MDE 9: Shoes with soul, Sven Segal, CoFounder of Po-Zu

Podcast: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Sven Segal who has made it his mission to manufacture beautiful shoes that are not only comfortable but also limit the impact they have on our planet. In this session you'll hear Sven's take on: The challenges of competing with huge brands The importance of a unique appearance or concept to support your brand The buying public's attitude to ethically produced products Thinking outside of the box - or should that be just...


MDE 8: From Baby Loves Disco to Youth and Social Responsibility advocate, Naomi Timperley

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Naomi Timperley who went from running a company that organised discos in nightclubs for babies and toddlers to becoming a youth and social responsibility advocate, in amongst a whole lot more! She talks to us about her business journey and her social media success. In this session you’ll find out about:  As a business mentor, the common mistakes she sees entrepreneurs make - and how to avoid them! What she loves about being...


MDE 7: Launching a sustainable holiday park from a garden shed, Sam Hardwick, CoFounder of Mantes

In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Sam Hardwick who decided to set up a sustainable holiday park called Bivouac in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. To raise the money to do this he lived with his wife and baby in his father in law’s shed. He talks candidly about the challenges of setting up this businesses, his learning points and offers some solid advice for those who are thinking about taking the plunge. Why shed living gave him the springboard to do his own thing How...


MDE 6: Health challenges that led to creating Snack Food business, Sarah Dembitz, Founder of Saviour Snacks

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Sarah Dembitz who, after being advised to change her diet for health reasons, realised there was a market for a snack delivery service where the products had been checked by a nutritionist and actually tasted good - as "so many 'healthy snacks' taste like cardboard!" Her words and mine! I talk to her about how she grew her company Saviour Snacks, which is now a supplier of healthy snacks to Easy Jet,  the ups and downs of...


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.   ...


Quick Recipe for a Dream Covering Letter

Recently an in-house recruiter for a multinational FMCG company said to me "I remember my best cover letter as having bullets which directly addressed the job requirements – easy to read, to the point and you can’t really escape from the fact that he had exactly the skills being asked for!" So following our conversation, I thought I would give you a quick recipe for the dream covering letter and see if recruiters have any tweaks they would like to make to my recipe!  Step 1: First,...