E126 Punchline Talks! With Martin Hughes, Ori Hellerstein, Enzo Mora and Glen Collingbourne
By Mark Owen
Each Friday, Punchline-Gloucester.com editor Mark Owen is joined by leading Gloucestershire business figures from a range of backgrounds to review Friday's national and regional newspapers and discuss what is happening in their own business sector and their own individual businesses.
Finally, they round off by picking the stories that have caught their eye in this week's Punchline-Gloucester.com.
The Business Breakfast Briefer show is sponsored by Hazlewoods Accountants and Business Advisors.
This week's panel of experts were:
Martin Hughes - CEO of Sands Academies Trust, covering six schools, 556 staff and 897 children. We find out from Martin about his journey from running Lillian Faithful Care, looking after the elderly, to the other end of the community - young children. No matter what, neither is an easy ride but somehow Martin makes it looks easy. How?
Ori Hellerstein - Founder and owner of The Artisan Bakery with two premises, one in Stroud and the other in Cheltenham. Ori started the business in 2012, but it wasn't until he started supplying Gloucester Services that things really took off. Now he employs 25 full and part-time staff, with turnover expected to hit over £1 million. That's a lot of baking! It's tough at the top, as he's up very early at 2.30am. Sales have heated up again, after appearing on Channel 4's A Cotswold Farm Shop (episode 4).
Enzo Mora - CEO of Mortgage Brain. The company has 110 staff covering the UK, with the majority based in Gloucester on Brunswick Road. Turnover hit £6 million last year. We find out how the mortgage market is faring and are they experiencing a slowdown in the property sector?
Glen Collingbourne - Director of Hazlewoods Business Advisors and Accountants and Punchline-gloucester.com BBB show sponsors. Glen is a tax guru and we find out what's happening in the broader business community. Has there been a rise in insolvencies and what's hot on the tax front?
Also covered - RAAC in schools, tackling truancy by using robots, the Rugby World Cup predictor (the panel pick their winners), yoga class raided by police, flooding in holiday resorts, the lifting of sanctions for Russians by the EU and much, much more.
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