Business, Interrupted

Trent Peek & Richard Ardis

Business, Interrupted is an open and honest account from two best friends who decided to go into business together in the midst of a global pandemic. Trent and Richard reveal all as they share the reality of growing a business in 2020, managing it beyond, and how friendship turned to entrepreneurship. No filters or frills, just real talk on how it’s time to scrap the old strategy, tear up the rulebook, forget the old tricks and open our focus to modern day, successful business. Listen in to hear Trent and Richard bare all as they openly share their secrets, biggest hurdles, greatest milestones and journey to enabling greatness, with the help of some guest speakers along the way too. Connect with Trent and Richard on LinkedIn, and hit subscribe.

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All good things must come to an end... but not for long! As we say goodbye to season 1 of Business, Interrupted, we thought we’d share our personal highlights of the last 19 episodes; the high and lows, laughter and tears, and all that comes in between. In the next season, we’ll be coming back bigger and better than ever, with more business (and not so business) topics, guest speakers and honest truths that all lead to modern, successful business. See you in season 2.If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard for updates and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 28

32 min 38 sec

As we move towards the end of the season, Trent and Richard delve into the impact of ‘noise’ as a distraction and the effect it can have on our decision making. Listen now as they discuss their biggest personal and professional decisions, and if the decisions we make have less of an impact and consequence the older we get. Do we question our choices too much as we age? Or should we be instinctual and daring with big life decisions which could result in massive personal and professional change? If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 1

34 min 33 sec

Pour yourself a pint, get comfortable and grab a pen and notebook*, as this week Trent and Richard take the podcast outside for their first ever ‘Pubcast’!In this episode, CCM’s Head of Operations, Shaun Bentley, returns to join Trent and Richard to discuss their favourite books and what they’ve gained from becoming regular readers. Listen now to get some great recommendations on books that could help you achieve both personal and business growth. *Yes, this is us suggesting that our book recommendations are noteworthy.If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 18

35 min 57 sec

One of the biggest fears shared by people in the UK is public speaking, from getting sweaty palms to freezing on stage, we’ve all got our own horror stories about talking in front of a crowd!This week, Richard and Trent are joined by speaking coach, Peter Hopwood. Listen in as they try to figure out what makes this phobia so powerful, while Peter shares his tips and tricks on fighting the fear of public speaking and gaining the confidence to present like a pro. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 11

50 min 37 sec

In this episode of Business, Interrupted, Richard digs through Trent’s diaries from when he was a child. They uncover his competitiveness and wonder if this trait contributed largely to his success as an adult. Listen now for an insightful discussion about how competitiveness can be either beneficial or disastrous to business. Should we strive to be competitive to reach the top of the career ladder, or should we aim to be competitive with ourselves rather than those around us? If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 5

37 min 23 sec

From trying to create televised edits from home, to searching for feel-good stories in the middle of a global health crisis; we hear what it’s really been like for local broadcasters during the pandemic.In this episode of Business, Interrupted, Trent and Richard talk to friend and Head of Output at Notts TV, Owen Shipton. Owen discusses his experiences with broadcasting and journalism, shares his tips for those wanting to go into the media industry and offers his insight into how the pandemic has changed broadcasting. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 27

43 min 14 sec

In this day and age we would all like to believe that we’re nearing a gender equal society, but how much progress have we really made towards achieving this?This week, Richard is joined by CCM Creative’s Managing Director, Tina Brown to discuss all things female empowerment. The pair sit down to discuss important gender topics including: unconscious bias, women in politics and try to unpack why women are seemingly presented as better leaders than their male counterparts.The biggest question being, do women really need empowerment? If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 20

35 min 36 sec

From being followed home to being reprimanded for doing your job, what effects can a bad boss have on a business and its employees? As lockdown restrictions continue to ease and people slowly begin returning to the office, Trent and Richard sit down with CCM’s very own Head of Operations, Shaun Bentley, as they tackle the problem of ‘bad’ bosses. Listen now to hear their personal experiences with unsupportive management and discuss what traits they think make the best and worst bosses. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode.Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 13

42 min 29 sec

Little over a year ago, the working landscape was still considered ‘normal’. Now, as we start to get an idea of how COVID-19 has changed the working environment forever, we discuss the evolution of working from home. Having discovered 70% of global employees report a higher job satisfaction from working at home and 56% feel more productive; we ponder over the relationship between work, happiness and finding the right balance. Listen now as Trent and Richard discuss past experiences with working from home, the increase of job satisfaction and productivity, the future of the office and the correlation between work and wellnessIf you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. Follow us on Twitter @trentandrichard. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 6

18 min 33 sec

Nobody could have ever predicted the severity that COVID-19 would have on each of our individual lives. From the way we work, to the way we stay in contact with loved ones, there isn’t a single area of our lives that hasn’t seen the detrimental impact of the virus. As we mark a year since the UK began its national lockdown, Trent and Richard sit down with Dr. Emeka to get a frontline perspective on COVID-19 and the unimaginable impact it has had on healthcare workers. Tune in to hear us discuss the following: what it’s like to see patients struggle with COVID-19, how important it is to have access to quality PPE, how losing a loved one to the virus can impact healthcare workers, why education on both the virus and the vaccine is paramount and the dangerous impact of ‘COVID deniers’. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. Please note, this podcast contains a paid partnership. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 31

29 min 25 sec

Over the course of the last 12 months, the world has experienced events and happenings that nobody could have ever imagined or predicted. During the week that marks a year since the first official UK national lockdown, Trent and Richard ponder over what happens next. Fast forward to 2,3,4 or 5 years from now, what changes will we notice from a business perspective? Are there any obvious trends, or warning signs businesses should be aware of? And has the last 12 months completely revolutionised how businesses will operate moving forward? The answer isn’t as easy as A,B,C; it’s impossible to predict the unpredictable. But, there are trends and themes worth highlighting that will potentially shape the future. Tune into the most recent episode of Business, Interrupted to hear Trent and Richard discuss working from home vs working from the office, the high street vs eCommerce platforms, a change in business culture and the rise of the entrepreneur. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 24

38 min 58 sec

Remote working, homeschooling, all changes we’ve had to endure and immerse ourselves into over the last 12 months, but what has the experience really been like from the perspective of a teacher? Episode 9 of Business, Interrupted reveals all. In amidst the school closures, remote learning and preparing to return back to the classroom full time, Trent and Richard caught up with friend and secondary school teacher, Rob Williams, to better understand the impact the current climate is having on the education system, students, teachers and society in general. With flexible working options being one of the biggest positive changes for many industries more recently, will the education system be able to offer a similar incentive for teachers and students, or will we experience the opposite with an increased number of pressures? During this episode Trent, Richard and Rob discuss the following: the challenges and obstacles the education sector, teachers and parents have faced over the last 12 months, a heart wrenching reminder of the emerging socio-economic divide, if technology-based remote learning is the future or a limiting alternative to classroom learning, a comparison of how the last 12 months has shaped a different future and perspective in business vs education and teaching, the perspective of businesses and the working world from the eyes and mindset of a teacher and what changes we need to see from both the education sector and businesses in order to better prepare future generations.If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 16

48 min 55 sec

There’s been huge interest in cryptocurrency recently, with many claiming it’s the future of finance. But what exactly is the crypto market and where is it going? Following on from the response to the latest episode of Business, Interrupted exploring the topic of finance and modern-day currencies such as crypto, the pair have recorded a follow up bonus episode, delving into the crypto market even further. Trent and Richard chat with CRYPTO₿IRB, CEO & Founder of The Birb Nest, bringing you a quickfire insight into a rather fascinating and growing market. During this bonus episode of Business, Interrupted you can expect to gain an insight into when and how CRYPTO₿IRB discovered the crypto market, why mainstream banking and financial systems are becoming more and more broken, what the future growth of the market looks like and a future price target for Bitcoin. The Birb Nest is a community that was formed to educate individuals on how to make the right choices in the crypto market. Adrian’s vision is to become industry leaders by participating in the civilizational revolution offered by emerging digital economies. Please note, Trent, Richard and CRYPTO₿IRB are not and do not claim to be financial experts, the purpose of this podcast is simply to provide insight into the crypto and trading phenomenon that the world is currently experiencing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 9

35 min 47 sec

Finance, one of life’s most important topics, but also one of life’s most daunting topics too. But why? Why do words such as ‘money’ or ‘finance’ still withhold such scary connotations and what can we do better in society to overcome this common fear? There’s no right or wrong answer here, but there are simple changes that can be made to educate and instil greater confidence so that individuals better understand the concept of money and finance. In this episode the pair reveal Trent’s personal obsession with finance and compound interest in particular, why investing (when done right) has greater strengths than risks, if the introduction of new modern-day currencies such as crypto will override traditional concepts and why mainstream banking isn’t always the most sustainable, secure or trustworthy option. And that’s not everything. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2

42 min 50 sec

There is something pretty incredible about immersing yourself into the cinema experience, something that unfortunately feels like a distant memory right now. A visit to the cinema taps into our senses; the taste of a Tango Ice Blast, the hard decision of choosing whether to have sweet or salted popcorn, the comfy cinema seats and the opportunity to switch off from the outside world, an experience we’re all eagerly longing to endeavour again. We know what you’re all thinking and don’t worry, we have some of the answers for you. During episode 6, Trent and Richard speak with Jon Dixon, UK Marketing Director at Showcase Cinemas, to talk about all things films, production, James Bond, the impact of COVID upon the industry and what exactly does the future of the UK cinema experience look like? How is the industry preparing to safely reopen its doors again for consumers? And most importantly, what films can we expect to see? Tune into episode 6 now to find out. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths, personal insights and real time updates, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 23

33 min 20 sec

Morning routines and sleeping patterns, we all have them, right? But what does a successful morning routine or sleeping pattern look like? And does this actually even exist? There’s a lot of pressure on individuals and working professionals to get 8+ hours sleep a night, wake up early, meditate, read a book or exercise in order to achieve productivity and success. This simply isn’t the case, no two bodies are the same and everybody’s routine is and should be unique to them. Social media, and the content we see published online glamorises the topic to a new extreme and it’s time to cut the crap. During this episode, Trent and Richard discuss: the importance of finding a routine that works for you, learning to ignore what we see in the media and online, a book by Matthew Walker that completely changed Trent’s perspective, Trent’s questionable choices and experiences during his career as a student at Sainsbury's, and Richard and Trent’s plans to take part in a week long diet to see if it makes any difference to their performance. Watch this space. Tune in next week to find out how the pair get on. If you’re wanting to hear some honest truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 16

37 min 37 sec

When life is unexpectedly flipped upside down, how important is having a back up plan? Or does it not have any importance at all? Episode 4 of Business, Interrupted sees Trent and Richard endeavour on their first ever guest spotlight. Joined by Laura Brown, experienced Senior Vice President and events professional based in Philadelphia, the trio openly discuss the impact of coronavirus on high flying industries, US vs UK political perceptions, a shift in workplace culture and finally, a mention of the greatest breakfast dish, ever. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and personal insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 9

37 min 11 sec

In discussing the recent GameStop shares saga and in reflection of Trent turning 30 years of age, episode 3 of Business, Interrupted; The Beginning of the End, alludes to one of Trent’s most challenging points in his life. Having suffered from a previous gambling addiction for many years, Trent openly reveals how his previous battles and addictive personality led him on a very slippery downward slope which fortunately turned to be one of his greatest learning experiences. Tune in now to hear the undiscovered truths behind a gambling addiction as Richard questions Trent on what it was that finally drove his isolated, dark journey to a halt. Subscribe to the Business, Interrupted podcast so that you never miss a future episode. New content will be released every Tuesday. If the topic(s) discussed in this episode have impacted you or somebody close to you, help is available. Gamcare, the leading UK provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms is available 24/7. The National Gambling Helpline provides confidential information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling problems in England, Scotland and Wales. You can speak with a Gamcare adviser one-to-one over the phone or via live chat every day of the year, 24 hours a day. Click here to find out more information: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/get-support/talk-to-us-now/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2

28 min 6 sec

Does having a great workplace culture really have an impact on your ability to grow a business? Trent and Richard have been fortunate enough to experience rapid expansion of their business over the last 12 months. However, this growth would never have been possible without achieving a fantastic team culture from the offset. In this episode the pair discuss; why culture is key, the insignificance of high-powered and sales-driven job titles in modern day business and why they think phrases such as "Happy Friday" and “Hump day” have serious negative connotations in the workplace… and that’s not all of it. Don’t miss out, tune in now. If you’re wanting to hear some business truths and insights, you’ve found yourself in the right place! Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss a future episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 27

44 min 24 sec

Trent and Richard, best friends and business partners, reveal how an unexpected year led to launching a new business venture together. But when you mix friendship with business, what is the outcome? Episode 1, When Friendship Meets Business, introduces how the pair formed an unexpected friendship many years ago, and how 2020 saw them take the plunge of launching a new business amidst a global pandemic. There will be tears, laughter and a lot of secrets shared along the way as Richard and Trent provide an insightful, real-time and honest account of running a successful post-pandemic business. No filters or frills, just real talk on how it’s time to scrap the old strategy, tear up the rulebook, forget the old tricks and open our focus to a modern way of doing business successfully. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 19

32 min 21 sec