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E:95 Punchline Talks! With Simon Ford, Chris Creed, Ruth Dooley & Adrian Goodall

Each Friday, Punchline-Gloucester.com editor Mark Owen is joined by leading Gloucestershire business figures from a range of backgrounds to review Fridays national & regional newspapers, discuss what is happening in their own business sector and in their own individual businesses.

Finally, they round off by picking the stories that have caught their eye in this week's Punchline-Gloucester.com.

Sponsored by Hazlewoods Accountants and Business Advisors.

Taking their places on the business briefing panel this week were:

  • Simon Ford - CEO Allstone and Speedy Skips - Simon is CEO of a number of companies. Allstone/Speedy Skips have a turnover of approx. £26million with over 5,000 skips on the road.
  • Chris Creed - CEO Creed Foodservice - the company has just achieved its best results in 50 years with a turnover of £100million - an amazing turn around since the pandemic hit its core hospitality trade and the schools closed.
  • Ruth Dooley - senior partner at Hazlewoods and chair of GFirst LEP - Ruth is a champion of the business community who has a vast experience of the county. Hazlewoods now employs over 400 people within Gloucestershire and have over 25% of its new work force are apprentices.
  • Adrian Goodall - director of Rokeby Merchant Developments Ltd - The company has ambitious plans for £30million development at Downing Warehouse at Bakers Quay at Gloucester Docks.

Whilst the papers are full of the royal family - the panel start by sinking their teeth into the strikes and its wider ramifications to the business community. It is a lively informative chat with the panel working their way through the rest of national papers before getting behind the nitty gritty of their own businesses and marketplace.

The panel fire through lots of subjects, with news and views and there is something to learn for everyone who is interested in business from the people who are at the sharp end of running their companies. It is well worth the investment of time to listen to four top experts - in business you never stop learning.

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