Posted: Wed 24th Aug 2016
It's time for episode 15 of our podcast, the Small Business Sessions.
Most children are used to playgrounds growing up, but not Enterprise Nation members Henry and James Deakin. Their fun was centred around learning how to melt and bend metal in the Birmingham jewellery factory that was founded by their family 230 years ago.
As the current owners of Deakin & Francis, England's oldest family jewellers, the brothers keep the heritage of a company founded in 1786 whilst simultaneously allowing it to evolve and grow to a business that's now retailing all over the world with a flagship London store in the pipeline.
This session is a fascinating insight in to the behind-the-scenes-workings of a family run business and the importance of absorbing the knowledge of those who have gone before you.
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Other episodes of the Small Business Sessions:
Episode one: Colin from The Podcast Host
Episode two: 'If success was easy, everyone would be doing it'
Episode three: A sleep deprived mum's business born from exhaustion
Episode four: The accidental language entrepreneur
Episode five: Connecting people and watching the magic happen
Episode six: A fashion brand inspired by holiday snaps
Episode seven: Believe in yourself and keep on learning
Episode eight: From garden shed to Dragons' Den and a £10m valuation
Episode nine: Taking on the soggy tea bag entrepreneur style!
Episode 11: The corporate lawyer turned fragrance maker