Podcasts

​We’ve been in business for nearly 15 years and over that time we’ve been very fortunate and privileged to have met a diverse range of inspiring founders, business owners and entrepreneurs.  On their journeys, they’ve all been in the trenches, as we have, and experienced both the highs and lows that running a business throws at you.

Adam Asks is a podcast series designed to share their valuable lessons and if like us, you want to know what’s around the corner in a world of uncertainty, we’re here to ask them the questions and share their insights.​

Episode 15 - Holly Moore

Holly Moore is Managing Director of Make Events. Holly joined us a week after receiving the WOMANC award at this year’s Talk of Manchester business awards. She shared her story of how she’s grown the business from scratch over seven years, built a talented team of event planning consultants and creative professionals and scaled the business rapidly. Tune in to hear Holly explore a range of subjects including:

  • Why Oprah Winfrey and Tony Robins are her inspirations

  • The importance of focussing on profit when growing a business

  • Why employee engagement has been key to the success of the business

  • How to stand out in a crowded market place and leverage your network

  • Dealing with mental health and stress

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 14 - Derek Bishop

Derek Bishop is Co-Founder of Culture Consultancy. 

Formerly a Head of Customer Service at AXA, Derek has over twenty years’ experience of directly leading people and delivering business results in high volume and complex environments. As experts on culture change, leadership and human behaviour change, Derek and the team work with fast growth SMEs through to multi-nationals to create high-performance cultures where everyone thrives.

He co-authored a book titled ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’ which was in the top 5 management books on innovation in the 2017 CMI Management Book of the Year awards and is also an Amazon bestseller.

In this episode of the #AdamAsks podcast, Derek reveals why human beings are the most complex part of any organisation and why he fundamentally believes competitive advantage and business success can only be delivered by enabling your people to be their best. Derek advises agencies on:

How to articulate your culture Why you need to be clear about your desired outcomes How to embed culture within your team Nailing the behaviours that underpin your values Why you need to engage your people to shape your culture The importance of strong relationships between you people, their managers and leaders.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 13 - Steven Bartlett

Steven Bartlett needs little introduction, but if you need one, his LinkedIn profile describes his inspiring background perfectly:

"Steven is the 27-year-old CEO Founder of Social Chain which uses owned media, marketing and technology to build Social Brands. In the last few years, he has become an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and investor, and now leads a company of 700+ individuals across 5 countries, who are quickly disrupting the ever-changing social world. Social Chain now operates through six locations: Manchester, London, Berlin, Munich, New York and Bangkok.

Along the way, Steve has amassed a large following online (Almost 2 Million people across Instagram, Facebook, Snap chat, Linkedin and his podcast), due to his informative and inspirational videos covering topics from entrepreneurship, business, social media and marketing. This has lead to a number of profiles in the world's leading publications where he has been dubbed "The most influential individual in Social Media Marketing" and has been voted the "most influential individual in marketing in 2017/18" by 100 agency leaders."

We were honoured to have Steven take time out of his hectic schedule to sit down with Leon for the next episode of #AdamAsks, the day Social Chain officially went public, another landmark step in their business journey.  Steven joined us to tell us about his background, what it's taken to grow Social Chain in such as short time, his thoughts on education, the future of marketing and why he puts his and Social Chains success down to focussing on more than just money.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 12 - Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes is Co-Founder and CEO of Mojo the UK’s #1 mortgage broker.  Mojo is an exciting and disruptive fintech company with a fascinating journey.  The business is focused on giving customers a better platform to compare and buy financial products and offers advice and expertise to ensure the customer gets the right option for them, so they can buy with confidence.

Having worked in the financial services sector for over a decade, Richard realised the system was broken and that the customer was being let down. With a passion for technology, he realised there had to be better way, which led to the creation of Mojo.

Richard joined Leon for a fascinating interview where he opened up about the challenges of building a tech busines from start-up to a multimillion-pound company, the challenges he has overcome when pitching for investment and Mojo’s strategy to attract and retain top tech talent.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 11 - Robert Craven

Mentor and consultant Robert Craven has helped more than 1,000 companies to revolutionise the way they work. An international keynote speaker and business coach, Robert heads up the team at The Directors’ Centre. He has written over ten books on business strategy and specialises in helping Digital Agency owners grow their businesses.

Robert joined us to share his experience and advice to agencies looking to drive real growth in their agencies. He reveals numerous pearls of wisdom on topics such as profitability, building a culture of excellence and how the agency market is changing.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 10 - EJ Flynn

EJ Flynn is Managing Director of the Supper Club, an organisation for high growth entrepreneurs post-startup with typical turnovers from £1m £250m. She works with business owners at all stages of their business journey. From those running their first business and just reached the £1m turnover mark to those with private equity-backed £40m plus turnover businesses and everything in between. EJ joined us to tell us about the challenges many of The Supper Club's members face and shares insight into what some of the highest performing businesses are doing differently. In this fascinating discussion with Adam Founder, Leon Milns, EJ shares the importance of having a solid 'vision' and a plan on how you're going to achieve it, why culture and values are imperative to profitable growth and what business leaders can learn from the new generation of superstars. She also reveals how the best performing business leaders are continually improving their leadership skills, how they are building high-performance leadership teams and the importance of systemising.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 9 - Atheer Al Salim

Atheer Al-Salim is Head of Social at The Marketing Store and Founder at Headstock Festival. Ath joined us to share his experiences of mental health and tell us why he is launching a brand new festival in Manchester in 2020, specifically focussed around the core theme of mental health.  Headstock will be the UK’s biggest ever mental health music festival, launched in partnership with Help Musicians & Manchester Mind. Across 7 days and 9 iconic venues, the festival will bring the biggest music artists from Manchester, the North West and beyond.  In this candid and thought provoking interview Ath explained how the North West is falling behind the capital when it comes to mental health awareness, why it could be at crisis point and why he decided to take on the stress of organising a festival to help tackle the problem.  

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 8 - John Shinnick (Part 2)

Can't get enough of John Shinnick? In part two John discusses how business leaders can identify a crises in confidence in their teams and help empower them to make decisions.  He also covers topics such as the importance of ethics and values in business, the difference between coaching and mentoring and how to read people's real intentions. Don't miss another inspiring and thought provoking episode of Adam Asks.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 7 - John Shinnick

John Shinnick is a Portfolio Non-Exec Director, supporting business owners through coaching, mentoring and advising. A former partner at Grant Thornton for 21 years, John spent his career working with dynamic people to help make their businesses great; 12 years of which also involved leading Grant Thornton locations. 

John holds two Board Adviser roles and also Coach-Mentors 4 or 5 CEO's or Managing Partners at any one time. Current assignments range from FTSE 100 to professional services firms.  Additionally, he's an  NLP Practitioner and a Coach-Mentor qualified under the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. 

With a background like that it's no surprise this podcast was packed full of fascinating conversation.  So much so that we had to split it into two parts.  

In part one John discusses his background, his "sniff test" and how he helps business owners progress both personally and professionally by helping them free up head space to tackle transformative projects in their businesses.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 6 - Matt Farrar

Matt Farrar is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and NED with vast experience in the tech industry. Having grown and sold Product and Service Design Agency: Great Fridays for a eight figure sum in October 2014, Matt joined EPAM systems as Vice President of Service Design. 

Three years later he took stock of his professional purpose after a traumatic 12 months caring for his son who suffers with Type 1 Diabetes. This experience inspired a change of course in his career.

Matt joined us to tell us about his journey, the ups and downs of agency ownership and how his new start-up, LovedBy could provide the answer to helping those suffering with the disease.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 5 - Steve Bland

Acclaimed BBC Presenter and host of the chart-topping podcast, You, Me and The Big C, Rachael Bland, sadly passed away in 2018. Her husband, journalist Steve Bland has become an authentic and honest voice for those suffering with grief and has followed in her footsteps by joining the multi award winning podcast team. He’s also run a marathon, raised thousands of pounds for charity and become a founding member of Cancer Research Initiative, Manchester Beats Cancer. We’re honoured to share this touching podcast where Steve told us about how life has changed since losing Rachael, how it’s changed his perspective on what’s important and advice for others going through a time of loss.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 4 - Josh Bolland

Josh Bolland is Founder and CEO of JB Cole, a transformational digital technology agency focused on using the latest in tech to solve complex business problems. Josh founded JB Cole at the tender age of 18, joined by his technically-minded brother Ollie. Josh joins us to discuss the challenges of being a Millennial CEO, of relocating a business from London to join the thriving Manchester tech scene and how he harnessed the power of networking to ensure the continued success of his business. Josh is also the Manchester Chair of BIMA, a national digital community driven by excellence and innovation.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 3 - Ruth Naylor

Ruth Naylor, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017 and doctors were unsure if she would survive. She documented the following year of treatment daily through instagram to help others dealing with the disease, growing over 20k followers. Ruth took the time to share her inspirational journey with us, how her life has changed since she was given the all clear earlier this year and what her new role as Chair of Cancer Research initiative, Manchester Beats Cancer, has in store.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 2 - Jon Woodall

Jon Woodall is founder and Managing Director of Space 48, an award winning agency specialising in eCommerce consultancy, design, build and strategy. Space 48 have just celebrated their 10 year anniversary, a monumental achievement. Jon shared with us his story of how the business developed, relocated to manchester, grew through acquisition and the challenges he experienced throughout that time. He also talked about the fantastic Manchester tech community and why he launched the international conference for Magento developers, Mage Titans.

Listen to the podcast here.

Episode 1 - Martin Murphy

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Martin Murphy is a former special forces soldier, international adviser and coach to leaders and teams. He’s also a speaker and author with vast experience in forming and leading high performing teams, both in the special forces and in the commercial sector where he trained special project teams worldwide to effectively combat terrorism and narcotics smuggling. Martin joined us to discuss the key challenges faced by his clients, leaders of fast growth businesses, and give us an insight into his new book 'From Mercenaries to Missionaries'.

Listen to the podcast here.

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