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The Small Business Sessions

The Small Business Sessions, by Enterprise Nation and sponsored by Starling Bank, is a weekly podcast that shares tips and stories from some of Britain's best entrepreneurs and business experts. Enterprise Nation helps people turn their good ideas into great businesses through inspirational events, a supportive community, expert content and a campaigning voice. Find out more at www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing these podcasts.

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S4 E4: The no bull business blogger

The Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by Xero, is back for another episode. Series four, hosted by Enterprise Nation head of content Dan Martin, features a brilliant line-up of entrepreneurs and experts sharing insights and inspiration on how to start and grow a brilliant business. This week we're joined by podcaster and influencer, Sarah Akwisombe. Sarah started her interior design blog on the side while working at a tech start-up. The blog grew and she decided to take it full time. She has since become an influencer in the interior design world and worked with major brands including Dulux. Sarah now also runs No Bull Business School which delivers "straight-up courses to help women build a kick-ass business and brand" and the No Bull Business Women podcast. In a podcast packed full of insights, the entrepreneur discusses how to grow a readership for your blog, the importance of video, podcasting and Instagram, why women in business face different challenges to men, female entrepreneurs' confidence and appetite for risk and running a business with your partner. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

20mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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S4 E2: Making Tax Digital and choosing the perfect accountant

The Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by Xero, is back for another episode. Series four, hosted by Enterprise Nation head of content Dan Martin, features a brilliant line-up of entrepreneurs and experts sharing insights and inspiration on how to start and grow a brilliant business. In episode two, Sylwia Kotarba from Accounts and Legal discusses Making Tax Digital (MTD), the government initiative which aims to see the end of the tax return and transform the tax system. Since April, businesses with turnover above the £85,000 VAT threshold have been required to submit tax information digitally in an effort to make systems and businesses more efficient and deal with the £9.4bn tax revenues lost each year due to errors.In the podcast, Kotarba explains what MTD is, what you need to do to comply and what happens if you don't. She also provides great advice on how to select the perfect accountant for your business. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastUseful resources relevant to this podcast:Making Tax Digital government advice: https://buff.ly/2p98ACXEnterprise Nation Making Tax Digital hub: https://buff.ly/2oi6ZKu

17mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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S4 E1: A mindset for growth from day one

The Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by Xero, is back!  For series four, a brilliant line-up of entrepreneurs and experts share insights and inspiration on how to start and grow a brilliant business. Hosted by Enterprise Nation head of content Dan Martin, we'll be covering issues including business growth, retail, late payment, mental health and alternative finance over 12 episodes. For episode one, we're joined by Emma Jones, who launched Enterprise Nation after starting and selling a business from home after just 15 months and Anne Timpany, who built a one man band domestic plumbing business into a multi-million pound building services group. As an introduction to the subjects covered in the series, Emma and Anne discuss having a growth mindset, chasing late payments, female entrepreneurs' attitude to risk and small business owners' mental health and wellbeing. To find out more, go to https://www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

29mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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S3 E12: The entrepreneur who raised £57m to help people have a good kip

The Small Business Sessions podcast from Enterprise Nation and powered by Xero is back for another inspiring episode. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. In the last episode of the current series of the Small Business Sessions podcast with Xero we meet Jas Bagnieowski, co-founder of mattress company Eve. Eve is a company which saw massive growth very quickly. In its first year, the business sold 11,000 mattresses and made a turnover of £3.5m. It also raised £57m, much of which came from the company going public in 2017. But the losses were high too and in July 2018, Bagnieowski quit following a profit warning after a 61% sales growth, short of the 100% growth expected. We recorded this podcast before the entrepreneur stepped down but have chosen to still release it to give insights into the early growth of the business. To find out more about the Small Business Sessions, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastThis podcast was recorded and edited by audio and podcast production service, Podraffi.

15mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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S3 E11: The tax revolution you need to know about

The Small Business Sessions podcast from Enterprise Nation and powered by Xero is back for another inspiring episode. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. This week, Damon Anderson from Xero and Jonathan Bareham from accountancy firm Raedan discuss the government initiative which aims to see the end of the tax return and transform the tax system by 2020. Businesses, starting with those above the VAT Threshold, are required to submit tax information digitally in an effort to make systems and businesses more efficient and deal with the £9.4bn tax revenues lost each year due to errors. An estimated 1.2m small businesses will be impacted by the initial rollout of Making Tax Digital changes next April. Around 500,000 of them are currently using spreadsheets, paper or nothing to manage their tax! If you're one of them or even if you're not tune in and start planning early! To find out more about the Small Business Sessions, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastThis podcast was recorded and edited by audio and podcast production service, Podraffi.

13mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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S3 E3: Forecasting your future and growing a business that lasts

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. In this episode, Hannah Dawson, founder of forecasting and reporting platform Futrli, discusses how having a strong understanding of your numbers gives business owners confidence in where they’ve been, how they are operating today and where they're going. She also discusses how has grown her own business, her plans for going global and where she turns for support. To find out more about the Small Business Sessions, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastThis podcast was recorded and edited by audio and podcast production service, Podraffi.

14mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #6

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Series two, episode seven: How to access alternative finance

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. Next up, Anil Stocker, co-founder of MarketInvoice, discusses alternative finance and growing his own business from three co-founders in 2011 to a team of over 100. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing this podcast.

12mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Series two, episode six: Getting small businesses financially fit

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. Next up, Ed Sanford from accountancy firm Chaddesley Sanford discusses accounting best practices for small businesses. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing this podcast.

12mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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Series two, episode five: What makes great businesses great

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. Next up, Peter Czapp, co-founder of The Wow Company, discusses data, measuring performance and the characteristics of great businesses. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing this podcast.

18mins

28 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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Series two, episode four: How a Hackney brand took on the world and is winning

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. Next up, Jacqui Ma, Enterprise Nation member and founder of Goodordering, discusses building a global start-up. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing this podcast.

18mins

21 Mar 2018

Rank #10

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Series two, episode three: Building a world class team

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business. Next up, Gary Turner, UK managing director at Xero, discusses how to build a world class workforce for your business. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing this podcast.

14mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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Series two, episode one: How to work with a mentor

The Small Business Sessions from Enterprise Nation is back and powered by Xero. Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about various stages of starting a growing a successful business. To kick us off, Oliver Bridge, founder of men's shaving supplies and toiletries business Cornerstone and his mentor and growth adviser, Richard Fifield, discuss how surrounding your business with support gives it the best chance to thrive. To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcastHuge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing this podcast.

16mins

28 Feb 2018

Rank #12

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Ceri from Natural Kitchen Adventures

The 35th session is with Enterprise Nation member Ceri Jones. A natural chef wasn't much of a thing five years ago when Ceri left her job in the music industry and went off to San Fransisco to train as one. How things change! With the recent launch of the Natural Kitchen Adventures app which is based around seasonal recipes, plus cooking for clients on yoga retreats and teaching classes of her own, Ceri, a trained chef who cooks with seasonal whole foods that are organic and local whenever possible, certainly has her work cut out!

11mins

25 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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Precious from Etieno Skincare

The 24th session is with Enterprise Nation member and Etieno founder Precious Jason. Diagnosed in 2012 with leukemia. Precious struggled to find natural products that were safe and nourishing enough to the mend the damage that was done to her skin after treatment. That gave her the idea for Etieno, a range of skincare products that make life easier for cancer patients. Setting up a business whilst undergoing cancer treatment unsurprisingly has brought challenges but it has also provided Precious with a great testing ground, canvassing feedback from everyone that crosses her path including medical consultants and those next to her in the waiting room. This is the lady who a year ago came as an audience member to Enterprise Nation's Beauty Exchange with her early stage product, to this year's event where she joined us on stage with a stack of awards under her belt. It's stories like that as well as Precious' own personal journey that make the Small Business Sessions what they are.

14mins

26 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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Marina from The Perfume Garden

The 17th session is with Enterprise Nation member and The Perfume Garden founder Marina Barcenilla. Marina distinctly remembers sniffing just about everything that passed her by so it's no surprise that she ended up as a perfumer! She founded The Perfume Garden five years ago, which focuses on creating luxurious fragrances inspired by nature for a whole range of different products from perfumes to skin care to candles and home fragrances. Self taught and a big experimenter, The Perfume Garden has really blossomed in the last year with a recent run of awards but Marina is the first to admit that it has taken time and a lot of patience to get to this stage which is probably very reassuring for a lot of us to hear!

9mins

7 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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Henry and James from Deakin & Francis

The 15th session is with Enterprise Nation members and Deakin & Francis directors, Henry and James Deakin. Most children are used to playgrounds growing up, but not Henry and James. Their fun was centred around learning how to melt and bend metal in the Birmingham jewellery factory that was founded by their family 230 years ago. As the current owners of Deakin & Francis, England's oldest family jewellers, the brothers keep the heritage of a company founded in 1786 whilst simultaneously allowing it to evolve and grow to a business that's now retailing all over the world with a flagship London store in the pipeline. This session is a fascinating insight in to the behind-the-scenes-workings of a family run business and the importance of absorbing the knowledge of those who have gone before you.

15mins

24 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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S4 EP12: Building a luxury brand from a spare room

Niamh Barker started luxury cashmere brand The Travelwrap Company in her spare room. The proudly Scottish brand is now exporting to 22 countries.Host Dan Martin spoke to Barker about:- Building up an online presence- Solving the problem of copycats- The importance of targeting the right marketSmall Business Sessions is powered by Xero and we’ve got an exclusive offer of 50% off the cloud accounting software for 12 months! Find out more at the below link.https://www.enterprisenation.com/xero-beautiful-accounting-software/

23mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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S4 E10: How to deal with late payment

The Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by Xero, is back for another episode. Series four, hosted by Enterprise Nation head of content Dan Martin, features a brilliant line-up of entrepreneurs and experts sharing insights and inspiration on how to start and grow a brilliant business.Late payment is a massive issue for small businesses. Recent research showed UK SME late payment debt has risen to £23.4bn, up £10.4bn on the £13bn owed in 2018. It is estimated that the average business is owed £23,360 in late payments and there are an estimated 50,000 insolvencies as a result of the problem every year.In this podcast, we're joined by former Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal (he left the role after we recorded the podcast) and Rob Drake, co-founder of Brave Spark. They discuss issues including how to chase payments, how the Small Business Commissioner's office can help, examples of large businesses that aren't paying on time, whether big businesses should be fined for not paying late and the impact of late payment on business owners' mental healthTo find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

24mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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S4 E9: Mental health for entrepreneurs

The Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by Xero, is back for another episode. Series four, hosted by Enterprise Nation head of content Dan Martin, features a brilliant line-up of entrepreneurs and experts sharing insights and inspiration on how to start and grow a brilliant business.This week we're joined by Ry Morgan, co-founder of Unmind, a B2B workplace wellness platform that decreases stress, enhances sleep, and improves the business performance of employees. Ry started the business for very personal reasons having suffered clinical depression himself and having to see a crisis team every day for two weeks because he was deemed at high risk of suicide. He had various therapy sessions and was put on medication all whilst building and exiting his first business.  In a hugely insightful podcast, the serial entrepreneur explains how he has built the platform, getting businesses on board, why bosses need to support their employees' health and wellbeing, raising millions in funding from investors who care about the issue and his tips for how entrepreneurs can manage their own mental health.To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

21mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Colin from The Podcast Host

The first session is with The Podcast Host founder Colin Gray. Colin was an early adopter of the podcast medium, back when it was clunky and took up a lot of storage space. Today his whole business is built around offering advice to businesses seeking to build a sleek audio content marketing strategy to push their business into the stratosphere.

12mins

18 May 2016

Rank #20