MDE 26: David Lale of Charity People and Career Volunteer - helping people use their skills to do good.

The entrepreneurs I interview here all have a mission and David Lale is no exception. I only wish I had known about his company when I left recruitment myself! David set up Charity People in the 1990s, after harbouring “ambitions to save the world”. He’d wanted to go into the church but they didn’t feel he was ready and because he was working in recruitment, he looked at other ways to make a difference. He was on honeymoon when the idea came for Charity People: “All good ideas come...


MDE 25: Mark Heiman of Lur Apparel. Beautiful clothes, beautifully made.

It’s fair to say that, as an entrepreneur Mark Heiman has known bad times as well as good. His first venture after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in forestry was selling standing timber to local saw mills. But the economic downturn and rocketing interest rates of the early 1990s meant that industry all but shut down overnight. But like all successful entrepreneurs, Mark was quickly back on his feet, eventually taking the reins of his family’s textile business. “My...


MDE 21: Dee Wood of ItDoesTheJob.com, on a mission to save us energy, money and time

Six years ago Dee Wood was looking for something to do. Her father was semi-retired and, she says, “We thought, ‘Right. What are we good at?’” She jokes that the list was a short one, but in fact they had always been good at something. The house she grew up in had been a burned-out Georgian property. “It would have cost a fortune to run,” Dee says, “but we made it sustainable.” They did this by restoring, reducing, reusing and recycling, using imaginative solutions to sustain a...


MDE 20: Oliver Jones, creating a festival experience for the whole family

The Deershed Festival has gathered a reputation as one of the country’s warmest and most family-friendly festivals. Oliver Jones and his partner Kate Webster founded the festival six years ago. Oliver was a recording engineer and web developer and Kate had worked for record companies, moving from Yorkshire to London at the age of 19. They now live back in the village where she was born. The festival takes place every July at Baldersby Park in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, on land owned by...


MDE 15: Guy Jeremiah, founder of Ohyo collapsable drinking bottles. Dragons Den survivor and sustainable water hero!

This week I'm talking to Guy Jeremiah, founder of Ohyo. I've been a huge fan (and user) of Ohyo's collapsable drinking bottles for a few years now, and it was a real pleasure to meet the man behind this brilliant product. Guy's mission is quite simply "to make drinking tap water easier". Like so many great ideas, it was borne out of necessity. Guy found himself at a train station with no water fountain in sight, and with no option but to buy a bottle of the stuff. As a natural problem-solver,...


MDE 11: From Surveyor to winning the World's Leading Green Tour Operator Award 2014, Paul Easto, co-founder of Wilderness Scotland

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Paul Easto who along with his co-founder set up Wilderness Scotland, based in the Cairngorms National Park. I have to admit I am a massive fan of Wilderness Scotland so I was very excited when Paul agreed to be interviewed. I went on a beginners kayaking holiday with the company a couple of years ago. It was such a memorable trip, majestic views, amazingly clear water, great food and a lot of laughs. I talk to Paul about his...


MDE 10: Serial entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, Chris Langwallner, co-founder of NamZ

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Chris Langwallner whose international career in the food industry led him to launch his own business manufacturing flavourings for big food manufacturers such as Frito-Lay. He exited the business and moved with his family from Shanghai to Singapore where he then worked in a senior corporate job again before setting up a new company focussed on sustainably sourced natural flavourings. I talk to him about his entrepreneurial...


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...