Linda Lewis and former Labour MP Tom Levitt are back to discuss Tom’s latest book, The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community. In this episode, they focus on the role of businesses in the future of water availability, community, and the economy; and the future of humanity and the environment in general.
The food sector might look like an attractive place to start and grow a business - it certainly did to Joe Chakra of Sloane Brothers. On this week's edition of Company Casebook, Linda Lewis goes behind the scenes to find out more about his frozen yoghurt shops, his search for sites to expand to, and why he wants to become a global ambassador of "British quality, taste, and creamy dairy".
It's been dubbed business class coffee - where art and food science combine. Meet Malaysian-born entrepreneur Kia Boon, who hopes his venture, The New Black, will be the start of a modern-day coffee empire. He joined Linda Lewis on Company Casebook to spill the beans.
Linda meets the team at GapCap, an easy, fast and flexible cashflow solution, facilitating growth for SMEs, by providing capital to fund the gap between what companies are selling and the day the money arrives in the bank
This week Linda meets City Hypnosis, a hypnotherapy practice operating seven days a week, and even offering treatments by Skype worldwide for stressed out professionals, people wanting to quit smoking or drinking, or combat weight problems, gambling addictions and other features of modern life. Linda Lewis meets the director Aaron Surtees who says it's all about 'reprogramming the mind' and he's built a very successful business doing so.
Linda visits RationalFX, an international transfer and currency exchange payments company offering cut price transfers for businesses and XendPay, which allows foreign workers to send money home, but lets them set the fee.
Linda meets the founders of Pomora, an extra virgin olive oil subscription delivery service which lets you adopt your own olive tree in Italy – so you know EXACTLY where your oil has come from. She also speaks to a Pomora customer who has been to visit her tree.
Age is no barrier to setting up and running a small business. Husband and wife team Margaret Salmon and Paul Brown set up their company when they were in their mid 50's and mid 60's respectively. Ten years on she's 66 and he is 73 - and Only By Nature, their sugar free frozen yoghurt business is going from strength to strength. The frozen yoghurt, retailing at £3 per tub, is being stocked by several large supermarket chains.
Think Snapchat meets Ebay - and you've got a new video E-commerce platform called Yeay which promises to provide 'the ultimate shopping experience' - all done on mobile phones. Sellers make and upload themselves from their mobile phones using the Yeay app. For buyers, to keep it simple there's an integrated payment system as well. Backed by one of German's top venture capital firms, it's the brain child of former TV producer Melanie Mohr.