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EP116 Jo Irving and Oliver Blackaby discuss the power of business coaching

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Welcome to the new series of Spring podcasts for 2024! We open with a retro look at one of our earlier recordings. In 2021 we hosted a podcast recording with Jo Irving and Oliver Blackaby. A hairdresser, salon owner and business coach, Jo had been working with Ollie on how to focus on his mental health whilst also launching his first salon. The Hair Salon in Hove on England’s south coast is now three years old, and going well. Now for this new series of podcasts, Jo and Ollie return to tell Respectfully podcast host Nicky Pope how they continue to work together. Their mutual respect for one another is uplifting, and each guest has a lot to share about the value of business coaching in today’s world. 

Jo Irving

Jo Irving


Jo Irving is a salon owner and professional business coach and a personal coach. In the conversation, she explains her personal journey to build a career and safeguard her own wellbeing. She has recently returned from a one month mediation training in Bali. Jo also hosts retreats, and you’ll hear her explain the value of gifting yourself time to focus on what you want from yourself and your business in a safe space. 

Oliver Blackaby

Oliver Blackaby

Oliver Blackaby is celebrating three years of The Hair Salon, a 10-chair salon which he shares with a group of freelance hairdressers. He is open and honest about the process of business coaching and speaks eloquently of his time on a recent retreat in Dorset, hosted by Jo Irving. Today Ollie is so confident of his business that he can spend time away from the salon on projects including a podcast The So Lovely Talk Show which he presents with Siobhan Jones, and building his own education platform. 

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For hairdressing: @theloft_reigate @joloveshair
@oliverblackabyhair @the.hairsalon

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