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Andy – Crystal Communication Solutions Ltd

On today’s show I was joined in the studio by Andy from Crystal Communication Solutions Ltd, one of our advertisers.

Crystal is a communications provider for businesses – many of whom are discovering the benefits of doing it “in the cloud”. With the internet being within practically everybody’s grasp, you don’t need a landline to run your business.  Along with the cost-saving, there’s the fact that line upgrades (as your business expands, for example) can be done within software rather than have inconvenient/costly wiring installed.

Hear Andy speak about “cloud” telephony, SIP lines, RJ45 connectors (yes, really!) and he mentions some of the team back at the office…

Below: Andy in the Phoenix FM studio…Andy Crystal Communications


Movies with Mark Searby

Each Friday on the Drive show we invite our resident movie guru, Mark Searby, into the studio and ask for his picks for this week’s cinema and Blu-ray/DVD highlights…

Cinema : Solo : A Star Wars StoryThe Breadwinner
Blu-ray/DVD : Three Billboards Outside Ebbing MissouriCoco … plus, A Fantastic Woman

We couldn’t find a picture of Mark wearing a “Han Solo” t-shirt, so here’s the next best thing!

Mark Searby Star Wars

More from Mark next Friday at 3:30pm…


Brentwood Business Awards – Jane Bennett

As part of Phoenix FM’s support of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 2018 Brentwood Business Awards, representatives from sponsoring organisations will be appearing on shows over the coming weeks to explain their reasons for supporting the event and their category of award.

Sponsoring the “Excellent Customer Service Award” are Bennetts Funerals and today I was joined by Martyn Stevens and Jane Bennett from the company who explained their reasons for supporting this particular award – spoiler: Jane has a history with this type of award!

You can listen to our chat by clicking the player above…

Bennetts have offices in both Brentwood and Billericay and have over 100 years experience.

Martyn and Jane in the Phoenix FM studio…
Martyn and Jane from Bennetts-Funeral Directors, Brentwood Business AwardsMore Information
Entrants can be from organisations based in, or doing business in, the Borough of Brentwood.  It’s FREE to enter and you can enter multiple categories.  Details can be found on the 2018 Brentwood Business Awards website and why not keep up to date via the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Twitter.

You can listen to our previous interviews with Steve Lee (Havering College) , Ruta Gabalis (AeroBlue) , Jane Winfield (Wortley Byers) , Philip Cockram (Pinney Talfourd) and Ian Marshall (Spargo Hairdressing) here.

Coverage in the Brentwood Gazette can also be seen here! – or click the image below for a larger version…


Movies with Mark Searby

Fridays on the Drive show means a movie review – and our resident popcorn-hater and Al Pacino fanboy, Mark Searby, offers his insight into this week’s selection…

Cinema : Deadpool 2 – The Merc with the mouth is back and he has brought friends … 2001: A Space Odyssey – An unrestored version back in cinemas fifty years after it appeared.

Blu-ray/DVD : All The Money In The World – Ridley Scott’s thriller about the kidnapping of billionaire John Paul Getty’s grandson … The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman plays PT Barnum in this musical about the showman’s life.


Brentwood Business Awards – Ian Marshall

As part of Phoenix FM’s support of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 2018 Brentwood Business Awards, representatives from sponsoring organisations will be appearing on shows over the coming weeks to explain their reasons for supporting the event and their category of award.

Today’s guest was Ian Marshall from Spargo Hairdressing who are sponsoring the Sales and Marketing Award.

Ian explained their reasons for supporting the event, this award in particular and explained a bit about what is being looked-for in deciding a winner.  We also spoke about music in the salon (“Phoenix FM, we hope!”), plus the Spargoland initiative, a way of giving something back to the local community.

Ian in the Phoenix FM studio…
Ian Marshall Spargo

Spargo Hairdressing are based on Weald Road and has been in the town for over 10 years.  Their salon boasts a minimilistic look, and their Spargoland Charity is Ian’s way of giving something back to the local community by catering for both adults and children with any form of disability.

More Information
Entrants can be from organisations based in, or doing business in, the Borough of Brentwood.  It’s FREE to enter and you can enter multiple categories.  Details can be found on the 2018 Brentwood Business Awards website and why not keep up to date via the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Twitter.

You can listen to our previous interviews with Steve Lee (Havering College) , Ruta Gabalis (AeroBlue) , Jane Winfield (Wortley Byers) and Philip Cockram (Pinney Talfourd) here.


Movies with Mark Searby

The weekend is upon us once again – and on Friday’s Drive show at 3:30 is when our resident movie man, Mark Searby offers his thoughts on some cinema, Blu-ray and DVD outings…

This week, a gnome that thinks it’s Sherlock (with a white goatee), the true story of a plane hijacking, a very disappointing Western (a genre every actor feels required to do) and John Cusack’s rather poor sci-fi performance.

Cinema : Sherlock GnomesEntebbe
Blu-ray/DVD : The Ballad of Lefty BrownSingularity


The Second Phoenix Family Business Networking Event

Thursday 10th May saw the second Phoenix Family Business Networking Event take place at the Shenfield Cricket Club. This was an opportunity for some inter-business networking and a chance to find out what’s happening in our local business community.

Phoenix Family Second Meeting 2

Our Drive presenter, Charlie Davy, spoke with some of the attendees to find out a bit more about their business and what they get out of a local networking event like this:

First up was Adam from Saint Francis Hospice who explained a bit about what services they provide as well as the success of their recent funraising events (such as the Big Yellow Quiz).  A full list of events can be found here: https://www.sfh.org.uk/fundraising-events

Lee from HS Estate Agents explained about the Brentwood housing market and the services that his company provide in the local area.

Vandana from Open Minds Tuition spoke with me about how they assist with learning – with tuition taking place at Brentwood County High School.

Nadene from Tropic Skin Care enthused about the natural ingredients and ethical products offered by her website.  Nadene also has a Facebook page here.

Want to network with other local business people?
The next event is Thursday 14th June at the Shenfield Cricket Club 12 midday to 2pm.


Philip Cockram – Pinney Talfourd

As part of Phoenix FM’s support of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 2018 Brentwood Business Awards, representatives from sponsoring organisations will be appearing on shows over the coming weeks to explain their reasons for supporting the event and their category of award.

Today’s guest was Philip Cockram from Pinney Talfourd Solicitors who are the headline sponsors of this year’s awards. We spoke about their involvement with the local business scene, being part of a community and when a businesses (or individual) may find the services of a lawyer helpful!

Click the player above to listen to our interview…

Philip in the Phoenix FM studio…

Philip Cockram Pinney Talfourd

Pinney Talfourd Solicitors have an office in Ongar Road, Brentwood and offer a range of services to both business and individual clients.

More Information
Entrants can be from organisations based in, or doing business in, the Borough of Brentwood.  It’s FREE to enter and you can enter multiple categories.  Details can be found on the 2018 Brentwood Business Awards website and why not keep up to date via the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Twitter.

You can listen to our previous interviews with Steve Lee (Havering College) , Ruta Gabalis (AeroBlue) and Jane Winfield (Wortley Byers) here.


A Week on Drive by Charlie

A busy week here on Drive with more Brentwood Business Awards chatter plus a look at cryolipolysis (fat freezing) and an assortment of other shenanigans…

On Tuesday, and as part of Phoenix FM’s support of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 2018 Brentwood Business Awards, I spoke with Jane Winfield from Wortley Byers Law who are sponsoring the “Business Person of the Year” award which will acknowledge a leader who has achieved significant success in their organisation during the past 12 months, showing strong leadership and strategic vision..  You can listen to that again here…

Wednesday, saw Kimberley Smith from Define Beauty which runs clinics at Mind Body Spirit at the Holiday Inn, Brentwood pop in to talk about a fat-freezing technique called cyrolipolysis.  More on that here.

On Friday, there was a news of Welcome to Essex (zombie film), and the Romford Film Festival.  Hear my chat with the guys on this page…

The Best/Worst of the Week
Another week of Drive means another selection of audio nuggets to tickle your fancy

90s Stars in the Phoenix FM studio….

The wrong version of a song gets played!

It’s raining. Our roof has a plastic skylight – so where did they decide to place the presenter’s chair? That’s right – directly under it!

New music from older artists – do we care?

May the 4th Be With You
I couldn’t resist a bit of Star Wars Day fun with our resident movie critic, Mark Searby.

Have a listen to our banter above and you can also hear this week’s movie reviews on this page…  Oh, and we got Mark to wear an appropriate t-shirt for the special day!

May the Fourth Be With You, Jedi Mark!Mark Searby Star Wars


Welcome to Essex / Romford Film Festival

Friday always mean movies on the Drive show, but this week we had a treble dose of film gubbins thanks to the Movie Review with Mark Searby, but also news of a locally-made zombie film called Welcome to Essex and details of the Romford Film Festival.

Joining me in the studio were Phil Scott and Spencer Hawken who explained the idea behind the film festival (now in its 2nd year), plus the logistics of filming a hoard of undead extras running down Brentwood High Street!  [click here for a bonus feature on the filming]

We also had the benfit of Mark Searby’s insight in to classic zombie offerings and how, despite the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and such – that the cinema experience is still strong.

Phil and Spencer in the Phoenix FM studio…
Phil Scott and Spencer Hawken
Welcome to Essex on IMDB
Welcome to Essex on Facebook

For information and ticket bookings, check out Romford Film Festival on Facebook