Introducing Leeds Business Podcast: Shining a Spotlight on Leading Experts in the Leeds Digital Community

Digital Entrepreneur, Phil Fraser, talks about his new venture into the podcasting world, interviewing a selection of digital experts for his new Leeds Business Podcast.

Guests on the show include instantly recognisable names like Jane Slimming, our own Stuart Clarke MBE, Helen Oldham, Alex Craven and Zandra Moore. In addition, early founder of the Leeds digital scene, people like Ajaz Ahmed (Freeserve) and Richard Flint (Skybet) have also been recently featured.

As well as Leeds-based digital entrepreneurs, ex-Sticky Eyes and Branded3, Carrie Rose, founder of Rise at Seven, has also featured; appearing on not one but two episodes.

What is the Leeds Business Podcast?

If you haven’t come across it yet, the podcast, hosted by Business Sounding Board, Phil Fraser (himself a successful Leeds-based digital entrepreneur), on a weekly basis, interviews inspiring, fascinating and interesting Leeds business owners, getting them to share their unique personal business journey story; all the ups & downs, the successes & failures, all the lessons learnt and the battle scars earnt. Each episode is full of brilliant anecdotes, stories and learnings.

In addition, each guest has the opportunity to give a shout out to another Leeds business, and Leeds digital businesses like Mitali Mookerjee’s CastRooms, CurveBlock and WAC, from Georgie Fairhall, have been highlighted.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all other podcast platforms, as well as YouTube, and new episodes come out every Wednesday at 7.00am. Links to all platforms can be found here.

We can also exclusively reveal that Alistair Maiden, Founder & CEO of Syke, the Leeds-based digital legal technology business, which was recently sold to US-based Consilio, will be appearing in a soon-to-be released future episode.

Digital guests on the Podcast

So what can you hear about from the guests previously mentioned? Here’s a flavour of some of our favourite highlights;

Ajaz Ahmed who built Freeserve, reveals how the business went from a ‘eureka moment’ to a multi-billion pound valuation in just three years.

Richard Flint tells the story behind building SkyBet into one of the biggest tech companies in Leeds.

Jane Slimming shares with us her near-death experience along with how she saved her business after 70% of revenue disappeared.

Hear all about the founding of the Leeds Digital Festival from co-founder, Stuart Clarke MBE, and his advice on what start ups and scale ups most need.

Helen Oldam teaches us what you should include in the perfect angel investment pitch deck.

Alex Craven tells us about the launch of one of the first digital businesses in the UK, getting rid of 385 of his 400 clients​ and the huge growth triggered by 2008 financial crash​.

Zandra Moore shows us a super cheap and really effective marketing tactic to get your business noticed and highlights the need for support and structures for female founders.

Let’s Stay in Touch!

New episodes come out every Wednesday and to make sure that you don’t miss out on any episode you can sign up for the Priority List to receive notifications when each new episode go live. Everyone that signs up from Leeds Digital gets a FREE gift to help their business.

And finally, if you’d like to suggest a future guest, feel free to contact the show here.

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