Small Business Base Camp Interviews Episode 3

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Business Bunker LogoAt Kent 2020 Paul Andrews and Jules Serkin, assisted by Phil Thorne on the sound desk, welcomed seasoned adventurers into the Base Camp to share their small business knowledge with the new recruits in a pop-up Business Bunker on our stand. We're not only here to help you with your accounts. We're here to make sure you have everything you need to make your small business a success. It was so busy, and the interviews are so packed with information, that for the first time in ages Paul and Jules actually lost their voices!

The interviews will be released, 3 per week, on the Business Bunker Show every Tuesday from 1pm for the next month, starting on 19th March with show 225.

You can download or stream the third set of interviews. They make up the second half of the show, but you really should listen to the whole thing. It's an excellent show.

In episode two we hear from Roger Williams, Jackie Brooker and Kent Air Ambulance.

Roger Williams

Intelligent Linking LogoRoger is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Linking

In his interview Roger talks about how his relationship with RIFT began, the initial disbelief and how he was able to make a successful Research and Development tax credits claim and invest the money back into his business development. Roger formed Intelligent Linking to build consultancy with new methods and approaches with customers at the centre. Roger talks about the important of  breaking processes and practices "down to the DNA" level in order to fully understand them and how to re-engineer them.

Intelligent Linking is a new style of independent management consultancy providing interim management, strategy & planning, change management, programme management, management development and performance management services. Focused primarily on the services sectors, using and developing a range of innovative and often proprietary methods to deliver exceptional results for customers.

Jackie Brooker


Dakota Blue Consulting LogoJackie is the founder and Managing Director of Dakota Blue Consulting

In her interview Jackie talks about thinking strategically about recruiting for your small business, rather than being simply reactive. Jackie talks about including recruitment and people needs as part of the wider business strategy, how to identify the people and skills you need to achieve your plans, how to ensure you find new team members who will complement and enhance what you already have in place. Employer branding is increasingly a key issue when attracting the right talent, especially for the younger generation, and Jackie talks how to communicate this to potential employees and how you can benefit from goverment schemes if you are looking to expand your business.

Dakota Blue Consulting cover all aspects of attracting, recruiting, managing, rewarding, training, developing, engaging and exiting the right people for your business. Jackie is known for taking the wealth of knowledge learnt in complex global organisations and communicating this with a down to earth, practical approach to help organisations get the best from their employees right from the start. They

You can read a case study of Dakota Blue's adventure with RIFT Accounting.


Kent Air Ambulance

Kent Air Ambulance LogoKent Air Ambulance

Julie and Megan talk about the latest updates to the lifesaving services they provide such as night flying and on-board blood transfusions. They fly around 2000 missions per year. Kent Air Ambulance is a registered charity and relies on donations, fund-raising events, challenges and volunteering to run the service. You can find out about how to get involved on their website.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance are celebrating over 25 years of our life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). Thanks to the support and generosity of the public, 25 years has seen the introduction of doctors on board, expanding the service with a second helicopter to help cover Kent, Surrey and Sussex, being the first to carry blood on board to enable transfusions at the scene and most recently flying at night.


You can see all the pictures from our day at Base Camp over on our Face Book page.

Check back next week for the next exciting installment of RIFT Small Business Base Camp!

MD Jane Ollis and Senior Accountant Chris Gaze are regular monthly guests on the Business Bunker. Check our RIFT On The Radio page to download past shows and see the schedule for upcoming slots.

Call us on 01233 653006 and see how we can help you today.



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