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Episode 174 - Ciaran Burke - COO & Co Founder - Swoop

This week’s episode is essential listening for small business owners looking for ways to raise capital without having to grovel to HSBC.

We chat to Ciaran Burke, COO & Co-Founder of Swoop, a financing platform which helps small businesses secure finance.

We talk about the range of alternative financing options available to SMEs in the UK outside of traditional bank lending including the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the government-backed Startup Loan scheme. Ciaran also explains how Swoop's credit eligibility and financing model works, and advises on the fine art of writing grant pitches.

To date, Swoop has helped over 100,000 SMEs obtain over £1bn in financing across its businesses in the UK, Ireland, Canada, US and Australia.

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Episode 118 - BWB Extra - Guiding Lanterns with Michelle Kvello

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Michelle Kvello, Founder of Lantern Partners, a virtual CFO advisory firm where we talk more about the business's working principles how they operate. We also share stories about difficult client scenarios we've experienced and how they've been dealt with as well as discuss the current state Australia's startup community, labour shortages and immigration policies.

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Episode 117 - Michelle Kvello - Virtual CFO - Lantern Partners

Meet Michelle Kvello, Founder of Lantern Partners, a CFO advisory firm with the objective of propelling fast-growing businesses to success. Named one of the top 50 women in accounting in 2021 by Ignition, and a finalist for CFO of the year 2022 (Australian Accounting Awards), Michelle is not only highly regarded in the Finance and CFO space, but she is also passionate about using her voice and her stories to support women in the industry, and support individuals moving from corporate roles into their consulting dream.

Michelle's expertise lies in helping businesses understand and harness their financials. She contributes fundamental strategic and commercial finance advice and provides hands-on support to ensure businesses achieve their goals.

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Episode 116 - New Sessions #5 - Lindsay Stewart & Brian McNeill

Part 5 of our New York Sessions is live! Recorded on location at the Beekham Hotel in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to Founders Lindsay Stewart & Brian McNeill about Stringr, their powerful remote video news gathering solution for broadcast and online journalism as well as their new product Iconik, a cloud-native solution that gathers and organizes media securely from any storage, alongside the usual Q&A chat in true BWB fashion.

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Episode 115 - Neil Parker - FX Market Strategist - Natwest

Continuing our conversation with Neil Parker, FX Market Strategist at Natwest and all-round economy expert where we hear more about how he got to where he is today, his views on Brexit, his perspective on FX Markets and what he thinks is "Business" and "Not Business" in our Business vs. Bullshit quick fire round!

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Episode 114 - BWB Special - Economageddon with Neil Parker

Meet Neil Parker, Director and FX Market Strategist at NatWest who joins us for a very special extended episode to discuss all things global economy, financial markets, inflation, interest rates and the Bank of England. An absolute must-listen for anyone wanting insight into what's really going on economically and clarity on how to navigate through such financially tumultuous times. Are the world's financial markets crumbling right in front of our eyes? will they ever recover or are witnessing an actual Economageddon? Pull up a chair, press play and brace yourself.

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Episode 113 - New York Sessions #4 - Eric Smith

Welcome to part 4 of our New York Sessions! Recorded on location at the Beekham Hotel in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to Eric Smith, CEO of one of the longest standing reggae music labels, EasyStar Records about all things music, industry, British routes and New York Martinis ;)

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Episode 112 - BWB Extra - Be More Pirate with James Berg

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with James Berg, Founder of Picaroons where we break it down and talk about what led James to starting the company as well as hearing about the origins of James's mindset which gave birth to the Picaroons ideology, company culture and realities of running his ship the way he does.

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Episode 111 - James Berg - Founder - Picaroons

Joining us this week is James Berg, founder of Picaroons, a content creation agency.

His experience as a digital insights expert and content strategist led him to working with the likes of Facebook, IBM, Philips, Samsung, SEAT, Booking.com, GSK, ESPN, Bupa and P&G.

James is also a qualified business coach and published author. His book ‘104 Social Media Content Ideas To Increase Sales’ has helped over 3,000 businesses plan and implement their social media marketing. As a sought-after speaker James has educated over 2,000 SME’s, startups and charities on how to increase their sales, donations and leads online.

A bright young mind with great chat!

Episode 110 - New York Sessions #3 - Sandi Burrows & Ed Burstell

Welcome to part 3 of our New York Sessions! Recorded on location at the Beekham Hotel in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to Brand Developing experts Sandi Burrows and Ed Burstell about their careers journeys and how they came to join forces and start their brand consultancy Burburs.

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Episode 109 - BWB Extra - The Electric Revolution with Guy Haydon & Darren Gardner

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Guy Haydon and Darren Gardner, Directors at Zaptec UK where we speak about all things Electric Vehicles as well as how Guy and Darren are approaching their recruitment process. They're building a new company culture with the aim of creating a fully modernised workplace where their employee's wellbeing is prioritised just as much as profit margins.

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Episode 108 - Guy Haydon & Darren Gardner - Directors - Zaptec

Joining us this week are Guy Haydon, Managing Director and Darren Gardner, Commercial Director of Zaptec UK - an innovative Norwegian manufacturer of world-leading EV charging systems.

We speak about all things from electric cars to recruitment practices to company culture to why you should NEVER mix business with pleasure ;) A very colourful conversation to say the least!

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