Business Noodles and Doodles

PKF Francis Clark

We’re fascinated by business people and what makes them tick. In our Noodles & Doodles podcast, we meet entrepreneurs and business leaders with interesting stories to tell.

In each episode, Mark Greaves, corporate finance partner at PKF Francis Clark, talks to someone who has built a successful business, finding out what drives them and what they have learned from the challenges they faced along the way.

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In the sixth episode of Business Noodles and Doodles, we talk to Sarah Knight, founder and managing director of Sarah West Recruitment in Exeter. Alongside this, she is also co-founder and director or Tribus People. Sarah talks about how, despite never intending to start her own business, choosing the “exciting and terrifying path” has led to her running “one of the most established independent agencies in the area”. She also discusses current recruitment issues for many businesses and the importance of employer brand in helping to attract staff.

Sep 15

47 min 7 sec

In the fifth episode of Business Noodles and Doodles, we talk to Giles Letheren, CEO of Delt Shared Services who chats about the challenges of running an independent organisation owned entirely by public sector bodies and how his training as a production manager in the entertainment business - working with the likes of Boyzone, East 17, Lee Evans and even the Chippendales - helps keep his projects on target.

Jul 22

37 min 15 sec

In the fourth episode of our podcast series, Amanda Stansfield, owner of the artisan ice cream maker Granny Gothards, talks about her journey since founding the business in 2012, how she tackled the issue of seasonality by exploring global markets and their success in exporting to places including Dubai, India and China. 

Jun 17

44 min 53 sec

Our conversation with Dave Harland from the Eden Project. In this episode, Dave talks about the Eden Project which celebrated its 20th year in March 2021, working with international partners to establish more sites around the world and about the wider topic of sustainability.

May 20

39 min 45 sec

In the second episode of our podcast series, Mark Roberts, founder and chief executive at Lightfoot, talks about their lightbulb moment that resulted in them developing technology which incentivises drivers and ultimately achieves greater efficiency from their vehicles. Mark also talks about how they work with investors including Martin McCourt who was CEO at Dyson for 11 years. 

Apr 22

40 min 28 sec

Will Ashworth, chief executive of Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall and Another Place in the Lake District, talks about the evolution of tourism and how to maintain a strong culture in a growing business. During a wide-ranging conversation, he discusses his family’s long involvement in the hospitality industry, what his team have been doing during lockdown and his plans to create a new collection of lifestyle hotels.

Mar 19

43 min 45 sec