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The Small Business Sessions by Enterprise Nation and Xero is a weekly podcast that shares the stories behind Britain's brilliant small companies. 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/podcast
Huge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing these podcasts.

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The Small Business Sessions by Enterprise Nation and Xero is a weekly podcast that shares the stories behind Britain's brilliant small companies. 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/podcast
Huge thanks to audio and podcast production service, Podraffi, for recording and editing these podcasts.

    S4 EP12: Building a luxury brand from a spare room

    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 market

    Small 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.

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    • 23 min
    S4 E11: Marketing a 233-year-old family business

    S4 E11: Marketing a 233-year-old family business

    This week’s Small Business Sessions podcast welcomes Henry Deakin, who’s taken the helm of seventh generation family business Deakin & Francis.

    Gemologist and designer Deakin discusses his gamble to open a flagship store in Piccadilly Arcade, influencer marketing and what it’s like to join the family firm with host Dan Martin.

    Small 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/

    • 24 min
    S4 E10: How to deal with late payment

    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 health

    To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

    • 24 min
    S4 E9: Mental health for entrepreneurs

    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

    • 21 min
    S4 E8: The tea mixologist brewing up success

    S4 E8: The tea mixologist brewing up success

    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 welcome an entrepreneur whose business journey we've followed from the start. Krisi Smith is the co-founder of Bird & Blend Tea Co. which she set up with her partner Mike in a back bedroom. 

    Five years on the business operates seven retail stores across the UK selling its loose leaf tea and other products. 

    Along the way Krisi and Mike have achieved many successes including crowdfunding over £364,000 in 24 hours. 

    In an insights packed podcast, Krisi discusses growing from a bedroom start-up, the reasons behind the business' crowdfunding success, why she turned down the big four supermarkets, building a strong community around her brand, why she had to change her business' name, how to make the most of Christmas for your business and lots more!

    To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

    • 30 min
    S4 E7: All you need to know about alternative finance

    S4 E7: All you need to know about alternative finance

    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.

    Gone are the days when businesses only had one or two options for funding; there are now lots of choices. One of them is Iwoca, which provides business loans of £1,000 - £200,000 without long waits and endless paperwork. In this week's podcast, Colin Goldstein, Iwoca's commercial growth director, joins Edwards Berks, at Xero, to discuss: finance options open to small businesses, how to manage cashflow, the role of accountants, dealing with late payment and the government's alternative finance referral scheme.

    To find out more, go to www.enterprisenation.com/podcast

    • 28 min

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