juggle running a business, being a family man, and all the other projects he’s involved with?

[05:58] How Phil went from working in the marketing industry to setting up Elephant Digital.

[12:01] Did Phil jump straight in at the deep end or set Elephant Digital up as a side business first?

[13:21] What was Phil’s process and journey from the beginning to what Elephant Digital is today?

[16:17] In a highly competitive industry, how has Phil made Elephant Digital standout?

[18:21] Where does Phil spend most of his time in the business now?

[19:30] How does Phil find and hire staff?

[23:23] What did the early days of Elephant Digital look like and what was Phil focusing on during that time?

[26:26] Phil shares his biggest challenge to date.

[29:34] Where is Phil taking Elephant Digital next?

[31:54] Has Phil implemented anything in his life that has made a massive impact of improved his life?

[35:40] The difficult and mental challenges of running a business.

[38:14] Does Phil ever lose focus and how does he refocus?

[41:31] Phil shares his philosophy of not taking life too seriously and look after your own health.

 

Resources:

Headspace App - https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Calm App - https://www.calm.com/

 

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Name: Phil Birss - Managing Director

Email: philbirss@elephantdigital.co.uk

Website: https://www.elephantdigital.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/philbirss?lang=en-gb

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philbirss

Podcast: https://gingernut.podbean.com/

 

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Dave Cottrell - Mindset by Dave | Ep #32

Dave Cottrell - Mindset by Dave | Ep #32

March 17, 2019

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Dave Cottrell – Founder of Mindset by Dave. Dave is a mindset coach helping people live their lives in a way where they no longer just survive, but thrive.

Episode Notes:
[00:43] Dave Cottrell introduces himself and his business.
[06:06] We discuss whether people are becoming more open about mental health and mental ill-health, or whether it’s the times we live in that are causing an increase.
[11:19] What does a mindset coach do and how does it work?
[21:41] Dave tells us about his “A Life A Day” campaign, where Dave is trying to positively impact 365 people’s lives for FREE during the year.
[30:49] How does Dave manage his own mindset and mental health running a business and while helping everyone else with their own?
[33:55] We dive into Dave’s marketing strategies and tactics.
[42:34] Dave tells us about his favourite book The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by Gretchin Rubin.
[43:10] Who inspires Dave?

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Lee Hackett - CEO of Bluprint | Ep #31

Lee Hackett - CEO of Bluprint | Ep #31

March 6, 2019

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Lee Hackett – CEO of Bluprint. Bluprint is a consultancy that specialises in marketing technology.

 

Episode Notes:

[00:33] Lee Hackett CEO of Bluprint introduces himself and tells us his journey.

[02:13] How Lee transitioned from professional footballer to business management.

[03:30] Lee tells us more about Bluprint and how the company started.

[05:50] What’s been Lee’s biggest challenge?

[07:54] What’s Lee’s mindset and driving force for wanting a global business?

[09:54] How does Lee manage culture in a global business with offices in different cities across the world?

[11:10] Digging into Lee’s mindset and how he thinks.

[15:06] Why Lee has kept Bluprint based in Liverpool?

[16:43] How does Bluprint market a complex business (marketing technology consultancy)?

[18:12] What does Lee do to switch off and step back from work?

[20:12] How did Lee develop his discipline?

[22:06] What podcasts and books does Lee consume?

[24:22] Who inspires Lee?

[25:48] What is Lee’s opinion on the future of the marketing?

 

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Tom Money - Growing an Improvement Consultancy Business | Ep #30

Tom Money - Growing an Improvement Consultancy Business | Ep #30

February 2, 2019

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Tom Money – founder of Improve and Consult. Improve and Consult was established to offer Lean Six Sigma services and HR/Recruitment best practice consulting as a single package.

Tom helps his clients improve their processes and performance of their teams by stripping out wasted time, effort and cost using Lean Six Sigma and DMAIC methodology.

Episode Notes:
[01:07] Tom introduces himself and his business Improve and Consult.
[02:40] Tom talks about work life blend as opposed to work life balance.
[05:15] What Lean Six Sigma is (removing waste in processes and reducing variation in output).
[11:00] Tom explains what a consultancy is and what a consultant does.
[12:43] What makes a good consultant? Listen, listen and listen.
[14:11] How do you handle the employees of clients who might be rattled by the presence of a consultant.
[19:37] How does Tom manage both his clients and at the same time manage his own business.
[20:50] Outsourcing business development and the sourcing of client contacts
[21:52] Using drip mail campaigns to win new business (Prospect.io).
[23:44] The importance of networking to learn new skills and ideas for your business.
[24:58] Using HubSpot CRM to record new business activity and client engagement.
[26:34] Tom explains his approach to business development in terms of volume.
[27:56] How Tom is marketing Improve and Consult.
[31:38] What’s been Tom’s biggest challenge to date and how did he overcome it?
[34:21] Having a proof of concept before starting your business.
[37:25] Having second thoughts about entrepreneurship and taking a job.
[38:36] Strategies and tactics to calm start-up anxiety.
[42:44] What does Tom do to turn off from his business.
[47:02] Tom’s recommend book is 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.
[50:29] Who is Tom’s biggest inspiration and why?

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Chris Hickey - Building an Executive Headhunting Business  | Ep #29

Chris Hickey - Building an Executive Headhunting Business | Ep #29

December 23, 2018

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Chris Hickey – co-founder of Mercury Hampton an executive recruitment and headhunting agency.

Episode Notes:

[00:45] Chris introduces himself and his story.
[02:08] Why Chris setup Mercury Hampton.
[08:07] Chris explains how he educates his clients on his recruitment methodology and way of working.
[11:08] Andrew asks Chris which is was the most challenging, recruitment or working in the Royal Airforce.
[13:47] How the Royal Airforce affected Chris’s mindset.
[13:51] Chris explains how he became a top biller.
[19:46] Andrew asks Chris what the transition was from being a top biller in a firm to opening up his own recruitment agency.
[21:15] What was going through Chris’s mind when he set up Mercury Hampton.
[22:47] Where Chris spends most of his time in Mercury Hampton.
[24:41] What has been Chris’s biggest challenge today.
[26:07] Chris shares his vision for the future.
[27:37] How has Chris kept his individuality and his own personality in the recruitment world.
[31:30] Artificial Intelligence in the recruitment industry.
[33:37] How TED Talks has made a big impact on Chris’s life and business.
[36:29] What skill does Chris believe has contributed the most to his success.
[38:34] Chris tells us who is his biggest inspiration.
[40:37] Chris shares his contact details for anyone who wants to contact him or Mercury Hampton.

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  • TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks

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Amy Win – Creating an Award-Winning Social Enterprise That Runs Cookery Courses, Food Business Training and Catering | Ep #28

Amy Win – Creating an Award-Winning Social Enterprise That Runs Cookery Courses, Food Business Training and Catering | Ep #28

December 16, 2018

Amy Win – Creating an Award-Winning Social Enterprise That Runs Cookery Courses, Food Business Training and Catering | Ep #28

 

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Amy Win – founder of 4Lunch, an award-winning social enterprise that runs cookery courses, food business training and catering.

 

Episode Notes:

[00:48] Amy introduces herself and her story.

[02:04] Setting up a social enterprise.

[05:28] Finding help and getting a mentor.

[07:20] How 4Lunch operates as a social enterprise.

[09:23] How Amy has used 4Lunch to impact society and help people start their food businesses.

[13:19] Where Amy spends most of her time in 4Lunch.

[16:08] How Amy learnt to cook.

[19:11] Following passion over following the traditional career route.

[25:50] What strategies and tactics has Amy used to add structure to entrepreneurial life.

[30:14] Building a business around what works best for you and your sleeping patterns.

[36:24] Amy’s vision for 4Lunch.

[40:04] Will Amy start a YouTube cooking channel or bring out a cooking book?

[41:41] Creating Airbnb experiences (Social Impact Experiences)

[43:12] How Amy comes up with ideas for 4Lunch and then makes them happen.

[46:15] Starting a meditation course by Sam Harris.

[50:20] Recommended book: The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Yang.

[51:57] Who inspires Amy.

[55:06] Amy’s most valuable skill for her business is web development and SEO.

[56:43] Amy’s advice for anyone who is starting a business and feels overwhelmed.

[57:40] Contact details for any one who wants to reach out to Amy.

 

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Jonathan Quinn – Inventrepreneur, Engineer and Founder of Quinnovations Group  | EP #27

Jonathan Quinn – Inventrepreneur, Engineer and Founder of Quinnovations Group | EP #27

December 9, 2018

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Jonathan Quinn – inventrepreneur, engineer, founder of Quinnovations Group and a Board Director of Wirral Chamber of Commerce.

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Chelsea Mills - Fashion Entrepreneur From Car Boot to TOPSHOP | Ep #26

Chelsea Mills - Fashion Entrepreneur From Car Boot to TOPSHOP | Ep #26

December 3, 2018

In this episode, Andrew sits down with fashion entrepreneur Chelsea Mills the founder of Miss Mills.

Miss Mills is a clothing brand which is sold in TOPSHOP, The Albert Dock and through the Miss Mills online store.

 

Episode Note's

[00:50] How Miss Mills began.

[03:50] From car boot to market stall.

[05:25] Facing adversity and wondering whether to continue or not.

[06:14] Selling from a market stall to launching in TOPSHOP.

[07:09] Plucking up the courage to sell in salons.

[09:35] Using visualisation alongside work to achieve goals.

[12:45] Following a passion for fashion.

[13:32] Learning about the fashion industry without a degree or experience.

[14:32] The product development process.

[15:04] Running a fashion retail business.

[16:37] Learning about retail from the experts in TOPSHOP.

[18:29] Managing retail stores in different cities.

[21:30] How Miss Mills drives online sales.

[22:21] Chelsea’s biggest challenges and how she manages them.

[22:52] Knowing your customer base and segmentation.

[27:28] Starting from the beginning again what would Chelsea do differently?

[28:46] What does Chelsea think about most of the time?

[29:38] Downtime and turning off from the business.

[30:10] Chelsea’s reading list: She Means Business by Carrie Green & The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar

[31:17] Working as a security guard while Miss Mills took off.

[36:00] Chelsea has taken up Yoga to reduce stress.

[36:47] When losing focus or suffering from self-doubt Chelsea uses self-reflection to remember how far she has come. She also has a great support network from her family and partner. Chelsea is very grateful for the support and learning from her colleagues at TOPSHOP.

[38:57] Chelsea shares her advice to anyone wanting to start a business.

 

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Drew Cockton - Founder of Owen Drew Luxury Candles | Ep #25

Drew Cockton - Founder of Owen Drew Luxury Candles | Ep #25

November 22, 2018

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Drew Cockton the founder of Owen Drew Luxury Candles.

 

Drew created Owen Drew in 2016 after noticing the damage mass-produced candles were doing to his home. Drew, being a creative entrepreneur, decided that home fragrance should be better. He discovered that mass-produced candles are made from petroleum-based paraffin wax. They are often heavily dyed and fragranced with synthetic scents containing parabens and toxins.

 

So, Drew got busy making his own candles from only natural products. He sourced vegan, soy wax and began blending it with essential oils to create his own fragranced candles. Not using any colouring or dyes he wanted to make the candles stand out from the crowd, so used a natural wooden wick. Owen Drew candles crackle when they burn, which has been a big hit.

 

Drew’s story isn’t plain sailing. We talk about his business failures, struggles and mental health. And how Drew has used these experiences and situations to make Owen Drew a success.

 

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Adam Ali - BBC Documentary Star and Founder of DIGISEE |  Ep #24

Adam Ali - BBC Documentary Star and Founder of DIGISEE | Ep #24

November 15, 2018

In this episode, Andrew talks to Adam Ali the Founder of DIGISEE and one of the stars on the BBC Documentary ‘DIY Generation – Young Hustlers’.

 

Adam who also won the title National Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 after pitching to Peter Jones CBE - Dragons Den star - talks about starting up his business, his time on the documentary and what’s next.

 

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