The Small Business Sessions (S5E1): How to build a rebel business

The Small Business Sessions (S5E1): How to build a rebel business
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 16th Jun 2021

The Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast sponsored by Starling Bank, returns for a fifth series.

Host and freelance journalist Dan Martin speaks to some of Britain's best entrepreneurs and experts and learns tips and inspiration on how to start and grow a brilliant business. A new episode will be released every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks.

For episode one, we're joined by Ben Keene, co-founder of Rebel Book Club.

How many books do you have that you've never read? It's probably loads. The Japanese describe it as 'tsundoku', the constant act of buying books but not reading them. Ben was a big sufferer!

With his friend Ben Saul-Garner, he looked for a way to be motivated to read all those untouched ideas. Rebel Book Club was the solution. It's now a successful subscription company that brings people together around a love for non-fiction and a desire to turn book insights into action.

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On this week's Small Business Sessions podcast

In an advice-packed podcast, Ben discusses:

  • how to grow a subscription model

  • raising £148,000 and the realities of crowdfunding

  • switching online during the coronavirus pandemic

  • how to find your minimum viable audience

  • ...and lots more!

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You can also listen on other platforms and Enterprise Nation.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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