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Episode 89 : Amanda Stansfield, Owner at Granny Gothards Ice Cream

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Amanda Stansfield is the owner and managing director of Granny Gothards Limited and ProIce Products Limited

Amanda’s success with Granny Gothards is often used as a positive case study by Department of International Trade and Amanda is often asked to speak to Business Groups and plays an active role in South West Business Insider Panels. Amanda also works with colleges and students on food and business projects.

Amanda worked for many years as a Management Accountant for large blue-chip companies before taking a break to bring up her two daughters.  Her eldest daughter now runs her own successful children’s clothing business and her youngest is finishing her final year at Exeter University

Amanda had a complete change of direction in 2012 when she bought a small ice cream company with a great product that she could see had massive market potential, she also acquired one of her most important assets, a lady as passionate about where the business could go as she was.

Through hard work, investment in people and machinery, and a passion in what she does, she has taken the business from humble beginning to what it is today, a large export led producer of luxury ice creams, sorbets and sherbets. The business is expanding into the Far East in 2018 and the markets in the UEA are growing each month. The domestic market is also enjoying huge growth and is now sent daily to restaurants such as the Gherkin and Blenheim Palace. Granny Gothards is the ice cream of choice for National Trust Properties and Independent South West Cinema Chain, Scott.

The key factor in Amanda’s business was not to change in any way how Granny Gothards Ice Cream is made but rather up scale the production capabilities to meet the growing demand and ever increase flavours. Amanda will not compromise on the quality of the ingredients or the customer service they offer.

ProIce is Amanda’s latest project and is taking the ice cream to a different market. Amanda and her team have developed a range of totally natural Hi Protein Ice Creams and Frozen Yogurts which is aimed at the Retail Sector, a new challenge for Amanda and one that is both exciting and daunting in equal measures. There is already interest from the USA!

When not making, selling or eating ice cream, Amanda enjoys watching rugby and is an avid follower of Exeter Chiefs, enjoys walks with her husband and dogs, travelling and says her favourite role is being Oma to her 2 ½ year old Grandson Oliver.

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Episode 88: Elizabeth Cooke, Author - Who Killed Mary Ashford?

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Elizabeth Cooke has always had a fascination with books both as a reader and an author. One of her earliest memories is being taken to a library and trying to reach up to the shelves; She was too young to read, but recalls a real thirst to know what was being said inside every cover. Books of all kinds are intimate and memorable for her because she still see them as doors into a private world. A writer reveals their thoughts, sensations and memories: a reader takes the author’s hand. Of whatever genre, a book is a shared experience.

Liz began her career winning a national short story competition, and worked producing some 120 stories and serials for IPC magazines. Her first novels were psychological thrillers of the ‘unnerving slow-burn’ variety, but her main focus has been historical themes and actual events told from unusual perspectives.

When she's not writing or researching, she visits book clubs, schools and creative writing groups. She really enjoys feedback and discussion, and particularly likes the enthusiasm and engagement from young writers.

Who Killed Mary Ashford? This is Elizabeth's new non-fiction, the story of the lasting mystery of the death of Mary Ashford in 1817.

This is a crowd-funded book by

Pledges begin at only £10 and for this you will get the first edition with your name in the book. All sorts of goodies are available for other pledges including a visit to Thomas Hardye’s cottage, a tour of Dorchester Museum’s writers gallery, a one-to-one critique of your own manuscript, a visit to your own book club, and much more.

In her exhaustive research Liz investigated the original trial transcripts, letters to and from the major players, the lives of those involved, the actual places of the events, and found out what happened afterwards. This event was one of the scandals of the 19th century and changed legal history in England. But who really attacked Mary Ashford? Was Abraham Thornton, her seducer, guilty of her death? And how does this case reflect on similar cases today? Has anything really changed for women in 200 years?

So if you are keen to support a creative project and see this book published, please pledge on

Please don’t hesitate to contact Liz through this site if you’d like to know more about her work.

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Alexis Bowater is the Director of Bowater Communications. She offers expert media advice and support on a short or long term basis. With decades of experience in the industry she and her team can offer top of the range bespoke packages whatever your need – whether PR, training, filmmaking, writing or devising a PR strategy. Alexis is an award-winning journalist and presenter who has worked in the media, on both sides of the camera, for over twenty years.

She anchored the ITV evening news in the West Country for seven years before becoming a campaigning Chief Executive of national charity Network for Surviving Stalking.

As a result of her experiences over the years she loves to help recognise Women in Business for their achievements and is a Regional Partner for the Venus Women Awards as well as hosting Women’s Networking Groups in Devon: Plymouth Women in Business and Exeter Women in Business.

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Lisa, joined New Look in 2009 following a move to the South Coast after the birth of her daughter. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in Accounting and Finance, Lisa started her career with Ernst & Young in Cambridge, where she gained her tax qualifications.

After qualification, the bright lights of London beckoned and she joined Virgin, one of the world’s most recognisable brands as in-house tax accountant.  With responsibility for an extensive portfolio of companies including Virgin Atlantic, Cinemas, Virgin Rail and the newly formed record company V2, she also had to collate taxinformation for Mr B.

After 3 years, Lisa returned to the accounting profession at newly merged PwC. As Tax Manager in Istanbul, Turkey, she advised some of the world’s leading blue chip multinationals before returning to the London office and gaining promotion to Senior Manager.

Combining her love of fashion, shoes, handbags and anything sparkly with extensive international finance and tax expertise made New Look the perfect next step forward. Lisa is now the Head of Tax and is responsible for the global taxes across the entire group.

In her free time, Lisa likes to travel with Greece, Spain, Finland, South Africa and Israel on the list, just for this year! She also likes to keep fit, dance – appearing in the local Weldmar charity fundraiser: Strictly dance, and enjoys time with her partner, daughter and dog Lola.

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Sandra Joy Weston M.Ed. is the owner of Weston Fitness in Center City Philadelphia.

Previously, she trained the who’s-who of Philadelphia such as the 76ers and Flyers. She was also NBC10’s Fitness Expert, and Discovery Channel’s featured trainer on “Health Cops”. Now, she is spreading her system of mindset training mixed with goal setting all over the world as an author, blogger, and international Keynote Speaker.

She believes it only takes 1-3 minutes a day to change your body, your life in a positive way, and that anyone can easily achieve their goals with the right mindset.

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Gwenda’s vision and achievements continue to see her be an exceptional educator & leader in shaping and changing the health and wellbeing of people who strive to make life all that they want it to be and for business owners to know how to move past their own obstacles to achieve the bottom line and vision of their business. 
She has become a well renowned motivational speaker and keynote speaker in the field of Wellness.
The Shapechanger Mission is to educate, lead, inspire and empower the individual, the team and business leaders to a level of wellness that allows the participants of the program to experience a sustainable, exceptional state of health & wellness leading to a wholeness in all 8 platforms of life. “Fit For Living, Well For Life”
Everything Shapechanger embarks on is for you. Our professional desire is to offer you guidance and inspiration that will bring optimum balance, harmony, vitality, achievement of goals and wholeness to every level of your being. 
Is your life every thing you want it to be? Is your business all that you want it to be? Are your team a strong foundation for your business? Are the habits and behaviours of your team in alignment with you and your business objectives?

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Elizabeth Mooney is a Long Island native now residing in New Jersey. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and has been teaching dance and fitness for over 10 years now. She is the creator of Country Fusion, a fitness workout that incorporates country music and dance. This workout burns 500+ calories in 50 minutes.  It is designed for all ages and levels. Elizabeth is  also a professional dancer and choreographer who teaches line dancing at various locations throughout Northern NJ.  She has also competed in the Boston Showdown with her dance partner and with her own choreography in the United States Line Dance Choreography Championships.  

Elizabeth's past experience also includes directing her own off-broadway show and owning a dance studio in New York.  As owner of Wild Cherryz and Wild Cherryz Burlesque, Elizabeth was noticed by America’s Got Talent Season 6, Mercedes Benz fashion week, The Gong Show Live at BB Kings, as well as a featured segment on Sirius XM Radio. As for Ms. Mooney's personal achievements, she was finalist in the annual Miss Italia competition, a finalist for an Elite Model Management competition, a contestant in Bikini USA and Miss Hawaiian Tropic. As for her television roles, Ms. Mooney played a showgirl in the premiere episode of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, earned a role on USA’s “Royal Pains” and NBC’s “The Black Donnellys,” and appeared on “World’s Astonishing News” as a dancer and the lead choreographer. 

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As a seventeen-year coaching veteran, Renee Lopez is an expert in the college process, leadership training, and team culture development.

Renee has learned what it takes to succeed in leadership, recruiting, and team development. Through RL Academy, she offers seminars and consults on “The College Recruiting Process and How to Become a College Student-Athlete.”

As a certified speaker, trainer, and coach for the John Maxwell Team, Jon Gordon Companies, Positive Coaching Alliance, and 3Dimensional Coaching, Renee Lopez offers workshops, seminars, and keynote speeches on personal and professional growth through the application of proven leadership methods. 

In addition to helping others develop leadership skills, Renee uses her coaching experience to transform team cultures, build confidence, and unlock one’s potential. 

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Any parents of s student-athlete can also contact Renee for a free consultation.

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Sandra Fidelis is a Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker and Bestselling Author who helps professional women who feel stuck in a 9-to-5 create a successful business that makes an impact. She's the practical, step-by-step, no-fluff coach for women entrepreneurs who pushes her clients to greatness in their business like a trusted friend and mentor by providing practical steps.

Sandra is a former marketing consultant for a Fortune 250 company who turned her passion - helping women entrepreneurs realise their dreams - into her main gig. Today, she coaches women to create successful businesses so they can simultaneously experience more time, flexibility and fulfilment, while making a big impact.

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Virginia is the author of Yes You Can! Your Roadmap to Dream, Create and Profit. She is owner of The Academy of Entrepreneurial Excellence, a part-owner of Molder Rubber and Plastics Corp, an inspirational speaker, an entrepreneurial coach, and a survivor.

She was honoured with the VIP Woman of the Year Circle of Excellence Award. She earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and has a number of certifications.

Virginia’s aspiration to become an author, a speaker, and a coach developed from her overwhelming need to guide others to find success by showing up in their life and expecting success.

The Academy of Entrepreneurial Excellence website is here.

Find Virginia on Twitter , LinkedIn and 719-452-8595

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In this week's episode, Gill reads the forward and first chapter of her book, Celebr8™ Success - How to be a successful working mum with out the guilt.

The first chapter of this 8 chapter book - Confidence and Self-esteem starts the acronym for the title.

Confidence & Self-esteem

Excellence; not Perfection

Lead and be authentic

Energy & Enthusiasm

Banish the Guilt

Role Modes 7 mentors 

8 Steps to Unlocking your true Potential 

Celebrate Success

If you live in the Uk, you can order a signed copy for only £5.99 from the Successful Women website

It is also available on Amazon here, both in kindle format or paperback.

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Today's interview is with a young autistic woman called Beatrice and her Mum Kate.

This is not about business or success in the traditional sense, but it is about a family overcoming challenges and making a success of life.

Kate is very open to helping anyone who might be in a similar position. If that is you, do send me an email to and I will forward onto Kate.

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Today's guest is Vanessa Ugatti -The True Worth Expert

Vanessa is a Transformational Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author of Amazon Best Seller, True Worth: How to Charge What You’re Worth and Get It 

As a child, she lacked self-confidence – looking at her now, though, you’d never believe it.

Originally trained as a bilingual P.A. (she’s fluent in French and speaks reasonable Spanish), she openly admits she had no clue what she wanted to do when she grew up!

Vanessa has consistently challenged herself conquering many of her own fears, from dropping solo to work in a French-speaking part of Africa, launching a successful business later in life or overcoming a fear of heights by jumping out of a plane from 10,000 feet up!

However, it was not until 1997 that she discovered the fear and excitement of public speaking and many years later, following her heart, went on to set up Watch Out World training businesses in public speaking – as she puts it “all through the back door”, as she did not have a training background.

In 2008, tragedy struck as she lost 3 family members in a matter of weeks which sent her into a downward spiral. However, like a phoenix rising from the ashes she once again returned to do battle; this time, discovering her true life purpose – helping businesses charge what they’re worth by genuinely understanding their own value and balancing this with creating value for their clients.

Vanessa’s motto is: follow your heart and never give up!

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'True Worth’ is available from in both kindle and paperback format here.


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Angela is a Business & Life  Coach, Speaker and Writer. She is the founder of High Heelers  a company that was created to help women start and grow their own businesses. She is fiercely passionate about helping female entrepreneurs at all stages of growth.  Not only does she love the world of business but she also loves the self development side that is required to succeed when starting and growing a company and helping women break down their own blocks.   Angela brings over 20 years corporate experience as an employee and business owner.  Her skill and success comes from the fact she is an ideas machine,  she is honest and has incredible instinct when it comes to helping clients move forward. 

A lightbulb moment came at a corporate meeting with very senior managers attending. Everyone was asked what they would do if they won the lottery and not a single person said they would do what they are doing now. Not only was she shocked by this she was also very shocked that no one else was. 

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Kate lost her left hand at two-years-old following a freak accident. Aged four, her parents encouraged her to learn to swim; it was a daunting task as Kate was afraid of deep water and struggled to balance with one hand, but she persevered and went on to swim regularly.

Kate never let her disability hold her back, and alongside swimming she also pursued and excelled in other sports. At 10 years old, she competed in her first disability swimming competition. To her surprise, Kate performed well and later qualified for the National Championships. 

In 2002, aged just 13, she was earmarked as a potential Paralympian and went on to represent Great Britain for the next 10 years.

The proudest moment in Kate’s career so far was representing GB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She then went on to win a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley at the World Championships in 2009.

Unfortunately, illness meant Kate missed out on qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. But she now finds herself working in the media as a sports reporter, and in schools as an athlete mentor - proving that from failure and disappointment you can still find success in other opportunities.

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Alice May is a multi-tasking mother with four not-so-small children. She is fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet.  They live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Her conservatory is always festooned with wet washing and her kitchen full of cake.

Following many years exhibiting as an artist and selling commissioned work, Alice decided that 2016 was the year she would start writing. Inspired by some true-life events and fuelled by some really frantic painting sessions ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down’ simply wouldn’t leave her alone until it was written.

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Kelly is a former NFL cheerleader turned Fortune 500 Executive who, after 7 promotion in 8 years and breaking every record in company history, left her corporate career behind in favour of entrepreneurship. She speaks frequently about building a business on the side while in a high-powered career and how, once she took her business full time, she tripled it with a newborn and retired her husband in the process.

Kelly is also a best selling author and  host of the top-rated podcast, Unstoppable Success Radio

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Today's guest is Zelda de Hollander, who runs Studio Shotz Photography, a Boutique photographic studio in Christchurch, Dorset.

Photography has always been a passion of Zelda's. She got her first camera aged 5 and has loved photography ever since. All her pocket money used to go on developing films she’d taken of her life while growing up. 

After A-Levels,  Zelda studied for a (BA) Hons in Commercial Photography at The Arts University at Bournemouth, at the same time working part time at a small photographic studio; Studio Shotz. 

It was then that the owner decided to move on and Zelda made the brave move to take over the business and run the studio herself, straight out of Uni, at only 21 years old (with massive help and support from her parents).

In May 2014, Studio Shotz Photography left it's retail shop, moving to Christchurch to become an appointment only studio space residing in a residential address. This has allowed Zelda to spend more time with her clients and to work much more flexible hours as well as taking on more location work. 

3 years on, Studio Shotz is busier than ever! In working from home Zelda now has the work-life balance that she always missed out on whilst being on the high street & is now working with some of the biggest and most well-known companies in the Dorset area. Every day is different; which makes going to work quite exciting!

One of the people Zelda credits with supporting her work is Sam Acton of Domestic Angels, you can listen to Sam's interview on the podcast show here

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Today's episode is with Denise Davis of Harmonise your Heart.

Her prior profession to being a Coach was as a primary school teacher. She left teaching when her husband left, as she was disheartened with the way everything had become about ticking boxes and not really doing the best for the children. She was inspired to became a coach for kids (Calm Kids) and a coach for adults (Calm Minds) as the therapies and coaching she had taken, helped her overcome the devastation of her divorce.

 At first when her husband left she was lost and grieving for the future she thought she had, but with the support of coaching she reinvented herself anew. She tried all sorts of new activities such as a free fall sky dive at fifty, flew to Bali to meet friends who were travelling and took her PADI Scuba diving certificate. She subsequently went to Tel Aviv and Amsterdam for trainings, conferences in Phoenix and Colorado and much more…

She now helps clients move forward to an improved relationship or deal with the aftermath of the breakup. 


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Charlotte Chipperfield is the founder and CEO of Chipperfield Media LLC. Charlotte brings more than seven years of experience in marketing and has built a reputation as an expert, thought leader and speaker in the digital marketing space.

Prior to starting Chipperfield Media in 2014, Charlotte managed a number of sales teams and developed marketing and social media strategies for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Charlotte holds a BA from the University of Oregon in International Business and French and is a regular contributor to online marketing publications.

She enjoys working with clients to drive increased customer engagement through creative and professional social media and marketing campaigns.

Working with business leaders to transpire thoughtful storytelling behind their brand, creating driven conversation and a healthier bottom line is what Charlotte finds most rewarding.

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