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E81 Punchline Talks! With Guy Stenson, Gethin Evans, Patricia Hay and Sam Holliday

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.

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

  • Guy Stenson - CEO of Gloucester City Homes (GCH) - an independent housing association which currently owns and manages 5,000 homes with over 12,500 customers within a five mile radius of Gloucester city centre. The company currently has 180 staff with a turnover of approx. £22million.
  • Gethin Evans - is the newly appointed communications and marketing lead/manager for the Golden Valley Development, which is Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Councils planned 200 hectare development in Cheltenham to transform the site into the UK's national cyber innovation centre as well as building 3,700 homes.
  • Patricia Hay - managing director and founder of First base Employment, a Stroud based recruitment agency with nine staff and a turnover of just shy of £2million - this year they are celebrating 25 years in business.
  • Sam Holliday - Business development manager for Federation of Small Businesses representing over 7,200 members regionally and over 150,000 nationally. Sam is also the ex-editor of the Bath Chronicle after spending over 20 years in local and regional journalism.

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.

High on the agenda today - was the cost-of-living crisis and how this will effect businesses across every sector, the change in recruitment and the lack of candidates/jobs, how do you market sure a huge project like the Golden Valley and we also find out more about GCH and what they are doing in the city.

It is well worth the investment of time to listen to four top experts - in business you never stop learning.

Mentioned in dispatches today - Reef's new Whitefriars apartments going on sale, Bakes Quay 30m investment, the £500,000 raised for the NHS scanner appeal, Business West and the IoD.

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