E131 Punchline Talks! With Alex Kirby, Alan Dane, Colin Frensham and Patrick Downes
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:
- Alex Kirby - director and co-founder of Kirby & Knott Financial Planning, based in Maisemore the business has been going for five years, has eight staff and a turnover of just under £700,000.
- Alan Dane - head teacher SGS Forest High School & also director of education - he is responsible for 300 children, 30 staff - the school has a turnover of approx. £2.5million.
- Colin Frensham - managing director and owner of Tidal Training Ltd. The company has been trading for 11 years; last year was their busiest with an increase of business of over 300%. Currently they have 9 staff and 32 associated trainers.
- Patrick Downes - managing director of Trust in Property, Patrick has earnt the title of being a property guru.
Covered today - HS2, EV charging and cars, a look at the overall economy, young people's work ethic, finding good staff, the covid enquiry, land values, house building slowing down, re-start the heart campaign and defibs, pensions and investments and retiring early.
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