The broadcaster Jonny Gould is launching a new business podcast on Wednesday 4 December – Jonny Gould’s SME Walkabout (#jonnywalks), sponsored by BOOST&Co.

Gould will travel the country to tell the stories of innovative enterprises across the UK, with the series planned for an initial 12-month run. The broadcaster, who regularly features on talkSPORT, talkRADIO, Sky News and the BBC, and also produces two current affairs and sports podcasts, ran his own SME in broadcast media for 24 years.

The monthly podcast, lasting around 35 minutes, will be released on the first Wednesday of every month. A shorter instalment, including responses from listeners and a preview of the next episode, will follow around two weeks later.

Gould says: “I’ll feature engaging stories from engaging people – triumphs and tears from the entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized enterprises.

“My opener with Mark Ryan and Rick Pearson of Trilico sets the bar. Mark was part of the management team behind John Caudwell’s phenomenally successful Phones 4u, and Rick’s story of racking up speeds of 270mph on the Utah salt flats instructed him in leadership and teamwork.

“I couldn’t have a more supportive and appropriate sponsor than BOOST&Co.”

The first episode – available from Wednesday 4 December – features Mark Ryan and Rick Pearson, the executive chairman and head of financial products at Trilico, which provides settlement and billing solutions and debt-financing facilities to the telecoms market. They discuss the challenges and rewards of scaling up a business, while Gould also delves into the pair’s colourful history.

“We’re delighted to sponsor this series of podcasts, and we wish Jonny well as he travels around the country to tell great stories drawn from the UK’s rich tissue of SMEs,” says BOOST&Co’s partner Lance Mysyrowicz. “We love Jonny’s enthusiasm for the topic and we hope that many people learn about all the aspects – the good, the bad and the ugly – of running a fast-growing SME in the UK.”

Listeners can look forward to another unusual story in the New Year, when Gould goes behind the scenes at Saffron Walden-based Blighter, a radar and counter-drone specialist that not only counts the UK and US governments among its prestigious clients, but also supplies equipment that is used to patrol the Korean border.

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