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Business of Possibility Podcast
44 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
S2: Episode 5 | Demystifying Degree Apprenticeships
From bridging higher level skills gaps to improving organisational productivity, Degree Apprenticeships provide valuable opportunities to recruit new talent and upskill in key sectors of the economy. In this episode, host Wendy Austin speaks to Deborah Stevenson, People and Operations Director at PwC UK, Judith Wylie, Senior Lecturer at Ulster University Business School, Dermot Dempster, Managing Director, Clonallon Laboratories LTD and former apprentice, Johnny Mooney, Consultant, Deloitte to help demystify the world of degree-level apprenticeships for young people and businesses.
42 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
S2: Episode 4 | Accelerate your Career with Postgraduate Study
From spotting gaps in our skills and knowledge to reinventing our careers entirely, the pandemic has prompted many of us to hit the pause button and reflect on our futures. Host Wendy Austin is joined by a number of remarkable UUBS alumni who have done amazing things following their time at UU. We hear about their interesting career journeys, personal successes and why postgraduate study is the ideal building block to help you maximise your career potential.
37 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
S2: Episode 3 | So She Did - Championing Female Entrepreneurs
Whilst positive strides have been made in new business creation in Northern Ireland in recent years, studies show that entrepreneurial activity is typically lower for females than males, with men three times more likely to start their own business than women. In this episode, Wendy Austin speaks to Chris Shannon, Student Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, UUSU Enterprise Centre, Leona Donaghy, Founder, Wholehearted Environments and Gabi Burnside, Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager, Ulster Bank. We hear of the work being done to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and the inspiring start-up journey from one successful female business owner.
39 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
S2: Episode 2 | Planning for a more resilient future
It's no secret that small-medium sized businesses form the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy, with family-run enterprises making up seventy-four percent of businesses across the region and contributing significantly to employment opportunities and the welfare of local communities. Wendy Austin is joined by Ian Smyth, Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Ulster University Business School, Darren McDowell, Senior Partner at Harbinson Mulholland and Paul Black, Chief Executive at Alpha Group, to discuss how SMEs, in particular family-owned firms, have fared over the last year and how business leaders can acclimatise to this new reality.
41 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
S2: Episode 1 | Building a Highly Skilled Workforce for Economic Recovery
In the first episode of series two, Wendy Austin is joined by Diane Dodds, Minister for the Economy, John Healy (OBE), Vice President & Managing Director, Allstate NI and Professor Mark Durkin, Executive Dean at Ulster University Business School to discuss how increased investment in skills development and research and innovation will help power Northern Ireland's rebuilding agenda.
40 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Episode 7 | Brexit Special
In this special edition podcast, hear sector-specific perspectives from NI business leaders; Stephen Kelly (UUBS Visiting Professor and Chief Executive, Manufacturing NI) Seamus Leheny (Policy Manager, Logistics UK), Aodhán Connolly (Director, NI Retail Consortium) and Dr Trevor Cadden (Senior Lecturer at UUBS) on the key implications on cross-border trade for NI businesses, practical steps that can be taken now to mitigate disruption in 2021 and potential opportunities in a post-Brexit landscape.
36 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Episode 6 | Unlocking Creativity
The pandemic has challenged businesses across all sectors to think differently and create new value in imaginative ways. In this episode, Wendy Austin speaks to Natalie Nixon, President Creative Strategist at Figure8 Thinking and Author of the Creativity Leap and Dr Michael Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at UUBS about how creativity can pave the way for innovation and open up a new world of possibilities for businesses.
43 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Episode 5 | The Future of Tourism & Hospitality
Wendy Austin is joined by Ian Yeoman, Tourism Futurologist and Visiting Professor of Ulster University Business School, Marianne Hood, Chair of Institute of Hospitality NI and Una McMahon-Beattie, Head of Department for Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ulster University Business School to discuss the future of hospitality and tourism in light of COVID-19, the main challenges facing the industry and key trends that will help drive the sector forward.
46 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Episode 4 | Women in Leadership
In this episode, Wendy Austin is joined by Professor Karise Hutchinson, UU Provost Coleraine (Professor of Leadership at UUBS) and a host of Northern Ireland’s most influential and innovative female business leaders; Roseann Kelly, CEO of Women in Business NI, Kirsty McManus, National Director of Institute of Directors NI and Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber and Commerce to discuss how these inspiring leaders have risen to the Covid-19 challenge and the importance of diversity in Northern Ireland’s business sector.
39 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Episode 3 | Adapting skills in a changing environment
Wendy Austin speaks to Jackie Henry, Senior Partner, Deloitte and UU Visiting Professor, Professor Gillian Armstrong, Director of Business Engagement at UUBS and Maneeza Aminy, CEO and Founder of Marvel Marketers about the profound impact the pandemic has had on the skills system, jobs and future of work. The podcast offers insight into the critical skills and capabilities needed to aid business continuity and economic recovery in NI.
44 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Episode 2 | Innovate to Survive
Even during a global pandemic, businesses are still innovating and demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit. In this episode, Wendy Austin speaks to Dr Kristel Miller, Senior Lecturer at Ulster University Business School, Ciaran Doherty, General Manager of Huhtamaki Foodservice UK and Gareth Irvine, founder of Copeland Gin Distillery, who share real-life experiences of pivoting business models and repurposing operations in an effort to survive.
32 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Episode 1 | Leadership in a Virtual World
In this series, Ulster University Business School are diving deep into the world of Business in Northern Ireland and looking at how businesses are staying afloat in the current climate. In the inaugural Business of Possibility podcast, Wendy Austin examines Leadership in a Virtual World. Overnight, business owners and managers across the world were faced with the abrupt challenge of managing and leading a remote workforce. We have Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland and Professor Mark Durkin, Executive Dean at the Ulster University Business School. Together, we’re discussing effective leadership in a virtual world and how leaders can engage and motivate their teams remotely.
1 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Business of Possibility Podcast - Trailer
A podcast series hosted by Wendy Austin and brought to you by Ulster University Business School. Wendy will be diving deep into the world of Business in Northern Ireland and looking at how businesses are staying afloat in the current climate. Even in a global pandemic, businesses are still innovating and demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit. From Leadership in a Virtual World to Innovating to Survive, make sure you subscribe to the series, wherever you get your podcasts and keep an eye on Ulster University Business School’s social media channels for updates.
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