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A fly on the wall spoof about a company called Sydeline. Sydeline is a mess, doing everything wrong, usually with hilarious consequences. Following each insight into the life of Sydeline, Gydeline and invited guests will analyse what went wrong, what could have been done instead and points to the methods and resources available to listeners. Covering wide range of business topics, the show provides a humorous view of serious business. Zelda Zero works in her father’s company, Zero’s Heroes. Zelda wants more and moves to take over the business. In an intriguing turn of affairs Zelda joins forces with Jakob Oakstock to start her own business. Ambitious, bright but naive and under informed, Zelda sets up her company at speed… but that has consequences. The industry is deliberately non-specific, but has a manufacturing elements, works online and in direct sales. Each of the Episodes are linked to a title of an Abba hit which will make an appearance in the background of the dialogue. The music provides a subtle bed to the subject at hand… and sometimes not so subtle (See episode 4 below)

A fly on the wall spoof about a company called Sydeline. Sydeline is a mess, doing everything wrong, usually with hilarious consequences. Following each insight into the life of Sydeline, Gydeline and invited guests will analyse what went wrong, what could have been done instead and points to the methods and resources available to listeners. Covering wide range of business topics, the show provides a humorous view of serious business. Zelda Zero works in her father’s company, Zero’s Heroes. Zelda wants more and moves to take over the business. In an intriguing turn of affairs Zelda joins forces with Jakob Oakstock to start her own business. Ambitious, bright but naive and under informed, Zelda sets up her company at speed… but that has consequences. The industry is deliberately non-specific, but has a manufacturing elements, works online and in direct sales. Each of the Episodes are linked to a title of an Abba hit which will make an appearance in the background of the dialogue. The music provides a subtle bed to the subject at hand… and sometimes not so subtle (See episode 4 below)

Location:

Truro, United Kingdom

Description:

A fly on the wall spoof about a company called Sydeline. Sydeline is a mess, doing everything wrong, usually with hilarious consequences. Following each insight into the life of Sydeline, Gydeline and invited guests will analyse what went wrong, what could have been done instead and points to the methods and resources available to listeners. Covering wide range of business topics, the show provides a humorous view of serious business. Zelda Zero works in her father’s company, Zero’s Heroes. Zelda wants more and moves to take over the business. In an intriguing turn of affairs Zelda joins forces with Jakob Oakstock to start her own business. Ambitious, bright but naive and under informed, Zelda sets up her company at speed… but that has consequences. The industry is deliberately non-specific, but has a manufacturing elements, works online and in direct sales. Each of the Episodes are linked to a title of an Abba hit which will make an appearance in the background of the dialogue. The music provides a subtle bed to the subject at hand… and sometimes not so subtle (See episode 4 below)

Twitter:

@greenelepod

Language:

English


Episodes

BSS12 – Take A Chance On Me – Risk Management

5/2/2019
As season one draws to a close, a slow realisation is dawning on the Sydeline team that running a business may not be a simple as they first thought! Then there's the small matter of having proper meetings, even a board and, oh yes, who is taking the risk on all this?

Duration:00:07:25

BSS11 – I do, I do, I do, I do, I do – Business Regulation

4/25/2019
The mailshot has produced some unexpected interest that takes a toll on Sydeline. Keeping track of everything that you need to do in your business is difficult. But there are some basics, like getting consent from people to use their data. Mike and Russell introduce the acronym RESPECT and discuss the basics of becoming and remaining compliant to data protection and the vast array of other business regulations.

Duration:00:17:46

BSS11 – I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

4/25/2019
Keeping track of everything that you need to do in your business is difficult. But there are some basics, like getting consent from people to use their data.

Duration:00:17:46

BSS10 – Waterloo – Digital Marketing

4/18/2019
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.

Duration:00:36:15

BSS10 – Waterloo

4/18/2019
New customers... where can you find them? Using social media and other digital methods to find your future customers has it’s fair share of risks and issues - privacy being a good one to start with.

Duration:00:36:15

BSS9 – Super Trouper

4/11/2019
Ok, so the logo needs a redesign and registering because it matches someone else. The website has 4 fonts on each page, not consistent style and appalling icons. Never mind, that never bothers anyone?! What can you learn from Sydeline?

Duration:00:31:10

BSS9 – Super Trouper – Creating a brand

4/11/2019
Ok, so the logo needs a redesign and registering because it matches someone else. The website has 4 fonts on each page, not consistent style and appalling icons. Never mind, that never bothers anyone?! In this episode we consider the dark art of creating a brand. Of what does a “brand” consist? Can you do it yourself? What dangers should you be avoiding? Mike discusses brand with Tom Gamblin from Evident and get’s some top tips everyone should consider in their organisation.

Duration:00:31:10

BSS8 – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme – Intellectual Property Protection

4/4/2019
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.

Duration:00:28:09

BSS8 – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

4/4/2019
What happens when one company uses the designs of a product that is properly protected? What happens if you have intellectual property which is not properly protected?

Duration:00:28:09

BSS7 – One of Us

3/28/2019
Every growing organisation needs to recruit 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.

Duration:00:48:53

BSS7 – One of Us – Recruiting Staff

3/28/2019
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...

Duration:00:48:53

BSS6 – I Have A Dream

3/21/2019
Getting into the premises is proving… expensive and difficult. Some bad decisions has Jakob bailing out Zelda again. In response, Russell speaks to Dave Moore in the Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing, in Cornwall.

Duration:00:19:29

BSS6 – I Have A Dream – Setting up premises

3/21/2019
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.

Duration:00:19:29

BSS5 – Knowing Me, Knowing You

3/12/2019
It's easy to be relaxed about privacy 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?

Duration:00:23:57

BSS5 – Knowing Me, Knowing You – Privacy rules

3/12/2019
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.

Duration:00:23:57

BSS4 – Money, Money, Money

3/7/2019
Investor Jakob wants to help, and has the money… but what will he get in return? Then there is the financial planning – who are you going to call?

Duration:00:29:03

BSS4 – Money, Money, Money – Business Finance Setup

3/7/2019
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!

Duration:00:29:03

BSS3 – Thank You For The Music

2/28/2019
Having selected and shared her new company name, an overlap with another business forces Zelda to make some changes. Some of the practicalities of set up a new venture start to emerge.

Duration:00:21:07

BSS3 – Thank you for the music, business operations setup

2/28/2019
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.

Duration:00:21:07

BSS2 – Mama Mia

2/25/2019
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.

Duration:00:18:47