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The Lock In Podcast
71 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Season Finale!
In the last episode of this series of the Lock In podcast, the team take a look back on the past year of ups and mostly downs, speak to a group of top operators and take a look forward at what the next few months might have in store. Tune in now!
64 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: tackling mental health
With stress a major factor in running pubs under the current restrictive regime, the team take a look at mental wellbeing, from both operators own, through to how to ensure you’re staying on top of helping staff with their mental health, with some great practical advice from experts. Guests this week include psychologist Jason Brennan from Wrkit, Paula Smith from the Licensed Trade Charity and James Nye from Anglian Country Inns. Tune in now!
65 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Challenges keep on coming
The continuing issues around a potential delay to 'freedom day', no news on any support extensions and proposed plans around smoking bans outside pubs are top of the agenda in the latest episode of the podcast. The team is also joined by British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin and Bibendum's John Graves to discuss these issues alongside James Ellis-Smith of hospitality recruitment specialists One Avenue to dissect the recruitment crisis. Listen now! And don't miss the bonus ukulele performance at the end...
69 minutes | May 27, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: The show must go on!
With the Euros on the horizon, the podcast team tackle the subject of hosting key events in your sites. We speak to a number of special guests to cover everything from hosting live music gigs, through to sporting triumphs and even a little bit of culture with Shakespeare in the garden. Heath also bangs on about wine a bit and points out why Father's Day is far better than Mother's Day. Tune in now!
70 minutes | May 20, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Food Glorious Food!
With indoor reopening now well underway, the Lock In team tackle the subject of pub grub, how the crisis has impacted on offers, the challenges around growing your own chefs, calorie labelling on menus and we ask how sustainable is your pub food offer? With special guests Gary Hunter from Westminster Kingsway College, Juliane Caillouette-Noble from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the Michelin-starred legend that is Andrew Pern from the Star in Harome. Tune in now
74 minutes | May 13, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: In, out, shake it all about
With reopening just days away, the Lock In team get to grips with the challenges operators will be facing when it comes to opening up indoors under restrictions. We get extra input from special guests Andy Grimsey from Poppleston Allen, who shares insight on the licensing challenges, award winning operator and curate Emily Kolltviet talks about the value of commuity pubs and shares her thoughts on reopening and Martin Hilton from CPL Learning talks us through how to handle conflict with difficult customers not sticking to the rules. Tune in now!
75 minutes | May 6, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Can't get the staff, literally...
One of the key challenges of reopening has been on the staffing front, from re-energising long furloughed team members, through to recruiting replacements and training teams back up to speed. The Lock In podcast team take a deep dive into those issues, along with special guests Kate Nicholls of UK Hospitality and Hit Training's Jill Whittaker. We also catch up with top Scottish chef and pub operator Tom Kitchin to get his thoughts on the Scottish reopening and the interesting restrictions! The team also pronounce their verdict on the Line of Duty finale, and why not? Tune in now...
66 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Fingers on the pulse...
As the industry starts to reopen, the Lock In team take a sideways look to see what trends are starting to emerge in food, drink, operations and consumer behaviour. The achingly hip Heath Ball and his sidekick James Cuthbertson share their insights into what they're seeing along with special guest appearances from CGA's Jonny Jones and Airship's Dan Brookman. Tune in now!
69 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Baby it's cold outside...
The Lock In team tackle the first week or so of trade, how to handle freezing customers, and speak to special guests Brendan Padfield of the Unruly Pig, and Elaine Wrigley of Atlas Bar to hear their experiences of reopening to date. We also tackle some of the legal challenges operators have been facing with legal eagle James Anderson of Poppleston Allen. Tune in now!
60 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: The challenges ahead
In the latest edition of the podcast, the team discuss the issue of staffing amid reopening alongside conflicting guidance from councils and many other challenges operators are facing and could face in the coming months. The team are also joined by Admiral Taverns CEO Chris Jowsey who discusses the how a possible Covid-status certification scheme would affect staff.
66 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Shape of things to come
The podcast team look towards the future of the pub and bar trade, and discuss, with special guests Stosi Madi from the Parkers Arms and Clement Ogbonnaya of the Prince of Peckham, how the pandemic crisis is likely to shape operations as we move out of its shadow. We also talk to technology provider Prask Sutton of Wi5 about how he sees technology playing a growing role in operations moving forward. Tune in now!
83 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: What does the Government have against pubs?
The Lock In team take a look at the challenges around reopening, from staff to stock levels, and get some top tips on marketing your business from guest marketing whizz Mark McCulloch. The team also get to grips with business minister Paul Scully and ask him what exactly this Government has against the pub trade. Tune in now!
68 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Show us the money!
We're talking finance and funding in this week's episode of the Lock In podcast. From the growing rent debt problem to thoughts on how to crowd funding, the podcast team speak to a couple of special guests on the topics and also discuss how consumer spending is likely to change and how operators can cut costs and boost margins. And James gets his legs out...
64 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
A year to forget?
It has been a year to the day when the Prime Minister told customers to avoid going to the pub. The podcast team take a wry look at what has turned out to be an unprecedented year of challenge and struggle, which has brought out the best and the worst in the sector, and reflect on some of the lessons learnt. We also speak to a couple of suppliers, Aubrey Allen's Russell Allen and Hairy Dog Brewery's Jim Nolan, to get their view on the year. Tune in now.
87 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Budget - bonus or bust?
The budget has been revealed, some would say before the budget was revealed, and the podcast team give their reaction to the Chancellor's hand outs and what it means for their businesses and wider hospitality. We also get some more considered analysis from hospitality veteran James Kowszun and the team test out and assess some new product launches.
72 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Thanks a lot Boris!
With the roadmap to reopening the podcast team give their thoughts to the news, (spoiler,the reaction is not that great) and look at how pubs should be approaching the reopening challenge. They also tackle the tricky subject of insurance with special guest Steven Swift of Sector Associates, and share their frustrations on the insurance challenge. Tune in to hear it all.
60 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Are we all going on a summer holiday?
The ever-changing announcements on holidays is the theme of the latest edition of the podcast, tackling the question of are staycations an option for customers and how this could impact pubs. The team are also joined by Liberation Group managing director Jayson Perfect to hear his views on the possibility of staycations.
53 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Lockdown, loneliness and livelihoods
Ongoing restrictions, supply shenanigans and whether to invest or not - the team take a topical look at the latest issues for the pub trade in this week's episode of the Lock In podcast and we discuss misguided campaigners and the importance of pubs for tackling loneliness.
65 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: People power
It's all about the people in this episode of the podcast as the team talk training, furlough challenges, keeping teams engaged, future recruitment challenges and we speak to special guest Jamie Campbell from CPL Learning to get his advice and tips on staff training and wellbeing. Plus some stuff on crepes and the guys reveal their worst ever jobs...
73 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
The Lock In Podcast: Show us the money!
It's all about the money in this episode of the podcast as the team talk finances, and speak to grants expert Kevin Stewart to get his advice on how operators can prise the cash grants out of local councils. James and Heath also share their thoughts on generating revenue in the lockdown and converting stock into cash.
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