A SCOTS entrepreneur and enterprise expert has used the Covid-19 lockdown to launch a new podcast for small businesses.
Glasgow-based Iain Scott, a former wholefoods pioneer who has run enterprise programmes for more than 25 years, hopes the new show will entertain, inspire and inform listeners during the Coronavirus lockdown and beyond.
Called The Enterprise Iain Show, the podcast will run every Wednesday and is available to stream now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and on Scott’s website, www.enterpriseiain.scot.
“Our show was born during the lockdown and Coronavirus will be an unavoidable – though not the only – theme,” Scott says. “We know so many people who are reassessing their working life now and many may have to start a business because they’ve no option.
“In a sense we are all start-ups now. It’s scary, but that’s why I wanted to offer something that gave people hope – and a laugh.”
Upcoming podcasts include ‘Help! I Started My Business During Lockdown!’. A series of useful topics for business called ‘The Entrepreneur’s A to Z’ includes discussions on ‘A is for Advertising’ and ‘H is for Hacking.’
“I’ve always said the best way to educate is to entertain, so the show has got a very engaging and accessible style with great guests,” Scott says. “We don’t go for big names, but instead have really valuable insights from other small businesses.
“The show is really for anyone with an interest in business, but it’s specifically designed for people who are self-employed or running their own small business. It’s also great for anyone who’s interested in business, but put off by corporate management speak.”
Scott has been running enterprise and start-up programmes on behalf of enterprise agencies and local authorities since 2001 and has worked with more than 1,600 people who always wanted to start a business but didn’t know how.
He previously set up and ran Scots Kitchen, one of the UK’s first wholefood, vegetarian and vegan food companies. Working with a group of tomato growers in the Clyde Valley, he also co-founded Scotland’s Tomatoes – creating one of the first branded salad vegetables in Britain.
After graduating in history from The University of Glasgow, Scott taught history for five years before running the university’s high growth start-up programme, one of the first of its kind.
He is currently director of Can Do Places (www.candoplaces.org), the Scottish Government-funded initiative to turn redundant town centre buildings into co-working spaces for people to try out new business ideas, trade and make work together.
After seeing entrepreneurship transform hundreds of peoples’ lives, Scott published his first book in 2019, How to Start a Business, When You Don’t Know How to Start a Business.
“I’ve seen people’s mood and mental wellbeing lift instantly when they’ve decided to take the plunge and strike out on their own,” Scott says. “For the first time, it can mean you’re in control and able to follow your passion, or put your talents and skills to good use.”
The title is published by Scott’s own publishing company – Visual Arousal – which he runs with the help of Scottish artists and designers.
Scott’s radio experience includes being a guest for several years on the former BBC Radio Scotland programme, The Gary Robertson Show.
Podcasts are audio programmes like talk radio that listeners can subscribe to and play on their smartphones or computers whenever they like.
Scott’s helpers on The Enterprise Iain Show are Matthew Clarke, a radio broadcaster based in Cornwall, and Fiona Colqhoun, a Glasgow-based artist.
Photo credit: Magda Ehlers
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