The Small Business Sessions podcast (series three, episode five): Collaboration, community and building a £500m workplace giant

The Small Business Sessions podcast (series three, episode five): Collaboration, community and building a £500m workplace giant
Emma Jones
Emma JonesFounderEnterprise Nation

Posted: Wed 5th Sep 2018

The Small Business Sessions podcast from Enterprise Nation and powered by Xero is back for another inspiring episode.

Every week Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones speaks to entrepreneurs and experts about starting and growing a successful business.

Charlie Green and Olly Olsen worked for serviced office properties but recognised that the industry needed a modern shake-up.

That change is now The Office Group, which has over 15,000 members working across 33 buildings, 31 of which are in London, with six more due to open next year.

In this podcast, Charlie and Olly discuss how community has always been at the heart of the business, their tips for running a business with a friend and why they decided to sell the company for £500m.

You can listen to the podcast below and on podcast platforms including iTunes and Stitcher. Please do subscribe and review.

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Ths podcast was recorded and edited by Enterprise Nation member and audio production service, Podraffi.

Emma Jones
Emma JonesFounderEnterprise Nation
Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm's Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate. After 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc. The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website. The company has since expanded to become a small business membership community of over 75,000 people who benefit from events and support: online and in person. Enterprise Nation also presents a campaigning voice to government and the media on behalf of its members. In 2021, Emma was awarded a CBE for services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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