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Taking Care of Business

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Taking Care of Business is an honest and raw, real life podcast (and also a book) on how to grow a successful business whilst taking care of what matters most...yourself.The podcast features some of the most successful business leaders in the UK, mixed in with some inspirational guests from the worlds of sport and media.Paul, a working-class guy, has himself started and grown a number of privately owned and publicly listed companies.The Taking Care of Business book is available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and more.

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Taking Care of Business is an honest and raw, real life podcast (and also a book) on how to grow a successful business whilst taking care of what matters most...yourself.The podcast features some of the most successful business leaders in the UK, mixed in with some inspirational guests from the worlds of sport and media.Paul, a working-class guy, has himself started and grown a number of privately owned and publicly listed companies.The Taking Care of Business book is available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and more.

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Taking Care of Business

Latest release on Nov 13, 2020

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Taking Care of Business is an honest and raw, real life podcast (and also a book) on how to grow a successful business whilst taking care of what matters most...yourself.The podcast features some of the most successful business leaders in the UK, mixed in with some inspirational guests from the worlds of sport and media.Paul, a working-class guy, has himself started and grown a number of privately owned and publicly listed companies.The Taking Care of Business book is available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and more.

Rank #1: How to launch a product and take it to market in the US - A chat with Instasmile's Simon Nixon

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Paul talks to the founder of Instasmile, Simon Nixon, about how he launched his product and successfully took it across to the US market.

He also delves into the highs and lows of the rollercoaster journey the brand has been on, with the latest being listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.

Jun 12 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: A different approach to mental health - A chat with Dr. Asad Raffi & Jonathan Edgeley

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Paul is joined by Dr Asad Raffi and Jonathan Edgeley of Sanctum Healthcare, a specialist provider of bespoke treatments for psychological and dependency disorders.

In this episode, they discuss all things mental health, including its current place in society, the mental health impact of Coronavirus and share some useful self-help tools.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 28mins

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Rank #3: Doing things differently in a crowded industry - A chat with Jessica Hampson

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In many of today's competitive industries, being different and standing out from the crowd could be the difference between winning new clients and keeping them.

Hear how the founder of Liverpool-based disruptive law firm CEL Solicitors, Jessica Hampson, has successfully led year-on-year growth and established a culture unique to the legal industry.

Feb 20 2020

48mins

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Rank #4: A New Year, a new you? A chat with Paul Boys

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Whether it's joining a gym, cutting out the bad eating habits or setting a new health and wellbeing goal, the New Year is seen to be the perfect time to start fresh. But with a whopping 80% of New Year's resolutions failing by February, are we simply being too unrealistic with ourselves? In his second appearance on the podcast, personal trainer Paul Boys shares his best training types, nutrition tips and lifestyle advice to help you stay true to your resolution in 2020.

Jan 09 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #5: Brexit demystified - A chat with Ex-Politician Frank McKenna

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With talk of Brexit taking over our TV screens and phones, it's difficult to digest what exactly is going on and what happens next.

In this episode ex-politician and founder of Downtown in Business Liverpool, Frank Mckenna, gives his take on the topic which has divided both the public and government for the past 3 years.

From why and how it came about to the campaigns and vote that followed, if you're looking for clarity on all things Brexit this is the podcast for you.

Sep 25 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: Taking care of yourself before business - a chat with Paul Boys

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As a former soldier in the British Army, Paul Boys has experienced first hand the impacts that training can have on both body and mind. 

Now a personal trainer and owner of Next Level Training, Paul helps others to achieve their health and wellbeing goals, whether it’s through exercise, nutrition or lifestyle changes. 

From skipping breakfast, spending less time on your phone to taking the lift instead of the stairs, discover how daily choices directly affect our physical and mental performance.

Sep 18 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: Making it in the fashion industry - a chat with Missy Empires' Ash Siddique

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As global fashion brands continue to spend millions on production and marketing, breaking into the industry has never been harder.   It's something that Ash Siddique, co-founder of fast-fashion brand Missy Empire knows all too well.   Hear the story behind the rise of Missy Empire, and how they competed with bigger brands to cement themselves as forward-thinking industry leaders in a crowded market.

Aug 21 2019

48mins

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Rank #8: Going out of my comfort zone - Why I wrote a book & started a podcast - A chat with Paul Cheetham-Karcz

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Taking Care of Business is back for a fourth season with a host of new guests and new stories. 

In this episode, we hear from Author and Founder of Sedulo Group Paul Cheetham-Karcz as he opens up on why he decided to write a book, the process that followed and the many hurdles he faced along the way.

Aug 01 2019

30mins

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Rank #9: The Ups and Downs of the music industry and fame

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This special episode is set in the aftermath of Sedu10FEST - a festival to celebrate the 10th birthday of Paul's business, Sedulo. The performers from that festival - Ben Ofoedu of Phats & Small fame, Liberty X's Michelle Heaton, Another Level's Dane Bowers and DJ Rick Live - talk candidly about the ups and downs they experienced whilst making it in the music industry, as well as dealing with the fame that came with it.

Please note: as this is set during the clean-up operation from the festival, there are a few minor disturbances in the audio.

Jun 19 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #10: Bringing fashion to the fight: Outfitting boxing's elite - A chat with FIGHT LABEL's Sophie Whittam

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Paul talks to the founder of FIGHT LABEL, Sophie Whittam, about how she's making it amongst boxing's elite as the go-to-designer when it comes to outfitting the top 1% of boxers in the world for their fight. Sophie is trusted by the likes of Anthony Joshua, Floyd Mayweather, Mikey Garcia, Katie Taylor and more to deliver their in-ring identity, and since debuting her first design in 2015 - the infamous 24 carat gold shorts, as worn by Amir Khan - she has cemented her brand as an industry leader amongst boxing's best.

May 22 2019

44mins

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Rank #11: From convict to Cambridge and leading societal change - A chat with Peter Atherton

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Paul talks to the founder and Managing Director of Community Led Initiatives, Peter Atherton, about escaping his criminal past to creating a business that mentors and supports other offenders, as well as his thoughts on the stigma faced by ex-offenders in society today.

May 15 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #12: Maintaining the right mindset and becoming a Mum in business – A chat with Carrie Green

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Paul talks to Author of "She Means Business" and founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, Carrie Green, about building her business, maintaining the right mindset and how becoming a Mum has affected her business life.

May 02 2019

44mins

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Rank #13: Rise & Fall: Building Henley's and everything that came with it - A chat with Simon Peters

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In this episode, Paul talks to former Henleys owner, Simon Peters, about the highs and lows of owning a business, dealing with failure and how it can affect your personal life.

Apr 24 2019

58mins

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Rank #14: How to thrive in retail whilst others struggle – A chat with The Fragrance Shop’s Sanjay Vadera

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Paul chats to the CEO of the Fragrance Shop, Sanjay Vadera, on his journey from Ugandan refugee to becoming the largest independent fragrance retailer in the UK.

In an unmissable episode, they also discuss the future of the retail sector and Sanjay's motivations to do what he does.

Apr 17 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #15: Looking back at Series 1 and 2 and what to expect from his book – A chat with Paul Cheetham-Karcz

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In this episode, Paul talks about how he feels the second series went, his reasons for writing the Taking Care of Business book and what to expect from series 3.

Apr 10 2019

45mins

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Rank #16: Succeeding in the hospitality industry – A chat with Menagerie's Karina Jadhav

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In this episode, Paul chats to the female restauranteur behind Neighbourhood and Menagerie about growing her brand, what it takes to succeed in the hospitality industry and the challenges she faces.

Mar 13 2019

49mins

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Rank #17: Building a US business in the UK – A chat with Enterprise Rent-a-car's Gary Palmer

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In this episode, Paul chats to Enterprise Northwest Director, Gary Palmer, about growing the business in the UK and the changing culture of consumers and employee needs.

Feb 27 2019

46mins

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Rank #18: Building And Exiting A Brand – A chat with PhD Nutrition's Jason Rickaby

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In this episode, Paul chats to Co-founder and CEO of PhD Nutrition about building the brand up from scratch to exiting it and the effects it had on the business and himself.

Feb 06 2019

51mins

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Rank #19: Finding opportunity in adversity and turning it into success - A chat with Richard McCann

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This week Paul interviews motivational speaker and founder of the ICanSpeak Academy about his story overcoming adversity and sharing his powerful iCan approach to life and business.

Dec 12 2018

50mins

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Rank #20: When your partner is your business partner - A chat with Forever Unique on building a global brand

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This week Paul interviews the founders of Forever Unique and stars of 'The Real Housewives of Cheshire', Seema & Sandeep Malhotra about what it's like being married and in business together, managing that work-life balance and juggling filming a TV show on top of it all.

Dec 05 2018

33mins

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The challenges of running a travel business during COVID-19

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The travel Industry has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, with little to no support from the government after the restrictions imposed.

Nicola and David Palmer, founders of Perfect Getaways, share their experience of running a travel agency in these tough times, including making the decision to trade throughout COVID, managing both customer service and staff morale despite frequent changes and what 2022 looks like for UK holiday-makers.

Nov 13 2020

49mins

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The roller coaster of being a business owner during COVID

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COVID-19 has presented business owners with challenges they've never faced before, and that's particularly true for the events industry.

This is something the Founder & CEO of Make Events, Holly Moore, knows this all too well, and in the face of the COVID crisis has worked tirelessly to pivot her business model.

But the effect of this work is a roller coaster of emotions and decision-making; something which Holly discusses with Paul in this latest episode of Taking Care of Business.

Oct 30 2020

48mins

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The state of the events & hospitality industry & what's next?

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After being brought to a standstill in the wake of COVID-19, what state is the events and hospitality industry in and what's next for them?

That's the question we put to Chief Executive at Manchester Central, Shaun Hinds, as he assesses how the events industry has fared and how that compares with our European counterparts.

He also discusses the transformation of Manchester Central into a Nightingale Hospital - a process that took just 16 days with the help of the Army.

Oct 23 2020

1hr 10mins

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Government leadership; the good, the bad & the ugly

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Has the Government's leadership since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the UK been sufficient, or has it been lacking?   That's the topic up for discussion in the first episode of this special COVID-19 series of the Taking Care of Business podcast - as we listen to real stories from some of the industries that have been hit hardest.   Our first guest is Chief Executive of Downtown in Business and former MP, Frank McKenna. Paul and Frank analyse the Government's response to crisis to assess where they have done well as leaders, and where they haven't.

Oct 16 2020

47mins

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Bootstrap your life and the Myprotein® story - A chat with Oliver Cookson

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Oliver Cookson is the founder of one of the world's leading sports nutrition brands, Myprotein®, and his story celebrates the old school traditions of business.   Nowadays the value of a business seems to based upon its value upon a ‘raise' - we have stopped celebrating success stories that are down to old school decision-making & building foundations. Small amounts of money, hard work, overcoming adversity and then dealing with success. Hear about Oliver's journey and why he has subsequently launched his own podcast and in the middle of writing his new book, 'Bootstrap Your Life'.

Jul 23 2020

56mins

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Setting goals and achieving them - A chat with former WWE star Stu Bennett

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Stu Bennett, otherwise known by his ring names of "Wade Barrett" or "Bad News Barrett", is an actor and former WWE wrestler who was a key figure in the famous wrestling organisation for 10 years.

Born in Lancashire and now living in LA, Stuart has lived nearly every young child's dream of performing in the WWE, and is on the cusp of releasing his new film, 'I Am Vengeance: Retaliation'.

Paul and Stu chat about what it takes to set a seemingly unattainable goal and actually achieve it.

Jul 08 2020

1hr 2mins

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Why better people make better leaders - A chat with Kevin Sinfield MBE

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Kevin Sinfield MBE is one of the most widely regarded players in Rugby League history. He captained England & Leeds Rhinos, leading the club to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup successes.

Now Director of Rugby at Leeds, he holds multiple records for points-scored and is the only captain to have led a team to win three consecutive Super League titles.

Paul and Kevin delve into what it is which sets leaders apart, from their personal qualities to maintaining the right mindset.

Jun 23 2020

1hr 6mins

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Building Roxy Leisure, managing through Covid and what's next for the industry?

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Built by brothers Matt and Ben Jones, hear the story behind pioneering bar group, Roxy Leisure and how they foresee the industry evolving in a post-Covid-19 world.

Jun 01 2020

1hr 33mins

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Coping with COVID-19 and what's next?

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In the first episode of the new series and since the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul is joined by Will Stanton from Corporate Finance at Sedulo.

Both discuss how the business has managed to ride through the ever-changing storm, ways they have supported communities and what the new future might look like.

May 26 2020

1hr 3mins

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A different approach to mental health - A chat with Dr. Asad Raffi & Jonathan Edgeley

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Paul is joined by Dr Asad Raffi and Jonathan Edgeley of Sanctum Healthcare, a specialist provider of bespoke treatments for psychological and dependency disorders.

In this episode, they discuss all things mental health, including its current place in society, the mental health impact of Coronavirus and share some useful self-help tools.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 28mins

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Experiencing the lowest lows and bouncing back - A chat with Carley Jones

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Business is full of highs and lows, from going through exciting periods of growth to then facing financial uncertainty and ultimately liquidation.

It's how you bounce back from those lows that really matter, and is something that Carley Jones, founder of Kettlebell Kitchen knows all too well.

Hear what really happened at the multi-million valued fast-food brand and how Carley has now moved on to her next exciting venture.

Mar 13 2020

53mins

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Approaching different challenges with the right mindset - A chat with Adam Fogerty

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It takes a unique mindset to continually challenge yourself, set new goals and throw yourself into challenging environments.

Former rugby league player, boxer and actor Adam Fogerty has embraced this way of thinking throughout his career, whether it was winning the Super League with St Helens, boxing Tyson Fury's father or appearing alongside Brad Pitt as 'Gorgeous George' in Guy Ritchie's Snatch.

Mar 02 2020

52mins

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Doing things differently in a crowded industry - A chat with Jessica Hampson

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In many of today's competitive industries, being different and standing out from the crowd could be the difference between winning new clients and keeping them.

Hear how the founder of Liverpool-based disruptive law firm CEL Solicitors, Jessica Hampson, has successfully led year-on-year growth and established a culture unique to the legal industry.

Feb 20 2020

48mins

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Riding the ups and downs in business - A chat with Chris Cope

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It's no secret that launching your own business is challenging, full of ups, downs and certainly no guarantee of success.

Chris Cope is the founder of P81, branding and product specialists with over 15 years' experience in the leisure industry, serving clients including Basic Fit and David Lloyd.

Hear first-hand the difficulties Chris encountered on his journey, and how he was able to bounce back from periods of uncertainty to build a successful, growing business.

Feb 13 2020

47mins

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What to expect from a Tory Brexit - A chat with Ex-Politician Frank McKenna

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With the UK finally set to leave the European Union on 31st January after Boris Johnson's Brexit deal was backed by MPs, what can we expect to see short and long-term?  

In his second appearance on the podcast, ex-politician and founder of Downtown in Business, Frank Mckenna, gives his take on the recent general election outcome and importantly, what it means for both businesses and society.

Jan 16 2020

58mins

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A New Year, a new you? A chat with Paul Boys

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Whether it's joining a gym, cutting out the bad eating habits or setting a new health and wellbeing goal, the New Year is seen to be the perfect time to start fresh. But with a whopping 80% of New Year's resolutions failing by February, are we simply being too unrealistic with ourselves? In his second appearance on the podcast, personal trainer Paul Boys shares his best training types, nutrition tips and lifestyle advice to help you stay true to your resolution in 2020.

Jan 09 2020

1hr 15mins

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Preparing for performance with Jamie Jones-Buchanan

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan knows a thing or two about performance, both physically and mentally. With a career spanning 20 years playing solely for Leeds Rhinos, England and Great Britain, JJB won 6 Super League Grand Finals, 3 World Club Challenges, 3 League Leaders' Shields and 1 Challenge Cup Final. Now retired, Jamie remains a huge part of his local community in Leeds and in addition to his TV show, Rugby AM, still remains heavily involved in all things Rugby League.

Dec 12 2019

1hr 14mins

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Opening up on mental health - A chat with People & Culture at Sedulo

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Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem (such as anxiety, stress and depression) each year. 

Anxiety and depression have been estimated to cause one-fifth of days lost from work in Britain, with worries about things like money and jobs making it increasingly harder for people to cope. 

Emma Rettig and Jess Walton join Paul in discussing all things mental health and what Sedulo is doing to help people combat mental health issues in the workplace.

Nov 12 2019

1hr 4mins

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Pressure, discipline & mindset - Inside the ring with John Murray

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It's well known that boxing is one of the most physically and mentally draining sports. From the gruelling training camps, shedding those final few pounds to stepping into the ring in front of 20,000 people.

John Murray is a former English, British, European lightweight champion and WBA challenger. With a successful professional career spanning 11 years, John has fought under the bright lights in Vegas, the historic Madison Square Garden and his hometown arena.

Now retired, Murray runs his own gym in Manchester, training both amateur and professional boxers.

Oct 17 2019

1hr 29mins

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Brexit demystified - A chat with Ex-Politician Frank McKenna

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With talk of Brexit taking over our TV screens and phones, it's difficult to digest what exactly is going on and what happens next.

In this episode ex-politician and founder of Downtown in Business Liverpool, Frank Mckenna, gives his take on the topic which has divided both the public and government for the past 3 years.

From why and how it came about to the campaigns and vote that followed, if you're looking for clarity on all things Brexit this is the podcast for you.

Sep 25 2019

1hr 18mins

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