Gerry sat down with Steven Bartlett, who is already well-known in the business world for the phenomenal success of Social Chain, the social media marketing agency he co-founded from his bedroom in Manchester after dropping out of university at the age of 21.
The company, which was floated on the stock market in 2019, has a current market valuation of more than £300m.
The young entrepreneur’s personal stock is set to rise even higher when he joins the cast of the hit BBC series Dragon’s Den. At 29, he will become the show’s the youngest ever investor.
Steven is also enjoying huge success as a podcaster, author and speaker.
He hosts Europe’s most downloaded business podcast The Diary of a CEO and recently saw his debut book Happy Sexy Millionaire become a Sunday Times Bestseller.
Earlier this month, Steven was named as a new entrant on the Powerlist 2022, an annual list of the most influential black Britons, ranking alongside Marcus Rashford, Bafta-winner Michaela Coel, actor Daniel Kaluuya and tech pioneer Jacky Wright.
Also, catch the Small Business campaign that Steven is part of, offering small business owners the chance to win a bespoke, in-person mentoring session with Steven and receive a dedicated social media marketing campaign that will give their business exposure to an audience of millions.
To enter, businesses should visit vodafone.uk/digitalsmallbusiness and share their story of how digital tools, skills and platforms are helping them to supercharge their business. Entry is free and open to all UK small businesses (less than 50 employees) across the UK until 26 November 2021.
Steven in action on his podcast, Diary Of A CEO