MDE 52: What I've learnt from interviewing inspirational entrepreneurs, with author Gerry Thompson

Gerry Thompson has sold half a million copies of his 17 books and is the co-author with David Mellor of the new book 'Inspirational Gamechangers: How the best Business Talent Create Astonishingly Successful Companies'. He has interviewed entrepreneurs like Jamie Oliver, Sir Richard Branson, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream and Arianna Huffington, amongst many others. He works with technology companies, banks, accountants and a host of other corporates to use comedy in their business,...


MDE 51: Helping people be proactive in their career, Jane Barrett co-founder of The Career Farm

I have been asked a few times now to be interviewed for my own show! So I decided to turn the tables on myself and ask my husband to ask me the kind of questions I ask guests. I wasn't allowed to see the questions beforehand so it was off the cuff and slightly nerve racking. Even after 16 years of doing my own thing I am still learning and that is probably why I still enjoy what I do. I get to meet great people from all around the world who are bright and ambitious and I work with them to take...


MDE 50: Putting great causes on the map, Clair Challenor-Chadwick of Cause UK

Clair Challenor-Chadwick started her career in the City of London. After seven years of “doing her time” she was ready to make a change, and moved north to beautiful Yorkshire (we're biased!) to be closer to family and to seek the elusive “work / life balance”. In 2010, at the nadir of the UK economy following the 2008 financial crisis, she set up Cause UK to provide professional PR and marketing services to charities, social enterprises and public sector bodies. Even though these...


MDE 49: Uninspired by graduate schemes on offer he scratched his own itch, Rob Blythe of Instant Impact

Rob Blythe and his co-founder Felix Mitchell set up Instant Impact four years ago from a Starbucks coffee shop. They have grown their specialist recruitment company to 20 employees housed in an office in London and are on target to hit a turnover of £1 million this year. Meeting all their candidates face to face, and providing quirky guides to living in London as benefits for their candidates, the company is on a mission to help change the perception of the rather tarnished image of the...