If It’s Digital, Ask Anna with Anna Rogers of Digital Annie

Anna Rogers of Digital Annie

Working in the corporate banking world, took it’s toll on Anna so when she hit burnout, she took a year out. During that year, she took up crochet, planned events in the charity sector and was reading herself to restart as a consultant, once again with corporate clients in mind. At this time however, her father took ill and coincidentally he was knee deep in admin and paperwork at the time. This made Anna take note and this is when Digital Annie was born.

Anna has a vast array of roles within Digital Annie, but essentially she is an expert in Digital Marketing and specialises in Facebook.

In this episode, we talk about social media strategies and batching content, Friendly Fridays and the importance of CPD and learning through coaching, reading and listening.

Anna tells us just what she loves about Stockport. The location, the proximity to both City and countryside and of course, the community and the importance of that to local business and residents.

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Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

From Corporate to CBD with Clare Hales of Synerva CBD Oils

Clare Hales had a successful corporate career, flying high, travelling and reaping the rewards. Then she had kids…

Clare Hales, owner and director of Stockport based Synerva CBD Oils.

With the birth of her first child, she found a new problem to solve. Clare had struggled to find maternity wear and knew other mums to be were in the same boat. So after receiving some clothes as a gift, she set upon business number 1, a maternity wear boutique in Wilmslow.

3 years on with increased rent and baby number 2 on the way, she took an 8 year sabbatical until her husband decided she needed a job.

At this stage her brother had been talking about this new supplement, CBD. He was passionate about how the supplement works for both mental and physical health, had done the research and found a supplier. Clare was asked to help with marketing and operations. Her brother has since moved on to pastures new, leaving Clare to run Synerva CBD.

Four years on and Synerva is going from strength to strength and this week, Clare tells her story.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

A Little Bit Of Kitsch with Angela Dennerley of Kitsch Republic

Angela Dennerly grew up with a dream. All she wanted to do was sell records and after university, her dream came true with a job at HMV Stockport. Angela spent several years with HMV, working as a retail manager around the country, but finally returned home to Stockport and applied for a job at local business Music Zone. She then spent the next 15 years working with her colleagues at Music Zone and then Music Magpie, until she decided to pursue her other hobby and side hustle, Kitsch Republic.

2020 and Lockdown has been a challenge for Kitsch Republic, but Angela has come out the other side bigger and stronger. She has developed an online profile, her own online shop on her own website and has even employed staff.

An incredible result, driven by hard work and dedication, Angela’s story is inspirational and she is one of Stockport’s many successes.

Highs and Lows of Life, Business and Muddy Puddles with Michelle Kehoe of Leaf Organics UK

Michelle Kehoe is a 44 year old mum of 2, small business owner. After 3 successful eras of her career, she has spent the last 4 years researching and preparing her little business and the product she is so passionate about.

Straight from school, working in Telecoms, Michelle left the corporate world to help local mothers and women like herself, get fit and healthy as a Personal Trainer and Studio Instructor before returning to sales after an old colleague approached her. Her current occupation is still in sales as well as personal health and wellbeing, Michelle is the proud owner of Leaf Organics, our local CBD supplement supplier.

After discovering the supplement for her own wellbeing, easing her anxiety, and maintaining her mental health, she found that CBD also helped support her physical fitness and recovery, which as an elite obstacle racer, was also a priority. Michelle spent 4 years researching CBD oil, learning everything she possibly could before deciding to give up the day job and start selling er own rand full time.

Michelle is passionate about ensuring she provides the best quality product, offers top quality advice and also ensures that she stays ahead of legislation in what is a minefield of an industry.

This is a fascinating story and I was able to get a great understanding of a subject that has interested me for a while, not only that, but within about 20 minutes of recording, Michelle and Leaf Organics found a new customer.

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple and Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

If you enjoy The SKoop, please leave us a 5 Star review on Apple podcasts and share with your network, to help other people find us too.

While it will always be free to listen to, it is not free to create The SKoop and if you would like to show your gratitude and buy us a coffee, please visit www.patreon.com/theskoop

Knowing Your Customers & Their Customers – Kate Godfrey – Copywriter – Write Stuff

How do you write about a Copy Writer?

Kate Godfrey, to put simply, Writes Stuff. Born and Bred in Cheadle Hulme, she knows her customers and more importantly, she knows their customers. Kate has spent 5 years building her business and honing her craft, writing copy for local businesses and residents.

Anything goes, from Ghost Stories to Property Particulars and even the odd dating profile. Kate uses her ability to write to help local businesses build and maintain relationships with their ideal customers through her copy for their websites, blogs and social media feeds.

Kate is also a mum of 4, a coffee lover and a lady what lunches. She has been working with I Love Cheadle Hulme since it’s conception in 2015 and is passionate about the area, local businesses and residents and wants to use her writing to help build a flourishing community.

Episode 008 – Enhance of Cheshire

Our Tracy, well, what can I say….

Anybody who doesn’t know Tracy Bradbury, should, she brings the party to the party! She also lives “The Good Life”, with a small farm yard in her Cheadle Hulme garden and her poultry antics are never far from her social media feeds…

She is also a very driven business owner, she spent a career in Operations and … but decided as her family grew, she wanted to be able to spend more time with them as they grow up, and start building her own dreams instead of somebody else’s, so she went full throttle and opened up Enhance on 1st July 2019!

Enhance of Cheshire offers semi-permanent eyebrow, eyelash and lip line micro blading treatments, helping local ladies (and gentlemen) maintain their best at all times. Tracy is passionate about providing exception service and super high standards and this shows in the quality of work she showcases across her social media pages and website.

Having been closed during Lockdown because of social distancing, and still unsure of an opening date, The SKoop wanted to speak to Tracy ahead of her First business anniversary, but to also talk about everything she has managed to do in the meantime. Tracy has kept Enhance of Cheshire profile high, by creating engaging content on Facebook and Instagram as well as continuing to support the community by opening a sharing wall on the local estate which has been a huge success! The sharing wall is now closed, but has been an excellent way for local residents to pay it forward and benefit from kindness of others.

With big plans for the rest of 2020 and 2021, including new treatments such as Ombre Brows and Reiki, Tracy has been busy upskilling, to offer her customers even more value. She has a fun filled story, is full of positivity and a heart of gold offering loads to the community and local charities.

Episode 007 – Rainbow 88

Linda Lam, well what can I say?

Linda has spent 27 years honing her trade, 20 of which she has taken centre stage in her restaurant, Rainbow 88, situated in the heart of Cheadle Hulme on Station Road.Rainbow 88 is more than a Chinese restaurant. it is well know for it’s Sunday buffet and Fancy Fried Rice, but what Linda has created goes far beyond. It is a community hub, and place for friends to meet or to meet new friends.Linda spends most of her time Front of House, but don’t let that fool you, shes cooked over 2000 meals herself in the last 12 weeks for the local community since COVID – 19 caused lockdown, but it’s in amongst the diners where she really shines. Linda has created friendships, family and community within her business and it is that and her ability to create relationships that has enabled Linda to not only run a successful business, but to raise nearly £300,000 for multiple charities with proceeds from her event nights and Children’s buffets being donated to great causes.In this week’s The SKoop, Linda opens up about the challenges she has faced and the success she has created, how she turns everything into a positive and thrives on helping the community through both food and her charity work.

Episode 006 – Pink Punch Design

Quite possibly the newest business in the SK postcode, Pink Punch Design opened it’s website doors last Thursday (11/06). We spoke to owner and artist Vee Gunn all about fitting in a new business alongside a high pressure day job, family and keeping house, The challenges she has faced to pull everything together to get Pink Punch off the ground and how an Essex girl has made home in Stockport and now feels part of the community.

Episode 005 – Sorted! (Unleash The Declutterer Within)

Sian Pelleschi is a declutterer and organiser. After moving to Manchester for university, she had a successful career in events, running her own event business for 7 years (In fact, she still runs it now too).

Four years ago, she took the plunge to start her current business, Sorted! Starting initially with the idea of helping local businesses organise office space and filing areas, but now she spends a lot of her time working with customers in their homes too.

In this week’s episode, we talk about changing career, work life balance, the power of change and habit and the psychology of decluttering. Sian talks openly about her challenges, particularly current challenges and how she has been able to adapt her business during Lockdown.

Sian wasn’t born and bred in Stockport, in fact, she grew up in West Yorkshire, before moving to the right side of the Pennines for university and hasn’t looked back since. Sian talks fondly of Stockport and Cheadle, discussing the local community and business networks.

You can contact Sian on her Facebook and Instagram accounts or her website. (links below)

http://www.all-sorted.co.uk

Andy McAnally is a lifelong resident of South Stockport and has set up The SKoop during spring 2020 as a way to draw on the awesome community spirit in the area. The SKoop is for residents and business owners in Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, Marple, Stockport.

The SKoop is recorded and produced by Strength In Media.

Episode 002 – Coach Rimmer

Last week was Mental Health awareness week and so this week as part of our launch, we spoke to Online Fitness & Nutrition Coach, Andy Rimmer.

Andy has spent 10 years as a Personal Trainer and has recently become a father. Andy made the decision to move away from a gym and operate purely online.  This is Andy’s story and you can find him on Facebook and Instagram or his website, linked below.