A lovely and funny conversation about so many things. From the challenges of running a company single-handedly, designing sex toys, growing up a hippy, measuring up to herself, how dyslexia has shaped her and how we can create a better world. Sam is a joy to be with and this was a fab conversation. My boots squeak a bit - sorry.
Duncan runs Dalston Sodas. They make great soft drinks, they make great soft drinks with no and low added sugar. They make the best cherryade I have ever had. They are on a mission. Duncan set the business up in a nightclub in 2012 and they have gone from strength to strength. They use the best natural ingredients and this focus on provenance comes from Duncan's time working as a chef. He is utterly charming and driven to do things better. It's a great listen.
Andrew Paynter is an incredible photographer. One of the best. He sees inside the subject. There are ancient peoples who fear having their photograph "taken" as they feel it steals their soul. I don't know about that but I do know that the best photographers see inside the soul. Andrew is one of those. He describes the camera as giving him the chance to meet people and talk about their lives. He grew up looking West to California (for skateboarding), and East to the UK for music. I grew up...
Devita is one of the most powerful people i have ever met. Her parents were part of the Great Migration, the mass movement of the black population in the USA from the south to the industrial north looking for a future. The Great Migration built Detroit and Detroit built cars and music. Then Detroit collapsed. Devita is at the heart of its rebirth. She is leading a food and health revolution. She is quite simply extraordinary. We cover everything from the civil rights rebellion, to...
Steve Chapman is an artist. He's also many more things. This is a beautiful conversation about the value of the outsider, about art and why it matters, about how school sometimes isn't good for you. About hope. One of my favourites. So good that i'm planning a second with him soon.
Ande Gregson is a pioneer in the way we produce food. He runs Greenlab which incubates, grows, educates, and stimulates new food organisations. Ande's journey is not linear. He got here via 3D printing and the Marathon des Sables.
Sandra Schembri is the big cheese at the House of St Barnabus in Soho, this is a Member's Club with a big old difference. Every bit of profit goes to fight homelessness, goes to help people back into work. The club is amazing. The people are more amazing. Sandra is an inspiration. She runs a great team who in teurn run a great employment academy. I'm a member and it has become sanctuary for me in the heart of Soho but it also provides sanctuary for others in a different way. I talk to Sandra...
Anna Jones places vegetables at the heart of every meal. She also places cooking at her own heart. We talk about how cooking helped define her as a kid and then redefine her as an adult. We talk about vegetables. And i bravely give her advice on how to poach an egg.
This is a lovely conversation with Jemma and Ella who are launching a plastic-free toolkit on kickstarter. We cover a load of stuff: why this generation care more; why science matters but you need heart to get going; why mental health is everyone's concern; why these two amazing and busy women stopped what they were doing to start something that matters. Their intentions are pure, their idea simple, the problem is complex. Find out more about their kickstarter here:...
I'd forgotten that I'd recorded this. It is a conversation with my Nan a few months before she died. Ostensibly it is about her biscuit barrel, but it is about so much more. I was collecting her biscuit tin to repair it. It is at least 65 years old and should last another 65 years. I miss my Nan but i did get the biscuit barrel.
Ben from Seedlip wants to change drinks forever. He also wants to change the way we do business. "Being a nature company is the fucking best recruitment tool ever". This episode stretches from peas to alzheimer's, from soil to soul. A fantastic discussion with someone who is fired up and yet still learning what he's good at.
Sundog make astonishing TV in an era when what we watch, how we watch it and why we watch it is changing. They are brave and honest in a sector that is not famous for either. This conversation explores why Sundog do what they do, how they do it and what the future of broadcast/narrowcast/media is. A great conversation with a great company.
Natalie is better known as stylemesunday on Instagram. She started her career as a midwife then became a blogger, then a blogger with a mission. Her mission is important. The work she does is essential. Natalie's journey and her story is beautiful and incredible. She's one to watch, she's going places and doing great work.
Amanjot Johl runs an astonishing gin bar in Birmingham. It is an oasis for gin lovers; it is a temple for taste and flavour, and; it is a community. The way Amanjot describes flavour will make you want a drink, will conjure technicolour images in your head, and will make you rethink the way you taste things. Amanjot is on a mission to do gin better, I have no idea where his journey will take him but i feel lucky to know him.
Holley Murchison is exceptional. She helps people find their voice. More than that she helps people own their voice and in that process helps them look at who they are and what they are capable of. Holley talk here about why this matters and a little of her story. Her full story can be seen on the Do Lectures website. She is one of the most amazing people I have met and has been my friend for around five years. We do the same thing in beautifully different ways. Holley teaches people how to...
Having an idea is one thing. Acting on that idea; believing in that idea; encouraging others to believe in that idea and growing something good, something beautiful, is not easy. Pip Murray from the brilliant Pip and Nut talk with me about what she does (a little bit), why she does it (a lot), and why her. This is a beautiful conversation with one of the stars of the start-up world; one of the stars of healthier food; and an incredible entrepreneur.
Michelle Morgan is a powerhouse of creativity. She set-up the first youth marketing agency in the UK, she grew it and made it shine. Then she lost her shine. Through time in her pyjamas she ended up where brilliance meets madness. This podcast looks at how mental illness is both taboo and wide-spread at the same time. Michelle is a breath of fresh air.
Grensons was a solid British shoe company. Going the same way as many others: a slow decline as it became less relevant to the customer. Enter stage-left Tim Little. He reinvigorated the brand. This podcast explains why and how. It was recorded about 9 months ago on an iphone in a noisy environment.
I met Matt from the Northampton Sneaker Company about a year ago now and was inspired by his 15 mile source map. His shoes are designed and made in the town where he grew up. This podcast looks at what he does and why he does it. With the shoe and apparel sectors being only five years from losing key skills into retirement forever it is important to buy British when you can. Once upon a time every town had a thing it was known for. Increasingly we have towns and cities that could be...
Jonny recovers old wood and makes new things from it. There is no such thing as waste - just endless possibilities. I met him in his Sheffield workshop to talk about what he does and how he does it. But most of all, why he does it and how it changes the perception of self.