Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business is an honest and raw, real life podcast (and also a book) on how to grow a successful business whilst taking care of what matters most...yourself. The podcast features some of the most successful business leaders in the UK, mixed in with some inspirational guests from the worlds of sport and media. Paul, a working-class guy, has himself started and grown a number of privately owned and publicly listed companies. The Taking Care of Business book is available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and more.... Show More

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October 30, 2020

COVID-19 has presented business owners with challenges they've never faced before, and that's particularly true for the events industry.

This is something the Founder & CEO of Make Events, Holly Moore, knows this all too well, and in the face of the COVID crisis has worked tirelessly to pivot her business model.

But the effect of this work is a roller coaster of emotions and decision-making; something which Holly discus...

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After being brought to a standstill in the wake of COVID-19, what state is the events and hospitality industry in and what's next for them?

That's the question we put to Chief Executive at Manchester Central, Shaun Hinds, as he assesses how the events industry has fared and how that compares with our European counterparts.

He also discusses the transformation of Manchester Central into a Nightingale Hospital - a process th...

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Has the Government's leadership since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the UK been sufficient, or has it been lacking?   That's the topic up for discussion in the first episode of this special COVID-19 series of the Taking Care of Business podcast - as we listen to real stories from some of the industries that have been hit hardest.   Our first guest is Chief Executive of Downtown in Business and former MP, Frank McKenna. Pau...
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Oliver Cookson is the founder of one of the world's leading sports nutrition brands, Myprotein®, and his story celebrates the old school traditions of business.   Nowadays the value of a business seems to based upon its value upon a ‘raise' - we have stopped celebrating success stories that are down to old school decision-making & building foundations. Small amounts of money, hard work, overcoming adversity and then de...
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Stu Bennett, otherwise known by his ring names of "Wade Barrett" or "Bad News Barrett", is an actor and former WWE wrestler who was a key figure in the famous wrestling organisation for 10 years.

Born in Lancashire and now living in LA, Stuart has lived nearly every young child's dream of performing in the WWE, and is on the cusp of releasing his new film, 'I Am Vengeance: Retaliation'.

Paul and Stu chat...

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Kevin Sinfield MBE is one of the most widely regarded players in Rugby League history. He captained England & Leeds Rhinos, leading the club to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup successes.

Now Director of Rugby at Leeds, he holds multiple records for points-scored and is the only captain to have led a team to win three consecutive Super League titles.

Paul and Kevin delve into what it is which sets leaders ...

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Built by brothers Matt and Ben Jones, hear the story behind pioneering bar group, Roxy Leisure and how they foresee the industry evolving in a post-Covid-19 world.
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In the first episode of the new series and since the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul is joined by Will Stanton from Corporate Finance at Sedulo.

Both discuss how the business has managed to ride through the ever-changing storm, ways they have supported communities and what the new future might look like.

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Paul is joined by Dr Asad Raffi and Jonathan Edgeley of Sanctum Healthcare, a specialist provider of bespoke treatments for psychological and dependency disorders.

In this episode, they discuss all things mental health, including its current place in society, the mental health impact of Coronavirus and share some useful self-help tools.

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Business is full of highs and lows, from going through exciting periods of growth to then facing financial uncertainty and ultimately liquidation.

It's how you bounce back from those lows that really matter, and is something that Carley Jones, founder of Kettlebell Kitchen knows all too well.

Hear what really happened at the multi-million valued fast-food brand and how Carley has now moved on to her next exciting venture.

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It takes a unique mindset to continually challenge yourself, set new goals and throw yourself into challenging environments.

Former rugby league player, boxer and actor Adam Fogerty has embraced this way of thinking throughout his career, whether it was winning the Super League with St Helens, boxing Tyson Fury's father or appearing alongside Brad Pitt as 'Gorgeous George' in Guy Ritchie's Snatch.

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In many of today's competitive industries, being different and standing out from the crowd could be the difference between winning new clients and keeping them.

Hear how the founder of Liverpool-based disruptive law firm CEL Solicitors, Jessica Hampson, has successfully led year-on-year growth and established a culture unique to the legal industry.

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It's no secret that launching your own business is challenging, full of ups, downs and certainly no guarantee of success.

Chris Cope is the founder of P81, branding and product specialists with over 15 years' experience in the leisure industry, serving clients including Basic Fit and David Lloyd.

Hear first-hand the difficulties Chris encountered on his journey, and how he was able to bounce back from periods of uncertainty...

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With the UK finally set to leave the European Union on 31st January after Boris Johnson's Brexit deal was backed by MPs, what can we expect to see short and long-term?
 

In his second appearance on the podcast, ex-politician and founder of Downtown in Business, Frank Mckenna, gives his take on the recent general election outcome and importantly, what it means for both businesses and society.

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Whether it's joining a gym, cutting out the bad eating habits or setting a new health and wellbeing goal, the New Year is seen to be the perfect time to start fresh.

But with a whopping 80% of New Year's resolutions failing by February, are we simply being too unrealistic with ourselves?

In his second appearance on the podcast, personal trainer Paul Boys shares his best training types, nutrition tips and lifestyle advice ...

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan knows a thing or two about performance, both physically and mentally.

With a career spanning 20 years playing solely for Leeds Rhinos, England and Great Britain, JJB won 6 Super League Grand Finals, 3 World Club Challenges, 3 League Leaders' Shields and 1 Challenge Cup Final.

Now retired, Jamie remains a huge part of his local community in Leeds and in addition to his TV show, Rugby AM, still remains heav...
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November 12, 2019 64 min

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem (such as anxiety, stress and depression) each year. 


Anxiety and depression have been estimated to cause one-fifth of days lost from work in Britain, with worries about things like money and jobs making it increasingly harder for people to cope. 


Emma Rettig and Jess Walton join Paul in discussing all things mental health and what Sedulo is doing to he...

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It's well known that boxing is one of the most physically and mentally draining sports. From the gruelling training camps, shedding those final few pounds to stepping into the ring in front of 20,000 people.

John Murray is a former English, British, European lightweight champion and WBA challenger. With a successful professional career spanning 11 years, John has fought under the bright lights in Vegas, the historic Madison Squ...

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With talk of Brexit taking over our TV screens and phones, it's difficult to digest what exactly is going on and what happens next.

In this episode ex-politician and founder of Downtown in Business Liverpool, Frank Mckenna, gives his take on the topic which has divided both the public and government for the past 3 years.

From why and how it came about to the campaigns and vote that followed, if you're looking for clarity on...

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As a former soldier in the British Army, Paul Boys has experienced first hand the impacts that training can have on both body and mind. 

Now a personal trainer and owner of Next Level Training, Paul helps others to achieve their health and wellbeing goals, whether it’s through exercise, nutrition or lifestyle changes. 

From skipping breakfast, spending less time on your phone to taking the lift instead of the stairs, discover how d...

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