112 Building an authentic, sustainable business, with Geryn Evans

Founder and CEO of sustainable pet brand Project Blu, Geryn Evans, talks to Jane about building a responsible brand, valuing businesses, and the risks an entrepreneur might undertake when they have attractive intellectual property. Geryn prides his company on its genuinely disruptive approach to pet furnishings, by using recycled materials and avoiding fabrics with a high carbon footprint. After leaving a large US consultancy firm and joining the family business, Geryn developed his interest…


111 Setting up a side hustle with Hanna Pumfrey

Hanna has made her career in marketing, which provides her full-time employment, but when her job gave her a little headspace in March 2018, she made use of that time by starting Acala, a zero-waste, plastic-free health and beauty online shop. Hanna used her digital marketing experience to promote the business, which her employer was happy for her to do (although not on company time!), and within the first 18 months the site turned over around a quarter of a million pounds. Hanna and Jame also…


110 Growing a portfolio career from a deeply-held passion

Renowned coach and business owner Simon Clifford shares his journey from teaching to successful entrepreneur, and how he bet early on young enthusiastic footballers and coaches, lowering the barrier to entry by making his knowledge and experience more affordable. Simon is known for introducing English footballers to Brazilian training techniques, via his Brazilian Soccer Schools franchise. He also works as a technical consultant for TV and film, including Bend it Like Beckham, The Damned…


109: Staying proactive in difficult times, with Dr Lynda Shaw

Dr Lynda Shaw shares ways to trick your brain out of interview stress, and ways you can help combat the sense of overwhelm and anxiety that’s worsened for many during lockdown. Dr Shaw is a self-confessed travel junkie, who ran a number of successful businesses before becoming a working mother. She studied anthropology, psychology and neuroscience, focusing on the unconscious processing of emotion, and is the author of books that help readers take control over their brains. In recounting a…


108: Help for Job Searchers during this time of uncertainty

At Career Farm we were wondering what we could do to help those who have been made redundant or those really worried about their future career. We have decided to make Career Maximiser, our online career development programme free to those who need it. All you need to do is contact us via our contact page and we will send you the code which gives you free access until the end of July. https://thecareerfarm.com/about/contact/   What companies are hiring? As well as keeping an eye out in…


107: How to enrich and future proof your career

John Fitzgerald is Managing Director of Harmonics www.harmonics.ie Ireland’s leading career consulting firm. He has coached hundreds of blue-chip Senior Executives over the past two decades to rethink their career strategy. John currently serves on the board of OI Global Partners, a global career consulting practice with 225 office in 28 countries worldwide.  John is the author of ‘Future Proof Your Career’ described by many reviewers as a “wake up call”. He is the creator of the Future Career…


106: How to take your stress levels down

Normally I interview authors of new career books, social entrepreneurs and career changers on my podcast but this month it didn't seem right to carry on as normal. This podcast is based on a blog I wrote for my MBA students at Leeds University as I was worried about how they were coping being away from home and loved ones. For the large majority of us what is happening is unsettling, scary and deeply sad – never mind the threat of getting sick. But remember you are not alone, we are all in…


Blog Post: How to take your stress levels down

My son has devised a traffic light system in our house to see where our stress levels are.  At lunchtime we all check what light we are on.       And I was stuck on red all last week! However this weekend, I got to amber and then on Sunday I was getting to green.        Many of us will be feeling stressed right now….for many different reasons. Here are some ideas from friends, some may work for you. I am trying them out and so far I think they are helping, as I am…


New improvements to our website and Maximiser Programmes

We are always striving to improve our service and continually exploring new ways to communicate more efficiently and effectively. Thank you to everyone for your feedback and we have listened (as we always try to do)!   Accessibility improvements have been made to both the Career Farm website and the Maximiser courses in order to achieve better alignment with the WCAG standards, as raised by our clients. The improvements were mainly aimed at making the sites better for visually impaired…


105: How I changed from Finance to the Renewable Energy Sector with Mike Kaye

This podcast could not be more topical after the recent news banning petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from the UK by 2035. Do you have an interest in the Environment? How can you make Renewable Energy more efficient? Turn your passion into a career. Mike Kaye is the Managing Director of Energy Oasis, he specialises in intelligent zero carbon solutions for businesses, third sectors and local governments.  He helps them reduce their carbon footprint and thus create sustainable power on their sites…