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.
eSolidar is an online, global market place that allows charities to raise funds and awareness through sales and auctions. Described as one of the most outstanding digital initiatives for social good, the company has been growing rapidly and is now looking to the UK for expansion. Linda Lewis went along to their UK headquarters in London to find out how they work. First Broadcast: 10/07/16
Bio-Bean have opened a factory in Cambridgeshire to process waste coffee grounds and are busy turning tonnes of it into sustainable fuels. Their latest product is Logs, made from compressed coffee. Founder and chief executive Arthur Kay, who guides Linda Lewis through the process of converting coffee beans into fuel. He also explains how the company has already won a string of awards, including the first prize in Sir Richard Branson's annual VOOM competition.
BillHub is a fin tech company that provides a platform for sending, spending and managing household bills between housemates. Bill payers can also take photos of their bills using a mobile phone and upload them to the hub. Founder James Harrison meets Linda Lewis and explains how the company aims to provide a product for the ‘generation rent’. BillHub, he says, aim to be transparent, safe and secure product for all.