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Apr 20, 2018



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We're back with our second installment of the Bulletproof Agency Network podcast at Prolific North Live 2018. This time  it’s Paul Barnes (My Accountancy Place) in the host’s seat. With him to discuss the growth process in agencies is Jonathan McNamara (Retrofuzz) and Julia Mitchell (Toast PR).

Topics covered in this episode:


  • The key stages in growing an agency.
  • How to find your own way and get the right clients for you.
  • Finding your why, and then using it to guide your growth.
  • Identifying your niche and sticking to it.
  • Why do you do it? What do you want to get out of all the work you put into growing your business?
  • The all important hiring process, from your first employee to a teeming office.  
  • Julia talks about how she defines her processes, and why she now has an employee handbook.
  • How to ride the line between micromanaging and being too hands off.
  • How not to say yes everything, and choose the work that’s right for you.

Guest BIOs

Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes - Paul is MD and founder of My Accountancy Place, the UK’s leading provider of outsourced accounting and finance services to digital creative businesses. Paul and My Accountancy Place offer advice, tools and support on how to build a profitable and healthy agency.




Twitter: @myaccountancypl

Jonathan ‘J’ McNamara


Jonathan ‘J’ McNamara – J McNamara is CEO and Founder of RetroFuzz, a digital agency creating user experiences that connect brands with consumers. Increasing engagement, improving conversion, inspiring growth.




Twitter: @MrJMcNamara

Julia Mitchell


Ex-Warwick Business School alumni, Julia established Toast PR aged 27 (thirteen years ago in Nottingham) following a successful career in marketing and PR with Boots The Chemist. Julia was listed in the Top UK PRs under 29 by PR Week magazine.  Toast PR has since gone on to establish a presence in Manchester, Leeds and London, winning awards and working with both consumer and B2B clients nationwide including household names such as Vision Express, Iceland and Paul Smith.




Twitter: @JuliaToastPR

Presenter Bio


A journalist and broadcaster for nearly 30 years, Andy runs his own media consultancy in Manchester working with clients like Weber Shandwick, the NFU, and the Institute of Directors.


Andy started in print before 17 years as a BBC presenter & reporter, appearing on BBC Breakfast, Five Live & the Today programme. For five years Andy presented the award-winning BBC1 current affairs programme Inside Out, travelling across


Europe making documentaries on terrorism, the smuggling of illegal guns into the UK and the Manchester IRA bomb. He also made films with Sir Bobby Charlton, Yoko Ono, Lord Heseltine and Johnny Marr.




Twitter: @AndyPJo1


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Next Episode


In the next episode we return to Prolific North Live 2018 to discuss getting ready for sales and investment. Get the cheque book out and tune in!

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