The Small Business Sessions podcast: The travel brand that grew during the pandemic

The Small Business Sessions podcast: The travel brand that grew during the pandemic
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 18th Oct 2023

It's time for episode two in season six of the Small Business Sessions, Enterprise Nation's podcast powered by the business.connected online training programme.

Episode two: Sarah de-Vere Drummond, Kip Hideaways

Joining freelance journalist Dan Martin for the second episode is Sarah de-Vere Drummond, co-founder of Kip Hideaways, the membership website for affordable self-catering holiday rentals.  

Sarah previously worked in the boutique travel industry and with her co-founder Liz Simpson spotted a gap in the market for an online community that features only self-catering hideaways.   

Many of properties featured on the website are under the radar so they are kept exclusive by a membership service.

Despite launching during the coronavirus pandemic when travel wasn't possible, the business saw a growth in memberships as people dreamt of their next holiday once restrictions were removed.

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On this week's Small Business Sessions podcast

During the show, Sarah shares brilliant advice and insights from her business growth story.

Topics discussed include:

  • why she opted for a membership model and how to make it a success

  • growing a community of over 100,000 followers on Instagram

  • how Kip members grew during the pandemic despite travel restrictions

  • the role of PR and media coverage in the business' growth

  • the benefits of having a co-founder

  • dealing with business growth challenges

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden 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 now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and 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.

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