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A Half Dozen Things Podcast by Pete Rushmer
61 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Ep 69;Public Inquiries, Driver Conduct Hearings and a day in the life of a Transport Lawyer with Chris Powell
In this episode we interview Chris Powell, Senior Associate Lawyer at Rotheras Solicitors, based in Nottingham. We cover, what the job of a transport regulatory lawyer entails including Representing operators at Public Inquiries Representing drivers at Driver Conduct Hearings Advising during DVSA interviews under caution Challenging civil penalties for illegal migrant stowaways Challenging Border Force or HMRC truck seizures What a Public Inquiry hearing is actually like for an operator or Transport Manager. The various reasons you can be called to a Public Inquiry. It is a fascinating interview and I hope you get some great value from this session. If you want to speak to Chris direct at Rotheras Solicitors, you can contact him here; https://rotheras.co.uk/
16 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Ep 68 RUSHcast; A Half Dozen Ways to retain the best Drivers
With the Driver shortage continuing to rumble on, in this LIVE I want to discuss 'A Half Dozen Ways to retain the best Drivers'. WARNING; and it isn't all about PAY! 1. Hire the right people 2. Support & Nurture 3. Employee Engagement 4. Pay & Benefits 5. Reviews & Training 6. is TOP secret! so you need to listen to the end.
41 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Ep 67; 6 top tips for slip prevention with expert Christian Harris
Slips may not be sexy, but in this session we speak to expert Christian Harris CEO of Slip Safety Services and get behind the astonishing accident data to understand why it is so important to get in depth on slip prevention in your workplace. Christian shares his Chimes model for how to affectively Risk Assess Slips in your workplace, as well as discussing the pendulum test too. He even shares his 6 step method for slip prevention too. Listen today to find out more.
16 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Ep 66; Driver Hours Relaxation and Driver Shortage Review
The Driver Hours Relaxation and Driver Shortage, grab a coffee and catch up on the only REAL news to hit the headline this week! As Euros fever grips the UK we are in the mire when it comes to the shortage of Drivers and the impact that will have on the country. We discuss this in more depth and how to resolve it too in this episode.
68 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Ep 65; Transport sector insights and opportunities with James Adcroft
In todays episode James Adcroft joins us to talk all things transport sector related. James day job is as a Senior Transport/Compliance Manager with a large supermarket. However him and Pete regularly discuss and share ideas on Transport related subjects on Facebook and Linked In. It was great to get James to share his wisdom and experience following his many years in the transport sector. In todays episode he shares; -3 Top tips on for maintaining a compliant fleet (these tips may surprise you!) - The biggest frustrations (or biggest opportunities) in our Transport sector - How we can improve the driver shortage - Shared insights on gaining Earned Recognition in a (very large) vehicle operator. It was a pleasure to have James on todays episode sharing his knowledge. We really hope you enjoy it.
49 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Ep 64; Town planning and modern living with expert and film maker Roger Graef OBE
Roger Graef OBE is a Bafta Award Winning film producer, Criminologist as well as an advisor to Transport for London and the Board of Architects. We were absolutely honoured to have Roger join us on the podcast and share so much experience from all of his careers. We discuss many things from town planning and architecture, public transport through to Great Ormond Street. This is an episode not to be missed. Roger has a vast wealth of experience and shares amazing insights from his many careers. Please find out more about Roger here; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Graef
67 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Ep 63; Superior products and decision making with Anik Zubair
Anik Zubair is a Peterborough based Entrepreneur, his Linked In profile says; 'Ex financial contractor turned E-Commerce owner. Created a niche and built a brand from the ground up. Multi-business owner. Grateful for every opportunity and learning from every loss.' He was an absolute joy to interview and one of the best business owners you can meet. His half dozen things are; 1) Superior Products and ensuring you provide value 2) Balance working hard and smart 3) Self Belief 4) Out work and out learn 5) Have a great team 6) Make decisions that are good for business not your ego. Thanks Anik for joining us on this podcast and sharing your wisdom.
54 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Ep 62; Do what you say you're going to do and your customer at the heart of your business with Michael Ambrosio
We were so excited to have Peterborough based Entrepreneur Michael Ambrosio on the podcast this week. Michael co-founded M&N Vehicle Services which is a commercial vehicle repair centre in Peterborough. He has been in business just over 12 years and recently opened a 2nd workshop nearby. Michael shares some awesome insights. We discuss some personal key skills and some transport focussed ones too. They are; Personal Traits for a great business person; - Honest Hardwork -Resilience -Support and keeping your network strong - Self appraisal and keeping yourself true - Do what you say you are going to Traits for success in the Transport sector; - Put the customer at the centre of your business, service, satisfaction and experience is key - Decision making with skill - Improve your systems continuously - Stick to what you know - Do what you say your are going to (see the thread?) Thanks Michael for joining us we are truly grateful.
29 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Ep 61; Kickstart Scheme - find out more with our resident HR hero Nicki Mawby
In this episode Nicki and Pete discuss the government Kickstart Scheme. How Nicki's gateway can support you and help recruit and retain fresh talent in to your business. Listen in to find out more about how to get a government funded kickstarter, FREE for 6 months!
18 minutes | May 28, 2021
Ep 60; RUSHcast; 6 BS 'Rules' in Transport that are actually misconceptions
6 BS 'rules' that are actually misconceptions in Transport In the sector there is some longstanding BS that is commonly held as true but absolutely isn't. So in this session I will discuss what I think they are and why I think they are wrong. I'll discuss why the below 'rules' are actually BS; 1) Experienced Drivers don't need training 2) 7 hours Driver CPC!?! 3) You need 40 years experience in the Sector to reach the peak 4) The best Drivers make the best Transport Managers 5) You're not a 'proper' driver if you've never driven an Eaton Twin Splitter! 6) You're not a proper Transport Manager if you can't strip and rebuild a gearbox! All the above are rubbish, but rubbish I see regularly on Social Media!
35 minutes | May 21, 2021
Ep 59; The future of vehicle finance with Andy Page
In this episode I catch up with my old colleague and friend Andy Page; he has worked in finance man and boy, which is a pretty long time I think! ;-) It was great fun working with Andy, we poke a bit of fun at each other whilst Andy shares some awesome insights on asset finance too. This one really isn't to be missed so listen in today! Andy's Linked In bio states; 'Broad career in the development of both regulated and unregulated automotive and asset financing and related services delivered through traditional and online distribution channels. Experience in developing and managing business flows in new markets, the development and delivery of new product offers, growth of both own and dealer partner referred business and delivery of additional compliant services and training for delivery associates. A flair for designing and delivering bespoke funding solutions across a wide range of asset types and customers from Multinational board level to sole proprietor. An interest and involvement in Fintech currently fostering concepts in new funding methods. I have the ambition to use my experience to be an innovation leader in the asset finance industry, to meet customers’ changing needs, enhance competitive advantage and grow their business. I will achieve this by developing solutions that deliver an exceptional customer experience, respond to changing business models and meet the demands of today’s changing environment. Financing is undergoing a revolution with customers wanting 24/7 access to services, their own data and the integration of telematics to drive usage based pricing. Open source banking will also simplify and greatly expedite the delivery of the credit decision process. I have fostered offers in some of these areas to enable forward thinking businesses to adapt to these opportunities. I am also available to support lenders transition to fully directly connect with their customers on line and take advantage of Open source participation to see what benefits and cost savings that can bring to funders and their customers.' Andy is a great guy and I am sure you will enjoy this episode too. See you all next time, thanks for coming.
43 minutes | May 14, 2021
Ep 58; Becoming your Motorway Buddy with Chris Holloway
In this episode we are joined by self confessed Driver with an idea Chris Holloway. And some idea that was when he came up with Motorway Buddy. Designed by a Driver FOR Drivers. In 2011 Chris Holloway, a tanker driver from Manchester, UK was frantically searching for somewhere safe and secure to park. Turning down a wrong street could lead to catastrophic consequences, and parking in a lay-by with 20 tonnes of cryogenic liquid to keep him company overnight made him feel a little weak at the knees! The Motorway Buddy driver friendly compliance management suite enables real time visibility of your drivers daily walk around checks, accident reporting, safe loading practice, UK border force checks, safe parking checklist and a crime reporting tool that assist in building the only freight crime hotspot map of the UK.
14 minutes | May 7, 2021
Ep 57; RUSHCAST The Common Mistakes of Fleet Operators
In this Rushcast I will look at the most Common Mistakes of Fleet Operators. We will cover the common mistakes made when it comes to maintaining vehicles, roadworthiness and managing drivers activities too. We will also explore what happens when it goes wrong.
45 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Ep 56; Alternative Fuels, Carbon Hero to Carbon Zero with Darren Newman
It's my pleasure to welcome Darren Newman from Low Carbon Truck Consultancy on today's podcast. Darren is a friend and ex colleague having worked closely together for Volvo Trucks. Darren talks us through the array of fuel options currently available as well as an expert look into the future. If you want genuine low carbon advice without your local truck salesmen's BS. Darren is your man. His LinkedIn Bio says; We have over 30 years commercial vehicle experience so you can be sure we’ll understand your truck operation. We are truck people and we speak your language. We are focused on the practical ways truck operators can reduce CO2 emissions. Having been involved in many vehicle trials with operators in different sectors and various fleet sizes, we understand how operational factors can affect technology choice and trial results.
17 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Ep 55; 5 Areas to improve your Operator Compliance Risk Score
5 easy areas to focus on that will transform your Transport performance and make a positive impact on your Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) 1) Goods Vehicle Online 2) Vehicle Maintenance 3) Driver Management 4) Good software systems 5) Ask for help if you need it We are helping increasing numbers of Restricted Operator Licence Holders solve their compliance headaches and here are some quick pointers for you to help yourself
58 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Ep 54; Business and going carbon zero with Ben Aveling
Ben Aveling an I go WAY BACK! I really enjoyed inviting Ben on for a second episode, this is a really chilled chat around environmental impact, going carbon zero, being a vegan and when comedy nights will return!
49 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Ep 53; Digital Transformation in your Business with Olly Forder
In this episode Tech Wizard Olly discusses his old age, bank robbery, how to fight off a shark attack and are we living in the matrix!? This is was an awesome Live with Olly that has been edited into the podcast and we discuss how he got into the Tech world, his background career, what digital transformation is. As well as exploring simulation theory!
46 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Ep 52; Poonam Anandaraj; 5 Peak Health Tips for Professional Drivers
Poonam is a chartered physiotherapist and owner of Peterborough Centre, Peak Health Clinics. In this episode she discusses the key areas for you to pay to attention to maintain Peak Health in your team of drivers. 5 Top Tips For Health in Truck Drivers Typical musculoskeletal injuries seen in long distance drivers including; neck, back, wrists, carpal tunnel, old whiplash, stiff hips and knees, arthritic conditions etc Negative effects of prolonged sitting:Blood clots Mental fatigue Physical fatigue Posture deterioration Generalised muscle atrophy Nutrition Headaches / glare off the road or lights General mental health Need for regular Musculoskeletal check ups
51 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Ep 51; Lesley O'Brien OBE courage and passion an International Women's Day Special
This episode was recorded as a Lunch Live session on International Women's Day. Lesley was recently awarded an OBE for the awesome work she has done for Diversity and Inclusion in the Transport Sector as part of the creation of 'She's RHA'. Lesley was an amazing guest and this episode is one not to miss! Lesley's A Half Dozen Things are; Follow your passion Courage The importance of Allies Follow you values Passion AGAIN! Don’t fall in love! (Too Soon) Lesley also runs Freight People; 'Passionate about supporting colleagues and raising standards in the industry, our monthly freight people forums bring together people from various areas of transport and skills sets to share best practice and ideas and listen to a presentation from one of our industry expert speakers. #talkingtransport'
47 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Ep 50; Enabling Greatness with Chelsea Peek
In this episode, Pete is joined by Chelsea Peek. She is head of people at CCM Group Ltd and Trusted PPE. CCM Group grew their team a whopping 200% between 2020 and 2021 during a global pandemic, moved into new premises and launched Trusted PPE. Flagship recently carried out some training for them and were hugely impressed by the approach taken by the senior team and Pete wanted to find out more. Chelsea's A Half Dozen Things to 'Enable Greatness' are; Mental Health & Wellness Flexible Working Sustainability Physical Health People Development Training
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