The Essex Business Podcast is for business leaders that are looking for practical advice, tips and inspiration from peers across the county and beyond.
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EPISODE 21: THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPANY CULTURE
The pandemic brought about swift change and company culture was thrust firmly into the spotlight. Remote working, coupled with the accelerated adoption of digital tools, and individuals evaluating work/life balance all became the norm and business leaders were tasked with keeping everything on track.
In this episode of the Essex Business Podcast, we look at how a strong organisational culture, clear vision and robust company values can have a huge impact on everything from recruitment and retention, right through to the bottom line.
Jonathan Austin, CEO at Best Companies, explains the importance of a strong company culture, how to create meaningful change and how the Best Companies employee engagement survey can encourage and celebrate an engaged workforce; Angela Dellar, Professional Certified Leadership Coach, offers advice and tips on how business leaders can build better workplace cultures and cultivate a clear organizational identity; and Stuart Burns, Managing Director at Dura Composites, talks about his firm’s company values, how their organisational culture has changed during the past few years, and the processes they have put in place to achieve their goals.
EPISODE 18: APPRENTICESHIPS – ARE THEY A COST-EFFECTIVE WAY OF INVESTING IN YOUR BUSINESS'S FUTURE?
Over the past few years apprenticeships have begun to increase in popularity again, and with skills shortages often quoted as a key issue facing organisations in a range of sectors, we look at what is involved in taking on an apprentice and the long and short term benefits they can bring to an organisation.
SUSTAINABILITY – WHY BUSINESSES MUST BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE BATTLE
Perhaps the most important issue facing all of us as individuals – the sustainability of our planet - is also an essential issue for every business owner. Increasingly, the ‘green credentials’ of a business are being scrutinised by both customers and would-be employees alike, and so we take a closer look at what companies can do to improve their sustainability credentials and how Essex businesses are leading the way.
Cllr Peter Schwier, Essex County Council’s Climate Czar
Professor Jules Pretty, Chair of Essex County Council’s Essex Climate Action Commission
Jill Poet, founder and director of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses
Andy King, Group Technical Director at Wernick Group
Kathryn Hughes, Director at The Big Bear Cider Mill
Chris Squires, Senior Account Manager at fos.net
Sally Powell, Executive Partner at Tees Law
EPISODE 20: MIND THE SKILLS GAP - IT'S GETTING BIGGER!
Ask any business owner the biggest challenge they face, the chances are the answer will be the skills gap. Recruiting people with the necessary skills to keep a business moving forward is becoming increasingly difficult. Episode 20 of the Essex Business Podcast seeks to answer the question: why has it become so difficult to find the right people to fill that job vacancy.
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