MDE 39: Innovating to improve maths literacy with Tom Hooper of Third Space Learning

Originally from a background of politics and finance Tom wanted to add something to society rather just making money. On this podcast he tells the story of how he set up his company to address one of the biggest educational problems in the UK. Third Space provides specialist maths tuition using virtual tutors based in India, to children who are struggling with maths in state schools with the aim of raising attainment levels. What you'll learn from my interview with Tom: His biggest challenges...


MDE 38: Helping people to become 'themselves', Nina Grunfeld of Life Clubs

Based on the premise that the more you know about yourself, the more effective you are, Nina Grunfeld set up 'Life Clubs' with a mission to give you the confidence and courage to live the life you want. Now before you dismiss this as being a bit 'hippy'! (her word not mine!) Life Clubs Life counts companies like Boston Consulting, Accenture and Google as clients. Their wellbeing webinars and workshops get great feedback for their employees and are clearly finding a niche in a crowded market of...


MDE 37: Playing games to solve problems, Ben Gallagher from Ben & Andrew

Fancy playing games all day? and get paid for it? Well this pretty much seems like the dream job! Ben & Andrew, is a problem solving business - using creativity techniques to solve business, cultural and social problems that their clients face. Sitting somewhere between a creative agency and a management consultancy. The gap in the market as Ben explains is that creative agencies have brilliant new ideas but can't really apply their ideas practically, whereas management consultancies are...


MDE 36: Scratching your own itch, Rob Symington of Escape The City

Escape the City has been in my sights for many years. There is something revolutionary about a company that helps its members escape from boring corporate jobs to do something interesting. And it's all the more interesting and authentic because Rob and his co-founder Dom have been there themselves. Desperate to do something more worthwhile with their working lives they figured that if they felt his way, then other people must feel the same way too? They were right! Escape has evolved over the...