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Welcome to 5 Things I Know Now: A DGH Podcast - the innovative and practical new series from the Dorset Growth Hub. Following on from the first two series of The Dorset Growth Hub podcast, we’re bringing an exciting spin to the format, where top business leaders share the five lessons that helped them find success. We'll be releasing a new episode every couple of weeks, and running live events alongside the episodes so be sure to keep up to date by registering your email at https://www.dorse ...
 
The Circle of Competence Podcast focuses on the nexus between entrepreneurship and investing, and explores each guest's journey of buying, building, and operating businesses. From real estate to technology to small business investing and more, this podcast will be a wide-ranging exploration of what it takes to build a sustainable operation in today's competitive world. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-circle-of-competence/support
 
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Welcome to 5 Things I Know Now: A DGH Podcast - the innovative and practical new series from the Dorset Growth Hub. Following on from the first two series of The Dorset Growth Hub podcast, we’re bringing an exciting spin to the format, where top business leaders share the five lessons that helped them find success. Kicking off this series are the D…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with A.J. Wasserstein, Professor at Yale School of Management where he teaches courses on SMB leadership, acquisitions, and entrepreneurship. In our conversation, we covered: - What is a programmatic acquisition strategy and why it matters - How AJ implemented this strategy while leading ArchivesOne, forming the t…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Mark Valdez, founder of Eads Bridge Holdings. Mark has a deep background in tech, previously serving as the chief of staff for Marc Andreessen before jumping ship to build a tech-enabled small business holding company. In our conversation, we covered: The thesis behind Eads Bridge Holdings EBH’s 4 step digita…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Jeff Sands, founding partner of Dorset Partners, a firm specializing distressed business turnarounds. Jeff is also the author of "Corporate Turnaround Artistry: Fix a Business in 100 Days." In our conversation, we covered: - What strategies Jeff uses in the first 100 days of a business turnaround - How to neg…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Quinn Miller, founder of Blue Agave Vending and Fairway Coffee. Quinn has built a vending machine empire and is rolling his capital into new endeavors. In our conversation, we covered: - How to get started in the vending business - What makes a vending location great - Cold calling tactics - How to bootstrap …
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Twitter personality Bauncey Chillups. Mr. Chillups currently works for a large family office and focuses purely on the public markets. In our conversation, we covered: The point guard analogy for public markets investing His investment playbook for the public markets How he underwrites the long-term earnings …
 
We’re all tired of hearing how tired we are of Zoom events by now - 2021 is the year that events change forever. Whether you’re together in an auditorium or halfway round the globe, Mark Masters’ vision is to craft an experience that’s equally engaging for both parties with the advent of hybrid events. Having staged the first of the ‘You Are The Me…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Nick Haschka, Founder of Cub Investments, a holding company for small businesses, as well as CEO of The Wright Gardner, a commercial landscaping and plant management business. In our conversation, we covered: - Why Cub Investments focuses on continuous improvement rather than goal setting - Nick's post-close …
 
This week, I spoke with Andrew Wilkinson, founder of Tiny, about buying, building, and operating internet businesses. The Big Idea: Podcasting right now is where the internet was in 1999. Favorite Quote: "As soon as I start doing something I don't enjoy, I want someone else to do it and it turns out that's a really good quality for an entrepreneur.…
 
The lava lamp is a legendary product that, while recognisable when compared with its original 1963 design, has continued to be iterated upon throughout its illustrious history. Who better to divulge how such a long-standing business like Mathmos continues to innovate well into the future than Cressida Granger, who’s owned the Poole-based company fo…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Chris Fredericks, founder of Empowered Ventures, a uniquely structured holding company that is employee owned. In our conversation, we covered: A deep dive on how ESOPs work When ESOPs make sense in a business transition How to implement an ESOP The dynamics present within an employee-owned company What types…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Colin Keeley, co-founder of Verne, a holding company for SaaS businesses. In our conversation, we covered: What makes a SaaS business attractive Verne’s playbook post-close Sizing up the software market A SaaS business case study The opportunity to automate back-office tasks --- Support this podcast: https://…
 
If there’s one thing businesses can do to extend a product life cycle, it’s innovate. Whether it be small and iterative, or a massive shift to expand your service offering, it pays to be ahead of the game on fresh developments in your sector. Keeping innovation at the heart of Actisense’s offering of boat electronic systems, their Head of Commercia…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with A.J. Wasserstein, Professor at Yale School of Management where he teaches courses on SMB leadership, acquisitions, and entrepreneurship. In our conversation, we covered: What makes a business attractive Navigating the three stages of entrepreneurship (do, manage, lead) How to optimize a career around your val…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Sieva Kozinsky and Xavier Helgesen, the founders of Enduring Ventures. Topics covered included: How to select partners How to hire the best talent (and what to look for) How they incentivize executives How they structured their C Corp Their latest acquisition: a family-run HVAC company --- Support this podcas…
 
This week, Victor and Benton spoke with Ed Redden, President of Evermore Industries. In our conversation, we covered the following topics: Picking the right partner in any endeavor Aligning long-term incentives between operators and investors How to research an industry The most important economic characteristics of a business Developing talent ---…
 
In today’s world where hybrid models of working seem inevitable for a majority of businesses, implementing the best practices for both your business and your team is vital to your continued success! ViewHR’s Heidi Roper has seen the impact of 2020 on a great number of businesses, and is well aware of the risks around new hires, remote working and t…
 
This week, Victor and Benton discussed Benton’s recent acquisition of a real estate services company (property management, leasing, maintenance). They dig into what his first week was like, what’s on his immediate to-do list, and how he’s feeling as a new owner. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-circle-of-competence/support…
 
This week Nic and Nat sit down with Dr Becky Sage (Director of Acceleration at EDUCATE and former CEO of Interactive Scientific) to share their personal experiences with identifying and overcoming burnout. The symptoms of burnout can include energy depletion and exhaustion, increased negativity at work and reduced productivity. It's the result of e…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Chris Williams about his current search for a lower middle market business to acquire and how he thought through choosing the right route as an ‘entrepreneurial investor.’ In our conversation, we covered the following topics: Deep dive into search fund models How to choose which search fund route to pursue Structu…
 
With VFX credits on massive TV and Film projects like Black Mirror, Watchmen and Jason Bourne, to name just a few, you’d be forgiven for missing the fact that Outpost VFX are based in the very heart of Bournemouth. As a business with teams as far afield as Montreal and LA, they’ve been ahead of the curve when it comes to utilising the tools that br…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Chris Powers about how he built Fort Capital into the real estate company it is today - all while investing in early stage tech companies and running a podcast. This is a masterclass in delegation, hiring, and how to surround yourself with the right people. In our conversation, we covered the following topics: - H…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Thomas Kim about building the Everclean Car Wash brand and how he dealt with personal tragedy as an entrepreneur. In our conversation, we covered the following topics: - Switching from early stage tech companies to ‘boring businesses’ - Everclean’s subscription-based business model - How Everclean trains employees…
 
The world has been made smaller than ever before. With a global uptake in digital technologies that keep countries connected, the way to provide insight that nobody else has is with a team in the target territory. Nurturing a strong team with dozens of staff in 7 countries and counting, Crowd’s Founder & Global CEO, Jamie Sergeant, harnesses the po…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Dan Teran about building and operating a tech enabled services business in the office management space. Dan is the founder of Managed by Q which was sold to WeWork. He was also the former head of Corporate Development and Venture M&A at WeWork. In our conversation, we covered the following topics: - Why happy empl…
 
Growth is a journey that requires you to understand two things: where you want to be and, perhaps more importantly, where you are now. Choosing the right type of coach to help you achieve your goals is vital, and forms the foundation of Lee Groombridge’s 7PM2 Coaching. With a fascinating dive into understanding the mindset and motivations of your t…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with John Wilson about buying, building, and operating businesses in the trades. John is the owner of The Wilson Companies and in our conversation, we covered the following topics: - The first 90 days post-close in a service business - How to structure compensation and incentives in the trades - How John sources deals …
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Bill D'Alessandro about buying, building, and operating great e-commerce brands. Bill is the founder and CEO of Elements Brands and in our conversation, we covered the following topics: - How to source a contract manufacturer as a CPG business - How to apply an 80/20 approach to your business - How Elements Brands…
 
This week Nic and Nat sit down with Dominic Mills, co-founder of Yuup - one of CookiesHQ’s own clients. Yuup is an online marketplace for Bristol-based experiences that launched in September 2020. The vision for Yuup came from a passionate belief in local communities and the role local people and enterprises have in making them thrive. Dominic had …
 
This week, Benton spoke with Ryan Begelman about how his journey in business shaped his views on finding purpose, setting goals, and practicing mindfulness. We dove deep into how he coaches high-level executives to find peace and clarity in the moment. Ryan is the former CEO of Bisnow as well as a former co-owner of Powder Mountain. In our conversa…
 
On the growth journey that many SMEs take, it’s easy to overlook corporate governance as an area that keeps you on the right track. To some it feels like an unnecessary barrier, but consider Dr Donald Nordberg’s alternate approach; it helps you in the same way brakes on a car help you drive faster... Donald, Associate Professor of Strategy and Corp…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Alex Bridgeman about building a profitable podcast in a niche space. Alex is the founder of the 'Think Like an Owner' podcast and in our conversation, we covered the following topics: - The 'Think Like An Owner' long-term vision - Why searchers should start a podcast - Starting, growing, and running a podcast - Mo…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Kelcey Lehrich about buying, building, and operating e-commerce brands. Kelcey is the CEO of 365 Holdings and in our conversation, we covered the following topics: - Branding 101 for e-commerce businesses - Economics of 3PL - Business models in the e-commerce space - 365 Holdings' org setup - The first 90 days pos…
 
If the past year has done anything to business strategies, it’s ripping up the playbook that we might have taken so much care in writing up. The key to staying on top of the times, according to Aetha Design’s Director Sophie Parsons, is staying agile, flexible, and keep moving forward. Having secured a number of valuable clients well outside of the…
 
This week, Victor and I spoke with Mike Griffin about buying, building, and operating blue collar service businesses. Mike is the Managing Partner of the Griffin Brothers Companies and is an incredibly experienced operator in the blue collar space. In our conversation, we covered the following topics: - How to compete effectively in service busines…
 
It takes an admirable degree of confidence to launch a business at the best of times, let alone launch a sports brand while team sports aren’t being played. But becoming netball’s #1 brand is a goal which, with the advocacy of England’s finest players, is well within reach for Bournemouth-based Flyhawk. Having been her own target market, Stephanie …
 
In our brief conversation, we cover why we partnered and our North Star for the podcast. We are excited to share our journey learning about buying, building, and operating wonderful businesses and hope you will join us! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-circle-of-competence/support
 
This week, I spoke with Andrew Wilkinson, founder of Tiny, about buying, building, and operating internet businesses. The Big Idea: Podcasting right now is where the internet was in 1999. Favorite Quote: "As soon as I start doing something I don't enjoy, I want someone else to do it and it turns out that's a really good quality for an entrepreneur.…
 
This episode of The Dorset Growth Hub podcast was recorded shortly before the passing of Mr Lee’s Noodles’ Founder, Damien Lee, whose enthusiasm, energy and inspiration runs tangibly through the business, through to the highly dedicated members of the team. Speaking of the growing international presence of Mr Lee’s Noodles and the innovation taking…
 
Creating a brand is often considered as the customer-facing image of the business, but the visuals are just the tip of the iceberg. Associating the right values with your imagery, and backing that up through business operations and decisions is equally vital to create a brand that people know, remember and, most importantly, trust. In episode 2 of …
 
This week I interviewed Moses Kagan, founder of Adaptive Realty, a real estate private equity firm based out of Los Angeles, CA. We dove into his journey building Adaptive Realty's real estate investment and management platform, how he structures deals, and the pain points of growing a real estate operating company. During our conversation we discu…
 
Welcome to the start of Series 2 of the Dorset Growth Hub podcast! Joining us to kick off the series is Stephanie Carswell, Founder and Creative Director of Hawthorn Handmade, whose offering of embroidery kits has found domestic and international success, particularly within the last year as their sales flew! Stephanie shares the high points and va…
 
This week I interviewed Justin Turner, Partner at Traction Capital Partners. We discussed his journey building Traction and did a deep dive on the first two companies that Traction purchased. The two biggest takeaways from our conversation were twofold. I. Small businesses are small for a reason. Delegation, hiring, management, retaining complete c…
 
This week Nic and Nat sit down with CookiesHQ's own clients for the very first time: Rupert and Kate, co-founders of Stornaway - a platform that enables creative filmmakers to plan and produce multi-linear interactive films without coding or complexity. Stornaway existed as an idea in Rupert’s head for many years, before making it to pen on paper t…
 
We’re kicking off 2021 with a brand new episode in our Behind the Screens series. Lockdown 3.0 is here, and homeschooling is back on the agenda. So, who better for Nic and Nat to sit down with than their home co-workers - ahem, kids - Timmy (8) and Alice (6)? As Nic and Nat are married co-founders, the kids have inevitably been involved in and awar…
 
This week, I'm sharing my conversation with Drew Pearson, founder of real estate private equity firm, Pearson Partners. Pearson Partners' "goal is to create a recession resistant real estate investment that produces consistent cash flow with an opportunity for upside" by investing in quality class B properties. In our conversation, we covered: - Ad…
 
In this special bonus episode, we are delighted to run a live Q&A with all of the guests from episode 14-16 to answer your key questions surrounding "Future Thinking". This episode was recorded as part of BEYOND 2020 audio conference in October 2020. Find Samantha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-kingston-a4811686/ Find Jennifer: https://www.l…
 
Cas Paton is the Founder of OnBuy.com, the fastest growing marketplace in the world and Amazon alternative, who have seen a record 24,000% growth in the past four years since the company’s launch. They boast an 8 million strong customer base and have recently secured an exclusive £1m deal with ITV to reach 44 million consumers across the nation. Th…
 
CEO of Digital Voices, YouTube influencer marketing agency Jennifer Quigley Jones is passionate about telling stories. She builds powerful YouTube creator campaigns for brands such as Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force, Universal Music Group, the Post Office and the Trainline, balancing data and creativity to make memorable content that develops cust…
 
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