Small Business, Big Network is the podcast for small business owners who want better results from their networking.
I'm Liz Drury, a freelance voiceover artist who knows that if you're not working as much as you'd like, then networking could help!
The show is a mix of bite sized episodes on networking basics, and interviews with business owners who are successfully using networking to grow. There are lots of inspirational stories that will encourage you to get started or to keep going on your own networking journey.
New to Networking, with Toni Robinson of The Cookie People
Toni Robinson is the founder of The Cookie People, a small business with a large following.
Toni is new to networking but is already finding it useful - not only as a way to promote her business, but also in terms of business support.
Child-friendly networking with Faye Dicker of Freelance Mum
Faye Dicker - broadcaster, voiceover artist and founder of the award-winning networking group Freelance Mum.
Faye cut her teeth in television at a young age, before working in television production and then radio presenting, for both BBC and commercial stations.
Her busy voiceover business, means she can be heard on national television and radio campaigns, corporate and E-learning.
It was in 2014 that Faye launched Freelance Mum, when she found balancing motherhood around freelance work a difficult juggling act. She set about building a community for fellow ‘freelance mums’, by launching child friendly networking events for mums in business.
After 7 years of running successfully in Bristol, Freelance Mum launched 6 hubs across the UK last year. She’s run 100s of meetings, hosts a weekly digital coffee morning and an awesome online community, The Mothership.
Faye Dicker has been named Top 100 Most Influential Women in The West in 2018 and 2019. She was awarded Freelance Ambassador of the Year Award, for her work with Freelance Mum and Covid-19 Success Story in 2021.
When not found behind the microphone, or ferrying her girls to various clubs, Faye can often be found in her local lido and marine Lake (a rare occasion, when she actually stops talking).
Making networking accessible for the deaf community with Phil Coley
Phil Coley is a British entrepreneur dividing his time between his home in France and business interests in the UK. Phil has a background in sales and marketing for over 30 years, from starting selling advertising for a regional newspaper through to consultancy positions with some of the UK`s leading contact centres.
Professional qualifications include a degree in sports science, majoring in sports psychology and attending the 1992 Olympic Games. Phil has worked directly with Olympians, World and European champions across may sports.
Phil actually became a very young entrepreneur at the age of 12, creating a local free adds flyer in his local village and selling advertising space. The flyer had to be put together with sticky letters and photocopied – no digital publishing in those days!
Over the years Phil has set up and sold businesses, experienced highs and lows even losing it all. Today Phil works closely with his business partner, Mark Pearce, building successful businesses and working with other business owners to scale up growth and ultimately successful businesses.
In 2021 he set up Deaf Plus, a business network that is accessible to the deaf as well as the hearing community.
Outside of work Phil has three amazing children, two grown up and making their way in life and recently his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Phil lives in France with his wife Kirsti and enjoys time with the family, exploring France and cooking with produce from his garden.
Website: http://www.phil-coley.com/ (www.phil-coley.com) and http://www.businessplusgroup.co.uk/ (www.businessplusgroup.co.uk)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-coley-business-plus/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-coley-business-plus/)
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The English Speakers' Network with Helena Baker
Helena is a born and raised brit who started her copywriting business at the tender age of 21. Having no contacts she immediately started networking her socks off and attended most groups across London. Later she moved to a new country that didn’t have much of a culture of formal networking and so created English speaking networking. With three groups locally that were both online and face to face she saw a demand for online meetings and last year founded Internationalesn with a focus on helping business owners right around network and grow their business. She now has three groups: professional services, health and wellness and creative. She currently lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and in her spare time enjoys riding her bike (Louise.)
The post-pandemic networking landscape with Sheena Whyatt
Sheena Whyatt is the founder of the KAPOW! Coaching Programme, which she set up in 2016, and runs as part of her training consultancy business, Lightning Training.
Sheena has over 18 years experience in the LandD industry, and speaks regularly to groups of small business owners on a range of topics from networking skills to public speaking.
She has been keynote speaker for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants at their annual conference and for OfficeVA, as well as taking the floor at national level for 4Networking on many occasions.
Sheena has been awarded Freelance Trainer of the Year awards by the Learning and Performance Institute on three occasions, first winning the award in 2011 whilst undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She is also an authorised Consultant and is also a member of the LPI Advisory Board, and chairs sessions regularly at Learning Technologies Live.
Sheena created the KAPOW! Coaching Programme to give business owners and employees structured and focussed advice to find their personal superpowers and put them to work creating a strong personal brand, and regularly delivers training workshops both on and offline to learners across the world.
Sheena is also a very active business networker and has embraced the move from real world to online networking, which has saved her hundreds of pounds in petrol costs!
https://www.kapowme.com/say-hello/ (Say Hello! | KAPOW! Your Personal Branding and Business Coach (kapowme.com))
Twitter - @traininggoddess
LinkedIn - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sheenawhyatt (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sheenawhyatt)
Starting a business in lockdown and being kind to your network with Karina Scott
Karina Scott is a social media influencer and marketing expert, and the founder of Girl About Social.
She started her business in lockdown after losing her job, and thanks to networking she hasn't looked back.
Well done Liz. This is a really great selection of content. Each contributor brings something new to the equation as well as complementing each other’s experience. So many great ideas and a must for people whether they are completely new to networking or just want some more inspiration.
It is no surprise that Liz’s podcast is such an insight into our amazing industry and makes for such easy listening. A really good idea and will prove so incredibly useful to so many VO’s and those looking into what it takes to venture into the industry.
Really appreciate all the effort which is being put into helping us small businesses find the confidence and little tips and tricks to make networking work better for us.
Thanks so much for pulling this together!