Talking Heads - a Buckinghamshire Business First podcast

Talking Heads is the podcast from Buckinghamshire Business First that explores the business world in the ‘Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain’ through conversations with local and national business leaders and personalities.

You can find the podcast here > (Remember to subscribe to the pod to be the first to know when a new episode is available)

You can listen via the links below - and we're on YouTube, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Episode 16

Charting the Course: Steve Baker MP's Insights on Politics and Economics

Michael Garvey sits down with Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe and Minister of State for Northern Ireland.

The pair discuss the perceived disconnect between people and politics, delve into the intricacies of the economic and political landscape, analyse the evolving dynamics between public and private sectors, examine the UK planning system and its potential role as a hindrance to progress, and much more.

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Episode 15

Greening the Future: A Conversation with Chris Hines and Daniel Cope

In this inspiring episode, Daniel Cope, Buckinghamshire Business First's Climate Change Programme Manager, engages in a captivating conversation with Chris Hines, a trailblazer in sustainability.

As the first Director of Sustainability at the Eden Project, co-founder of Surfers Against Sewage, and owner of 'A Grain of Sand,' Chris shares his remarkable journey and the environmental mission that has defined his career.

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Episode 14

Building Homes, Breaking Barriers: Fairhive's Journey to Inclusivity

In this episode, Philippa Batting engages in a dynamic conversation with John Wallbank from Fairhive Homes. As a not-for-profit social landlord, Fairhive Homes focuses on providing affordable housing and supports over 20,000 residents.

Philippa and John discuss the concrete benefits of adopting a Disability Confident approach. Don't miss this episode for a thoughtful exploration of social responsibility and the powerful influence of fostering an inclusive culture.

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Episode 13

Navigating the business landscape with Yvette Lamidey

Michael Garvey sits down with Yvette Lamidey, Director of The Business Locksmith, and English Policy Representative for The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), for a wide-ranging discussion about supporting small businesses and helping business communities to thrive.

They discuss the relationship between Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, how to foster business community integration, and the significance of organisations like FSB and Buckinghamshire Business First. Finally, Yvette offers a glimpse into 2024 with various predictions for the business community.

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Episode 12

Talking about continuous improvement in business

Business leaders Victoria Brocklesby (Origin Global) and Kris Theophanous (Bradbury Tracks) have an insightful conversation about a subject both know well: the benefit of pursuing continuous improvement and innovation in business.

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Episode 11

A brief history of Ercol, with Henry Tadros

Michael Garvey is joined by Henry Tadros, Chairman of Ercol Furniture, and the fourth generation running the family business founded in 1920 by Henry’s great-grandfather, Lucian R Ercolani.

The pair discuss the rich history of Ercol, the fusion of contemporary manufacturing methods with age-old craftsmanship, obstacles encountered in exporting, and the significance of apprenticeships and active involvement with the youth of the county, as demonstrated by their participation in the Bucks Skills Show.

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Episode 10

The business of sustainable energy with Gridserve's Toddington Harper

Michael Garvey is joined by Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve, whose mission it is to deliver sustainable energy on the scale needed to move the needle on climate change.

The pair have a wide-ranging conversation about the current climate crisis, demystifying electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure, and what Gridserve are doing to mitigate some of these issues and reshape energy and transport in the UK.

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Episode 9

Going from strength to strength with Origin Global

Victoria Brocklesby, co-founder and COO of Origin Global, joins Buckinghamshire Business First MD Philippa Batting to discuss the remarkable story of Origin and its involvement with Buckinghamshire Business First.

Origin Global - the UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of bespoke aluminium Bi-folding Doors and Windows - is the reigning Buckinghamshire Company of the Year, triumphing at the 2022 Buckinghamshire Business Awards, where they also won Growth Business of the Year.

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Episode 8

From underperforming to thriving and sustainable - the Moogies way

Helen Barrett, Head of Marketing & Sustainability at Moogies Limited, joins Buckinghamshire Business First MD Philippa Batting to discuss how Moogies invests in underperforming pubs and restaurants, turning them into thriving, sustainable businesses that are recognised and valued by the communities they serve.

There are currently four venues within the Moogies community of pubs, all within North Buckinghamshire, in beautiful village locations; The Eight Bells (Long Crendon), The Black Boy (Oving), The Russell Arms (Butlers Cross) and The Dinton Hermit (Ford).

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Episode 7

Talking the future of work with Cathryn Barnard

Cathryn Barnard, Director & Co-Founder of Working the Future, joins Buckinghamshire Business First MD Philippa Batting to discuss a few of the significant trends transforming the workplace.

Cat has a long background in building and nurturing high-performing teams for success outcomes. Her interest in human dynamics has transferred to her expert analysis of the future of work, and her insights help business leaders futureproof their commercial activities.

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Episode 6

How small businesses can change the world

Our Climate Change Manager (and all-round low carbon hero) Daniel Cope recently chatted to Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black’s chocolate and one of the UK’s leading eco business pioneers, about the outlook for businesses during the cost of living crisis, how small businesses are best placed to change the world…. and how Blue Peter helped influence her approach to business!

This podcast, which was recorded at our Net Zero MK event in October 2022, was supported by Low Carbon Workspaces, a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Ngage Solutions, part of the Buckinghamshire Business First Group

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Episode 5

Talking carbon emissions – the business opportunity to reduce them

In conversation with Philippa Batting, BBF’s Climate Change Programme Manager Daniel Cope explains clearly and concisely how businesses can measure and reduce their carbon emissions – and what support is available to help them do it.

The two have an honest conversation about the reasons why employers may delay tackling their carbon emissions, and why, in the face of climate change and skyrocketing energy prices, there are limitless benefits to facing the challenge head on.

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Episode 4

Talking accessibility with Vicky Hope-Walker

Speaking with Vicky Hope-Walker, CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, about Buckinghamshire’s place in history as the Birthplace of the Paralympics, how the trust ensures its services are accessible, the value to businesses of being welcoming to all, the places in Bucks that are already getting it right, and some practical ideas for businesses to implement.

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Episode 3

From Stowe to Bowie – why Simon Calder loves Buckinghamshire

Broadcaster Simon Calder joins Buckinghamshire Business First Managing Director Philippa Batting to reveal his favourite places in Bucks, the county’s green credentials, why international travel issues are an opportunity and a challenge for Bucks’ tourism and hospitality industry, and much more.

The two chatted just before Simon hosted the Bucks Future Tourism Summit – you can watch his speech here (and check out the rest of the event too!)

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Episode 2

Talking up Bucks

Michael Garvey is joined by Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, with the pair talking about the future of the local economy and town centres, hybrid working, Bucks as a tourism destination, the strength of our local business community, and why the council works closely with Buckinghamshire Business First.

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Episode 1

Talking Heads: Taking to the airwaves

In the debut episode of Talking Heads, Buckinghamshire Business First Chairman Michael Garvey talks innovation, football shirts and ‘The Power of We’ with Sir Stuart Hampson, the former Chair of the John Lewis Partnership and Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.

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