Sound Advice: Entrepreneurs Unfiltered

Sound Advice: Entrepreneurs Unfiltered, Hosted by journalist Kate Bassett.

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Simon Squibb: Secure investment for your dream business

Simon Squibb: Secure investment for your dream business

Becoming homeless and jobless at 15 wasn't enough to stop Simon Squibb from dreaming big. Instead, this was the catalyst to his extraordinary entrepreneurial journey. Today, he is a multi-millionaire, founder of 19 companies, and investor of 78 more. 

With a personal mission to help others achieve similar dreams, Simon created HelpBnk. Alongside his social media channels, this investment platform aims to give 10 million people the funds, advice, and motivation to kickstart their own ventures.  

So, whether you're a startup founder or curious about how to take your business to the next level, this episode is jammed-packed with priceless advice on securing investment, crafting a winning pitch, and even learning how to decode the investor's perspective. 

This is an episode you don't want to miss, filled with Simon’s infectious inspiration and proven strategies that will propel your business towards success. 

Julie Wong: Overcome financial fear to grow your business (Part 2)

Julie Wong: Overcome financial fear to grow your business (Part 2)

If you wanted more advice on how to overcome your fears of finance, then you're in the right place, as Julie Wong is back with more tips and tricks in this 2-part episode special.

Get ready to explore how finance and marketing are intertwined, giving you valuable insights into how you can adjust your strategies to get the best out of both.

Discover how AI technologies are making it easier than ever before to start a business and learn how to maximise your resources when bootstrapping.

We are also trying something a little different in this episode, as we put Julie on the spot to answer some questions from our listeners on all their business worries and woes.

Julie Wong: Overcome financial fear to grow your business (Part 1)

Julie Wong: Overcome financial fear to grow your business (Part 1)

Does the idea of looking at your finances leave you with sweaty palms and an overwhelming feeling of dread? Then look no further, this 2-part episode special is for you! 

In the chaotic early days of starting a business, it can be easy to overlook the numbers. You place all your focus on marketing, branding and manufacturing, and before you know it, you have lost track of your finances.  

You might not even know what “good” looks like when it comes to cashflow or profit margin—or where to begin when it comes to managing your money. 

Well, Julie Wong is here to give you a masterclass in how to create a more profitable and resilient business. She is a business mentor who specialises in helping entrepreneurs use their numbers to build effective growth strategies so their small businesses soar.  

Join us on the Sound Advice Podcast as we eliminate your fear of finance and help you to confidently manage and maximise your profits. 

Phil Pinder: I turned down £200k and built a spellbinding brand

Phil Pinder: I turned down £200k and built a spellbinding brand

In a world where magic and adventure come to life, Harry Potter fans have cast a spell of their own, creating a wave of business opportunities and immense growth. 
Phil Pinder and Ben Fry found a way to capture this enthusiasm for all things wizardry and created their first business, The Potions Cauldron—a place where fans can immerse themselves in the universe and enjoy an enchanting brew or 2! 
In June 2023, with a vision to scale, they took their business to Dragon’s Den and after being offered quite possibly the largest sum to date of £200,000, they simply refused to part with a third of their company and had no choice but to turn down Peter Jones himself.  

But since then, they’ve been busier than ever, opening wizarding golf franchises and shops across the UK. Their mystical drinks are now stocked in Hamleys, HMV, and Center Parcs, and they've landed a deal that will help them to produce a million bottles per year.  

So, the real question is, how did they do it? And how did they fund their expansion and confidently find their footing without the backing and mentorship of a Dragon?  In this episode of Sound Advice, Phil tells us how they took this idea and turned it into a magical destination business.  

Christopher Money: I started a business with a Spice Girl

Christopher Money: I started a business with a Spice Girl

In a bold move, Christopher Money persuaded bona fide Spice Girl, Emma Bunton, with an idea too good to miss. Seven years ago, they formed a formidable partnership and embarked on a thrilling entrepreneurial journey together.  
 
After both struggling to find products that were gentle on their babies’ skin, and that cared about their environmental impact, they merged their passion for creativity, entrepreneurship and sustainability to launch a groundbreaking business that rocked the industry.
 
Kit & Kin was born in 2017, providing eco-essentials that are kinder to your family, our planet and always give back. Together they’ve created a future focused brand that parents can truly trust.
 
Get ready to be inspired by the unforgettable story of an unexpected partnership that changed the game and broke investment records!  


Zoë Chapman: From my 1-bed council flat to the Dragon’s Den

Zoë Chapman: From my 1-bed council flat to the Dragon’s Den

Solo-founder of Kiddiwhizz, Zoë Chapman, shares how risking it all for her invention led to double investment on Dragon’s Den. 

After noticing a vast gap in the market during the pandemic, the 39-year-old mum of 
one rolled her sleeves up to fill it. Her genius idea: A portable kids’ toilet—aptly called the Whizzer.  

Taking a huge financial risk from her 1-bed council flat, she turned a need into a solution, in part thanks to her neurodivergent brain. And now, she has singlehandedly turned her idea into an award-winning, eco-friendly solution that parents simply can’t leave the house without. 

Struggling against traditional expectations, Zoë offers a unique perspective on overcoming obstacles, harnessing creativity, and challenging conventional norms to achieve success. With authenticity and resilience, she demonstrates how neurodivergence can provide a fresh lens for innovation and inspire others to embrace their own individual capabilities.  Join us on this episode of Sound Advice: Entrepreneurs Unfiltered to explore how you too can defy the odds and grow a unique business.

Kiana Gomes: Start a thriving business from your kitchen table

Kiana Gomes: Start a thriving business from your kitchen table

Kiana Gomes is the creative mind behind the Cocktail Bomb Shop, a product she has designed to elevate your at-home bartending experience and impress your guests. 

After finding a gap in the market for her fizzy creations during the pandemic, she worked tirelessly on perfecting her formula. Kiana then posted a TikTok video of her cocktail bomb in action, and just like that, she went viral! She reached over 500,000 views overnight and her account has since grown to over 200k followers.  

Once her business started to take off, she found herself outgrowing her kitchen table and with that, she knew it was time to scale up. Rather than taking out loans or turning to traditional funding sources, she decided to seek out investors on Dragon’s Den. 

Join us on the Sound Advice Podcast, for a flavourful journey, as we dive into how Kiana secured major investment while also building valuable business connections. 

Clare Josa: Conquer your imposter syndrome for good

Clare Josa: Conquer your imposter syndrome for good

Do you constantly doubt your abilities and achievements? Are you haunted by the fear of being exposed as a fraud? Well, listen up entrepreneurs, here’s how to conquer your imposter syndrome once and for all. 

Clare Josa is a renowned expert in tackling imposter syndrome, from speaking at the IoD to European parliament, and she is here to share her proven strategies to help you break free from self-doubt and step into your true potential. 

With 10 books under her belt, Clare also runs Soultuitive, a leadership development programme dedicated to overcoming all the barriers that are preventing you from becoming the leader you were born to be.  

Stay tuned to discover how to recognise and challenge self-sabotaging thoughts, cultivate self-confidence, and build resilience in the face of criticism. This is truly an episode you don’t want to miss!

Camilla Barnard: I was told my brand was 'too sexy'

Camilla Barnard: I was told my brand was 'too sexy'

Meet Camilla Barnard, the fearless co-founder of Rude Health, who didn't shy away from the critics claiming her branding was "too sexy and extreme." In fact, she saw it as an opportunity to shake up the healthy food industry. 

In the face of relentless judgment, Camilla and her team rejected the status quo and embraced their unique style, reflected in their fun-spirited, vibrantly coloured packaging. Far from being a setback, their cheeky approach became a customer favourite, propelling their product range to over 60 foods and drinks and raking in an impressive £30 million in annual turnover. 

Join us on this episode of Sound Advice: Entrepreneurs Unfiltered, where Camilla spills the beans on the invaluable lessons she learned while building a bold million-pound business that customers just can't get enough of. Get ready for a candid conversation about breaking the mold and thriving in the world of disruptive entrepreneurship! 

Bio of Sound Advice: Entrepreneurs Unfiltered

Sound Advice: Entrepreneurs Unfiltered, an award-winning podcast that offers small business owners the answers they seek. Hosted by esteemed finance journalist Kate Bassett, this podcast serves as a go-to resource for valuable insights and unfiltered advice from accomplished founders and CEOs.

In its first season, Sound Advice delved into the essential aspects of achieving financial success in business, not only during the initial year but also in the long term. From crafting effective business plans to acquiring initial customers, starting with limited capital to ensuring tax compliance, no topic was left unexplored. Season one provided a comprehensive exploration of the foundational elements of entrepreneurship, offering practical solutions to the diverse challenges entrepreneurs may encounter.

Building upon the success of its first season, Sound Advice's second season takes a deeper dive into the realities of running a business. With unfiltered advice and authentic stories from successful entrepreneurs, this season goes beyond surface-level discussions, providing listeners with a genuine understanding of the true nature of entrepreneurship.

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