A Dedicated Follower of Travel with Travel Consultant, Joanne Grogan

Joanne Grogan has worked in travel for most of her adult life. Lucky enough to work for The World’s Favourite Airline when she left school, allowed her the opportunity to travel as a young adult. The dream, one off holiday she went on with her parents, soon wasn’t a one off and she says herself that travel is her first love.

After a short break in a totally different sector, Jo returned to travel after a taster day with Travel Counsellors and her husband noted that she was more excited after this day than she had been her whole career. Now a self-employed franchise with Travel Counsellors, Jo clearly has a passion for travel, has been to many places both near and far and can help you through her experience and contacts find your perfect holiday.

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

It’s Just Jo, with Jo Killgallon of Orchid Coaching & HR

Nearly 4 years ago Jo Killgallon left a career in corporate HR and spent a year or so out working in local bar and shop, Vinehop. Spending that year, evaluating her past, present and future, Jo embarked on coaching qualifications and has since gone on to launch her business Orchid Coaching and HR.

Jo moved to the North West 7 years ago and loves the convenience of her home town, Poynton for it’s schools and nurseries, commuting access  and amenities, but she did complain about our weather.

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

Cognitive Styling Therapy with Natasha Diskin of Savvy Style

With a background as a mental health nurse and a CBT practitioner, Natasha Diskin has found a gap in the personal styling market by combining both her passions, mental health and style.

Natasha won’t hook you up with the latest trendy jacket or designer shoes, she won’t provide a makeover, instead she works with you and your lifestyle to help you bring out your own personal styling as part of as lifestyle overhaul. Whether you’re trying to get a promotion at work, have moved area or just generally want a little more confidence, Natasha will help you to demonstrate to the world and yourself, your personality and how you want to feel through the clothes you wear and how you piece together your wardrobe.

I learned a lot talking to Natasha for an hour and have genuinely considered what I put on each morning following our conversation. I’ve spent a few moments thinking about how my choice of clothes will make me feel and what I want to achieve in the day, will swapping the hoody for a knitted sweatshirt make a difference to my wellbeing and productivity for the day. I really hope you benefit in the same way and I’ve no doubt Natasha will be ready to help if you need it.

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 me a coffee, please visit www.buymeacoffee.com/theskoop

Social Network Marketing with Social Media Manager Vicki Goldblatt

Vicki was a successful market researcher but with a growing family, a husband who worked away and a busy lifestyle, a corporate job in the town centre wasn’t working for her.

She anticipated this with her third maternity leave and dipped her toe into Network Marketing before getting a social media qualification and setting up on her own as a social media manager.

On top of a new business, family life is busy and so flexible working is essential for Vicki but a year on and having overcome the challenge of Covid and Lockdown, she is enjoying building her business  and the work life balance it brings.

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

Around the houses with Angela Bamforth of Three Interiors

Three Interiors

Angela has literally gone around the houses. With a diploma in interior design, she fell into a career in recruitment, came back to interior design, went back to recruitment and is now once again flourishing as an interior designer.

Angela has done it all, from retail and shop based design studio to now a bespoke service for her clients and some bright plans for 2021 and beyond.

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

Let it Roar with Julie, Your Hypnotherpist

What a story and a journey!! Julie has had a full circle career and has spent the last 10 years as a hypnotherapist.

Her practise is about supporting her clients health and well-being and she has used her training to give back to her customers, something she has always been inclined to do. She also gives back to the community on other ways, supporting local Superheroes and working closely with I Love Bramhall.

With the New Year and this week’s Lockdown announcement, I feel so privileged to have spoken to Julie yesterday as her message resonates so clearly at a time like this. I really hope you enjoy listening to Julie tell her story and take something from this too.

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

Flying The Nest with Jill Hardisty of The Styled Nest

Jill is an interior designer with her own fledgling business. After a career in recruitment, that in her own words, didn’t suit her, she spent the last decade making house and looking after her young children. During this period, Jill has pursued her passion of interior design. She has renovated her own home (check out her Instagram, it looks stunning) as well as gaining qualifications and helping friends with their homes.

Now after creating a portfolio and building a website, The Styled Nest is ready to fly and Jill is open for business.

Hopefully Lockdown nearly over, Jill is looking forward to an exciting first calendar year in 2021.

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

Creating an experience with Lucy Allen of Not Just Travel

Lucy Allen doesn’t do things by halves… Like a lot of local business owners, Lucy was made redundant and made the decision to freelance. As a marketer working within the travel industry, she started off freelancing before finally taking the leap and setting up with her own Not Just Travel franchise. All sounds simple and normal practise, until you factor in the full time job for the first 10 months and the new born baby arriving within her businesses first year.

Lucy has a passion for travel and listening to her talk about both her own travels and her business, you can tell this really is her other baby.

She has developed strong relationships with the local community, utilising networking and mother and baby groups. She has developed a brilliant business and has managed to survive lockdown in the process!

If you’re looking for your next holiday, as a travel consultant, Lucy does more than book your holiday for you. She understands your wants and needs to ensure every booking is her clients dream holiday.

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

Just Do It with Andy McAnally of The SKoop & McA Fitness

Hey, I’m Andy McAnally, presenter and producer of The SKoop, Stockport’s very own independent podcast and Founder and Race Director for McA Fitness & Events.

I’ll start with the simple stuff. I’m a Personal Trainer by trade and as part of my role within my last gym job; I established a pool triathlon and duathlon series to help provide motivation for members. Fast forward 5 years and my career has moved on (now in a serious corporate job) but I have continued to provide accessible multisport events locally. I only offer Go Tri events, which are short, achievable, accessible, fun and friendly. My mission is to help as many people try triathlon as I can and hope to inspire your sporting journey.

And to the SKoop… my first love was radio, it was always a dream to work in radio, I studied radio production at university and that dream never faded, I just fell into full time work and my life moved on. I got to a stage I suppose where I realised I should have become a tea boy at 16 and forgone university.

This all changed however when an old university colleague set up his own audio production company 2 years ago. He inspired me again and together we hatched a plan to produce a Triathlon podcast for absolute beginners, something to help inspire, educate and entertain.

Then lockdown hit…

Bitten by the bug though, and with some free time on my hands as I’d had to postpone my events, I started The SKoop. The mission here was to help provide a voice for as many local business owners as possible. Those struggling thanks to Lockdown, the ones without a shop front and even the ones with a shop front. On my road, I can think of at least 10 businesses within the houses I can see from my front door and in Stockport there are many more roads just like this.

The first episode aired on all podcast platforms in May 2020 and 6 months later it is continuing to grow listener numbers. I have interviewed some great characters, with successful businesses and I’m looking forward to continuing to do so.

I also have a day job, 2 kids and still love training and listening to audio books and podcasts. You’ll rarely catch me without my headphones in my ears or around my neck and in the spare time I have, I love nothing more than supporting local businesses having breakfast, coffee or beer with family and friends.

You can find all of Andy’s  and Tamsin’s   contact detail in our own directory at www.theskoop.co.uk

McA Fitness & Events

Tamsin Caine – Smart Divorce

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

Strength & Endurance with Mandy Wong Oultram of FlexFit Personal Training

Mandy Wong Oultram was a graphic designer with a steady income and a new home when a disaster hit with damage to her home and a lengthy legal battle.

During this time, she got into fitness while preparing for her wedding and used it as an outlet for her stress to the point where she found herself qualified as a Personal Trainer and jumping into self-employment.

In the last 3 years, Mandy and Flex fit have gone from strength to strength (pun intended). She has created a community with her clients; had articles in the press and featured in a published book. Mandy’s most recent success was being nominated for Personal Trainer of the Year.

An inspiring story of hard work, endurance, grit and determination, Mandy has achieved success both physically, mentally and with a resilient and powerful business too.

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