SmallBizPod #31 – starting a business in Britain

Brian O’Kane, entrepreneur and author of Starting A Business in Britain on starting up, sales, market research and planning effectively & his own journey as a publishing entrepreneur.

By Alex Bellinger
4th September 2006 at 11:20 am

SmallBizPod #31 includes an interview with Brian O’Kane, a publishing entrepreneur and author of Starting a Business in Britain. The show covers off advice for start-ups on practical and mental preparation for running your own business and a discussion on business planning, market research, sales and business failure. There’s also the usual round up of feedback from listeners in the form of Frappr map feedback, emails and two audio comments.

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Show Notes



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


• 01:05 Comment from John at The Alcohol Free Shop with a suggestion on when comments should appear in the podcast.


• 02.09 Interview with Brian O’Kane founder of Oak Tree Press and author of Starting A Business In Britain. Brian talks about how he set up his own publishing business and some of the challenges and pitfalls he faced which led him to write a book for start-ups. Alex and Brian talk through a number of practical issues including advice for small businesses on business planning, market research and sales. They also discuss how to deal with difficult times and the importance or otherwise of business failure.


• 30:26 Audio comment from Glenn Biclar with a topic suggestion and a Skype chat with his fiance Voan.
• 33:00 Audio comment from Simon in Whitstable in Kent.
• 34:23 Comments from the latest listeners to add themselves to the SmallBizPod Frappr map including: Kees Rozemeijer in The Netherlands, Peter from Poland, Tony Campbell, Bec from Australia, Deren Monroe in Kentucky, Oleg Bivol in France, Munch in London, Glenn Biclar in Hong Kong, D Amphlett, Mike Black, Mehdi in Tokyo, Simon Taylor and Andrew Hodgson.

• 32:12 Music – Dub in Love for S-Nail by Mahadzhan with thanks to


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  1. Andy says:


    Nice podcast. Here’s a tip – always interview more irish people. With their accents even when they’re talking about accounting it sounds interesting.

    Also check out my blogs, one of them is a small business blog (wouldn’t mind a link swap with you) the other blog is my own small business (people tracing – private investigation).


  2. alex says:

    I have to say I have a soft spot for a touch of the blarney too!



  3. Geoff Tinnion says:

    Top tune fella.



  4. alex says:

    Cheers Geoff, one of my favourites too!

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