Let Me Introduce You with Jane Milton

2/24/2022

Let Me Introduce You To Darren Foley, Founder of FLY the Boutique Brand and Design Consultancy

Season 3, Ep. 8
Let me introduce you to Darren Foley Founder of FLY boutique brand and design agency Darren and I were introduced many years ago when he joined my Fresh Banter mastermind group and he is still  part of a tight knit group that developed from that. It’s invaluable for business owners and leaders  to have somewhere they can:discuss issues with peers, learn from others expect honest answers to difficult questions. Having left school, a friend suggested he may want to apply to be a junior designer in her work place and as soon as he went there he knew he had found his tribe! He spends time now talking about careers in design to younger people to help them understand all the opportunities that creative industries offer. Darren loves working with food and drink brands and has recently taken a non exec directorship at Soda Folk – he relishes being involved from every angle of the  business  and adding value throughout. He’d like to think people can see his integrity and depth of knowledge, and that in turn builds their trust in what he can deliver for them. He talks about:Whether challenger and icon are the most useful ways to describe businessesHow he values a business partner he can bounce ideas off,We laugh about what our Mums think about the work we do. Darren loves to be around positive creative people and to have access to nature and outdoor space. He has some good advice for people starting out and his list of things you can never get ‘too much’ of is extensive. Wherever you are listening, I know you will enjoy this podcast and get something that resonates from it too.
2/17/2022

Let Me Introduce You to Lorna Davidson, Founder & CEO at RedWigwam.com

Season 3, Ep. 7
Let me introduce you to Lorna Davidson , CEO and founder of Red Wigwam , a flexible work booking platform serving workers and hirers and allowing both parties to be in control of the way they work , but allowing the workers the security of PAYE, pensions etc …. She has over 200,000 workers registered after just over 4 years . Red Wigwam matches workers to jobs in their area that require the skills they have and workers can book whichever jobs they wish. Lorna is an entrepreneur who loves growing businesses and with a strong sales background from Kelloggs and then Mars , She first created Tactical Solutions a field sales business that she sold after 13 years of profitable growth.  Somewhere in among all that Lorna also managed to fit in having 3 children , 2 of whom work with her at Red Wigwam. Lorna thinks that people may often underestimate her knowledge and skills when they first meet her, but once they get into conversation they quickly realise that Lorna certainly knows her way round her business. Lorna is an avid reader, and will ready just about anything – it’s one of her favourite ways to switch off. Somebody challenged her recently to think of 100 things she really wants to do. She says it has been an incredible exercise in making her think about what and why she wants things and so far she only has 68 items on her list … She really believes work should be fun and that everyone should enjoy the time they spend working and be able to have fun too … That’s been at the heart of both the businesses she has launched and grown and so certainly seems to serve her well. She has a really great tip for anyone starting their own business , one that really could transform that business. Let Me introduce you to Lorna Davidson, I think you are going to really enjoy the conversation and pick up some real gems of advice too
2/3/2022

Let Me Introduce You to Scott Goodfellow, Jam Maker to The Queen

Season 3, Ep. 5
Let me introduce you to Scott Goodfellow, the Joint MD of Wilkin and Sons often referred to as ‘ Tiptree’ Jam and condiment makers , based in the Essex village of Tiptree. More recently the business has expanded into gin liqueurs made with their fruits, acquired and opened tearooms in and around Essex and Suffolk …. And created a homewares range of candles, aprons and other products inspired by their jams. Scott talks about growing up in Dundee and how he thought he may follow his sister into the police force but in fact he studied engineering and embarked on a graduate training programme with Unilever, then followed some years working for Mars as a shift manager and then a move into sales with Mars.   He has been at Wilkin’s now for 14 years, so is still a relative newcomer compared to some of the staff…. Scott says a business can never have enough talent and loves to recruit people who will stretch them as a business and push them to see things differently. I learned that their lime marmalade makes a very good mojito, something that I must put to the test …. All in the interests of research. Wilkin and Sons have held the Royal Warrant since 1911 so Scott says his job is jam maker to the Queen. Their products are sold in over 70 countries around the World.  The business has a great culture but is inspiring in how open and inclusive they are to hearing other people’s ideas and thoughts and as you will hear that is how some great products have come to be made.
1/19/2022

Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,

Season 3, Ep. 3
Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ....My copy of Francis book , Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :his journey in food and drinkpeople who have inspired or encouraged himhis French mother's cooking and how that added to his food journeyhow he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wifeabout the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1 we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure....I cannot wait