Mellow Brick Road



Mellow Brick Road is a journey into the world of the older entrepreneur. In each show, Robert Gerrish talks with others who are designing, creating and enjoying their lifestyle-led ventures. After starting, growing and selling Australia's largest community of very small businesses, Robert is back flying solo and committed to helping others do the same.


  • Podcast closed. 'Rekindle' is my new show. Please join me.

    11/02/2019 Duración: 01min

    After 20 episodes, I've moved to a shiny, new podcast, Rekindle. At Rekindle I talk with entrepreneurs, creatives and trailblazers to reveal the secrets and habits that keep them energised, inspired and on-track. Please join me there. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

  • How this architect made a successful escape to the country

    31/01/2019 Duración: 34min

    When moving from the city, Linda Wright was unsure how her business would progress. By getting involved in the community and speaking up about those things she holds dear, she soon got noticed.

  • How a deadline helped Jane Harper realise her dream

    26/10/2018 Duración: 39min

    While Jane always had the idea she’d like to switch from journalism to being a fully fledged fiction writer, she’d never really developed plans to turn her dream into reality. That is until a deadline popped up and she decided to give it a go. Thank goodness she did.

  • Using personal projects to fuel commercial work

    19/10/2018 Duración: 37min

    In a rather noisy café, I chatted with Samantha Mackie about her very creative life. Sam's take on business is really interesting and perhaps reflects the transition she feels she's in.

  • The strengths of good leadership

    04/10/2018 Duración: 32min

    Mild mannered, Rob McKelvey spends much of his life guiding and influencing the big end of town. I love that his gentle and considered approach is in such demand and I like his take on creativity and how it's growing in his life.

  • The joy of creative curiosity

    21/09/2018 Duración: 10min

    Way too much about me in this episode, due largely to the absence of a guest. You can be reassured that it's a short show and with a bit of luck you'll find something interesting. Either way, don't hold back if you've any commentary or thoughts to share.

  • A funny approach to business

    06/09/2018 Duración: 31min

    Carl Sherriff uses the power of cartoons to engage and connect with business audiences and not surprisingly, he’s an entertaining guy to hang around with. His is not the easiest concept to sell, but over the years he’s learned some good strategies.

  • When you overcome a challenge, you learn a new skill

    24/08/2018 Duración: 27min

    When we confront and beat obstacles in our creative journey, we develop knowledge that can benefit others. Danielle Storey has a knack for turning her wisdom into new opportunities and sources of revenue. 

  • Finding your people

    17/08/2018 Duración: 23min

    When Anne George uprooted and moved to Melbourne, she left her network and confidence behind. By necessity, she pushed through and used her creative storytelling skills to get things moving.  

  • The lock-up and leave lifestyle

    09/08/2018 Duración: 17min

    Triet Trieu has 3 young children and runs his business from a van. When life gets hectic he locks the door and puts his family life first. But he has plans and they sound pretty good to me.

  • Thriving in multicultural Melbourne

    02/08/2018 Duración: 24min

    Sumi Sivalingam moved from Malaysia to Australia with two young boys and was determined to establish a solid business. She has certainly succeeded and is loving her work. 

  • It’s ok to pivot and it’s ok to stop.

    27/07/2018 Duración: 35min

    The creative brain constantly whirrs, so it's inevitable we'll have new ideas and want to follow new directions. Monica Davidson sees no problem with this and nor should we.

  • Battlers, failures and getting naked

    13/07/2018 Duración: 16min

    In the course of whizzing around promoting my new book, I've come across a few somewhat suspect opinions regarding what it's like running your own ship. As far as I'm concerned, it's by far the most fun I've ever had (aside from other things that are inappropriate to discuss here).

  • The art of honouring your audience

    29/06/2018 Duración: 35min

    I’m forever banging on about loving your customers and yet I know I can be pretty shoddy. I forget to follow up, forget to say thank you and certainly don’t ‘over deliver’ anywhere near as much as I know I could and should. Unlike Jennifer Keeler-Milne.

  • Who gives a damn?

    15/06/2018 Duración: 11min

    If there's one thing that freaks out startups of all ages, it's finding and growing a solid customer base. And while failure statistics are often exaggerated, the main cause of things heading south is an inability to flog our wares. Here are a couple of stories that may just help.

  • Making a mark in the inner city

    01/06/2018 Duración: 20min

    While redundancy can be traumatic for many, for some it’s a release. One such person is Ingrid Thompson. While she may not have known quite where she was headed, she had no doubt it was going to be good. Her approach to finding her path was unusual and it worked.

  • Why Mike Staniford traded a harbour view for a brick wall

    18/05/2018 Duración: 32min

    After an impressive career, latterly as creative head of a global branding and design consultancy, Mike Staniford walked away. With no desire to scale to that lofty corporate position again, he loves his new life. These days he spends much of his time either staring at a brick wall or making a mess in a disused loading dock. So what’s he up to? Let’s find out.

  • "How did I end up here?"

    04/05/2018 Duración: 05min

    Ah, the plaintive query of the accidental entrepreneur. The person who is at the helm of something that has evolved while they weren’t really paying attention. A common issue, let's fix it!

  • How a great love for babies birthed a business

    19/04/2018 Duración: 13min

    On a recent trip to London, I caught up with one of my lifetime besties, Pauline Crawford. A few years ago, she merged her training as a dancer and her natural talents as a teacher to start the ideal little business. Here's her story.

  • Learning more about the older entrepreneur

    29/03/2018 Duración: 16min

    As I warm up for the launch of this new podcast, I figured it was good to invite input from someone who has worked in this area for a while. Author and seniorpreneur advocate, Jill Weeks had some good pointers for me.

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