My guest on the show this month is Debbie Pierce, Founder and Managing Director of The Bury Black Pudding Company.

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Now Bury and black pudding have been synonymous for over 100 years and Debbie’s company are the only manufacturer currently based in the town.

The business is quickly becoming the leading black pudding brand in the UK, having expanded rapidly from its humble roots of a stall on the World famous Bury Market to now appearing UK wide on the shelves of major supermarket chains like Asda, Tesco and Selfridges.

In the interview Debbie describes how the business got off the ground, outlines what’s driving its growth into supermarkets and shares some of her most valuable business lessons.

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To find out more about The Bury Black Pudding Company visit www.buryblackpuddings.co.ukSubscribe FREE and remember that you don’t need an iPod to listen to Business Ears, the North West’s Business Podcast, you can play the show live here, you can also download the file length 16:25 (MP3 11.2Mb) to your computer’s desktop by right clicking on the ‘Download’ link under the audio player above and selecting ‘Save Target As…’You can subscribe FREE to the show in a number of ways either:

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Rainbow Camper Hire, based in Keswick in the glorious Lake District, has to be one of the most colourful businesses in the North West region. 

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Rainbow Camper Hire was set up eighteen months ago by Founder Andrew Matthews, formerly one of Booths top store managers, the ‘Classic Volkswagen Camper Self Drive Hire’ business has a current fleet of four authentic 1970’s vans that are putting huge smiles on the faces of customers from all over the UK.

In the interview, Andrew talks us through what motivated him to leave the security of a twenty one year career at Booths Supermarkets, to set up from scratch a company, that appears to be growing into one of the most successful VW camper hire businesses in the UK.  

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To find out more about Rainbow Camper Hire visit www.vwcamperhire.net   

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My guest this month is Thomas Mahon, who after fifteen years in Savile Row is widely recognised as one of the best tailors in the world.

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Given that Tom’s clients include royalty, as well as the rich and famous, it’s remarkable that he runs his business from rural Cumbria…but that’s exactly what he does. One of the key reasons he’s been able to do that is down to the success of his blog ‘English Cut’ recently listed in The Sunday Times best 100 blogs.

In the interview, Tom talks about what brought him back to Cumbria after many years in London, he explains the positive impact that English Cut has had on his business and gives the best definition of the difference between a blog and a website I’ve ever heard.

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To find out more about Thomas visit www.englishcut.com   

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My guest this month is Rob Brown, Managing Director of one of the most high profile PR agencies in the North West, Staniforth.

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Rob has long been recognised as an enthusiastic expert in online PR and in April published his first book - ‘Public Relations and The Social Web: How to use social media and web 2.0 in communications’.

In the interview, Rob describes what impact the social web is having on business communications, he advises on how to use the key social media channels to maximum effect and outlines the business case and potential ROI of using social media in a communications mix. 

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You can pick up a copy of Rob’s book from Amazon and visit the companion blog at www.prandtheweb.com

Also checkout Staniforth’s blog at www.pr-media-blog.co.uk   

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My guest this month is Clitheroe based serial entrepreneur and savvy private equity specialist Richard Stephenson, CEO and majority shareholder of Yudu Media - the online publishing network accessed in over one hundred and eighty countries worldwide.

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Nurtured by Richard since 2003, the business that has grown into Yudu comprises two websites:

  • yudupro.com - a site aimed at professional publishers, key clients include The Financial Times and Metro
  • yudu.com - a site that allows user generated content such as e-books, e-magazines, music and photos to be published free

In the interview Richard, who can be described as an ambitious and impatient entrepreneur with global experience, talks us through how he is building Yudu into one of the most dynamic businesses at the forefront of media convergence…and he also shares some of his top business tips for good measure!

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To find out more visit www.yudupro.com and www.yudu.com

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My guest this month is Matthew Driver, co-founder and Director of Babisil the innovative and award winning baby product business based in Colne. 

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Now Matthew and his wife Victoria created the business in 2005, when they took a leap of faith and combined his experience as a product designer with hers as a qualified dietitian to create a range of toxin free weaning products.

After two years’ extensive research and development, they officially launched their baby product range in 2007 with the award winning Bisphenol-A free baby bottle - the Silbottle.

In the interview, Matthew talks us through the story of Babisil’s rapid growth to date, he also outlines his ambitious plans for further international expansion and shares some of the business lessons he’s learned along the way.  

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To find out more about Babisil visit www.babisil.co.uk

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My guest this month is Marcus Simmons, Founder and MD of iknow UK, the internet marketing hotel websites business HQ’d in Preston - that also happens to be the fastest growing company in its sector in the UK.

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Now Marcus, who was originally a manufacturing management consultant, started iknow UK in 2003 and funded development of his first website ‘iknow Yorkshire’ by re-mortgaging his and his parents homes. Over the following five years, his courage and vision paid off, so much so, that the business today comprises a portfolio of twelve holiday accommodation websites, that promote over two-thousand customers properties, to more than seven million website visitors per year.

In the interview, Marcus talks us through his story, from what motivated him to start the business in the first place, to his plans for international expansion and a well-earned flotation of the company.

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www.iknow-uk.com

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My guest this month is Brian Rourke, founder and MD of one of the most successful manufacturing SME’s in the North West - B. Rourke & Co. Ltd.

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Now Brian’s story is a colourful and inspirational one - having left school without any qualifications and after a national service spell in the RAF, he started his ironsmith’s business by converting a ‘hen hut’ on his sister’s Lancashire farm into a forge.

Over the following 48 years, his vision and persistence have seen the business grow, both in the UK and abroad - it today exports to over 30 countries and has an office in the USA…not bad for a lad from Bacup!

In the interview, Brian talks us through his business journey, from the days where he nearly got fired for working too hard, to how he plans to steer Rourke’s through the current economic turmoil.

Brian also shares a few pearls of advice gleaned over his 48 years in business and they include:

  • ENJOY WHAT YOU ARE DOING
  • GIVE VALUE FOR MONEY TO YOUR CUSTOMERS
  • TAKE VALUE FOR MONEY FOR THE COMPANY
  • BE PERSISTENT - KEEP GOING

If you want to find out more about Brian and his business visit www.rourkes.co.uk

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My guest this month is Neil Court-Johnston, MD of iconic North West food brand Hollands Pies.

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I caught up with Neil at the beginning of December at Holland’s factory HQ in Baxenden - the site where the business has been established for over 150 years and from where they currently manufacture and distribute in excess of 1.5 million pies every week!

With 92% brand recognition in the North West, Holland’s Pies are firm favourites with 80% of the fish and chip shops in the region and are a must have on match days with footy fans of all persuasions including Manchester United, Liverpool FC and of course Burnley FC, who Holland’s currently sponsor.

In the interview, Neil gives us a brief run down on the history of Holland’s Pies and outlines his innovative ideas that are refocusing and reshaping the business.

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To find out more about Holland’s Pies visit www.hollandspies.co.uk

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My guests this month are Andrea Winders and Tina Dutton, the dynamic Founders of Warrington based Pink Ladies, the women-only cab service which is being rolled out nationwide and overseas.

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Now Andrea and Tina, who worked together prior to starting Pink Ladies, planned and launched their business in the summer of 2005 - unleashing the now world famous fleet of pink Renault Kangoos on the unsuspecting folk of Warrington.

In the interview, we find out what sort of challenges these two ‘never say die’ entrepreneurs have faced over the last three and a half years, how they overcame them and their plans for global domination and a flotation in five years!

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To find out more about Pink Ladies visit www.pinkladiesmembers.co.uk

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