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
Linda meets the self-sustaining Sun Rockers – all aged 50+ - of an unusual retirement community in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Sun Park’s been running for 5 years and its residents run everything there themselves – the shop, the bar and the entertainment.
Linda visits Charlie HR, an online HR platform which launched earlier this year, aiming to take the pain out of people administration. The company has already signed up over 2,000 companies to use its services. Linda chats to COO Ben Gateley about its free software tool, and the firm’s plans for the future.
Linda meets the team at LimitEar, A UK company which makes equipment to protect headphone and earpiece wearers from lasting damage and hearing loss. With more and more people using headphones on the move, they’ve developed a smartphone app called HearAngel that monitors how you listen and alerts you to overexposure.
Linda visits Beauty Boulevard, a company based in Lincoln. Paula Short and Rachel De Caux started off by setting up their own beauty salon. A few years later they decided to look for new products to sell, and found Glitter Lips, which are now stocked in more than 500 shops around the country.