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Series: Blue Sky Stinking

BSS1 – The Winner Takes It All, Worst way to start a business

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BSS1 - The Winner Takes It All, Worst way to start a business
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What’s the worst way to start a business? A challenge, a bet, out of irritation? Zelda gets cheesed off with the way her dad runs Zeros Heros and receives bad advice from Bob and some unexpected help from Jakob.

Mike Saville and Russell Cosway from Gydeline introduce the first episode of the Blue Sky Stinking podcast and discuss topics raised, including, worst way to start a business, good reasons for starting a business, getting sound advice and benefiting from mentoring and coaching.

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BSS2 – Mamma Mia, Starting a business

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BSS2 - Mamma Mia, Starting a business
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Diving into launching the business, by starting in partial competition with her father, Zelda considers some brave steps.

However, striking up a business relationship with Jakob means having to make some sacrifices.

Mike and Russell, from Gydeline discuss how to prepare for starting a business and what skills are needed to do it well. The tools and support required are covered along with some ideas on naming an organisation.

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BSS3 – Thank you for the music, business operations setup

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BSS3 - Thank you for the music, business operations setup
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Diving into launching the business, by starting in partial competition with her father, Zelda considers some brave steps. However, striking up a business relationship with Jakob means having to make some sacrifices.

Mike and Russell, from Gydeline discuss how to prepare for starting a business and what skills are needed to do it well. The tools and support required are covered along with some ideas on naming an organisation.

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BSS4 – Money, Money, Money – Business Finance Setup

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BSS4 - Money, Money, Money - Business Finance Setup
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Investor Jakob wants to help, and has the money… but what will he get in return? Then there is the business finance setup planning – who are you going to call? And, how much for premises!

Russell dumps Mike in preference for Dan Orasnjak from our accountants, Lang Bennetts. Dan provides some financial insights to starting and running a business and points out where Sydeline are not taking the best approach!

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BSS5 – Knowing Me, Knowing You – Privacy rules

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BSS5 - Knowing Me, Knowing You - Privacy rules
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Some business confidential information is leaked from the company. How, who, and what is the impact?

It’s easy to be relaxed about privacy rules in business dealings in this supposedly transparent and open world. Should Jakob and Zelda be worried about Zelda’s dad knowing the inner workings of Sydeline? How important is confidentiality in business?

Mike and Russell discuss privacy rules, company and personal information confidentiality.

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BSS6 – I Have A Dream – Setting up premises

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BSS6 - I Have A Dream - Setting up premises
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Getting into and setting up premises is proving… expensive and difficult. Some bad decisions has Jakob bailing out Zelda again.

With Zelda setting up new factory, warehouse and office facilities, it’s an opportunity for us to discuss the basics of setting up and running premises. Joining Russell for this episode is an experienced facilities manager, Dave Moore, who will provide an insight into some of the pitfalls Zelda is falling into and how to make premises work well.

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BSS7 – One of Us – Recruiting Staff

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BSS7 - One of Us - Recruiting Staff
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It’s time to recruit – easy huh! Just hire a friend’s son you met in the pub. No right to work checks, no robust selection, no chance anything could go wrong!

Every growing organisation needs to be recruiting staff at some point. To many, this is a foreign experience with pitfalls and dangers, some of which do not raise their head until long after the interviews are over. Recruitment Consultant Oliver Watson and Employment Solicitor Donna Negus join Russell to discuss some of the issues in recruitment and offer some sound advice to those who are considering adding more people to their business.

A longer episode than normal, but worth it!

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BSS8 – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme – Intellectual Property Protection

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BSS8 - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - Intellectual Property Protection
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A letter from a lawyer has tempers frayed. Is Nero playing a fast one on the new company?

What happens when one company uses the designs of a product that is properly protected? What happens if you don’t have intellectual property protection in place? Mike talks to Jacob Cunningham from Bright Solicitors to get some valuable guidance on what all organisations should be considering in relation to their less tangible assets.

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BSS10 – Waterloo – Digital Marketing

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BSS10 - Waterloo - Digital Marketing
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Finding leads… Where can you find them? What roles has social media got to play? How can you contact them? Let’s try some old-school mailshots… ut-oh!

Using social media and other digital methods to find your future consumers has it’s fair share of risks and issues. Russell talks with Amanda Williams, a consultant with Cloud Legal. Amanda is uniquely skilled to provide help on how to find leads and how make the most out of digital marketing, especially B2C.

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