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BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod. The zoom backgrounds link Iwan mentions in this episode: https://www.mmhmm.app Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet). Produced by Happy Content Co. https://brummies-networking.co.uk https://happycontentco.com Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod. The zoom backgrounds link Iwan mentions in this episode: https://www.mmhmm.app Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet). Produced by Happy Content Co. https://brummies-networking.co.uk https://happycontentco.com Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

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United Kingdom

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BrumPod, the podcast for small businesses, by small businesses; discussing the topics that matter to you; including marketing, networking, generating business awareness, as well as covering various business tools & technology. Find us on Twitter, @brumpod. The zoom backgrounds link Iwan mentions in this episode: https://www.mmhmm.app Brought to you by Brummies Networking, the home of free, stripped-back business networking (Twitter: @brummiesnet). Produced by Happy Content Co. https://brummies-networking.co.uk https://happycontentco.com Music by Birocratic - birocratic.com

Twitter:

@brumpod

Language:

English


Episodes

When Does Planning Become Procrastination?

9/22/2021
A raw and unplanned episode filled with some topical updates, including the state of the electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as updates on the Birmingham Clean Air Zone and how that’s going. Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure: Midlands Connect calls for urgent action needed to speed up the expansion of EV charging points in the midlands. EV use will increase by more than 3000% by the end of the decade, and currently we’re lagging behind. Around 500 charging points are being installed...

Duration:00:31:06

LinkedIn Announces Native Video Conferencing

9/8/2021
LinkedIn now has nearly 740million members, & over 55million registered companies. Microsoft bought Skype in 2011. They then bought LinkedIn in 2016. They’ve had the ability to bring in video technologies to LinkedIn for years now. So why the delay? At the beginning of 2020 saw the massive rise of Zoom, from a little heard-of video conference app, to global powerhouse, exponentially increasing their user base in a very short space of time thanks to the pandemic. With LinkedIn...

Duration:00:27:23

How To Take Time Off When You’re Self Employed

8/25/2021
When you’re self-employed, a freelancer or solopreneur, it can be difficult to make the time to take time away from your business and go on holiday. There’s often guilt about not being available to your clients, worries about loss of earnings, pressures of getting someone in to cover for you while you’re away; meaning there are so many people that don’t take annual holidays at all. This can be extremely damaging to your physical and mental health. We aren’t robots, we’re humans - we...

Duration:00:26:37

Networking Safely After 17 Months & How To Keep Your Network Effective

8/11/2021
In this episode, we reflect on the fact we have just hosted our first in-person networking event in over 17 months! It was a strange feeling being back in our spiritual home of networking - but quickly the strangeness subsided into a feeling of (relative) normality, and absolute familiarity. We had a (capped) roomful of people eager to get back to business networking, with great, deeper conversations happening throughout. It really was great to see. We also reflect in this episode about...

Duration:00:25:42

Productivity Tools You Can't Live Without

7/28/2021
In this episode, Richard and Iwan give a run down of some of their top productivity tools that they simply can’t live without. (What they did before then, who knows…) We cover various business tools, apps, software and platforms that simply make life easier in 2021 and beyond - tools that will often save you lots of time and effort, in turn making you a more productive business owner. There are also mentions in this episode of great free or low cost alternatives to the more well known...

Duration:00:35:25

Will Digital Business Cards Prevail In a Post-Pandemic World?

7/14/2021
A new (to us) technology has been stumbled upon - the digital business card. An NFC-enabled plastic credit card sized business card that can be scanned on the recipient’s phone, loading up a browser page with all your relevant contact details and web links - with a big shiny button front and centre to allow that person to immediately save your details to their phone’s address book. The technology isn’t necessarily that new - but it’s the first time we’ve seen it in such a slick easy to use...

Duration:00:29:35

Are You A Specialist Or A Generalist?

6/30/2021
A phrase we’ve all heard before - ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ - certainly some truth to it - albeit with some negative connotations. In this episode we’re discussing generalists versus specialists - which is more preferable? Maybe there’s no right or wrong answer, as there are a multitude of advantages and disadvantages to both. Whether you’re an employee or a business owner, this topic will apply to you, as you may already fit on one side of the fence on this one, possibly happy...

Duration:00:22:37

When Plans Change - Be Adaptable (Including Us)

6/16/2021
With the recent announcement from The Government that so called ‘Freedom Day’ being set for June 21st is now being put back by 4 weeks, it means our plans have now had to change too. We are now planning on bringing back our in-person networking events, hopefully, in August. But of course, watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter and follow our socials for the latest news on that. It brings with it the renewed thoughts of the importance of being flexible and adaptable, as changes...

Duration:00:16:25

BrumPod045: Returning To Normal - And The Return Of Our In Person Events!

5/26/2021
Business is gradually returning to some sense of normality; people are back at work, shops are open, and for the most part, we can more or less return to life as we kind of knew it. Many companies are transitioning their office buildings to accommodate hybrid working, allowing for people to continue to work from home indefinitely, and scaling down their premises to have spaces to meet and collaborate, but not necessarily every day. Companies such as HSBC, Lloyds, Standard Chartered are...

Duration:00:26:55

BrumPod044: Keeping The Passion Alive Within Your Business - The Benefits Of Outsourcing

5/5/2021
In this episode we talk to Jenna Lawson and Georgia Beech from Seamless OS, an outsourcing company based in Birmingham. Throughout this episode, they both highlight the benefits involved in starting your outsourcing journey, the amount of money you might save if you start outsourcing compared to hiring in-house teams of people, or indeed doing various tasks yourself. And for many small businesses, especially over the tumultuous last year, how outsourcing various tasks can help business...

Duration:00:29:43

BrumPod043: Networking In The Virtual World: Clubhouse & Its Clones

4/21/2021
With more options to network online than ever, especially during Covid where it’s been of utmost importance, we discuss the latest iteration of platforms - Clubhouse; the audio networking platform that’s slowly taking the world by storm. Used as a platform that’s akin to Zoom, but without the cameras, people are using it in a multitude of ways; general group chat, Q&As with industry experts, panel discussions, the list goes on. And of course, as soon as something becomes popular, all the...

Duration:00:41:21

BrumPod042: The Real Dragon’s Den - Investing In Small Business

4/7/2021
In this episode we talk to Roger Wood, Director at Midlands based Venture Capital firm Midven. We discuss the obvious comparison - what does real-world small business investing look like in the real world, and is it anything remotely like what we see on Dragon’s Den? (Or Shark Tank in the USA). Roger explains all a small business would need to know should they be thinking about seeking investment for their own business. Key things discussed include; what makes a business investment-ready?...

Duration:00:46:16

BrumPod041: How Important Is Hope?

3/24/2021
Covid vaccines have been rolled out at an unprecedented rate. The general mood of the country is gradually improving now we have the roadmap out of lockdowns, with ‘life after lockdown’ being a firm light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. So we ask, how important is hope in business? Many businesses this last 12 months have innovated their way to staying afloat, and in some cases, success and thriving. Being adaptable to change and uncertain futures has been a key marker in seeing how a...

Duration:00:27:55

BrumPod040: How Important Is Email - And Are You Too Reachable?

3/3/2021
In the technological age we’re living in, we’re now all too used to being reachable by a multitude of communications media - email, text, social media, mobile phones, video conferencing. When email came around, people proclaimed ‘the letter is dead!’. Of course that’s not true. When texting, WhatsApp, social media etc came about - people then proclaimed that ‘email is dead!’. Of course, that’s not true either! It’s more about its importance in our lives, and how we adapt to technology,...

Duration:00:43:03

BrumPod039: Can You Run A Business Using Free Or Low Cost Software?

2/17/2021
In this episode we look at if it’s possible to run a small business using pretty much entirely free, or low-cost software, as opposed to the ‘big players’ like Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud for instance. With the notion of ‘buying software outright’ being far less commonplace in this digital age, with subscription models being favoured far more - are the free and low cost options as good for most people? What are the downsides? Do you need software to be up-to-the-minute...

Duration:00:35:31

BrumPod038: Do You Need A Wristband To Tell Your Boss You’re Unhappy?

2/3/2021
A new wearable technology has been launched, called Moodbeam - a smart bracelet that allows employers to track your mental health. It consists of 2 buttons, you press yellow for if you’re happy, blue if you’re sad. It allows employers to check in remotely with home-workers to see big swathes of data to see who is ok and who is demonstrating signs of needing wellbeing support. We discuss whether this is the natural next step for companies to take in order to track and monitor the mental...

Duration:00:32:11

BrumPod037: New Year Updates - It’s Been A Hell Of A Year And It’s Only Been A Fortnight

1/13/2021
In this episode, we bring you an update as to what’s been happening since our last episode at the end of last year. We’ve seen massive changes in social media since the ‘insurrection riot’ at the US Capitol buildings a few days ago. Twitter and many other social media platforms have now banned Donald Trump for his involvement in allegedly stoking the violence. Since then, tens of thousands of other accounts related to QAnon have also been deleted, and we assume, banned. This sparks one...

Duration:00:24:51

BrumPod036: Xmas Special & Predictions for 2021

12/22/2020
As our final episode of 2020, we thought we’d issue an extra little episode before Christmas as a brief roundup of this year, but more looking ahead with positivity and optimism to 2021. We also make a few predictions about what the world of work, online tools and social media may be like in 2021 and ongoing, hopefully making it more beneficial and positive for all. Will there be more fact checking on Twitter and Facebook, with them deleting more of the disinformation out there? Will more...

Duration:00:32:56

How Will The Upcoming Clean Air Zone Affect The Birmingham Business Community?

12/17/2020
[Apologies for the crackly audio in the early part of the episode - was due to broadband connection interference with our guest. This improves greatly just before 11mins in.] In this episode, we talk to Councillor Waseem Zaffar from the ‘Brum Breathes’ department at Birmingham City Council who are launching the Clean Air Zone in the city. Waseem explains what exactly a Clean Air Zone is, who will be affected, who will be charged, and who will be exempt from the charges. Will everyone...

Duration:00:39:25

BrumPod034: The Future Of The Electric Car - Is It Right For You? A Deep Dive With A Motoring Journalist

12/4/2020
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the world of electric cars and where they’re going, with motoring journalist Richard Aucock from MotoringResearch.com. We take a look at how far electric cars have come on, technology wise, in just a few short years - and what the future of driving electric will be in the NEXT few years; both in terms of the car tech itself, and the infrastructure needed to support it. From the inception of the 1st Nissan Leaf with its very limited range, we now...

Duration:00:50:46