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These radio productions could help inspire you to start a business. From corsets to Nuns to beer for punks and even Levi Roots - all feature and provide some hints and tips.


BBC Radio 4 'A Small Business - Time to Start a Small Business' Liz Barclay talks all things small business with help from Fran Cotton, Professor Francis Chittenden and contributions from myself.

Produced by Adam Fowler now at Overtone Productions


Allan Esler Smith

In addition to my 'day job' I enjoy promoting the life and films of Brian Desmond Hurst, Irelands most prolific film director of the 20th century noted for the Christmas classic Scrooge. The links below take you to some promotional work I am involved with:

RTE Documentary on Hurst's life, to listen please click here

Brian Desmond Hurst Legacy website


Get that business going - it's easier than you think - presented by Jane Dismore. Running your own business is often seen as the ideal situation - being your own boss, freedom to be creative in the way you want - but for many people, it's a big leap into the unknown. In this programme, three business professionals who have written books on the subject talk about the pros and cons of achieving the dream. Why not listen in? It might be easier than you think! Jane Dismore is joined by Claudia Roth, Allan Esler Smith & Chris West.

Websites mentioned during the show: ?

Federation of Small Business www.fsb.org.uk

Free local business start-up support and courses including my ‘free’ monthly ‘Q & A with an accountant’ www.wenta.co.uk

Intellectual Property Office www.ipo.gov.uk

Retirement Planning Expert 2020/21 – book available on Amazon from September

‘Sales on a Beermat: the Essential Guide for Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Small Business’ – available on Amazon from September

To listen just click play below. (Not supported on all web broswers)


The Book Programme - The War Zone

‘War Zone’ includes a detailed profile of my book Theirs is the Glory: Arnhem, Hurst and Conflict on Film. Listen again at the link below Jane Dismore hosts myself and and Hugh Bicheno author of Razor’s Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War and many other books on battles and war and we discuss war and our book work, combining it with music that underlines the themes. This thought-provoking hour looks in detail at Arnhem and Theirs is the Glory on the the 75th anniversary of the battle and dips into many of Hurst’s other war films like Dangerous Moonlight and The Lion Has Wings as well as his Ministry of Information output.

To listen just click play below. (Not supported on all web broswers)


Email allan@allaneslersmith.com or call me on 07775 696052