THE CHAIR of the company behind the Five Valleys Shopping Centre has spoken out on a new podcast about his business journey. 

The award-winning north west production company Applehead Media has launched a brand new series of business themed podcasts this month – putting business leaders and what makes them tick, in the spotlight.  

Chair of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, is the first in the hotseat – talking about his journey and the background to the South Yorkshire based company. 

Success Means Business is focussed on navigating the road to success by featuring a range of high-profile guests who talk openly about the personal and business challenges they have faced to reach the very top of their industry.

The series is fronted by former TV journalist Nicola Sands who runs Applehead alongside her cameraman husband Steve.

Stroud News and Journal: Chair of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, is the first in the hotseat – talking about hisFilmed in the company’s Altrincham studio, Success Means Business is broadcast fortnightly through Spotify, Apple Podcast and Youtube. 

Hull born Mark tells the fascinating story of how he overcame dyslexia and early knockbacks to establish one of the UK’s leading town centre regeneration companies. 

Mark, who started out in the construction industry in Hull, talks openly about the people who shaped his journey and the personal and business setbacks which made him even more determined to keep going. 

Dransfield Properties works with all the major UK food retailers and was one of the first companies to bring the German discounters Aldi and Lidl to the UK market. 

The Sheffield based property company also owns and manages town centre developments, including the Five Valleys in Stroud, Fox Valley in north Sheffield, Marshalls Yard in Gainsborough and Sanderson Arcade in the north east market town of Morpeth. 

Mark said: “It’s easy sometimes for people to see the trappings of success and assume it’s been a seamless journey, but the truth is quite different and it’s great to have the opportunity to talk about that and to share my own experiences. 

“Success rarely comes without some very stressful and scary moments and sleepless nights.

"I really hope that young people in particular, who are starting out on their own business journey, will enjoy this series and take something from it.” 

The new podcast series launched on Tuesday, April 16 with Mark Dransfield. 

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