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Each week, Oxfordshire based entrepreneurs Ben Thompson & Mike Foster interview local business leaders and discuss the week’s business affecting topics.

The first Business Brunch show aired on Sunday 10th January 2021. You can watch all of the shows below.

Week 36: How to Protect Your Business

Broadcast: Saturday, 18th Sep 2021

Week 36 of the Business Brunch with Ben and Mike and the topic of conversation was how to project your business with guests Neil O'Regan of Shawcity, Jo Spencer of Spencer Insurance and James Craddock of Get Support IT Services.Watch the video

Week 35: A Look Back at the Last 35 Weeks

Broadcast: Saturday, 11th Sep 2021

This week for The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we had no guests but we reflected back on our past 35 shows, adding a few of our own thoughtsWatch the video

Week 34: Personal Management and Development

Broadcast: Sunday, 29th Aug 2021

This weeks episode of the Business Brunch with Ben and Mike focuses on personal management and development with guest Jackie Fitzgerald from Alquimia Coaching & Development and Lightning Process Practitioner Teodora Pile  Watch the video

Week 33: UKs No1 Motivational Business Speaker

Broadcast: Sunday, 22nd Aug 2021

Something a bit different this week with the Business Brunch with Ben and Mike as they welcomed the UKs No1 Motivational Business Speaker Brad Burton. An inspiring and captivating conversation which will challenge anyone in business to ask "why not?" Watch the video

Week 32: Retail

Broadcast: Sunday, 15th Aug 2021

This weeks episode of the Business Brunch with Ben and Mike featured Iain Nicholson from Oxford City Council, Daniel Greenall from Oxford Vapours and Andrew Wood of Little Wheels 

This week the topic of discussion was around retail Watch the video

Week 31: The World of Work

Broadcast: Sunday, 08th Aug 2021

On this weeks episode of the Business Brunch with Ben and Mike they were joined by Joy Foster of TechPixies, Hogan O'Dowda of WPA Healthcare Oxford and Rebecca Woolmington of HR Central 


This week the discussion centred around the world of work Watch the video

Week 30: Business Legalities

Broadcast: Sunday, 01st Aug 2021

On week 30 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Paul Hayward of Blake Morgan, Vicki Strachan of Strachan IP and Leon Arnold of Freeths 

This week the topic of conversation is how business' should prepare from a legal point of view  Watch the video

Week 29: Oxfordshire Business

Broadcast: Sunday, 25th Jul 2021

On week 29 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Ted Yates from Your Money Friend and Rowan Waller of Waller Estate Agents 

This week the focus was on Oxfordshire businesses as a whole Watch the video

Week 28: Finance

Broadcast: Sunday, 18th Jul 2021

On week 28 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Matt Williams of Cypher, Tracy Smart of The Smart Team and Sam Jones of NGI Finance.

This week the topic of conversation centred about the financial impact of COVID but also how business should be using their finances.Watch the video

Week 27: Travel

Broadcast: Sunday, 11th Jul 2021

On week 27 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Jonathan Drew of The Explorations Company, Rachel Tredwell of Not Just Travel and Theo Chapman and Ben Ryder of Theo’s Gap 

The Topic of conversation was the impact the pandemic has had on the travel industry and how it will bounce back.Watch the video

Week 26: The Arts

Broadcast: Sunday, 04th Jul 2021

On week 26 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Mike Woodward of Opera Anywhere, Giles Stoakley of Creation Theatre and Vanessa Woodward of Sunningwell school of Arts. 

The Topic of conversation was the impact the pandemic has had on businesses from the arts and what the future holds. Watch the video
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Week 25: Armed Forces Day

Broadcast: Wednesday, 30th Jun 2021

To mark the 25th edition of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by our kind sponsor, Cath Convery of Explosive Learning Solutions, along with Mick Latter of Focus ecommerce & marketing and Marc Kavanagh of MK Mortgages. 

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, we spoke about how Oxfordshire businesses could benefit from supporting our local military personnel.    Watch the video

Week 24: Twin Town Special

Broadcast: Sunday, 20th Jun 2021

On week 24 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Brendon Cross of STL Communications, Peter Smith of The M Group and Nick Streeter from the charity, Special Effect. 

The topic of conversation was the Twin Town Challenge 2022 - the charity event that brings Oxfordshire together in 150 cars to raise money for such a worthy cause. Watch the video

Week 23: How to Make Your Business Look Its Best

Broadcast: Sunday, 13th Jun 2021

On week 23 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Paul Jarvis of KMS Litho

Rachel Cox of Amica Marketing and Jackie Cross of Jacqueline Cross Photography.

The topic of conversation was how to make your business look it's best!Watch the video

Week 22: Why Health and Wellbeing is so Important For Us All

Broadcast: Sunday, 06th Jun 2021

On week 22 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Nicola Graham of Tops Health, Sara Southey of The Southey Way and Anne Marie Robinson of BMR Health & Wellbeing. 

The topic of conversation was why health and wellbeing is so important for us allWatch the video

Week 21: How Our Towns Will Change Post-Pandemic and Indeed the Building Sector as a Whole. 

Broadcast: Sunday, 30th May 2021

On week 21 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Mark Smith of Paul Basham Associates and Jayne Norris of Edgars. 

The topic of conversation was about how our towns will change post-pandemic and indeed the building sector as a whole. Watch the video

Week 20: What Do Businesses Need to Consider When Thinking About Their Training

Broadcast: Sunday, 23rd May 2021

On week 20 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Mary Thomas of Concise Training, Sam Stretton of Logicom Hub and Graham Matthews of Tactical Tuition. 

We were discussing what do businesses need to consider when thinking about their training. Watch the video

Week 19: The Best Way to Start a Science or Tech Business in Oxfordshire

Broadcast: Sunday, 16th May 2021

On week 19 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Nicki Campling, the Ecosystem Manager of Barclays Eagle Labs, Matt Brown of Quorbit Ltd and the founders of Oxlabs Ltd - Mike Lawson and Shefali Sharma. 

Our experts were discussing the best way to start a Science or Tech business in OxfordshireWatch the video

Week 18: How We Can Market Our Business and Make It Measurable

Broadcast: Sunday, 09th May 2021

On week 18 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Sally Green of Sally G Marketing & YMS, Josh Cox of Prystine Web Solutions and Sarah Fletcher of Mushroom Soufflé. 

The topic was about how we can all market our business and make it measurable. Watch the video

Week 17: How Important is Creativity and How Can Businesses Large and Small Can Deliver It

Broadcast: Sunday, 02nd May 2021

On week 17 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Brian Mitchell of Rebellion, Andrew Hancock of Brand Asylum and Matt Eastland-Jones of Story Ninety-Four. 

The topic of discussion was how important is creativity and how can businesses large and small can deliver it. Watch the video

Week 16: Planning for Exit

Broadcast: Sunday, 25th Apr 2021

Our guests this week on The Business Brunch with Ben Thompson & Mike Foster on Get Radio were Val King of BFG associates, Paul Avins - Entrepreneur and Business Coach and Carl Tomlinson of Brasenose business services and VFDnet.

The topic for discussion: planning the exit of your business.Watch the video
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Week 15: Why Purposeful Business is so Important

Broadcast: Sunday, 18th Apr 2021

To mark the 15th edition of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we invited 3 inspiring purposeful business leaders to explore why purposeful business is so important. 

On the show, we were joined by Grant Hayward of Collaborant, Sarah Jordan of Y.O.U. Underwear and Matt Elliott of Tap Social Movement.Watch the video

Week 14: Making the Transition from Corporate Life to Being Self-Employed

Broadcast: Sunday, 11th Apr 2021

Making the transition from corporate life to being self-employed can be so daunting, but a common transition to make. 

We were joined by Billie O’Connor of Goring Gap Wildlife Walks, Simon Bradley of Percent Edge and Amanda Howe of MySerendipity, who have all recently made the transition. Watch the video
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Week 13: Helping Local Business and the Economy

Broadcast: Sunday, 04th Apr 2021

On the 13th edition of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike, we were joined by Phil Southall, the Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company, Ozayr Khan, the Marketing Director at Royal Cars and Richard Venables, a Director of VSL & Partners. 

With our 3 guests, we discussed why it is so important that we all champion our county and help bring business to Oxfordshire for the benefit of other businesses and of course the local economy.Watch the video

Week 12: Financial Assets - How to Sell Your Home

Broadcast: Sunday, 28th Mar 2021

The home is the biggest financial asset of most business owners, so to mark the 12th edition of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we found out the best way to sell it. 

We were joined by local experts Niki Schafer, Niki Schafer Interior Design, Ajay Kumar of Cherry Picked Residential and Mark Toovey of the Alfresco Group. Watch the video
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Week 11: How people and teams impact the success of our businesses

Broadcast: Sunday, 21st Mar 2021

On week 11 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike the topic of conversation was focused on how do people and teams impact the success of our businesses. 

We were joined by local experts Kathryn Jeacock of DBKT Coaching, Melanie Greene of Inspire Transformation and Graham Hutchings of ProfitAbility. Watch the video

Week 10: Business Networking Special

Broadcast: Sunday, 14th Mar 2021

To mark the 10th show of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike, the listeners enjoyed an extended 'business networking special' hosted by Ben Thompson & Mike Foster, who own The Oxford Business Community Network.

We were joined by fellow Oxfordshire networking leaders, Stefan Thomas the author of Business Networking for Dummies, Cathy Dunbabin of OpenDoorz, Martin Ridewood of BNI, Su Copeland of the STEM Advisers Hub, Lisa-Marie Mallier of Buzz and Neil Davis of Sterling.Watch the video
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Week 9: Budget Special

Broadcast: Sunday, 07th Mar 2021

On week 9 the listeners enjoyed a 'Budget Special' and we were discussing how the recent budget will impact Oxfordshire businesses. Thanks to our guests, Nick Mason of Wagner Mason Accountants, Ian Roberts of Cashflow Creators and Gary Hamilton of Hamilton Accounts we were able to give the listeners some really practical advice.Watch the video

Week 8: How the lockdowns and restrictions have impacted the events and wedding sectors

Broadcast: Sunday, 28th Feb 2021

For week 8 of The Business Brunch with Ben & Mike, we were discussing how the lockdowns and restrictions have impacted the events and wedding sectors, and indeed our guests views on the recent roadmap. We were joined by Chris Jones of Boys and Girls Promotions, Keeley Dennyschene of Hilton Garden Inn and Alison Hargreaves of Guides for BridesWatch the video
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Week 6: What do you LOVE about Business?

Broadcast: Sunday, 14th Feb 2021

Hear from Alex Glass of easyStorage, Renee Watson of The Curiosity Box & Tony Hobbs of Chapman Robinson and Moore Accountants. Show number six of the Get Radio Business Brunch, Ben & Mike's guests this week discuss what they LOVE about business.Watch the video
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Week 5: How do businesses build their businesses within a community

Broadcast: Sunday, 07th Feb 2021

We're joined this week by Darren Aston of Aston and James and Nick Hughes FISM of Dynamic Coach Group.

We explore what makes a business part of the community and how our guests have done exactly that.Watch the video

Week 4: What Makes a Good Team, How Businesses Develop Their Talent and Get The Best From Their People.

Broadcast: Sunday, 31st Jan 2021

Onto our fourth show where we were joined by Hayley Monks from Think Inspire & Create, Daniel Ede from Ede Homes and Ali Bell from Fitbox.

Moving away from Covid we explored what makes a good team, how businesses develop their talent with care and as a result get the best from their people.Watch the video

Week 3: How The Pandemic Has Impacted Events, The Property Sector and Football

Broadcast: Sunday, 24th Jan 2021

During our third show we were joined by Greg Barnes of Breckon & Breckon, Mick Livesey of Oxford City Football Club and Daniel Osullivan of Red Cactus Group.

We debated the hot topic of how COVID has impacted businesses and our 3 guests shared their experience on how the pandemic has impacted events, the property sector and football.Watch the video

Week 2: The New Normal and Practical Advice

Broadcast: Sunday, 17th Jan 2021

On our second show we were joined by Beverley Sunderland of Crossland Employment Solicitors, Greig Box-Turnbull of Fortitude Communications and an owner of the Oxford City Stars Ice Hockey team and Emma McGregor from Bloxham Mill Business Centre.

Our experts spoke about what the return to the office would look like and how businesses would need to adapt to the new normal with some practical advice for the listeners.Watch the video

Week 1: COVID and Brexit

Broadcast: Sunday, 10th Jan 2021

To kick off the Business Brunch with Ben & Mike we were joined by Kellie Peters of Databasix, Alex Minchin of Zest Digital and Jane Fryatt of Face to Face HR.

We started by debating the hot topic of what the business world is looking like with COVID and Brexit going into 2021 with our 3 guests, who all had some top tips from their sectWatch the video