A symphony of podcasts to pique your curiosity!

What will you listen to first?

We’ve just realised that a whole year’s flown by since our founder Jane, and her daughter Liv, launched their wonderful podcast The School Run!

So what better time to ask – are you a podcast fan?

Have you noticed them everywhere you turn these days?

If so, you’re not alone – because podcasts are booming!

With millions of listeners tuning in worldwide, and new shows popping up daily, it’s no surprise podcasts have fast become a favourite source of entertainment, education, and conversation. Because whatever you’re interested in, there’s a podcast out there for everyone.

In this blog, we’re taking a whistle-stop tour of just some of the shows Jane’s had the pleasure of being a part of over the past few years.

Have a scan through – there’s bound to be at least one that piques your interest!

The School RunPicture of The School Run podcast cover with a black & white zebra crossing

First off, we have to give a cheeky shout-out to our home-grown podcast!

Jane and Liv’s idea for The School Run was born from the huge range of topics they’ve discussed, debated, laughed, and cried at over the hundreds of school runs they’ve done together through the years.

Nothing’s off limits, and they talk candidly about their thoughts, feelings, and life experiences.

Intimate musings about navigating life as a step family, careers that schools probably don’t tell you about, people who’ve inspired them, and the stuff you don’t learn at school (but definitely should) are interspersed with a range of guest interviews.

Catch it on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

The Teachers’ Podcast with Claire RileyImage of Jane James from Little Voices being interviewed on The Teachers' Podcast

The Teachers’ Podcast provides additional support to teachers, and each episode delves into a key topic within education with a guest. In her episode, Jane talks about mental health, children’s activities and performing arts (you can also watch it on YouTube).

The Disenfranchised Podcast with Ed Purnell

The Disenfranchised podcast showcases inspiring career stories away from the 9 to 5 grind, and in episode 24, Jane openly shares her story of how she risked everything to help others find a stable income by providing support, along with a clear path to success (also available on YouTube).

Get Rich Slow with Hannah Martin

Brought to you by The Talented Ladies Club, Get Rich Slow challenges the ‘get rich quick’ ideology by celebrating and exploring pursuing something you love, that fits your talents, and rewards you with authentic success – whatever that looks like to you. Jane shares the biggest challenges she’s faced over the years, along with her secrets of business longevity.

From Profession to Passion with Vicki Mitman

Vicki Mitman interviews professionals who have done things differently, and episode 12, which you can watch on YouTube, sees Jane talk about how she made the leap from teacher to business owner to growing a national franchise!

John Scott Lawton’s English, you know

This quirky podcast is about “English Language Learning, but not as you know it”. In her episode, Jane talks all things Little Voices, as well as the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who want to start their own business and the essential qualities Jane looks for in a Little Voices franchisee.

Tezlom Podcast

Tezlom specialise in the recruitment of nurses, care assistants, and adult & child support workers. Like us, they’re a franchise business – and we’re great pals! Jane shares her incredible story and the evolution of Little Voices, as well as how she pivoted to ensure that Little Voices not only succeeded in the pandemic . . . but thrived!

The Business Mum podcast

Jen, Director of CB Cinder Ltd that provides valuable mental health first aid training, invites people from all walks of life to share their expertise and experiences on all things self-employment, business, and parenthood. Jane is joined by her close franchising friend Claire O’Connor, founder and director of babyballet, where they talk openly about finding your people – and why networking doesn’t have to be scary (it’s an emotional listen at times!).

Heard it Through the Grooveline

Heard It Through The Grooveline is the brainchild of our good friend, Will Bennett, where he explores  the subject of music education and most importantly – how parents can support their child’s music education, even if they’re not musical themselves!  As well as chatting about her own musical background, Jane shares some great tips on how you can support your child’s musical education, as well as how to keep them motivated when other things are competing for their attention!

Over the Influence

Over The Influence explores the world of selective sobriety and celebrates its joys, and in her episode, Jane talks openly about her alcohol-free journey as a CEO (and how becoming alcohol-free isn’t the magic solution to all of life’s problems!).

Scale Up Radio podcast with Kevin Brent

Scale Up Radio is a podcast for ambitious business owners who want to transform their businesses, and Kevin Brent interviews real business people giving real tips and advice taken from their own experiences. He and Jane discuss all sorts of aspects around franchising, including why it might be a good thing to consider as a route to scaling, as well as some of the challenges Jane’s faced along the way.

Ignite Your Spark

Ignite Your Spark explores the ups and downs of life, both business and personal, and is the perfect companion on your path to self-discovery. Jane shares her journey to success, lessons learned, and her best advice to help you build sustainable success in your life.

So What’s Your Story? with Ian Beighton 

Ian Beighton talks to people from all walks of life who have one thing in common – a story! In episode 26, Jane talks candidly about her recovery from a nervous breakdown, and how she’s learned to prioritise life differently and enjoy the simple things.

Phew – that’s quite a list! Which one will you listen to first?