Industry Angel Business Podcast

Industry Angel Business Podcast

The Industry Angel Podcast is THE most diverse business podcast out there! Ian Farrar interviews Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Social Influencers, Marketing Guru's, Sales Rockstars, Motivational Speakers and even the odd Adventurer or two! We share actionable advice from speakers that keeps you ahead of the pack.


January 11, 2024 59 mins

It's once again time for us to talk about the support needed in the micro and small business sector. 

Ian and Tony chatted about the campaigning that ourselves and our friends have been doing this year and The Micro Business Alliance and what that means to YOU.

Many business owners are still struggling financially and mentally. We (you reading this) as a collective can help them💪🏼

Together We are Mighty.


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Entrepreneurs helping to improve communities across South Tyneside are to receive a welcome funding boost.  The Social Enterprise Boost (SEB) Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to the borough’s social entrepreneurs!

Delivered by Project North East (PNE), the programme aims to kick-start and accelerate social enterprises in South Tyneside. This will...

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October 14, 2022 63 mins

Budding entrepreneur, eloquent linguist, and ever-inquisitive spiritualist.

Marius Capra is a continuously developing tarot reader and astrologer with a mission to clarify the 'languages of the universe' in his business practice, providing transformative answers to the questions of the subconscious for clients around the world. 


Ian & Marius discuss...

  • Founding a spiritual business
  • Finding magick
  • An introduction to tarot
  • Fee...
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Alison Gwynn is Chief Executive at North East Screen, Alison is leading the resurgence of the TV and Film industry in the North East.

After an investment of at least £37m, North East Screen (formerly Northern Film + Media), the screen industries development agency for the North-East, launched its new name, brand and programme of events earlier this year.

The agency is now gearing up to meet the challenge of increasing activity by c...

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September 2, 2022 46 mins

THROWBACK to Episode 055, Simon - Build a Brand in 30 Days!

Simon was Founder of The Shackleton Design & Manufacturing Company, the menswear, lifestyle and experience brand: producing made-in-Britain products inspired by the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. Having built the Shackleton brand Simon left it under new management in September 2016.

Simon was selected as a Top 100 Manufacturer 2015 by Manufacturer magazine.

He is a ...

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Rory McKeand leads the team at Technology Services Group as the CEO.

Before his career at TSG, Rory was involved in shaping and transforming organisations in the Healthcare, Education and Technology industries.

He now works with TSG’s team of technology experts to help customers and partners to transform their business and help them to achieve their business goals.


Ian & Rory discuss;

  • Importance of mentors and mentees
  • Compan...
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Mike Weedon is a Diploma Level Qualified Independent Financial Adviser, with over 20 years’ experience working in the Financial Services Industry.

Financial planning isn’t just for the mega rich and famous and Mike helps hard-working people confidently arrange their finances.


Ian & Mike discuss;

  • Mike’s journey into financial advice
  • Why was Wealth of Advice set up?
  • Opening an office in South Tyneside, at One Trinity Green
  • Why...
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David Birchall is Technical Director and owner of db Show Control and Automation. The company's solutions are at the core of the world's most demanding multimedia shows, theme park rides, interactive visitor centres and AV installations.

db Show Control's clients include the world's leading theme parks, event production companies, museums, AV Integrators and creative design consultants. Their solutions run 24/7 worldwide. Recent pr...

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Rob is a hypnotist and Kennedy is a Psychological Mind Reader. They both turned their skills into email marketing and founded The Email Marketing Heroes...
Ian, Rob & Kennedy discuss topics such as;
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March 11, 2022 54 mins
Kerrie Highcock has worked in the field of autism for 18 years and has recently gained her Masters of Education, in Autism, from the University of Strathclyde, and is currently working on her Doctorate.
She is passionate about elevating the voices of and learning from autistic people.
Before her 13 years (so far) with NEAS, s...
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With National Apprenticeship Week fast approaching, Ian decided to grab Mischa for a chat around her experience of being an apprentice.


Ian & Mischa discuss areas such as;

  • Why businesses should take on apprentices
  • Different levels of apprenticeships
  • Mischa’s progression
  • Apprenticeships vs University
  • An employers point of view from taking on an apprentice
  • Mischa’s experience as an apprentice
  • Far North’s growth through having ...
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New Year's Message from Ian AND Industry Angel's first ever pod-swap with Nurture Your Zest with Ashleigh King!


This is a special episode as it's the:
🎙️ First release of season 2 of the #NurtureYourZest Podcast series🎙️ First episode recorded in 'The Nest' of the new podcast studio in Newcastle upon Tyne, 'Flamingo Heights'
🎙️ A personal achievement for me as interviewing Ian has been on my vision board for a long time, and I...

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George Fee is MD of GBO Media, social media entrepreneur, student at university of Sunderland, lover of photography and all things digital.


Ian & George discuss;

  • Founding a social media business
  • From being an apprentice to owning a business
  • Being self-taught in social media
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Your USP
  • Setting up as a limited company
  • Learning as you go
  • Not comparing yourself to others
  • Self-discovery
  • Bringing your personality i...
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To celebrate this International Men’s Day 2021 we hosted an online panel exploring “Better relations between men and women”.

International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.

In this session Ian highlights three positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being.

One of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promot...

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Kay Tarry is Founder Director of Sugar Noms Ltd, a 100% vegan pick & mix online store, based in the North East of England. Kay is an entrepreneur and total business geek.


Ian and Kay discuss;

  • The birth of Sugar Noms
  • Being a therapist and business owner
  • The largest range of vegan pick & mix on the internet
  • Importing sweets from across the country
  • Sugars Nom’s journey
  • Kay’s introduction to digital marketing (shopify, ads, SEO)
  • ...
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This panel, hosted by Ian Farrar, was part of Far North's 'Who Wants to be a Happipreneur?' event.

The panel was made up of the following rockstars;-

  • Jeanette Nattrass, Co-Founder & Director of Just Breathe
  • Terry McStea, Head of Design Network North
  • Sarah Crimmens, Community Creator & Curator: Host, Speaker, Producer, Social Media Manager
  • Tony Robinson OBE, #MicroBizMatters Champion, Co-Author "The Happipreneur"


The di...

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Tony Robinson OBE has embarked on a tour of 70 talks in 70 towns to raise money for ExcludedUK and we brought the legend himself to sunny South Shields. Tony gave his 'Who wants to be a Happipreneur?' talk and we recorded this just for the podcast...


Tony's talk includes;

- Of interest to all who want to be, or help someone else to be, more enterprising and happier in their work

- Tony created the 'tongue in cheek' philosophy of ...

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Tom Nightingale, North East Stakeholder Manager at Equinor, shares his experiences of working as part of the team behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

The £9bn Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be operated by Equinor for up to 35 years. When it is completed in 2026, the 3.6GW project will be capable of providing renewable electricity for around six million UK homes!


Ian & Tom discuss;

  • How to become a supplier
  • Offshore Win...
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September 10, 2021 36 mins

Paul Colman owner of The Little Quaker distillery, along with his wife Leanne they started the multi award winning Quaker Gin range in 2018 and have gone from strength to strength.

Paul’s background is in manufacturing having spent 24 years working in the woodwork industry he moved to recycled plastics in lockdown last year and has also spent time as a Director with Darlington Football club. Learning to distill has added more strin...

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Co-founder and director of Just Breathe, mental health specialist, Jeanette Nattrass.  Jeanette has a plethora of skills and knowledge including Clinical Counselling, Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, EMI Practitioner and EMDR Practitioner.


Ian & Jeanette discuss;

  • What Just Breathe do
  • Jeanette’s background
  • Importance of investing in your staff
  • Benefits of having mental health first aid training
  • What Je...
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