SURVIVING LOCKDOWN - an essential business podcast from Mark Ryes Voiceovers

SURVIVING LOCKDOWN - an essential business podcast from Mark Ryes Voiceovers
Award-winning voice actor Mark Ryes talks to business owners across the UK and beyond about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on their business - and how they’ve been coping, changing and adapting to life in lockdown.

Allan Chester - UK Postbox
Jun 4 • 10 min
In 2008 Allan Chester launched UK Postbox - the UK’s premier mail scanning, virtual address, and parcel solution. They enable businesses to operate on an international level while offices remain closed, through their virtual mail management solution….
Chloe Prince - ReAttendance
Jun 2 • 10 min
When covid-19 hit - the events industry pretty much came to a halt. Then people started thinking about virtual events… which was lucky for ReAttendance because they’d just developed a platform to allow fully bespoke virtual events - their first major…
Sarah Naylor - Naylor George Recruitment
May 28 • 10 min
When your goal is to get people to “never work a day in their life again” - recruitment may seem an odd choice - until you realise when you love what you do, you don’t really see it as work! Sarah Naylor of Naylor George Recruitment has just such a goal…
Luisa Diaz - Counsellor
May 26 • 10 min
Luisa Diaz is a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She was just opening her own private practice in North London when covid-19 struck - forcing her to adapt her plans and…
Mark Callahan - Recruiterlink
May 21 • 7 min
With the economy contracting, and unemployment already on the rise - recruitment services are having a tough time. Mark Callahan is the CEO of Recruiterlink, a company that changed the way they did recruitment long before lockdown - which has put them…
Fiona Gurney - Woolyhippo
May 19 • 9 min
Crafting has seen a massive upsurge during lockdown. Fiona Gurney is the owner of Woolyhippo, which started in 2010 on a market stall. They’re now an online company selling their own brand of wool internationally from their website. Fiona joins Mark to…
Dannie-Lu Carr - Confidence Coach
May 15 • 8 min
Working from home, stuck in the house, home schooling, on furlough - all things that have played havoc with our collective confidence during the Coronavirus pandemic. Dannie-Lu Carr is a Leadership, Communications and Creativity specialist working…
Simon McAlpine - Infinity IT Solutions
May 14 • 9 min
The IT and Technology sectors have been in huge demand since lockdown - but has it been easy to cope with the extra demand? Simon McAlpine, Chief Commercial Officer of the award-winning Infinity IT Solutions, talks to Mark about the challenges faced by…
Stephen Goddard & Philip Brooks-Stephenson - KuKu Connect
May 13 • 9 min
Networking in some of the top venues in the East Midlands sounds superb - but for KuKu Connect, lockdown meant things had so radically change. It could have spelled disaster for owners Stephen Goddard and Philip Brooks-Stephenson - but instead they now…
Trish Willetts - Coventry BID
May 12 • 9 min
Like all cities, the businesses of Coventry were hit hard when lockdown was imposed. Trish Willetts heads up Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) aiming to promote, develop and boost the city and the businesses that are based there. In such…
Daniel Edwards - D&K Accounting
May 11 • 9 min
When lockdown was announced, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveiled a series of measures to help the economy - leaving accountants all over the country to take a series of panicked calls from their clients. Daniel Edwards who runs D&K Accounting…
Kevin Pierce - Mortgage Base
May 8 • 8 min
Kevin Pierce is an independent whole-of-market mortgage advisor running his own business Mortgage Base. When lockdown hit, and the mortgage companies were busy dealing with mortgage holidays for existing clients, organising loans for new customers and…
Louise Bell - Bell4Business
May 7 • 10 min
For the last 4 years Louise Bell has owned and managed Bell4Business, a company specialising in outsourced tasks like Social Media Management, Book-keeping, Debtor chasing and telephone answering. She’s also just launched a brand new business too - but…
Phill Xavier - Xscape Health and Fitness
May 6 • 9 min
Phill Xavier, a former murder detective, runs Xscape Health and Fitness in Manchester with his husband. Before lockdown they were based mostly in gyms along with some personal fitness training in clients’ homes. As Phill tells Mark Ryes, when covid-19…
Kevin Urquhart - FU Media
May 5 • 11 min
Kevin Urquhart is one half of the PR and Publishing company, Fraser Urquhart Media – aka FU Media. He’s launched the iconic SIXTY9 magazine and other luxury magazines within the Midlands He’s proud to have worked with some of the biggest and most…
Adam Winfield - Through the Lens Photography
May 4 • 9 min
Adam Winfield runs a photography business with a stong emphasis on using images for marketing, especially in real estate. When covid-19 hit, he saw bookings literally fall away but for this entrepreneur he knew he had to adapt. He chats to Mark about…
Neil Thompson - The Delegate Wranglers
May 1 • 9 min
For the Events Industry - Neil Thompson is a name that brings experience and the chance for professionals to get together. He runs The Delegate Wranglers a website and Facebook forum which sets out to solve the conundrums of the events industry by…
Camilla Laxton - Chatterbox Voices
Apr 30 • 9 min
As the founder of London’s thriving boutique voice agency, Chatterbox Voices, Camilla Laxton understands the changing ways of the media industry - but when covid-19 hit, production around the country slowed, stuttered and tried to find it’s voice again….
Brian Richmond - Personal Trainer
Apr 29 • 9 min
Brian Richmond is a fitness professional of more than twenty years, running classes in London gyms and face-to-face personal training. When the gyms closed, and 1-2-1 training was no longer an option - Brian had to think of new ways for his business to…
Anita MacDonald - Meteor Tutors
Apr 28 • 9 min
Anita MacDonald runs Meteor Tutors, an online music school which provides bespoke musical tuition across the world. In some ways she was ahead of the curve when covid-19 hit, and has some useful advice for businesses having to change to a more online…
Nathalie Selvon-Bruce - Buttercup Bus
Apr 27 • 7 min
The events and wedding sectors have been hit very hard by the restrictions put in place for covid-19 - so imagine if your business straddles both! Nathalie Selvon-Bruce runs the Buttercup Bus Vintage Campers company and saw business almost completely…
Ian Lunn - Product Focus
Apr 24 • 9 min
Going from face-to-face training to a completely online proposition has caused it’s fair share of challenges for Ian Lunn and the team at Product Focus - European leaders in product management training and consultancy for technology-based products. Mark…
Jenny Howard - Doodle Video
Apr 22 • 7 min
Jenny Howard set up Doodle Video in 2012 with a background in Marketing and Graphic Design. When covid-19 hit, she furloughed staff and saw orders being put on hold. Jenny talks to Mark Ryes about the tough times of lockdown, and the positivity which…
Lauren Bailey - Match Cut Media
Apr 21 • 7 min
As a branded content agency, Match Cut Media were in a good place at the beginning of lockdown, with owner Lauren Bailey already working from home with clients ranging from SMEs to large corporates. She talks to Mark Ryes, explaining how she needed to…
Natalie Coleshill - The Milford Arms
Apr 20 • 10 min
The pub trade was first to close, and it’s feared will be last to re-open after Lockdown… but how are pub owners finding these challenging times? Has the government been of any help - and when will it all get better? Natalie Coleshill runs The Milford…
Mark Hedger - Slimming World
Apr 19 • 8 min
Mark Hedger is a Gold Consultant with Slimming World. As a franchisee, he’s had to undergo a wholesale change in running his business since lockdown in March 2020 - when government guidelines meant he could no longer hold meetings of 50-70 people each…