12 top podcasts for small business owners

12 top podcasts for small business owners
Lorna Bladen
Lorna BladenOfficial

Posted: Wed 19th Apr 2023

There are many different sources of advice and inspiration that is readily available for start-ups and small business owners, and if your choice of format is podcast listening, it can be challenging to navigate through the choice on offer.

At the time of writing, there were over 71 million episodes at our disposal and the ‘Business’ category is one of the busiest!

So if you’re wondering which to get stuck into, I’ve distilled a list of recommendations down to 12 options for you to try...

1. Diary of a CEO

Who is the host? Steven Bartlett, the founder of social media company Social Chain, which now has an estimated worth of £300 million. Steven is one of the latest dragons on Dragons' Den and is widely considered to be one of Europe’s most accomplished young entrepreneurs.

Who are the guests? The podcast launched four years ago with a low-budget microphone plugged into Steven’s laptop and has since scaled to attract CEOs of some of the world’s fastest-growth start-ups such as Monzo, BrewDog, Slack and Bloom & Wild.

>> Subscribe to Diary of a CEO

2. Creative Slurp

Who is the host?: Victoria Brown is super passionate about small businesses. We're really proud that Victoria is a Local Leader in Solihull for Enterprise Nation and a Help to Grow: Management Course mentor.

Who is this ideal for? For people looking to be inspired by hearing stories of other creatives who've been there before.

What topics are covered? The latest episodes dig deep into topics including productivity tools, the golden rules of social media, and bravery in business.

>> Subscribe to Creative Slurp

3. Purposeful Project

Who is the host? Simon Squibb, entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor, founder and Chief Purpose Officer at The Purposeful Project.

Who are the guests? With over 117 episodes, there are many to choose from! Entrepreneurs include Joe Foster, founder of Reebok, Ben Francis, founder of Gymshark, and Pippa Murray, founder of Pip & Nut.

>> Subscribe to Purposeful Project

4. Secret Leaders

Who is the host? Secret Leaders is hosted by Dan Murray-Serter, the co-founder of braincare company Heights.

Who are the guests? Dan interviews the founders of high-growth start-ups like Monzo, BrewDog, Slack and Bloom & Wild to explore what it's really like to be a top entrepreneur and how to get there.

>> Subscribe to Secret Leaders

5. Business Online Sales Success

Who is the host? Sales mentor and business strategist Rachael Howourth.

Who is this ideal for? Ambitious service-based entrepreneurs.

Who are the guests? Rachael leads each of the episodes herself and offers honest, tried and tested advice on a range of business challenges, including overcoming imposter syndrome and improving engagement on social media.

>> Subscribe to Business Online Sales Success

6. Young People Doing Things

Who is the host? Brand strategist Ed Little of Otherway.

Who is this ideal for? Young entrepreneurs who want to do something different with their working lives.

Who are the guests? A particularly enlightening episode is with Kay Suppamas, Enterprise Nation member and founder of Leafage. This session is a must-listen and explores how to turn a personal project into a business.

>> Subscribe to Young People Doing Things

7. Marketing School

Who is the host? A daily podcast hosted by top digital marketing gurus Neil Patel and Eric Siu.

Who is this ideal for? Marketers and small business owners looking for bitesized actionable advice on the topics of SEO, content, email marketing and more. Each episode is usually under 10 minutes long, so there's no excuse to not tune in and upskill on your marketing knowledge.

>> Subscribe to Marketing School

8. Masters of Scale

Who is the host? The legendary co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman.

Who is this ideal for? Anyone with an interest in learning about entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management or fundraising.

Who are the guests? Guests often talk about the human journey of scaling a business – with all its failures and setbacks. Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook and Bumble.

>> Subscribe to Masters of Scale

9. The Small and Supercharged Podcast

Who is the host? Rhea Freeman is a social media consultant with years of PR experience.

Who is this ideal for? For start-ups, small business owners and influencers looking for promotional advice.

Who are the guests? The podcast invites a special guest each week to give a different perspective and share their top tips. There is even a specific episode on why you should start a podcast.

>> Subscribe to The Small & Supercharged podcast

10. Girls In Movement

Who is the host? Our very own COO at Enterprise Nation, Polly Dhaliwal.

Who is this ideal for? Individuals looking for inspiration and direction from female leaders who support global issues.

Who are the guests? Founders, entrepreneurs and influencers from across the world. Polly asks guests for advice they would give their younger selves, which provides a lot of laughs and moments of reflection.

>> Subscribe to Girls In Movement

11. Squiggly Careers

Who is the host? Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper, co-founders of career development company Amazing If.

Who is this ideal for? Anyone who is unsure about their career path and interested in breaking into the world of entrepreneurship. Each episode is full of ideas, actions, hints and tips that you can put into practice straight away.

Who are the guests? A host of guests that lead the way in making work better, including guests such as Bruce Daisley, author of The Joy of Work, and entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley.

>> Subscribe to Squiggly Careers

12. Small Business Sessions

*Disclaimer! This is actually Enterprise Nation's very own podcast, but we couldn't resist adding it to the list.

Who is the host? Small business journalist Dan Martin.

Who is this ideal for? Start-ups looking for tips, stories and entertaining insights into the world of entrepreneurship.

Who are the guests? The podcast has attracted Britain’s best entrepreneurs and business experts, including the founders behind Cambridge Satchel Company, Plastic Freedom, Rebel Kitchen and many more!

>> Subscribe to Small Business Sessions

Lorna Bladen
Lorna BladenOfficial
I'm the CMO at Enterprise Nation and I have over a decade of experience working in marketing and across the small business space.  I am based in Brighton, West Sussex and I thoroughly enjoy investing my time in developing my marketing and community-building skills to support UK entrepreneurs.  I have experience across social media, digital marketing, content production, PPC and partnership building. My previous roles have included: Head of Marketing at Escape The City Head of Partnerships at Moneypenny Head of Marketing and Communications at StartUp Britain Establishing myself as a freelance marketing consultant Working pro-bono for ambitious start-ups

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