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Veronika Lovett co-founder of Esme: Tackling the Stigma of Business Loans

Three years ago, Veronika Lovett was approached by her boss to work on ‘Project Esme’. The proposal was a response to an emerging behavioural trend of self-serving customers and alternative finance. It was clear that people were starting to rely less on institutional high street banks, even if this meant delving into their own personal finance to sustain their businesses. Veronika, along with co-founders Richard Kerton and Lucy Hasson, formed Esme to confront the ways in which business loans...


The Supper Club: Navigating Entrepreneurial Spirits & The Power Of Community

Today we host Duncan Cheatle, Founder and Chairman of The Supper Club, and Emma-Jane Packe, Managing Director, to discuss how the exclusive membership club has created a unique community, enabling hundreds of founders and CEOs to network with and support one another. Duncan and Emma-Jane reveal how to best nurture an entrepreneurial spirit, scale-up a company, and the key leadership skills necessary for success. They also discuss millennial’s impact on the business sector and strategies to...


Chris Sheldrick: Meet The World Mapper Giving Everyone A New Address.

Today we welcome Chris Sheldrick CEO and Co-Founder of What3Words, a geocoding systems company that has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m squares with the goal of revolutionising our location practices. After an injury derailed dreams of becoming a professional bassoon player, Chris used his knowledge of and passion for music to start two companies in the sector. A serial entrepreneur, W3W is Chris’s third company. Listen as he takes us through his unconventional journey to CEO and how...


Akshay Ruparelia: Meet Britain's Youngest Self-Made Millionaire

Akshay Ruparelia is the founder of, an online estate agency business that was recently valued at £12m. In addition to becoming Britain's youngest millionaire at age 19, this year Akshay was the youngest person to be featured on The Sunday Times' Rich List 2018. In the interview with Will Theile, Akshay - who grew up with two deaf parents - speaks about founding the company, how he grew the business, and Doorstep's current Crowdcube campaign.


Aron Gelbard: How A Flower Delivery Service Became The Second Fastest-Growing Company In The UK

For this week's episode of Business Lives we are very pleased to welcome Aron Gelbard from Bloom & Wild. Aron is the CEO & founder of Bloom & Wild, an online flower delivery service that has become the second fastest-growing company in the UK. Bloom & Wild lets you send flowers as gifts to people straight through their letterbox after ordering online via its mobile app or website. In the interview, Aron speaks about the birth of the company, some of the mistakes they made along the way, and...


Thea Green: Creating New Consumer Habits In A Saturated Market

On Business Lives today, we welcome the founder of Nails Inc, Thea Green. Thea launched the business 15 years ago when she was 23 years old, and has since grown the company into the UK’s #1 nail bar chain. In the podcast episode, the former Tatler Fashion Editor speaks about how she was able to grow the company in a saturated market by looking at consumer habits in order to drive new trends.


Friend Theory: This Startup Wants To Help You Travel The World For Free

On this week's podcast we have the co-founders of Friend Theory, Carlos Costa & Carlo Spada. They set up the Australian based company last year and gained 10,000 users in the first few weeks of launching. Friend Theory is a free online platform which allows you to stay with or host people you have mutual friends with. They offer free, friendly and trustworthy accommodation everywhere for everyone. Did you know that for every 100 friends, you have 27,000 friends of friends? Your social...


Ash Dykes: Explorer Talks Motivation, Walking Asia's Longest River

On Business Lives today, we have the explorer & extreme athlete Ash Dykes. In 2014, when he was 23 years old, Ash became the first person to walk across Mongolia solo, covering 1,500 miles in 78 days. The Welsh explorer is now planning his most adventurous trip yet, by becoming the first person to walk length of Yangtze River in China, the third longest river in the world. The trip will take one year, and will see Ash travel almost 4,000 miles from the source of the Yangtze in the Tibetan...


Alan Greenberg: Former Apple Education Director & Podcast Pioneer

On Business Lives today, we are very excited to welcome former Apple director Alan Greenberg. Alan made his name as Apple’s education director between 2004 and 2009. During arguably the company's most exciting period, his team at Apple developed things like podcasting, iTunes U and the first generation of the App Store, initially in Europe, and then in China. Since then, he has advised a wide range of companies & tech startups, and is currently the Chief Business Development Officer for stem...


Rachael Flanagan: Welsh entrepreneur & founder of Mrs Bucket

For this week's episode of new podcast series Business Lives, we welcomed the founder of Mrs Bucket Rachael Flanagan. Flanagan founded cleaning business Mrs Bucket when she was just 18 years old, quickly growing the company into an award-winning business. Based in the UK, the company now employs over 300 staff with a turnover of over £3.5m, and has a client retention rate of 98%. In the interview, Flanagan - who was named FSB’s Young Entrepreneur Award - speaks about founding a business...


Lyndsey Simpson: CEO of leading recruitment firm The Curve Group

This week on Business Lives we welcomed Lyndsey Simpson, the CEO of The Curve Group. The Curve Group is the UK’s largest privately-owned recruitment outsource provider. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Lyndsey spent eight years at Barclays, working her way up to business development director for Western Europe, before changing tact and joining The Curve Group despite no prior direct experience in recruitment. In the interview with Will Theile, Lyndsey talks about her life & career,...


Abi Wright: Co-founder of Europe's largest spa booking company

For this week’s episode of Business Lives, we meet Abi Wright – the co-founder & MD of spa booking business Spabreaks. Abi founded Spabreaks in 2008 after spotting a gap in the market, and over the past 10 years has grown the business into Europe’s largest spa booking company, hitting turnover of £21m in 2017 and boasting a 9.2 rating on TrustPilot. In the personal interview with Will Theile, Abi discusses some of the sacrifices she has made along the way, the struggles of raising a young...


Justin Urquhart-Stewart: Renowned market commentator and co-founder of 7IM

With an early career that spanned the vineyards of Europe, the docks of Southampton and finance in Asia, Justin went onto establish Broker Services at what became Barclays Stockbrokers. Today he is one of the most recognisable and trusted market commentators on television, radio and in the press. He is also one of the co-founders of 7IM.


Lara Morgan: British entrepreneur and founder & former CEO of Pacific Direct

When she was 23 years old, Lara Morgan set up a company called Pacific Direct that sold toiletries and amenities to hotels. After hitting annual revenues of 360k as a one man band, Lara employed a team and expanded the company to trade in 110 countries, before selling her majority stake in the business for £20m in 2008. In an intimate interview for the Business Lives podcast, Lara speaks candidly about her career, which began winning the Dorchester as her first client pitching in borrowed...


Heather Baker: Entrepreneur, CEO & founder of TopLine Comms

Heather Baker is founder and CEO of TopLine Comms, an integrated communications consultancy that helps companies grow. Having launched the business at the start of the global financial crisis in 2008, Heather built it up slowly by making repeated mistakes, learning from them and constantly changing and improving as a result. In the interview with Vox Markets Heather speaks about lessons learned on her entrepreneurial journey.


Gary Vaynerchuk: Social media superstar, early Facebook & Twitter investor

While he was in London, American entrepreneur and social media star Gary Vaynerchuk stopped by Vox Markets to record a special interview. Vaynerchuk is a champion of social media, and having been an early investor in Facebook, Twitter & Snapchat, he now reaches millions of people every day through his online profiles, while also running his two companies VaynerMedia & VaynerSports. In the interview with Vox Markets CEO Martin Luke, the entrepreneur speaks about how he spots consumer trends &...


Robert Hiscox: Chairman of FTSE 250 insurance firm Hiscox Insurance

On the podcast today, we have iconic British businessman, Robert Hiscox. For 43 years, Robert was the chairman of the pioneering insurance company, Hiscox Insurance. Taking control of the business in his early 20’s, with just 10 employees, he grew the business into the World renowned and FTSE100 company. Often outspoken and always opinionated, Robert was also fundamental in helping to save Lloyds of London from the brink of collapse in the 90s, and has played an integral role in shaping the...


Brett King: World-renowned futurist, fintech expert & best-selling author.

On the podcast today, we have the world-renowned futurist and fintech expert Brett King. Brett is a best-selling author and leading thinker in the world of technology who has advised the Obama administration on fintech policy. Brett is also the founder and CEO of mobile banking startup Moven, which has raised over $44m, and hosts the world’s #1 fintech radio show Breaking Banks.


Mark Cuban: US billionaire, Shark Tank investor & owner of NBA team the Dallas Mavericks

Business Lives Podcast was thrilled to be joined by renowned US billionaire, Shark Tank investor & Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. In the wide-ranging interview with Business Lives Podcast host Justin Waite, Cuban speaks about how he made his billions, talks about his investment strategies and gives his feelings on cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and the blockchain. He also chats about a potential Oprah presidency, reveals his New Year’s resolution was to “press the mute button” on Donald Trump,...