SmallBizPod #69 – Clive Birnie, MBOs and jumping through windows

Interview with Clive Birnie of Somerset manufacturing company Severn Delta, on management buy-outs, leadership, jumping through windows, finance and business blogging.

By Alex Bellinger
5th June 2008 at 9:25 am

This week SmallBizPod #69, the small business podcast, includes an interview with Clive Birnie, managing director of Severn Delta, on his experiences of a successful management buy-out, funding, leadership, blogging and much more. There’s also the announcement of the winners of the Rachel Elnaugh book competition and the chance to win tickets to Fuel.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Introduction to what’s coming up in the show.
• 01:00 Announcement of three winners of the Rachel Elnaugh book competition: Nai Chng Sulemann Rasheed and Mark Lawrence.
• 02:22 Chance to win one of two tickets worth £195 to Fuel, a conference in London for small businesses, startups and marketers who want to make the most of social media. The conference takes place on Friday 13th June. First two people to send an email with Fuel-SmallBizPod in the subject line to will win.


• 04:59 Interview with Clive Birnie, managing director of south west textile manufacturing business Severn Delta, on how to pull off a successful management buy-out and the leadership, finance and business marketing tips that he’s learned along the way. Clive and Alex also discuss brand development, dealing with supermarkets, the importance of managing your own strategy and how Clive got into business blogging at Positive Churn.

• 34.33 Comments from Michael Shakesheff who runs a family shipping business in Middlesborough, Paul Grech suggesting an episode of SmallBizPod on time management, and Daniel Barker who loves the music at the end of the podcast. Do keep your audio and email comments and suggestions coming.

• Also do check out the SmallBizPod Facebook group and also check out Twitter and follow Alex to stay connected.

• 51.38 MusicJohan Brunkvist
from “Mixed Grooves – Chillout Lounge Volume 3”
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