SmallBizPod #29 – ethical business with a coffee entrepreneur

Steve Leighton, founder of, on the practicalities of importing goods, ethical business and his passion for coffee.

By Alex Bellinger
6th July 2006 at 5:00 pm

SmallBizPod #29, the podcast for startups and small businesses, this week includes an interview from roving reporter Carl Barton who talks to coffee entrepreneur, Steve Leighton of about the practicalities of importing goods, ethical business and his passion for coffee. The show also includes a round up of listener comments including an audio comment from Fraser Edwards and highlights information and advice from Orange on how to enter this year’s National Business Awards.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.


• 01:13 Comments from the latest listeners to add themselves to the SmallBizPod Frappr map including: Richard Williams, Juliette Prouse in Gabon, Marston Alfred, Xavier in Paris, Carlos Vidal, the first Peruvian listener to put a pin in the map, and Mike O’Hara a Tonbridge based podcaster who lives just down the road from SmallBizPod HQ.
• 02:50 Audio comment from Fraser Edwards.
• 04:25 A reminder about Podcast User Magazine.


• 05.12 Interview by roving reporter Carl Barton with coffee entrepreneur Steve Leighton of Carl and Steve talk about how and why he started up his business. They also talk about how best to import goods, issues around ethical business and fair trade and the importance of passion in business. Steve also talks about why he won’t be tempted to supply the supermarkets and how he has shared his passion for coffee on blogs and forums and how this has benefited online sales.


• 22:03 Email comment from Simon Wyndham of Five Element Productions who’ve produced a DVD guide for startups.
• 22:41 Further feedback from James Kenny on how artists are the smallest businesses of all.
• 23:24 Email from Richard Williams who enjoys SmallBizPod on the road.
• 24:07 Everything you need to know to succeed in The National Business Awards, from Orange. This year’s deadline is 24th July.
• 25:28 Comments on the SmallBizPod blog from Comic Strip Blogger on more regular editions of the show and from Ron at Buzzoodle on the new website design.
• 27:04 How to subscribe to a podcast screencasts.


• 27:43 Music – Sad news about Electromancer. Don’t Look Back by Crowned Dark Prescence with thanks to


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  1. Another great podcast and a really good interview with Steve Leighton. It is so true that you need to be passionate about your business to succeed and hearing about someone like that is an inspiration to make sure we are the same.


    p.s. Thanks for including my comments!

  2. Kelvin Jones says:

    Hi Alex,

    I really love this podcast. I can’t tell you how many business podcasts I’ve listened too that just waffle and waffle. This podcast is a refreshing break. Great job.

    I’m a 26 year old wannabe-entrepreneur and, like many others it seems, I’m catching up on your past episodes. I’ve just listened to episode 28 & 29 back-to-back and they realy went hand-in-hand.
    BJ Cunningham inspired about branding and what it’s actually all about… it sounds obvious when you here it, but it really isn’t. This followed by the superb interview with Steve from really showed what BJ meant by the brand. Steve was super enthusiastic about coffee and that is what makes him and his business stand out.

    Something I would really like to hear about on the podcast is how one would jump over that fence from being employed to starting a business. What courses would be good from someone who does not have a biz background? How should one network? Should we try using LinkedIn?

    Thank you for the effort, keep it up.

    Kelvin Jones
    London, UK

  3. Kris says:

    Steve was great.

  4. jack says:

    Nice site actually. Gone to my favourites. Thanks for creation.

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