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ScaleUp Radio

Aug 12, 2019

Banking has always been a part of Ian Priest’s life. Given the option of banking, accountancy or street sweeping upon leaving school; he went into banking.

However, it took him 31 years before he decided to leave working for the big banks, and to go out on his own and join the Independent Banking Consultancy back in 2011.

In this episode of ScaleUp Radio, Kevin Brent talks to Ian Priest from the Independent Banking Consultancy.

Ian has got incredible banking experience through his many years in the industry, and it was fascinating to hear about that transition from working for a big company, to owning a franchise.

In this episode, we’ll cover Ian’s thoughts on:

 - How to make the decision between a franchise and starting from scratch

 - Ways to utilise power of the group of a franchise, which you might not have as a one man business

 - If you’ve built up a business as part of a franchise, is there anything there that you can sell on?

 - What goes into the decision as to whether to take on employees

This is a fascinating look at what it means to have your own identity as part of a franchise, which Ian has carved out for himself very well. It’s a worthwhile listen if you’ve ever thought about buying into a franchise yourself - or creating one for others to buy into.

You can contact Ian by emailing Ian at or through the website

In each episode, Kevin Brent from BizSmart will speak to people about their business journey; how they learned to take their company to the next level - and the advice that can be passed on to other business owners and startups everywhere.

Scaling up your business isn't easy, and can be a little daunting. Let ScaleUp Radio make it a little easier for you. With guests who have been where you are now, and can offer their thoughts and advice on several aspects of business. ScaleUp Radio is the business podcast you've been waiting for.