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The best podcasts for business owners in 2020

Podcasts are great. They can turn a morning run into an opportunity to learn, provide inspiring listening while you’re in the bath and make you laugh out loud on the tube.

But with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know which to tune into.

Following the UK’s lockdown, the breadth and depth of podcasts is even greater. And while most of us have less time ‘on the go’ to listen, our choice of activities in any free time is much more limited, meaning books, podcasts and TV series are essential go-tos.

Here are the top podcasts that we think small business owners should listen to in 2020. They will entertain, inspire and enlighten you, as well as providing practical advice to help you run your business.

Happy listening.

Keeping up with current affairs

From Brexit to the latest Google release (and of course Covid-19), global affairs can have a huge impact on your business. Stay in the loop with these insightful podcasts.

BBC World Business Report

A daily podcast from the BBC World Service. Released every weekday morning, this short podcast brings you a rundown of the day’s top financial stories from around the globe. A longer podcast of the same name is released in the afternoon.

Great for: business owners with little time. Episodes average seven minutes and provide a condensed look at the morning’s biggest financial stories. Perfect for your morning commute.

The Coronavirus Newscast

Also brought to you by the BBC, this daily podcast is a more in-depth look at all things Covid-19, brought to you by Adam Fleming, Laura Kuenssberg, Fergus Walsh and Chris Mason.

Great for: a more in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic and what’s happening globally.

The Economist Asks

Host Anne McElvoy poses a single question to a high-profile insider every week in this podcast from The Economist. Subjects on the agenda include the rise in wealth inequality and whether or not America’s economic growth can continue.

Great for: insight into how global affairs affect the economy. Interviewees offer their informed perspective on the biggest economic issues facing the world today.

Fintech Insider by 11:FS

A bi-weekly podcast that delves into the latest tech trends disrupting the financial sector, from AI to open banking. Brought to you by leading fintech company, 11:FS.

Great for: both tech entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to get a better understanding of how developments in technology can help them run their business.

Practical podcasts to help make running your business easier

Whether you’d like to improve your company’s online presence, understand how to secure investment, or learn to use data effectively, these practical podcasts are here to help.

Internet Marketing from SiteVisibility

A weekly podcast from digital agency SiteVisibility, bringing you the latest developments from the digital marketing landscape. With input from leading experts and marketers from around the world, this show claims to be the most popular internet marketing podcast in the UK.

Great for: anyone looking to improve their SEO, learn how to use data effectively or understand internet advertising. The online space is changing constantly, so everyone from beginners to seasoned marketing professionals will benefit from this podcast.

The Janet Murray Show

Janet Murray brings you expert advice on everything content. From building your online audience to writing better social media captions. Initially a PR podcast, Janet broadened her focus in 2018 after realising the potential of content marketing.

Great for: learning how to use content marketing to drive sales and engagement for your business. Janet’s practical podcast touches on common content marketing concerns, such as finding an authentic voice and building an online audience.

The Cashflow Show

Host Clayton M. Coke discusses the highs and lows of business ownership with a range of UK entrepreneurs.

Great for: small business owners looking for relatable advice from successful entrepreneurs. Guests discuss how they launched their business, the problems they faced and how they intend to grow in the future.

Inspirational interviews

Nothing gears you up for a productive day more than a motivational story. In these podcasts, you’ll enjoy insight from famous entrepreneurs and small business owners alike.

Secret Leaders

This UK-based podcast claims to be the number one business podcast on Apple. Co-founded by two entrepreneurs, Rich Martell (the producer) and Dan Murray (the host), there are 4 series to delve into, with interviews with some of the biggest names in business. Guests have included everyone from philosopher Alain de Botton to the founder of Moonpig.

Great for: an entertaining and instructive listen. This upbeat, intelligent podcast will get you thinking about business from a unique perspective.

9 to when?

A podcast that champions small businesses from funding company, iwoca. Hosts Jamie and Matt discuss financial issues that specifically affect small business owners and interview a range of guests, from a watchmaker to the owner of a cat cafe.

Great for: small business owners who want to learn from their peers. This podcast covers issues that will be familiar to entrepreneurs, such as hiring the right people and effective roadmapping.

Shopify Masters

A weekly podcast from American company, Shopify. In each episode, host Felix Thea interviews entrepreneurs from a diverse range of backgrounds. Bringing you advice on everything from driving impact within the local community to how to start a hashtag movement.

Great for: business owners with an interest in online marketing and e-commerce. This podcast covers the latest digital trends and how to use them to your business’ advantage.

Thought provoking podcasts

For anyone looking to gain a new perspective on the world of business, these podcasts are essential listening. From stranger-than-fiction-stories to alternative careers advice, they’ll make you think about business in a whole new way.

Ctrl Alt Delete

Emma Gannon’s podcast focuses on people who have shaped their careers from their interests. An antidote to the traditional career podcast, Emma looks at the ethics, philosophy and occasional anxiety that comes with doing something you love. With guests ranging from famous actors to magazine editors.

Great for: people who love what they do. This philosophical podcast covers topics from non-linear career paths to confidence and self-worth.

The Missing Crypto Queen

This BBC podcast follows the story of Dr Ruja Ignatova. A businesswoman who persuaded millions of people to invest in her crypto currency, before disappearing without a trace.

Great for: anyone looking for a lesson in how not to invest. This surreal story demonstrates how even multi-million dollar companies can be built on a lie.

Business Wars

Nintendo vs Sony, Nike vs Adidas, Boeing vs Airbus. This American podcast brings to life some of the biggest business rivalries of the 21st century.

Great for: learning the turbulent history of some of the world’s most recognisable brands. The aptly named podcast shows how brutal and competitive business can be.

The Dropout

Elizabeth Holmes convinced the world that she had invented a product that would revolutionise healthcare. Her idea earned her an estimated $4.5bn and a place on the cover of Forbes magazine. The only problem? She was lying.

Great for: getting under the bonnet of Silicon Valley. This podcast shows what happens when a “fake it ‘til you make it” culture goes too far.

Grounded with Louis Theroux

This brand-new podcast from Louis Theroux went to the top of the charts with just the trailer. Launching fully on Monday 27 April, the interview series will see Louis have an hour-long conversation with a high profile guest each week, digging into the psyches of some of the biggest names in the UK and the US.

Great for: Louis Theroux’s television is always thought-provoking, and we imagine this podcast will be no different.

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