112 Building an authentic, sustainable business, with Geryn Evans

Founder and CEO of sustainable pet brand Project Blu, Geryn Evans, talks to Jane about building a responsible brand, valuing businesses, and the risks an entrepreneur might undertake when they have attractive intellectual property. Project Blu is revolutionising the pet accessories space by taking pollutant materials such as ocean bound plastics, fishing nets and recycled clothes and turning them into high quality pet products. Geryn prides his company on how it has genuinely disrupted the pet…


111 Setting up a side hustle with Hanna Pumfrey

Hanna has made her career in marketing, which provides her full-time employment, but when her job gave her a little headspace in March 2018, she made use of that time by starting Acala, a zero-waste, plastic-free health and beauty online shop. Hanna used her digital marketing experience to promote the business, which her employer was happy for her to do (although not on company time!), and within the first 18 months the site turned over around a quarter of a million pounds. Hanna and Jame also…


110 Growing a portfolio career from a deeply-held passion

Renowned coach and business owner Simon Clifford shares his journey from teaching to successful entrepreneur, and how he bet early on young enthusiastic footballers and coaches, lowering the barrier to entry by making his knowledge and experience more affordable. Simon is known for introducing English footballers to Brazilian training techniques, via his Brazilian Soccer Schools franchise. He also works as a technical consultant for TV and film, including Bend it Like Beckham, The Damned…