S02E02 | Sustain Steel with Richard Curry
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by Comton Group
2M ago
In this episode, we were joined by Richard Curry who is a Programme Manager at the SUSTAIN Steel Project at Swansea University. The SUSTAIN Steel project aims to deliver cutting-edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon-neutral, resource-efficient UK steel supply chains. Amongst other things we talk about: * The circular steel economy * Scrap, and the competitive position the UK finds itself in * Energy and the issue of a green energy agenda * The key deliverables of the SUSTAIN project This podcast was recorded in October 2021, so there has been much change since th ..read more
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S02E01 | FC Laser with Danny Fantom and Daryl Lowe
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by Comton Group
3M ago
We were joined by CEO Danny Fantom and Managing Director Daryl Lowe to talk about: * All things laser * The meteoric rise of their business since 2011 * The outlook for laser in the UK * And the business becoming an employee-owned business in 2020 This podcast was recorded in May 2021, so the business has moved on apace since we were first on site. Danny and Daryl spoke about growing a start-up business in the UK Manufacturing sector from scratch. Featured in the podcast are subjects including buying the best equipment you can afford, slices of luck along the way, doing every job in the busine ..read more
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S01E09 | The future of Laser Technology with Edwin Kroon of Lion Lasers
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by Comton Group
3M ago
This podcast has taken a while to release, but it is just as relevant today, as it was when we initially recorded it. If you have any interest in lasers, then this should open your mind to a whole range of possible uses outside of just cutting holes and shapes in tubes and flat metal products.   Edwin has a scientific background in biology, and on seeing a laser in action for the first time, became almost addicted to the possibilities of this technology.   We talked about the following in this podcast: * Laser applications in the aerospace sector * How we can learn from nature and ap ..read more
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S01E08 | Post Brexit Misery for Imports and Exports with Simon Hartley of J Heebink Logistics
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by Comton Group
3M ago
J Heebink are an international logistics company servicing the Benelux, the German Ruhr, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Simon has been working in the freight sector for almost 40 years, so he has a wealth of experience, and gave us a candid view of how imports and exports to and from Europe had been affected since January 2021, and what customers need to do going forward to maintain the flow of materials to and from Europe. We recorded this podcast in early February 2021, just 5 weeks after the changes bought about by Brexit had begun. Take a listen to get a better understanding of what it is ..read more
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S01E07 | SteelScout
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by Comton Group
3M ago
SteelScout is a digital platform providing purchasing solutions for metal buyers in the UK. The business was set up in 2017 to address what they saw as inefficiencies in the supply chain for metal. In under four years they now have over 8,000 registered buyers and over 130 suppliers nationally, so it was great to talk to them about how they do what they do and what their thoughts were on the market in the metal sector. We were joined for this podcast late in 2020 by Neil Harvey (Head of Marketing) and Karl Evans (Head of Sales and Operations) and this episode covered the following topics: * Wh ..read more
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S01E06 | "Bottom to the Top" with Rebecca Galley of Hydroscand
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by Comton Group
3M ago
This week's episode covers: * Rebecca's early career in telesales * Personal development, and standing out in her early career * Getting an MBA, and how important that has been in her progression * Turning around an underperforming business * Overcoming gender issues in the workplace * Diversity in the metal and engineering sector * Social media, and what the plans are for Hydroscand * Becoming an MD and then dealing with COVID in 2020 * Rebecca's biggest mistake and what she learned from it Hydroscand are known for providing a range of solutions for hoses, fittings and related services, but y ..read more
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S01E03 | "Bottom to the Top" with Rob Brien of Kloeckner Metals
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by Comton Group
3M ago
This is the third episode of The Metal Guys Talk Business but is our first with a guest. This episode is part of our 'Bottom to the Top' series. This week we are joined by Rob Brien of Kloeckner Metals. Rob began his career for ASD Court Steel as a warehouse operative 25 years ago and documents his journey all the up to becoming a board member in 2019. This week's episode covers: * Rob's early career * Personal development, and investing in yourself during your career * Missing out on a job, and how to overcome rejection * The development of E-commerce in the metal sector * The future of the m ..read more
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S01E02 | Business Development during COVID-19
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by Comton Group
3M ago
This is the Second episode of The Metal Guys Talk Business. In this episode, Mike makes up a game for Groupon and Pete says "press the flesh." If you work in the metal or engineering sector, join the conversation. This week's episode covers: * The changing role of business development during and post COVID-19 * Different approaches YOU could try to keep in contact with your customers new and old * The importance of face-to-face meetings in the metal sector https://linktr.ee/comtongroup ..read more
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S01E01 | The Pilot Podcast
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by Comton Group
3M ago
This is the FIRST episode of The Metal Guys Talk Business. In this pilot episode, Pete says "pivot", Mike talks about buying a year's worth of pasta, and then we talk about what's going on in the metal market in the UK. If you work in the metal or engineering sector, join the conversation. This week's episode covers: * COVID-19, and how it affected us * Taking your opportunities at an interview * Pivoting the business * What have been our costliest mistakes https://linktr.ee/comtongroup ..read more
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Episode 9 | The future of Laser Technology with Edwin Kroon of Lion Lasers
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by Comton Group
4M ago
This is the ninth episode of The Metal Guys Talk Business. We were joined by Edwin Kroon of Lion Lasers back in 2020 to talk about Laser and it's applications in many ways that were unfamiliar to both Mike and I, and we'd wager a big percentage of the metal industry.  This podcast has taken a while to release, but it is just as relevant today, as it was when we initially recorded it. If you have any interest in laser,  then this should open your mind to a whole range of possible uses outside of just cutting holes and shapes in tubes and flat metal products.   Edwin has a scien ..read more
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