Friday, 17 December 2021

Lonely this Christmas - How to cope with the pressure of Christmas

How can you actually switch off, cope with burnout, and set realistic expectations? Many will be feeling the ‘pressure of Christmas’ after another challenging year, and James and Mark are here with their top tips on what you can do to manage expectations and pressure.


Friday, 10 December 2021

Leadership in the face of Omicron: Harder, better, faster, stronger!

James and Mark discuss what the new COVID variant Omicron could mean for businesses as we head into winter. They discuss how we need to lean on the skills and lessons we have learnt during the last 18 months. 


Friday, 03 December 2021

'The Sober Exec' Chris Anthony on how to navigate sobriety in corporate drinking culture

For those in the corporate world, the festive season brings with it invitations to parties with an expectation that alcohol will be freely consumed….and you will be involved! How do you navigate these events if you’re sober? Mark and James welcome the ‘Sober Exec’ Chris Anthony to chat about navigating the corporate drinks culture.


Thursday, 02 December 2021

Suffolk ProHelp: Community interest companies podcast

In this episode of Suffolk ProHelp's podcast, they talk to Larking Gowen Not for Profit director, Giles Kerkham, and manager, Glenn Matthews, about the pros and cons of becoming a CIC.


Friday, 26 November 2021

Is 2021 the year of burnout in business? Under pressure

This week, James and Mark discuss a recent UK survey which revealed that 50% of workers are secretly hoping for a ‘fire-break’ lockdown over Christmas, as they are facing burn out.  Their top 3 tips can help you to prioritise your team’s health without damaging profits. 


Friday, 19 November 2021

Climate vs Commerce: 3 Sustainability Truths Every Business Should Know

What does sustainability REALLY mean in practical terms for business, and what does the future look like? Mark breaks down what is currently happening in big business, and what still needs to be done at both corporate and SME levels. Mark asked David Attenborough to special guest on this episode. Did he get a polite yet resounding ‘No’ or will Sir David provide this week’s top tips…listen in to find out!


Friday, 12 November 2021

Does your business stand out from the crowd? Make your business advantage sustainable

James and Mark look at the myth that is having a Unique Selling Point, and instead focus on the business critical concept of Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA)


Friday, 05 November 2021

Interview with Paul McVeigh - the power of beliefs in business

Paul has competed in two of the most competitive industries in the world: elite sport, and performance psychology. James and Mark chat to him about growth mindset, imposter syndrome, and the power our beliefs have over us and our decisions. 


Friday, 29 October 2021

Time Management in a hybrid-working post-COVID world - The times they are a changin'

This week, James and Mark share the time management difficulties they're encountering as they return to face-to-face meetings, and the new challenges of hybrid working. 


Friday, 22 October 2021

Preparing your business for sale: fail to prepare, prepare to fail

In this weeks episode of Impromptu Business Chat, Mark and James provide 3 practical tips that business owners can implement in the lead up to a sale of their business. 


Friday, 15 October 2021

Neutral thinking for positive performance: Inspiration from the late great Trevor Moawad

IBC is back for series 6! Mark and James reflect on the recent World Mental Health Day and the work of the late great Trevor Moawad. We learn that saying something negative is up to 70x more powerful than thinking a positive thought, so we must be very careful what we say!


Friday, 08 October 2021

SPECIAL EPISODE! Celebrating 60 episodes - Impromptu Business Chats 'Diamond anniversary'

In celebration of their 60-episode Diamond anniversary, James and Mark are looking back over some highlights from the past 18 months, and yes, even some of the low points, mostly consisting of Mark’s tenuous/terrible musical links!


Tuesday, 05 October 2021

Business Insights Chat with Cambridge United Football Club CEO, Ian Mather

In this episode, Ian Fitch chats with Ian Mather, so it’s less a tale of two halves, and more the tale of two Ians! Sit back and listen to them ‘kicking around’ thoughts on what it really means to pursue a second career, as Ian, a retired solicitor and former partner at Mills & Reeve, reflects on the move to football, the game's financial future, and the last 18 months.


Friday, 24 September 2021

Interview with former RAF Fighter Pilot & Executive Officer of the Red Arrows Dan Lowes

What does it really take to work in one of the most respected and well-known military branches in the world? And what can business leaders learn from the lessons it teaches? Dan reflects on his 16 years as a fast jet pilot and qualified weapons instructor (aka Top Gun School!) and how business leaders can learn from the resilience, mistakes, lessons and discipline it takes to make it to the Red Arrows.


Friday, 17 September 2021

Attracting and retaining the best talent in a post Covid-19 lock-down world - The Great Resignation

James and Mark chat about the huge surge in vacancies across the UK and many parts of the world. They reflect on what businesses can do to help retain and attract the best talent, providing 3 top tips along the way.


Friday, 10 September 2021

Managing hybrid teams in a post furlough world - The future is hybrid!

James and Mark chat about the new challenges facing businesses emerging from furlough with a growing need to manage hybrid teams working from home and the office.


Friday, 03 September 2021

Making work more enjoyable, easier & fun - easy like Monday morning

Mark and James chat about the importance of enjoying your job and the benefits this brings to business and life. 


Thursday, 26 August 2021

Increasing energy levels for desk workers - Olympic desk jockeys

James and Mark chat about how desk-bound workers can increase their energy levels despite the increasing demands of virtual meetings.


Friday, 20 August 2021

An Interview with Susannah Brade-Waring 'The Business Motivator'

James & Mark chat to renowned Susannah Brade-Waring, the woman known as ‘The Business Motivator, who owns Aspirin Business Solutions, which focuses on equipping and energising leaders, HR professionals and coaches to build stronger businesses and teams.


Friday, 13 August 2021

Artificial Intelligence and Business Communication: I like big buts...

In this week's episode of Impromptu Business Chat, Mark and James respond to a listener suggestion to chat about the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence in business, particularly to review the hidden meanings within business communications


Friday, 06 August 2021

Business, wellbeing and environmental hacks: I want to ride my bicycle

In this week's episode of Impromptu Business Chat, James and Mark chat about the multiple benefits for businesses encouraging their teams to embrace cycling and similar activities


Friday, 06 August 2021

Business Insights Chat with Nick Pearson, CEO of Parkrun

Ian chats to Nick about what it really takes to run the worlds largest physical activity provider, with over 7 million members, and local authorities to deal with!


Friday, 30 July 2021

Conquering Covid related anxiety

Series 5 of Impromptu Business Chat continues, looking at practical ways for business leaders to help themselves, and their teams, as people start returning to 'the office'


Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Tourism Business Chat with Desmond MacCarthy from Wiveton Hall Farm

Chris chats to the star of BBC'S Normal for Norfolk, Desmond MacCarthy about life on and off camera; his passion for the environment; and how you pivot a business model from fruit picking and farming, into a successful tourist destination.


Friday, 23 July 2021

Special episode - Men's mental health

In this week's episode of Impromptu Business Chat, James and Mark chat about a very important topic; Men's Mental Health. They share their personal experiences and offer ideas and practical tips to help promote better mental well-being (which are applicable regardless of gender). 


Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Tourism Business Chat with Nick Mobbs, from The Imperial Hotel

Nick oversees the well-known, and well-respected, Imperial Hotel, in Great Yarmouth. In February 2020, the business won the title of ‘Customer at the heart of everything’ at the Norfolk & Suffolk Tourist Attractions awards. No sooner had they got the award on the mantle-piece, COVID-19 hit and Nick reflects on the headless chicken feeling they experienced.


Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Business Insight Chat with Maria Veronese

This week’s chat is a real eye opener. Engagement with media can be make or break for some businesses. As a regular face on BBC Look East, Maria offers insight on the difference between what she calls ‘PR puff’ and an actual news story, and how it’s always important to be transparent.


Wednesday, 07 July 2021

Tourism Business Chat with Peter Williamson

We are back for series three with a bang! There are not many with more experience or passion for the tourism sector than Peter Williamson, former Chair, now Vice Chair of the Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO), Norfolk & Suffolk Tourist Attractions, and former owner of Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth. 


Tuesday, 06 July 2021

Business Insights Chat with Kevin Foley

Ian chats to Kevin about how his passion for people, and his investment in his staff, have helped to grow his role as a franchisee for one of the biggest, and best known companies in the world! 


Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Business Insights Chat with Lorna Willis

We are delighted to welcome Lorna Willis, CEO of Archant for the launch of series two of Business Insights Chat. Ian Fitch is back, chatting to Lorna about talent wars; the role of local news; learning and development; mentors; the feel good factor, plus much more!


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