Real Business with
I present a business show on Meridian FM on the last Sunday of every month at 5pm called "Real Business with Alan Wick". It’s available over the air in Surrey and Sussex, and on TuneIn internet radio.
I interview experienced entrepreneurs who are not only happy to share their success stories, but are also willing to talk about their mistakes, what they’ve learned from them and are still learning as they continue along their journey. Plus there’s a Reflections Section at the end, where I link their experiences with learnings you can apply to your business.
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I hope you enjoy the show, and more importantly, that you learn something from it that's useful for your own business.
Here's a selection of some of the fascinating entrepreneurs I've had the pleasure of interviewing:
Alfie Best, Founder / Chairman of Wyldecrest Parks
Wyldecrest Parks is a mobile home park company. Alfie's businesses in the UK include 75 residential mobile home parks, seven holiday mobile home parks and a golf course in Hertfordshire, along with a 50% share in 15 sites in the US, totalling £285 million. He was recently featured in the Sunday Times UK rich list. He was born in a caravan to a poor Romany Gypsy family. He left school at the age of 12 and started his first business at 14 years old, buying and selling cars and vans.
From private sanctuaries to the busiest public places and highest profile show gardens, Bowles & Wyer is the company behind some of the UK’s most looked forward to landscapes. John has more than 35 years’ professional experience and is a widely published and respected designer, lecturing on his work both in the UK and abroad. He co-founded the company in 1993 and continues to take a lead role in design, client liaison and the planning process. He writes a widely read monthly blog that explores his insights into the design process, ponders on the roles of landscape and maintenance, and relates his adventures with cycling and swimming ponds.
Entrepreneur, business growth and business communication expert, investor and guest lecturer, TEDx speaker: "How Striving Is Costing Us Everything - The Profit Paradox", Carrie works with a handful of purpose-led organisations to create scale, great products and meaningful work. She's the creator of LoMo - fast, self responsible meeting structures. She founded 50th Generation - an incubator in Cambridge and now London for meaningful, growing businesses. Carrie founded marketing and communication consultancy, Onefish Twofish in 2005. She created the The Lead Generation Machine – a systematic methodology for building a pipeline of business. Carrie is the pioneer of "Clean Communication" - a straight forward, human language and way of communicating clearly with other people at work. And as if that weren't enough, she's a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University Judge Business School, Anglian Ruskin University and Finnish Venture Camp.
More interviews to follow....