MDE 30: Hermione Taylor of Do Good For Business, making sustainable living mainstream

Hermione Taylor wants to make one thing clear, she's a big fan of charity fundraising, but....“when the cause they are trying to tackle is driven by behaviour change, money is not what they need, it's action.” Hermione is founder of The Do Nation and Do Good For Business, platforms that encourage people to change the world with actions instead of financial donations. She was recommended to me by Guy Jeremiah from Ohyo Bottles (#MDE 15) who told me she had done some really interesting...


MDE 29: Leading a supermarket revolution, Ruth Anslow of hiSbe

I love shopping in farmers’ markets and I am very into local food so the story and concept of hiSbe Food was something that immediately appealed to me. hiSbe (how it Should be) is a different kind of supermarket; one that puts the customers, suppliers and employees before profits and shareholders. Pretty groundbreaking. The supermarket was opened in Brighton in 2013 in a 'fanfare of alternative', but the route there for co-founder Ruth Anslow was a traditional one. She studied international...


MDE 28: Anthony Day, bringing sustainability to the boardroom

There’s a tendency for some businesses to stick the word sustainable at the front of their mission statement and wander off, content in the knowledge they’ve done their bit. And, similarly, there’s a tendency for those bored of hearing the word to assume it’s all about not using aerosol sprays and therefore has no relevance to their company and how it works. More than just the polar bears But sustainability “is not just polar bear-related things,” laughs Anthony Day, “it’s...


MDE 27: Jane Kenyon, the Inspiration Diva for teenage girls

I’ve known entrepreneur Jane Kenyon for several years, including a spell in a Mastermind group she ran, so I was delighted to learn that she has a new book out. DIVA WISDOM - Find Your Voice, Rock Your World and Pass It On! contains a very personal account of her own entrepreneurial journey, which saw her raised by a millionaire, entrepreneur father, kicked out of the family home at 16, and go from homelessness to a degree, three postgraduate diplomas and an MBA by the age of 28 - all...