Marching On from Marches Growth Hub

Marching On from Marches Growth Hub

Marching On is the podcast from Marches Growth Hub, where BBC Radio and commercial radio presenter Ed Nell talks to business owners in Shropshire who have grown and adapted as a result of the pandemic. Ed talks to entrepreneurs from all walks of Shropshire life, from coffee roasters to worm farmers, about the barriers that they've jumped and the opportunities they've embraced. One thing shines through more than anything in this series: business owners in Shropshire are passionate, they're driven and they're succeeding. Marching On is produced by Sound Rebel for Marches Growth Hub, and is funded by Shropshire Council's £3.2 million economic recovery programme, which uses government grants to fund a series of business support programmes. To find out more about Marches Growth Hub, visit http://marchesgrowthhub.co.uk

Episodes

February 4, 2022 33 min
Bridget and Paul are The Shropshire Microfarm… They produce micro-greens, which are small veg packed full of flavour and nutritional value.
They're modest and humble entrepreneurs, who are in business for exactly the right reasons - they want to build a life that works for them, and they get joy from the daily activities of their business - it's not necessarily about building for profit.
They have experienced some great s...
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Martin & Jones is a marketing consultancy company, proudly based in Shropshire and working with small businesses across the region.

Ruth is the Martin in Martin & Jones - and her Mum, Janet, is the Jones. In this conversation, Ruth talks about this interesting business dynamic and how starting the business came at the right time for them both.
Ruth also talks about her career before starting the business, and how it feels...
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February 4, 2022 40 min
Gill and Pete are husband and wife, and have both spent their careers working within technology sales for a big well-known corporate. They are now applying the skills they've learned to help businesses closer to home, working with the agricultural sector to tackle issues of farm security, lone working and crop monitoring using technological solutions.
They don't come from an agricultural background, but living in Shropshir...
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February 4, 2022 22 min
In this conversation, Dave and Lee-Ann from J A Milton Upholstery in Oswestry talk to Ed Nell about a business that has been established for a long time, but has recently had to deal with the loss of its founder, a woman who was so loved by the staff that Dave actually bought the business to keep it alive and the staff employed.
Dave has ended up owning and running J A Milton Upholstery through circumstance, not because he had a ...
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February 4, 2022 37 min
If you hear a few thuds and bangs in this episode, it's because Kev's coffee roasters were getting set up for the day - and from looking at everything that was going on in the background on Zoom, there's definitely more to it than flicking on a switch!
Kev Burrow's passion for coffee started as a young boy in Wolverhampton, and it was whilst he was living in Australia that he realised how different coffee culture w...
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February 4, 2022 36 min
Caroline Bailey loves to share her love of baking, and has some big plans for Hunkington House Kitchen. Caroline talks to Ed about how the business was forced to change and adapt as a result of the pandemic, and how it has helped to set a new path for its future. 
But she hasn't always been in the kitchen... In fact she spent a lot of her career in the corporate world, firstly in travel and then in HR. Her business, based in W...
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February 4, 2022 30 min
Jenna Blair loves yoga - and it was her huge personal passion for yoga that inspired her to renovate a space and set up a full-time yoga studio.
Of course, the pandemic hit businesses like Jenna's like a ton of bricks - suddenly she couldn't invite people to her studio for classes, and instead had to quickly work out how to do this online.
She didn't just adapt to the situation, but she now still incorporates the tech...
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February 4, 2022 33 min
Joe Lockley is creating a business with heart - Bright Star Boxing is a not-for-profit with big ambitions.
Joe talks about how his experiences growing up shaped his vision for the organisation, and how it benefits local communities. In this conversation, he also talks about how the support he offered had to change as a result of COVID, but also about the unexpected benefits that COVID created.
Joe is always looking for new opport...
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February 4, 2022 37 min
Tom and Anna are Alexa and Bud - the business that likes to have a good time.
They're our first couple who we will be interviewing as part of this podcast series, two people who've decided to work together as well as be together in a relationship, and they talk about the dynamics of their partnership and separating work from home.
This is a business that was created as a result of COVID, and is well-placed in a growing in...
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February 4, 2022 34 min
Luke Boxall is a worm farmer who sells worm poo in his business, Worm Soil.
Vermicast is worm poo's official name, and it's an agricultural product with huge potential - and as you will hear, Luke has got big ambitions for his new business which was a brainchild of lockdown.
Most importantly, Luke has never been happier - taking the leap and starting his own business, along with his wife Stephanie, has without doubt impro...
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January 12, 2022 1 min
Marching On is the podcast from Marches Growth Hub, where BBC Radio and commercial radio presenter Ed Nell talks to business owners in Shropshire who have grown and adapted as a result of the pandemic.

Ed talks to entrepreneurs from all walks of Shropshire life, from coffee roasters to worm farmers, about the barriers that they've jumped and the opportunities they've embraced. One thing shines through more than anything in...
Mark as Played

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