SMEs account for 99.9 per cent of the UK’s business population, 60 per cent of its workforce and half of all the UK’s private sector turnover. So, why don’t we hear more about them? In this series, you will.
We play host to informal and informative discussions with SME owners, industry partners and business experts, in a series of “how to” guides applicable for everyone from start-ups to well-established companies.
If you have a story to share with our SME community, then we'd love to hear from you too – please get in touch and be our next episode.
Our latest episodes
Post-Brexit trade - more than just teething problems?
We speak with Victoria Boldison to give us some practical advice on how to avoid the major pitfalls some businesses are facing in the post-Brexit era.
The future of supply chain….featuring jetpacks
We speak with Prof Richard Wilding of Cranfield University about the future of supply chain and how it has been affected by the pandemic, as well as ESG risks.
Sustainable fashion and the need for a green recovery
We speak with Vanessa Barker of Bedstraw + Madder about her business journey, and co-founding a company that makes garments from sustainably sourced fabrics.
From idea to marketplace – the birth of a product
We speak once again with Sophia Procter of Munchy Play on the process she went through to get her tableware from idea to product, then from sales success to award recognition.
Getting the UK online - town by town
We speak with Chris Sands of Totally Locally, a company who strive to digitise and connect towns. Chris explains how important this kind of community is in a pandemic and what SMEs should be doing to survive in 2021.
How pitching has changed in the pandemic era
We speak for the second time with food mentor, Karen Green. She explains how pitching your idea and products have changed with the pandemic, and how you can adapt the way you pitch to still get success.
The pandemic from a marketplace’s perspective
In this interview we speak to OnBuy's founder, Cas Paton, about the trends he has seen emerge since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and what he thinks the future of retail is going to look like in Brexit Britain.
Starting a business during lockdown
At one of the most uncertain times in recent history, Sophie Procter, founder of children's tableware company, Munchy Play decided now was as good a time as any to start her business. We discuss her story, as well as her key influences along the way.
What Brexit will really mean for selling online
This episode deals with the perfect storm of liabilities, responsibilities and changes that will affect online sellers from 1 January 2021. If you sell on a marketplace, this really could be make-or-break info, whether it is deal or no deal at the end of
Scan4Safety report Q&A
Glen Hodgson, Head of healthcare at GS1 UK, answers questions on the Scan4Safety report findings, which he originally discussed in previous episodes of our podcast.
How to survive the new work order – be more like developers
Chris Knight, founder of software company, CKX, talks about why the future is now realistically, working remotely and how this can help with your mental and physical wellbeing.
How to turn uncertainty into a competitive advantage
Speaker, investor and founder of fresh soup company, New Covent Garden Soup; John Stapletion takes us through some of the key things he's learnt in his 35-year career.
Scan4Safety spotlight: A scan through the benefits
GS1 UK's head of healthcare, Glen Hodgson discusses the findings of the Scan4Safety report, which was released on 15 July 2020, and strengthens the necessity for GS1 standards in healthcare.
Is exporting now just a pipe dream?
Mark Stimpfig, Co-Founder of GTM Global, discusses what companies are doing to get goods across borders during these troubled times.
How to turn footfall digital
Brandon Willey, CEO and Founder of Hownd, discusses how his company helps various businesses build effortless foot traffic that drives revenue and footfall to digital engagement after coronavirus.
Doing business in the US of A
Mark Stimpfig, co-founder of Go To Market Global, discusses how brands can expand into the USA and internationally, especially if you consider the States are essentially made up of 50 separate countries.
How to get your business funded
Scott Simpkin, Team Leader at Seedrs, discusses the common element, required by all businesses, which is funding. He shares his experience on connecting the right businesses with the right investors.
How to be an ethical business
Alastair Harper, founder of ReWorks, discusses how to be more ethical in a business context. Not necessarily from an environmental perspective, but more human with other humans.
How to trade on Amazon
Chris Macneil, Amazon expert at e/booster discusses how he helps his SME clients to successfully launch, nurture, automate and troubleshoot their listings and boost their sales on Amazon.
How to get your legal aspects right
Philppa Sturt, managing partner at law firm, Joelson discusses how she helps start-ups and growing businesses at all stages of their developments around investments, fundraising and legal arrangements.
How to get in front of buyers and pitch perfect
Karen Green, UK grocery expert & business mentor discusses how she helps foodpreneurs launch their products as well as helping with coaching and creating the perfect pitch.
How to find your route to market
Jason Gibb, Founder of Bread & Jam discusses how he has built a community around mission driven businesses in the food and drinks industry.
How to turn an idea into a product
Meenesh Mistry, founder of cookie company, Wholey Moley, discusses why he started his business and where the passion of creating his business came from.