Small Business Base Camp Interviews Episode 1

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Business Bunker LogoAt Kent 2020 Paul Andrews and Jules Serkin, assisted by Phil Thorne on the sound desk, welcomed seasoned adventurers into the Base Camp to share their small business knowledge with the new recruits in a pop-up Business Bunker on our stand. We're not only here to help you with your accounts. We're here to make sure you have everything you need to make your small business a success. It was so busy, and the interviews are so packed with information, that for the first time in ages Paul and Jules actually lost their voices!

The interviews will be released, 3 per week, on the Business Bunker Show every Tuesday from 1pm for the next month, starting on 19th March with show 225.

You can download or stream the first set of interviews. They start from about 17 minutes in to part one of the show, but you really should listen to the whole thing. It's an excellent show.

In episode one we hear from Jane Ollis, Hilary Steel and Amy McManus.

Jane Ollis

Jane is MD of RIFT Accounting. Our very own Chief Adventurer and authentic, NASA-trained super-scientist, Jane is on a mission to make business personal. Whether launching the ambitions of start-up enterprises or dropping high-yield knowledge-bombs across the small business landscape, she protects her clients from danger and guides them toward success. Failure is not an option.

In her interview Jane talks about what Base Camp is, why we started it and how it can help you. We hear why Paul tells everyone why he is excited to visit his accountant (it's us, of course he is!) and Jane talks about why it's time for accountants to step out from behind the spreadsheets.

Jane has been a CEO, has helped ambitious people grow their businesses and has first-hand experience of what it takes to establish and run successful start-ups. She's an environmental scientist and biochemist by training, with a particular interest in how science and technology can shape tomorrow’s world. An alumna of Sydney's social leadership programme, she has worked as an intern for NASA and is both a business fellow of Oxford University and an Ambassador for Kent.

Hilary Steel

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Hilary Steel is the Director of Business Legacy Ltd. Having begun her career as a linguist she has worked in both the International Banking and IT Sectors. Now as Editor for the Kent Women in Business Magazine and a business owner herself all this experience has shown her that the face of business is definitely changing.

In her interview Hilary talks about the importance of relationships, remembering that other people are human beings too, understanding how to make the most of networking opportunities and how to make sure you are presenting information in the right way for your audience to use.

You will also hear about Hilary's skills with a sabre and her secret magical talents!

Hilary is editor of Kent Women in Business Magazine, runs the Kent Women in Business Awards, the Kent Health and Beauty Awards and the Kent Independent Trader Awards. Hilary says: "If you don't feel passion for what you do then there's no point!"


Amy McManus

AM Marketing LogoAmy McManus is the owner of AM Marketing, an agency with a passion for simple, honest, affordable, bespoke marketing and services. From Digital, Pay-Per-Click and Social Media to Strategy, Branding and Design (and everything in-between.) Amy's customers are her focus and her team works with and within businesses at a personal level to bring them clear objectives, passionate execution and on-target results. She promises never to confuse you with jargon

In her interview Amy talks about how to develop a memorable brand for your small business, the options for getting the kind of website you need, how to make the most of social media and other digital marketing and how to define your USPs to help your customers and yourself when it comes to sales.

Amy has a background in health, beauty and well-being journalism and is the resident health and beauty writer for East Kent Lifestyle and West Kent Lifestyle Magazines. Her main feature 'Amy's Beauty Tips' seeks to highlight local gems in the well-being industry. As Editor of West Kent Lifestyle Magazine Amy also writes travel guides for towns within the local area.

You can see all the pictures from our day at Base Camp over on our Face Book page.

Check back next week for the next exciting installment of RIFT Small Business Base Camp!

MD Jane Ollis and Senior Accountant Chris Gaze are regular monthly guests on the Business Bunker. Check our RIFT On The Radio page to download past shows and see the schedule for upcoming slots.



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