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6th March 2014 Knowing Your Business Show

This week the topic of conversation is training and development. We talk with three business owners working in different sectors to discover their training and development stories. These are three super tales of woe, hope, excitement and positive results..

Knowing Your Business interview Beverley Bates, Hannah Martin, Mary Thomas.

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Allow me to introduce this weeks Knowing Your Business show guests, with their podcasts, websites and social media links.

Beverley Bates Ekko owner tells us her story of why training and development adds business value. 

Beverley is the company director at five star hair and beauty salon EKKO in Banbury Oxfordshire.The creative director for the UK section of French hair and beauty company La Biosthetique Paris, vice president for La Societe de Biosthetique and creative director for Creactiv Uk , a youth national artistic team.

This story is FILLED with a passion driven from challenging times. What a story.

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Want to contact or connect with Beverley or Ekko? Click the links below…

Ekko Website

Ekko on Facebook

Ekko on Twitter

Beverley on LinkedIn


Hannah Martin tells us the story so far of the Talented Ladies Club and how it all came about.

Hannah launched the Talent Ladies Club business with her friend Kary Fisher to help professional women with children find a way to continue a career/start a business that used their skills, experiences and interest and fit around their family.

Hannah has won several awards for her copywriting and creative ideas over the years, including:

• D&AD – Commended • Campaign Direct – Finalist (three times) • ISP Awards – Gold Award, Copywriting • ISP Awards – Gold Award (two times)

Over the last 18 years, Hannah has worked as an award-winning copywriter for international publications and advertising agencies.

She has also trained as a hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and NLP practitioner. Her interest in psychology and belief in the power we all have to take control of our lives and achieve our goals,


Talent Ladies Club co-founder Hannah Martin tells us her story. You can feel the enthusiasm dripping with her answers


Want to contact or connect with Hannah or Talented Ladies? Click the links below…

Hannah Martin Website

Talented Ladies Club Website

Talented Ladies Club on Facebook

Talented Ladies Club on Twitter

Talented Ladies LinkedIn group

Talented Ladies Club on Google+


Mary Thomas from Concise training tell us her story from starting out to where she is now.

Author of ‘Social Media Made Simple’, a workbook endorsed by City & Guilds, to get you started with Social Media in the right way.

Also author of ‘Using Social Media for Personal Gain’, available as a free download on BookBoon.

Worked as a Consultant for Price Waterhouse from September 1988 – February 1998 (9 years 6 months) on a variety of systems development projects.  Roles included programming, design, analysis, testing, user acceptance and training.

During 2010, Mary got tired of hearing about so called ‘Social Media experts’ offering their services to companies as experts for vast sums of money.  These ‘experts’ often only had 10 followers and were learning on the job, but they could “talk the talk”.  Mary established the first accredited Social Media qualification – the ITQ in Social Media –  in 2011 for people to learn how to use Social Media properly and to have a qualification to provide integrity.


Mary tells us a story filled to the rim with learning and where that has taken her. Super story


Want to contact or connect with Mary or Concise training? Click the links below…

Concise Training Website

Concise Training on Twitter

Concise Training on Google+

Connect with Mary Thomas on LinkedIn


This weeks Knowing Your Business show was presented by Ian Gentles and guest presenter Julie Cooper.


Ian Gentles Digital Marketing Specialist based in Banbury Oxfordshire, The founder and Digital Marketing Manager of Knowing Your Business (the business radio show that is a rather useful marketing vehicle with podcasts)

Helps Business towards – increasing their (on and off line) sales and boosting their business reputation.

Deals in the aspect of digital communication strategy concerned with understanding market opportunities, cultivating markets and customers, and generating awareness and demand for product and services.

Often known as somebody who spends at lot of time in online social spaces who also has a deep interest in the spaces where technology, culture and big ideas overlap.

Want to contact or connect with Ian? Click the links below…


Julie Cooper is a trainer, coach and author specialising in one to one skills.

Her company, Spring Development ( offers lively, focused training and development to organisations and individuals that want to flourish and get the best out of their working lives.

Her book, ‘Face to Face in the Workplace: A Handbook of Strategies for Effective Discussions’ has been widely acclaimed, and has featured in The Sunday Times and Guardian Careers . “This Year’s Must Have Book” (HR Director) She understands that busy people need accessible, practical information, which is why her books are packed with instantly usable techniques and tips.

She also coaches other professionals to help them turn their ideas into a book. You can find her books at Amazon or at Her latest book ‘ Five Steps to Being Heard: How to get your Message Across to the Right Person’ is currently available for free at

Want to contact or connect with Julie? Click the links below…


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