Baachu Talk Podcast

Showcasing the human leadership stories behind UK public and business services

Part of 18-24 May 2020, mental health week kindness theme, I shared my kindness stories

I then reached out to few industry leaders to share their kindness story, Baachu Talk Podcast was born 1st June. I noticed everyone has different views and priorities, differences aside they all want the best for the country.

This podcast is my little part to showcase human leadership behind our public services (private, public, tech, third sector) and enable us to come together and kickstart a concerted effort to maintain and build on this – ‘Together’.

I personally invite you to listen to Baachu Talk.



Baskar Sundaram

Today's Guest Is Martin Traynor OBE

Martin Traynor OBE comes from a business background, with much of his early career spent in the hospitality sector, managing various hotels across the UK. He then spent 14 years as Group Chief Executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce (including the Business Link service).  In recent years, Martin moved to a portfolio career where he is now a Non-Executive Chairman of three leisure businesses, Deputy Chairman of a University hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and has also completed two three-year terms on the government’s Regulatory Policy Committee. In the 2007, Martin was awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours for “services to business and the community of the East Midlands”.

In this episode, we will discuss Martin’s 

  • Early life and education 
  • First Job 
  • Entry and 22 years’ experience in Hospitality sector 
  • 14 years as Group Chief Executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce
  • Government’s Regulatory Policy Committee role 
  • Small Business Crown Representative, Cabinet Office role
  • Recommended SME resources 
  • First reaction hearing Covid19 lockdown and subsequent approach
  • Adaptation to new normal 
  • Advice to people wanting to pursue non executive career 
  • One kind or thoughtful thing someone did to him
  • Kindest person he knows
  • Best piece of advice he has received
  • Biggest lesson life has taught him

and few random questions.. 

Few random questions

  • As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
  • What trait do you like the most about yourself?
  • What random stranger has had the biggest impact on your life? 
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  • If you could go to the past or future, where would you stay and why?
  • What was the best year of your life? Why?
  • What is the scariest thing you have ever done for fun?
  • If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?
  • What have you observed lately (Covid 19) that reminded you that people are kind?
  • What is the biggest lesson life has taught you?
  • What is one kind or thoughtful thing someone did to you recently?
  • Who is the kindest person you know?
  • What is the best piece of advice you’ve received and from whom?

Key Nuggets

  • Unique role in working with government Procurement and small business 
  • 21000 regulations that determined day to day life 
  • 4000 procurement officers
  • Government is custodian of British Pound
  • £60 billion central government spend every year
  • Do you have £10m insurance – changed the wording Will you insure to the value of £10m ? 
  • Every £3 government £1 spend on SME 
  • Whole of civil service is engaged in Covid19 crisis
  • We have done something that we havent done in the past 
  • Type “Business Support” in Search Engines 
  • Type “Public Appointments” in Search Engines 
  • Sign up for Goverment e-alerts 
  • Covid response isnt sprint its a marathon 
  • Utilise Contracts finder
  • Calibre of people working in the cabinet office 
  • I am very inclusive taking people with me on the journey 
  • Two life skills to master – Organisation skills and communication skills 
  • Always consider Glass is half full 
  • You are on this planet once 
  • When you are in a meeting, listen to what is not said 
  • Hold the faith, We will get over this! 

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