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QUICKBLOCK Podcast - Sustainability, Environmental Impact & COP26

QUICKBLOCK Podcast - Sustainability, Environmental Impact & COP26

November 14, 2021

An insightful Podcast hosted by Nick Bramley, featuring Chris Shanks, Head of Sales & Andrew Vincent, CEO of QUICKBLOCK, a Glasgow based business that helps clients to create temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures using the QUICKBLOCK product range.

Sectors embracing this sustainable, environmentally friendly, 100% recycled and recyclable building material include;

- Landscaping

- Agriculture & Land Management

- Light Construction

- Events

- Hospitality

- Civil Engineering

- Many More.......

If you can imagine it, you can build it, and rebuild it if necessary, make a permanent structure with QUICKBLOCK.

From a temporary storage unit or shed, to a smoking shelter, from event and hospitality furniture - lecterns, registration desks, stage areas etc, to landscape features, retaining walls and the like, this really is an amazing product.

In the Podcast, we also discuss COP26, hosted in Glasgow and focusing on many of the conversations that QUICKBLOCK are having with their own fast-growing customer base.

A really interesting listen or watch.

Hope you enjoy........

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Chris Shanks Head of Sales

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Tel - +44 (0) 7553 911207

Andrew Vincent CEO

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The Impact Sessions 52 - The (Almost) Accidental Entrepreneur

The Impact Sessions 52 - The (Almost) Accidental Entrepreneur

May 18, 2021

This is Episode 52 of The Impact Sessions Podcast and we are about to take a break. So, how do you leave (for now) on a high with an awesome mid-season finale?

Simple - you invite on a truly inspirational, engaging and irrepressible guest who will 100% inspire your audience.

Meet Miriam Dervan, Executive Chair of MD Group, founding Trustee of a new Education Foundation supporting mental health in schools and Author of "To Be An Entrepreneur - Just Get On With It" - Amazon details in the notes below.

Miriam is a genuine Entrepreneur, although had something of an accidental start to her entrepreneurial career.

Whilst she is likely to have been successful at whatever she turned her hand and her passion to, her career in and around the sector in which she now thrives all started with her taking an initial 2 week temporary office job at the National Pharmacology Institute in Dublin (only after great persistence from a recruiter).

Her now, hugely successful business, MD Group now employs over 160 staff in 6 global offices, serving many of the world’s leading Pharmaceutical and Life Science businesses with a range of innovative services.

  • How did she start?
  • What was it like taking on her first staff members
  • Why does she want to inspire other women business owners & entrepreneurs?
  • Where does her passion for the Foundation come from?
  • Were they ever any doubts?


These and other topics are covered in a really high-paced episode.

In recent years Miriam has also established an Educational Foundation to fund the appointment of mental health professionals into schools across the UK & Ireland - big plans for a big subject.

She is a truly inspiring and inspirational guest with the unique storytelling skill of a fabulous Irishwoman. Miriam is great value and a great listen or watch....

We hope that you will love this episode and that it is a fitting mid-season finale for you to enjoy.

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Miriam Dervan, Executive Chair

MD Group

Tel +44 (0) 7811 167848

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The Impact Sessions 51 - Exploring Both Sides of the Business Buying & Selling Equation

The Impact Sessions 51 - Exploring Both Sides of the Business Buying & Selling Equation

May 11, 2021

So, you start a business, you grow your business, you expand your customer base and you continue on a successful path and upward trajectory, but what's next?

Well, at some stage, you might want to consider selling the business as an exit strategy, but this can be complex, fraught with stress and there are a myriad of options to confuse and potentially confound too.

Which option might be right for you, and how do you know?

Amongst the many potential pitfalls could be the absolute loss of the culture you have previously invested life, soul, blood, sweat and tears into, or the stripping of some of the assets, the decimating of your former employee team, or the swallowing of the business into a much bigger organisation who cannot wait to absorb the brand......

So what CAN it be like and what IS IT like to be the "acquired" and indeed the "acquirer"?

To explore both sides of the "Business Buying & Business Selling Equation", we meet Peter Rowlands, Senior VP of Indutrade UK who have a positive and on-going business acquisition programme, as Indutrade, having acquired over 200 businesses globally in over 30 years of trading, and Paul Connor, Managing Director of Ellard, acquired by Indutrade UK over 3 years ago.

Whether interested in buying and selling businesses or not, this is a fascinating episode that covers discussions around areas such as;

  • Running a Successful, Attractive Business
  • Culture, Vision, Values
  • Collaboration
  • Investment for Growth
  • Effective Business Management
  • Financials
  • And much more....

Two great guests sharing their take on what it is like to be in the mix when offers are made and a sale is a great option. What happens before, during and crucially, afterwards......

The discussion might just surprise you.

Another great episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast. As always, feedback is most welcome.

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Peter Rowlands Senior VP, Indutrade UK

Tel +44 (0) 161 241 1820

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Paul Connor

Managing Director

Ellard Ltd

Tel +44 (0) 7968 254610

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The Impact Sessions 50 - Let’s Celebrate Our 50th Podcast With a Beer…….

The Impact Sessions 50 - Let’s Celebrate Our 50th Podcast With a Beer…….

May 5, 2021

The Impact Sessions Podcast Reaches a Milestone Today - Our 50th Episode......

Thanks to all of my previous excellent guests, those that are regular and supportive subscribers, getting their fix every Tuesday and also to the occasional listener or viewer. Your collective support is, and remains most welcome and appreciated.

So, to celebrate our special episode, what better way to do it than with a beer - or more accurately, by meeting a legend in the world of brewing in Yorkshire - Kate Balchin, Director of Sales, Marketing & Export at Wold Top Brewery.

Wold Top was one of the first, most successful (and popular) breweries that was spawned out of farming diversification just after the turn of the millennium. On this celebratory episode, we discuss areas such as;

  • How & why brewing came about at Wold Top Farm?
  • Why the natural resources at the Farm made this something of a no-brainer decision?
  • Growing from a micro-brewery servicing local hostelries to a brand beloved in places like Italy.
  • Scaling up and diversifying into a bottle-led future - helping the business during the COVID crisis.
  • Choosing names for the beers - is it scientific or something else, and who chooses?
  • Surprisingly quick production - from raw ingredients to the cask, keg or bottle
  • The future of Wold Top as a destination & hospitality venue in its own right.
  • And more........

Why not get a bottle of Wold Gold, Wold Top Bitter, Scarborough Fair IPA, Helo Velo, Headland Red or even a Marmalade Porter, sit back, crack the bottle open and listen or watch this special episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast - Wold Top beers are available in many local supermarkets, Farm Shops, Restaurants, many Yorkshire pubs (on draft) or from the Wold Top website - details below.....

You will not be disappointed. You do not grow to be a successful brewery in a very competitive market if you don't brew excellent beers!

Also, if you like a Beer Festival, why not check out the Wold Top Big Sky Beer Festival at the end of August - 

Enjoy this episode and thanks Kate for being a brilliant guest for this 50th Podcast Special.

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Kate Balchin, Director of Sales, Marketing & Export

Wold Top Brewery

Tel +44 (0) 1723 892222

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The Impact Sessions 49 - The Caged Animal Is Back

The Impact Sessions 49 - The Caged Animal Is Back

April 27, 2021

The “Caged Animal” in Question in This Week’s Impact Sessions Podcast Title is Mona Norman, Managing Director of Brand Yorkshire and latterly Fogal & Barnes - (More on That Shortly).....

Mona is one of life’s “people people”, who operates a fantastic Networking & Conference Business, hit hard, like many in the pandemic.

She loves her members and loves the dynamics of her regular networking and annual conference live events. So if you can’t organise face-to-face live events, how else can you keep energised and focused in a COVID19 crisis, when virtual networking just isn’t cutting the mustard?

Obviously, you open a Fine Jewellery retail store - Fogal & Barnes. After all, the High Street has been untouched by all of this hasn’t it?

Oh wait!

This is a great episode exploring the energy and passion of a genuine relationship builder - coming through the pandemic one step at a time and backing her instincts for doing the right thing.

We even have an intervention from Mona’s dog!

Fogal & Barnes after a recent re-opening is going from strength to strength, helping people to celebrate life-changing events such as engagements and weddings, and much more BUT THE BIGGEST NEWS IS THAT BRAND YORKSHIRE NETWORKING IS BACK, THE BRAND YORKSHIRE OCTOBER CONFERENCE IS BACK & MONA IS BACK.....

It was great to explore the return of COVID-safe networking, the ambitions for an October socially distanced but large-scale Conference and even what (if anything) will replace the handshake when we can all meet again?

It really is a fabulous session with a warm, charismatic, passionate, people person ready to get back out there and inspire some of the Yorkshire Region’s most dynamic businesses.

We know that you will enjoy it, but feedback, as always would be most welcome.

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Mona Norman Managing Director - Brand Yorkshire

Managing Director - Fogal & Barnes Fine Jewellery

Tel +44 (0) 7748 117977

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The Impact Sessions 48 - From Lightbulb (Literally) to Finished Product - The Journey of an Innovator

The Impact Sessions 48 - From Lightbulb (Literally) to Finished Product - The Journey of an Innovator

April 20, 2021

How does a Secondary School DT Teacher develop a product to reduce stress, improve wellbeing & wellness and create a calming influence for its users - all supporting the scientifically robust technique of “conscious breathing”?

On this episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast, we meet Michael Crinnion.  Working with Richard Hall and the team at Pd-m International in Thirsk, he has created Luma³.

Not only is Luma³ a beautifully designed, tactile piece of desk furniture, but it genuinely improves stress management and wellbeing for its users through a simple but effective light source that encourages calmness through conscious breathing.

  • No intrusive buzzing
  • No shaming reminders to do something - we know which Apps we mean
  • No commitment to reaching targets
  • Just a calming, soothing reminder to do some conscious breathing
  • Brilliantly simple, brilliantly effective
  • And it works.......

And YOU can even get involved.

Michael is launching a Kickstarter Funding Opportunity in early May (4th).  Do you want to invest in a product that has a very bright future - apologies for the awful pun!!!!

Full details of Luma³ can be found here -

Another great Impact Sessions Podcast episode that we hope you will enjoy. Feedback is always welcome....

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Michael Crinnion


Tel - +44 (0) 7936 739386

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Bonus - SES Engineering Services - 60th Birthday Celebration Podcast

Bonus - SES Engineering Services - 60th Birthday Celebration Podcast

April 19, 2021

One of IMPACTUS Group's longest-standing and most valued clients, SES Engineering Services is celebrating 60 years in business on Monday 19th April. 

That is a massive milestone and as part of the celebrations, we recorded this Special Edition Podcast.

We meet the longest serving man, Dave Stoughair - nearly 47 years service and still counting, the longest serving woman, Sarah Jones - who started way back in 1982, the Managing Director, Steve Joyce, himself no slouch in the longevity stakes with 27 years service and one of their very latest, and youngest recruits, Megan Bailey who only joined the business in October 2020.

This is a genuine, heartfelt, relaxed and humorous celebration of SES (and the world of work) through the ages in support of their 60th Birthday.

Whilst, as you may imagine, there are obviously a number of internal reference points that will only resonate with those involved in the business, there are a lot of interesting and fun exchanges that look at all sorts of areas and reminiscences that hopefully will be enjoyable to a wider audience.

Things like;

  • Drilling holes through concrete with hand-tools before power tools were common on site
  • The Boss calling at your house to tell you where to report to tomorrow - long before WhatsApp
  • The Post-Room, a long-extinct staple of the office environment, long before email took over
  • Carbon paper and the blue handed colleagues
  • Smoking in the workplace - what the hell was that all about?
  • Early faxes that just said "Hello" and yet still fascinated the recipients
  • Sharing one PC with dozens of colleagues - and learning how to switch it on
  • Massive mobile phones and even bigger battery packs
  • Interview suits
  • And much more......

We even give a shout out to the heinous Findus Crispy Pancake and the £100,000 Findus French Bread Pizza.

All of this is punctuated by a few "pop classics" (plus Maria Carey)!

Come on, you know you want to listen or watch!

It was great fun to record, full of great stories and a great insight into SES Engineering Services and also the wider workplace over at least the last 47 of those fabulous 60 years.

If you are of a certain age (or even at the start of your career), this will either give you a warm glow of reminiscence or make you incredulous at how people used to work.

As Megan says, she would "die without her mobile phone". She may well have died trying to carry a mobile phone battery pack the size of a small filing cabinet in the early 90's.

Hope you enjoy!

The Impact Sessions 47 - There’s More to Manufacturing Simple Products Than You May Think

The Impact Sessions 47 - There’s More to Manufacturing Simple Products Than You May Think

April 13, 2021

We could have called this week's episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast - "How to Run a Successful Manufacturing Business Without Setting Foot In The Premises for Over a Year"!

On this episode, we meet both Neil Matthews, Managing Director and Chris Shanks, Sales Manager of Irvine Springs, a high-performance springs manufacturer based, not surprisingly in Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Well, that's where the business (and Chris) is based, but Managing Director Neil is based in Redditch, in the West Midlands of England. That's over a 5 hour drive and 300 miles away......

Since the global pandemic hit, and since the UK has had an ever-changing set of restrictions, many of which differed between England & Scotland, it has simply not been possible for Neil to be on-site, so Chris has had to take on the local mantle - or has he?

Chris has also worked predominantly from home throughout the pandemic, and yet Irvine Springs has not only survived, but has come through and started 2021 in particular like a train.

Are there lessons here for others?

On another great Impact Sessions Podcast, we discuss, amongst other things;

  • How Irvine Springs developed a sales and marketing approach and action plan during tight restrictions that allowed them to come out fighting in 2021.
  • What being part of a bigger business group (Irvine Springs is an Indutrade business) has brought to the table in these challenging times?
  • Managing and leading remotely.
  • Creating a culture of trust and "can do".
  • Lessons learnt.
  • What the future holds for a UK Manufacturer and why embracing the likes of "Sustainability Development Goals" is a key to future success.
  • And much more......

This was the first Podcast that either Neil or Chris had recorded and they were great!

Give it a watch or listen for some inspiring content and conversation. Feedback as always is most welcome.

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Neil Matthews, Managing Director, Irvine Springs

Tel - +44 (0) 7985 281706

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Chris Shanks, Sales Manager, Irvine Springs

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The Impact Sessions 46 - Why ANYONE Can & Should Be “Interesting” on Social Media

The Impact Sessions 46 - Why ANYONE Can & Should Be “Interesting” on Social Media

March 29, 2021

On this week's episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast we meet Lisa East, Managing Director of The Thinking Cap and we explore all things content.

From content creation to creating a content calendar and plan but particularly, how ANYONE can and should be able to be interesting on the right social media platforms.

We discuss how the global pandemic has changed the face of content, with more people having more time to create more, but is that necessarily a good thing?

Lisa shares some great tips on where to start if you are not sure, and some questions to ask yourself before just diving in.

We look at design v the written word - what works best and how to stop the social media "scroll" too.

Lisa also discusses lead generation using content and how to sustain growth if you have an opportunity to exploit.

Basically, if you run a business, are responsible for developing the profile of a business, or are just looking at ways to up your content "game" then give this excellent podcast a watch or listen.

Lisa really is at the top of her game.

Feedback, as always is most welcome.

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Lisa East

Managing Director

The Thinking Cap

Tel - +44 (0) 7436 223688

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The Impact Sessions 45 - From Banking to (Dog) Biscuits & Much More

The Impact Sessions 45 - From Banking to (Dog) Biscuits & Much More

March 22, 2021

Why & How Does a High-Flying, City Banker Just Walk Away From a Career in The City of London & Start To Sell Pet Products in Huddersfield Instead - And All Before He Hit His Early 30's?

Join us on this week's episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast as we meet a very honest, open and forthright guest who did just that, (well he is from Yorkshire, so we expect those characteristics don't we), and all in the name of supporting his family, following his passion for his local economy whilst also protecting his own mental health and wellbeing into the bargain.

Simon Brown, is a Director at Sniffers Petcare a highly successful pet products business which has been established for over 40 years, selling high quality pet products, snacks etc to the trade.

The business has had steady growth over the years but Simon shares some exciting (and scary) big plans to grow again with a significant investment in a new warehouse facility underway to meet the needs of an ever-demanding and upwardly mobile customer base.

Dog ownership in the UK continues to rocket as working from home has allowed many to realise their dream of having a family pooch.  Growth in the number of dog owners looking for healthy snacks and quality food for their prized pets has also been significant, but the success of Sniffers Petcare isn't accidental or just about luck.

Whilst the Sniffers product range is wide, varied and top quality, innovation in product development over recent years has helped to meet modern, demanding dog ownership requirements for top class snacks and the business now sets trends rather than follows them. They are always looking to be ahead of the next curve.

Listen to Simon share his vision for how he helps to run the business, how he influences and understands the financials and how he makes MASSIVE decisions based on that level of financial certainty.  This really is a lesson in where entrepreneurship meets operational rigour and it makes a great Podcast episode.

We hope that you enjoy it , and don't forget, if you are buying your dog biscuits, treats and snacks from a retailer, ask them if they have Sniffiers Petcare on their shelves.....

Your dog will not be disappointed!

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Simon Brown Director, Sniffers Petcare

Tel +44 (0) 1484 538281

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