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Ekko owner Beverly Bates tells us her story

We didn’t expect this. This week the topic of conversation was training and development so we interviewed Beverly Bates the owner of Hair and beauty salon Ekko.

We do love a good story here at Knowing Your Business – presenter Julie Cooper scratches the nerve to discover a story filled with the deepest of passion, from teenage years up to the present day. Don’t miss this!

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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.


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Powerful little 3:34 second story of the School years.

Ekko owner Beverley Bates School years didn't go to her parents plan.


We hear in this 2:50 second snippet why training and development has become part of the Ekko culture.

Beverley explains about developing people as a whole and not just for skills


In this 2:09 second snippet we hear ‘Nobody is as smart as all of us’. Makes sense when you hear why.

Beverley tell us the value of developing her staff


The FULL interview

Ekko owner Beverley Bates shares her story. It's FILLED with a passion driven from challenging times. What a story


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

Ekko Website

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Ekko on Twitter

Beverley 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 have 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

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