MDE 5: From a lucrative career in IT to a successful Skincare business aligned with her values, Sandra Blackburn of Pure Lakes

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Sandra Blackburn, who left a lucrative career in IT to move with her husband to the Lake District in the North of England in search of a more fulfilling life. Initially they threw themselves into tourism and bought a gift shop and tea room. Then Sandra's chemistry background helped her develop an interest in developing cures for the various ailments of people in the village where they live. I talk to her about launching her...


MDE 4: From headmaster to planting 4 million trees, Stephen Prior co-founder of Forest Carbon

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Enterpreneurs I speak to Stephen Prior, a former headmaster who discovered a second vocation through his Durham University MBA dissertation (a study of environmental economics and carbon emissions trading). His findings - presented at the 2005 UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal - convinced him of the importance of trees in the global effort to deal with the mounting problem of pollution and environmental degradation. I talk to him about Forest...


MDE 3: From zero to £500k in 4 years, Dan Brousson of Onyabags UK

  PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Dan Brousson who set up Onyabags as a single parent having been widowed with 2 young children. Within 4 years he was turning over £500,000 all from his kitchen table. It wasn't easy, he hit obstacles and challenges as the business grew. In this interview Dan talks candidly about his journey from corporate life to entrepreneur with a social mission, and how his business is doing its bit for the environment.   In...


MDE 2: Train Journey Entrepreneur, Kate Andrews of loco2.com

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Kate Andrews, an avid traveller who saw a gap in the market with her co-founder brother for an easier way to book train journeys across Europe. This led to the creation of Loco2 with the mission of making it as easy to book a train in Europe as it is to book a flight. In this session you’ll find out about:  How Kate came up with the idea for the business Challenges she has had to overcome What she loves about being an...


MDE 1: Combining recruitment with purpose, Leon Richards of Good Talent

  PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Leon Richards who decided to set up a recruitment business Good Talent, 'finding good people for businesses that work to make the world a better place'. The business is aligned with his values so that he wouldn't look back and wonder what have I done with my life? He talks candidly about the challenges of setting up his businesses and offers some solid advice for those who are thinking about taking the plunge.   ...