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What to eat? Where to shop? How to holiday? Who should do your nails? Are you a local resident looking to know your community better? At The SKoop, we get to know the people behind the businesses that keep Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall and neighbouring villages thriving. We focus specifically on independent businesses, we find out who they are, why they’re here and what they can offer you.

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What to eat? Where to shop? How to holiday? Who should do your nails? Are you a local resident looking to know your community better? At The SKoop, we get to know the people behind the businesses that keep Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall and neighbouring villages thriving. We focus specifically on independent businesses, we find out who they are, why they’re here and what they can offer you.

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The SKoop

Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

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Rank #1: Social Network Marketing with Social Media Manager Vicki Goldblatt

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Vicki was a successful market researcher but with a growing family, a husband who worked away and a busy lifestyle, a corporate job in the town centre wasn’t working for her.

She anticipated this with her third maternity leave and dipped her toe into Network Marketing before getting a social media qualification and setting up on her own as a social media manager.

On top of a new business, family life is busy and so flexible working is essential for Vicki but a year on and having overcome the challenge of Covid and Lockdown, she is enjoying building her business and the work life balance it brings.

You can find all of Vicki’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

Jan 20 2021

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Rank #2: Around the houses with Angela Bamforth of Three Interiors

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Angela has literally gone around the houses. With a diploma in interior design, she fell into a career in recruitment, came back to interior design, went back to recruitment and is now once again flourishing as an interior designer.

Angela has done it all, from retail and shop based design studio to now a bespoke service for her clients and some bright plans for 2021 and beyond.

You can find all of Angela’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

Jan 13 2021

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Rank #3: Let it Roar with Julie, Your Hypnotherpist

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What a story and a journey!! Julie has had a full circle career and has spent the last 10 years as a hypnotherapist.

Her practise is about supporting her clients health and well-being and she has used her training to give back to her customers, something she has always been inclined to do. She also gives back to the community on other ways, supporting local Superheroes and working closely with I Love Bramhall.

With the New Year and this week’s Lockdown announcement, I feel so privileged to have spoken to Julie yesterday as her message resonates so clearly at a time like this. I really hope you enjoy listening to Julie tell her story and take something from this too.

You can find all of Jill’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

Jan 07 2021

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Rank #4: Cleaning Up with Sharon Jackson – Lewis

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Fed up with employment and with a desire to work for herself, Sharon Jackson – Lewis sat down with her husband and 2 sheets of paper to brainstorm ideas to spark her passion and drive once more… It was like a career game of Mr & Mrs as they both wrote the same word, “Cleaning”

And with that, Sparkle Domestic Cleaning was born. Enterprising rom day one, within a year, Sharon went from purely domestic, to her first commercial contract, and was employing new staff almost monthly.

Fast forward 6 years and an office neighbour was moving premises and invited Sharon to join them. The premises weren’t quite right for Sparkle but there was a coffee shop which needed a new owner. 24 hours after the idea was proposed, she was signing the contract!

You can find all of Sharon’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

Dec 15 2020

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Rank #5: Flying The Nest with Jill Hardisty of The Styled Nest

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Jill is an interior designer with her own fledgling business. After a career in recruitment, that in her own words, didn’t suit her, she spent the last decade making house and looking after her young children. During this period, Jill has pursued her passion of interior design. She has renovated her own home (check out her Instagram, it looks stunning) as well as gaining qualifications and helping friends with their homes.

Now after creating a portfolio and building a website, The Styled Nest is ready to fly and Jill is open for business.

Hopefully Lockdown nearly over, Jill is looking forward to an exciting first calendar year in 2021.

You can find all of Jill’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

Dec 08 2020

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Rank #6: Creating an experience with Lucy Allen of Not Just Travel

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Lucy Allen doesn’t do things by halves… Like a lot of local business owners, Lucy was made redundant and made the decision to freelance. As a marketer working within the travel industry, she started off freelancing before finally taking the leap and setting up with her own Not Just Travel franchise. All sounds simple and normal practise, until you factor in the full time job for the first 10 months and the new born baby arriving within her businesses first year.

Lucy has a passion for travel and listening to her talk about both her own travels and her business, you can tell this really is her other baby.

She has developed strong relationships with the local community, utilising networking and mother and baby groups. She has developed a brilliant business and has managed to survive lockdown in the process!

If you’re looking for your next holiday, as a travel consultant, Lucy does more than book your holiday for you. She understands your wants and needs to ensure every booking is her clients dream holiday.

You can find all of Lucy’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.patreon.com/theskoop

Dec 01 2020

40mins

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Rank #7: Just Do It with Andy McAnally of The SKoop & McA Fitness

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Hey, I’m Andy McAnally, presenter and producer of The SKoop, Stockport’s very own independent podcast and Founder and Race Director for McA Fitness & Events.

I’ll start with the simple stuff. I’m a Personal Trainer by trade and as part of my role within my last gym job; I established a pool triathlon and duathlon series to help provide motivation for members. Fast forward 5 years and my career has moved on (now in a serious corporate job) but I have continued to provide accessible multisport events locally. I only offer Go Tri events, which are short, achievable, accessible, fun and friendly. My mission is to help as many people try triathlon as I can and hope to inspire your sporting journey.

And to the SKoop… my first love was radio, it was always a dream to work in radio, I studied radio production at university and that dream never faded, I just fell into full time work and my life moved on. I got to a stage I suppose where I realised I should have become a tea boy at 16 and forgone university.

This all changed however when an old university colleague set up his own audio production company 2 years ago. He inspired me again and together we hatched a plan to produce a Triathlon podcast for absolute beginners, something to help inspire, educate and entertain.

Then lockdown hit…

Bitten by the bug though, and with some free time on my hands as I’d had to postpone my events, I started The SKoop. The mission here was to help provide a voice for as many local business owners as possible. Those struggling thanks to Lockdown, the ones without a shop front and even the ones with a shop front. On my road, I can think of at least 10 businesses within the houses I can see from my front door and in Stockport there are many more roads just like this.

The first episode aired on all podcast platforms in May 2020 and 6 months later it is continuing to grow listener numbers. I have interviewed some great characters, with successful businesses and I’m looking forward to continuing to do so.

I also have a day job, 2 kids and still love training and listening to audio books and podcasts. You’ll rarely catch me without my headphones in my ears or around my neck and in the spare time I have, I love nothing more than supporting local businesses having breakfast, coffee or beer with family and friends.

You can find all of Andy’s and Tamsin’s  contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.patreon.com/theskoop

Nov 26 2020

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: Strength & Endurance with Mandy Wong Oultram of FlexFit Personal Training

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Mandy Wong Oultram was a graphic designer with a steady income and a new home when a disaster hit with damage to her home and a lengthy legal battle.

During this time, she got into fitness while preparing for her wedding and used it as an outlet for her stress to the point where she found herself qualified as a Personal Trainer and jumping into self-employment.

In the last 3 years, Mandy and Flex fit have gone from strength to strength (pun intended). She has created a community with her clients; had articles in the press and featured in a published book. Mandy’s most recent success was being nominated for Personal Trainer of the Year.

An inspiring story of hard work, endurance, grit and determination, Mandy has achieved success both physically, mentally and with a resilient and powerful business too.

You can find all of Mandy’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.patreon.com/theskoop

Nov 24 2020

39mins

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Rank #9: From Corporate to CBD with Clare Hales of Synerva CBD Oils

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Clare Hales had a successful corporate career, flying high, travelling and reaping the rewards. Then she had kids…

With the birth of her first child, she found a new problem to solve, she struggled to find maternity wear and knew other mums to be were in the same boat. So after receiving some clothes as a gift, she set upon business number 1, a maternity wear boutique in Wilmslow.

3 years on with increased rent and b aby number 2 on the way, she took an 8 year sabbatical until her husband decided she needed a job.

At this stage her brother had been talking about this new supplement, CBD. He was passionate about how the supplement works for both mental and physical health. He had done the research and found a supplier and asked Clare to help with marketing and operations. He has since moved on to pastures new, leaving Clare to run Synerva CBD.

Four years on and Synerva is going from strength to strength and this week, Clare tells her story.

You can find all of Clare’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.patreon.com/theskoop

Nov 17 2020

52mins

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Rank #10: A Little Bit of Kitsch with Angela Dennerley of Kitsch Republic

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Angela Dennerley grew up with a dream. All she wanted to do was sell records and after university, her dream came true with a job at HMV Stockport. Angela spent several years with HMV, working as a retail manager around the country, but finally returned home to Stockport and applied for a job at local business Music Zone. She then spent the next 15 years working with her colleagues at Music Zone and then Music Magpie, until she decided to pursue her other hobby and side hustle, Kitsch Republic.

2020 and Lockdown has been a challenge for Kitsch Republic, but Angela has come out the other side bigger and stronger. She has developed an online profile, her own online shop on her own website and has even employed staff.

An incredible result, driven by hard work and dedication, Angela’s story is inspirational and she is one of Stockport’s many successes.

You can find all of Angela’s contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.patreon.com/theskoop

Nov 10 2020

35mins

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