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How to get started with podcasting

Pod squad: Pete Morgan (right) takes part in a podcast with, from left, Clare Whalley, Darren Langley and Kate Curry

Town Council Presents to U3A Members

By councillor Simon Ward, leader, Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council

A new product designed to introduce more people and businesses to the world of podcasting has been launched. ‘Podcast In A Box’ is the brainchild of

MonkeyPants Productions. The pack contains a microphone, headphones, soundproofing panels and expert assistance from the MonkeyPants Productions team, who will also help set up, prepare and record the first episode. MonkeyPants Productions is led by managing

director Pete Morgan who has years of broadcasting experience at local, regional and national level. Pete said: “We wanted something for those

people who have a great idea for a podcast, but just don’t know where to start with it. “We get emails, phone calls and messages every day from people who are looking to get

into podcasting but they struggle with the technical side of it.” Pete has also joined forces with fellow Sutton

Coldfield Chamber members to produce a podcast discussing the triumphs, capers and chaos of running a small business. ‘A Funny Thing Called Business’ also features

Clare Whalley of Meta4 Coaching, Kate Curry of The Curry Design Studio and Darren Langley of Darren Langley Web Design. The three episodes so far have covered ‘Customer Capers’, ‘Facebook Fiascos’ and ‘Notworking – Networking’. ‘Podcast In A Box’ retails at £496. However,

Chamber members can receive the product and access to MonkeyPants Production’s online course ‘Putting Your Podcast On The Map’ for just £400.

Contact MonkeyPants Productions at

Auriga wins British Gas contract

Auriga Services has been appointed as the new grant management service provider for British Gas Energy Trust. British Gas Energy Trust was established in 2004 by British Gas as an independent charitable

trust. It provides grants for individuals and families and 17 third-sector organisations from across the

UK, who deliver a variety of in-depth money advice programmes and projects within communities. Auriga Services, which employs more than 65 people, is a specialist company supporting those

with money worries. Chief executive Mark Abrams said: “We are excited to win the opportunity to help many

10,000s of additional people each year by winning the confidence of this highly prestigious Trust Fund. “I am proud of the team at Auriga who are revelling at the chance to make a material change to so many people who have money worries.”

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council recently presented to members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) to discuss support for residents, the emerging town centre masterplan, and projects to help Sutton Coldfield continue to be a great place to live, work and visit. During a two-and-a-half-hour session,

U3A members asked a series of questions on the role of the Town Council and what its plans for the future are on the town centre, the loss of major retailers and car parking. The second half of the meeting focused on the ‘Big Moves’ proposed by the town centre masterplan (see more at Leader of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town

Council and Chairman of the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership Councillor Simon Ward, who presented to and took questions from those present, said: “It was a pleasure discussing the Town

Council’s work with such an engaged audience and I welcomed the opportunity to have a robust Q&A on a range of issues. Our recently launched Strategic Plan shows our commitment to supporting our town centre, moving forward on the devolution of service and assets to improve quality of life across the Royal Town and promoting local heritage, community and cultural organisations.” The U3A is an educational charity for

retired or semi-retired people, with informal talks and presentations in a social environment. There are over 430,000 members across the country and Sutton Coldfield is one of the larger groups with over 1,700 members and 60 different interest groups.

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