Listen to the UK Business Startup Podcast

The UK Business Startup Podcast tells the story of starting & growing a business in the UK. We help newbies get started & oldies to improve.

Whether you’re looking to create a company with staff and premises, or just make some additional income as a freelancer in your spare time, this is the show for you.

In each episode we’re going to dive into the nuts and bolts of a particular topic, breaking things down into bite sized and easy to understand chunks.

We’ve enlisted the help of some trusted accountants, financial advisers, marketers, authors, and fellow business owners to bring a tonne of experience and advise to the table. And pulling everything together is the host, our very own Colin Gray.

In season one, we’re going to be giving you an introduction to planning, starting, and growing your business. We’ll then take a break before moving into season two where we’ll cover one of these topics in-depth.

We’d love your feedback on the series and what you’d like to hear in the future, so please get in touch with any ideas or suggestions in the comments section below, or at [email protected].

How to Plan your Business

How to Plan Your Business – Episode 1

When you hear the term “business plan” it’s easy to be put off by the thought of some huge complicated dossier. But don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be as complicated as that. At this stage we’re more interested in why you want to set up your business, who you want to serve, what problems you’ve identified, and how you aim to solve them.

Choosing a structure

Choosing a Structure & Managing Your Finances – Episode 2

So what kind of business do you want to have? Perhaps you’re looking at setting up on your own as a sole trader. Maybe you want to rent or buy premises and employ staff. Perhaps you’re not even sure yet about which route is best for you. In this episode we’re going to take a look at the different business structures why you might choose them.

marketing your business

Marketing Your Business – Episode 3

There’s a good chance that you’re going to have to act as a marketer in your new business along with all the other hats you’ll be wearing, at least in the early days. But without drumming up interest in what you have to offer, letting people know your out there, and ultimately making sales, you won’t stay in business very long.

taking on staff

Taking on Staff – Episode 4

How do you know when you’re ready to take on staff in your new business? Are you ever actually “ready” to take such a step? That’s the basis of this episode, as our assembled panel of experts and business owners offer you their own tips and advice for taking on staff.

managing your workload

Managing Your Workload – Episode 5

Going from employee to self-employed means you are now in charge of what you do, when you do it. Whilst this can be liberating, it can also be intimidating, and lead you towards working 14+ hours a day because there will always be something that needs done.


Networking – Episode 6

Just because you’re self-employed doesn’t mean you have to go it alone in business. Joining or building a network of fellow professionals can be hugely beneficial to you for a number of reasons.

should you start your own business

Should You Start Your Own Business? – Episode 7

The dream of starting your own business is probably the reason you’re listening to this podcast. It’s important to weigh up a few things before you throw yourself into any new venture though. Running a business isn’t for everyone, and there’s a couple of reasons why you might want to consider staying in employment instead.