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.     In…


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, identify why…


The journey to setting up a vintage inspired clothing line www.alicespig.com

Nicolai Schuemann - Entrepreneur & Cass Business School MBA alumnus Why I find Nico inspiring is that he has tried a lot of different things – before settling on his current path. I sometimes get asked if you have tried lots of things whether this is a disadvantage? Certainly in this case Nico has used his past experiences to shape what he does today. An interesting journey from co-founder of a story development company for movies to completing a MBA at Cass Business School. Following a…


A recruiter tells us what makes a good CV - if you are changing sector

Derek made the industry change from a cleaning company to a company in the healthcare industry supplying over-the-counter prescription drugs and vitamin supplements. The company had grown in turnover in the last four years from £3 million to £14million  - which suited Derek as he was looking to move into an Operations Manager role in healthcare which he felt gave him more challenges and opportunity following his MBA. The Recruiter who hired him told me why his CV went to the top of the pile:…


Beware of recruitment agencies sending out your CV without telling you

Best practice dictates that recruitment agencies tell candidates which company they are sending their CV to. In reality this often doesn’t happen, sometimes leading to the situation where a company has received the candidate’s CV twice, once direct from the candidate and once via an agency. At the extreme this can lead to a CV being sent to a company of which the candidate is currently employed – ouch! Some companies will have a logging system for CV’s and so if a CV comes in direct from a…


Interview with Jane Kenyon – a serial entrepreneur, founder of www.wellheeleddivas.com and social enterprise www.girlsoutloud.org.uk

I am always on the look out for inspiring people and I jumped at the chance to interview Jane Kenyon. Here is a recording I made of the interview and below are some highlights, in case you don’t have time to listen to it.  Listen to the interview now After a privileged upbringing, the middle child of a self made millionaire, Jane got kicked out of home at the age of 16. She built a successful corporate career culminating in Marketing Brand Director for a big multinational training company.…


More examples of competency based questions

Here are some more examples of competency based questions for you to practice. Don't forget the STAR structure (Situation, Task, Action, Result) as a framework for your answer. Flexibility/handling ambiguity Describe a situation where you have felt under pressure. How did you handle that pressure? What type of situations outside work lead you to feeling out of control? What are your coping strategies? How have you helped to lead a team through uncertainty or ambiguity to achieve an appropriate…