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Sempar Talks

Welcome to Sempar Talks, helping you grow your business with thought-provoking insights from your host, Steve Timmis, one of the founders of Sempar. Sempar is a firm of business advisers, accountants and tax experts who work with some of the countries’ fastest growing businesses. We help our clients challenge what’s possible in their business and grow beyond their goals. Supporting established businesses with tax expertise to help them plan and structure their business, as well as helping incubate fast-growing start-ups, allowing them to focus on growth.


S2 Episode 6 - Making a living from your creative passion
In this episode, Steve is joined by Michelle Lloyd, the founder of United ArtSpace. From being unemployed and feeling lost, to finding her purpose and turning her passion into a living. Michelle shares her journey and biggest lessons for following your purpose and finding your joy.
34:24 05/05/2021
S2 Episode 5 - Is your business protected should the worst happen?
In this episode, Steve is joined by David Carson from RJS Solicitors and Phil Stroud from Kind Wealth to chat about the importance of having a will to protect your business. David and Phil share their top tips to help busy business owners get their affairs in order and make sure their family are looked after should the worst happen.
32:25 04/07/2021
S2 Episode 4 - The positive power of staying true to your values
In this episode, Steve chats with Nigel Ryan from EVC Solutions about what it's like being an environmentally conscious start-up. Nigel shares his journey, how they're overcoming the challenges of an earth-centred ethos, and how staying true to your values can make a positive impact to set your business up for the future.
33:55 03/24/2021
S2 Episode 3 – Why now is the best time to start a business
In this episode, find out what some of the biggest businesses in the world have in common. And why agile start-ups and savvy entrepreneurs are winning new opportunities right now. Plus get our top takeaways from the spring 2021 budget.
21:58 03/10/2021
S2 Episode 2 – How listening to your customers holds the key to your 2021 growth plans
In this episode, Steve shares four questions you can ask your customers to unlock revenue and grow your business. By talking to your customers and listening to what they’ve got to say, you can identify trends and opportunities for offering new products or fixing issues before you lose business. Understand your customers' needs and ignite your sales revenue for 2021.
12:36 02/24/2021
S2 Episode 1 - An interview with your host Steve Timmis
Get a peek behind the scenes in this special episode as Steve joins Paul Shrimpling from Remarkable Practice to discuss Sempar’s unique approach to their culture and growth. Steve shares how doing the right thing, putting people first and giving their team the freedom, comfort and support to be their best selves is at Sempar’s core when it comes to success, growth and happiness.  
36:26 02/10/2021
Episode 10 – 5 value bombs for using empowering language to revolutionise your business, with Felicity Wingrove
In this episode, Steve chats with psycholinguist Felicity, director of Zen Communications. Fliss shares her expertise from her 20-year career helping business owners harness the value of empowering language. Learn 5 communication wins you can start using today to create an emotional connection with your customers and get the outcomes you want for your business.
27:05 10/28/2020
Episode 9 - Is your normal performance good enough in the current climate?
In this episode, Steve explores how important your NORMAL is to achieving your goals.  He delves further into how improving your own standards and behaviours In these times can put you ahead of your competition.
16:01 10/14/2020
Episode 8 - Change the way you think about business success
In this episode, Steve discusses how taking a step back and understanding your personal goals will help you make the right business decisions. Remember, your business is a vehicle to achieve your personal goals, whether you want to change your life for the better, build a great culture, or leave a legacy. Learn techniques to focus your mind, connect your business decisions with your personal goals and reap the rewards of your efforts.
10:36 09/02/2020
Episode 7 – 5 Steps to unlocking effective tax planning
In this episode, Steve shares five steps you can take to plan ahead, understanding your financial data to make smart tax and business decisions. With just a few small changes you can save money, confidently reinvest in your future and feel less overwhelmed by tax.  
13:22 08/05/2020
Episode 6 - Set your business strategy up for success with Heather Beckett
In this episode, Steve chats with business strategist Heather Beckett who shares her experience of helping SMEs navigate through periods of change, allowing directors to step away from operations, create time to think strategically and empower their team to drive their business towards success.
30:28 07/22/2020
Episode 5 - How to automate and rocket your start-up venture
In this episode, Steve shares his top four apps to automate your start-up finances and keep your accounting records up-to-date in less than an hour a week. Allowing you to make sound decisions and focus on growing your business without falling into the trap of losing your evenings and weekends to hours of admin.
18:35 07/07/2020
Episode 4 - How Inspiration and loss helped shape our business
In this episode, Steve shares his story, and some steppingstones from his personal journey. From being an employee in an accountancy firm to running his own business, Steve explains life-changing events which have moulded the person he is today and how they have impacted his personal and business life.
32:53 06/24/2020
Episode 3 – Is your mindset holding you back? Master your mind with Ross Smith
In this episode, Steve talks to business coach Ross Smith who shares his story of how his life experience in the military and personal journey with mental health shaped his coaching career into what it is today, helping business owners see things differently, let go of the things that are holding you back and design the layout of your life.
76:29 06/10/2020
Episode 2- Is your finance department focused on YOU or HMRC?
In this episode, Steve shares his top three tips for switching the focus of your finance department to report and forecast the financial and operational position of your business, creating a routine for evaluating results and a clear path for your business so that success can be celebrated.
16:10 05/27/2020
Episode 1 - The Steps to a Successful Lockdown
In this episode, Steve shares his experiences of lockdown as well as tips for how you can start to develop a strategic plan for your immediate and long-term future, sharing practices that could help you out-plan your competition and make positive changes to your remote working practices.  Check out for more information. 
13:57 05/12/2020