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Business leaders open up about their path to success in new podcast series

Business leaders open up about their path to success in new podcast series

Business leaders open up about their path to success in new podcast series

16 April 2024

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

Chairman of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, is the first in the hotseat – talking about his journey and the background to the successful 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. Filmed in the company’s Altrincham studio, Success Means Business is broadcast fortnightly through Spotify, Apple Podcast and Youtube. 

The series digs beneath the surface with its guests, all successful high achievers who have shown incredible determination and tenacity in their industries. It uncovers the stories, challenges and triumphs of remarkable people who have carved their own path to success.

Success Means Business launches this month with the first guest, former Property Developer Mark Dransfield. 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 successful, award winning town centre developments, including 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.” 

Nicola said: “I think we are all fascinated by the so-called secret of success, is it just determination when others would give up? Or is there something more than that? That is really what we want to explore with the Success Means Business series – we want to look at the remarkable personalities behind those success stories.  

“We have access to some really amazing people who have shared their experiences so openly with us and we’re delighted to be bringing that insight to a new audience through this series. Our interviewees are all from very different industries and backgrounds and they all have really interesting stories to tell.

“Hopefully the series will inspire and motivate and show the many different routes there are to succeeding.”

The new podcast series launches on Tuesday April 16th with Mark.  You can listen or watch here:

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Photograph shows: Nicola Sands at the Success Means Business Studio in Altrincham with Mark Dransfield who features in the podcast’s launch episode. 

To keep up to date follow Success Means Business on Instagram or visit the Applehead Media website at  



For further information, contact:

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644