SmallBizPod #55 – interview with Jon Smith of First Artist on AIM and acquisition

Jon Smith, CEO of First Artist Corporation on rapid response, growth by acquisition, listing on AIM and the business of premiership football.

By Alex Bellinger
30th September 2007 at 12:12 am

This week SmallBizPod #55, the small business podcast, includes an interview with Jon Smith, CEO of First Artist Corporation on rapid response, growth by acquisition, listing on AIM and the business of premiership football. There’s also a round up of listener comments and a tremendous song to finish the podcast.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.
• 1:43 Thanks to Sage for their sponsorship of SmallBizPod.


• 03:13 Interview with Jon Smith, CEO of First Artist Corporation, a sport, entertainment and marketing management company he founded in 1986. Jon and Alex talk about results of a Vodafone survey which reveals British business is slow to respond to enquiries. Jon provides an insight into time management, growing a business through acquisition, AIM listing, dealing with the media, and the business world behind premiership football.


• 20:51 Thanks to the latest people to put their pin in the SmallBizPod Frappr map including: Blake Duerden from Wimbledon, Brian McSwiney from Cork, Graeme from Dundee and a guy from Houston, Texas.
• 21:53 Comment on the blog from Blake Duerden on the ubiquity of Google, being inspired by SmallBizPod and the diary of a wantrepreneur.
• 23:36 Comment from Richard Boyd on Sage’s sponsorship.
• 24:08 How to comment on the blog, by email or by leaving a phone message. Also check out the SmallBizPod Facebook Group and the launch of a small business news section of the site.
• 26:14 Andrea Drottholm emails seeking advice on how to set commissions for a sales team and ensure staff are delivering benefits not just costs.
• 27:48 Paul Cheatle returns to offer his advice on when is the best time to quit your day job and start your own business.
• 29:08 Andrew Banks on better titles for SmallBizPod in iTunes.

• 30.40 Music – Everything is OK by Halou.

Everything is OK by Halou (Vertebrae)

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