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 learns the fascinating story of Efoldi, finalist at Voom 2016 this summer, a fold up electric scooter for less able people. It was invented by a woman engineer from Redhill in Surrey, Sumi Wang, and her father. They're just about to go into mass production and the first units go on sale at the end of October.
This week Linda meets the company bringing live music to rooftops, gardens and offices. Little Concert is an online global music marketplace where musicians can sign up to showcase their acts, and music lovers and venues can book artists for parties and events.
They describe themselves as the UK's longest running coding and engineering camp for youngsters aged 9 to 17. And they were set up over 10 years ago by Tom Ward. At the time he was a school teacher, though previously he'd been an electrical engineer. But it wasn't long before he gave up his day job to run the camps full time - in London and Hampshire, day and residential. During the Easter holidays Linda saw the young scientists and their tutors in action at their regular centre just outside Winchester.
Linda this week visits Regent Foreign Exchange to talk about its online service, Currency Cart. Boss Alexander Chagoubatov says most businesses are paying far more than they should for foreign currency transactions - maybe up to eight times what some big banks would charge. Most of Regent FE'ss clients are businesses, but they do deal with individuals as well, through their separate website www.currencycart.com
This week Linda is with geo, a Cambridge-based company and a pioneer in smart heating (smart meters, thermostats and solar). Now celebrating their tenth anniversary, the company has delivered over two million systems in the UK and Europe. They sell via utilities, distributors and now direct to consumers.
JustLoans Group is an alternative lender aiming to disrupt business banking. Founded by serial entrepreneur John Davies who's been involved in the lending industry for over thirty years since 198, the company only lends to SMEs and they've developed a fintech platform which gives initial lending decisions in ten minutes. Linda Lewis finds out why their CEO is on a mission to disrupting business banking.
Linda Lewis meets two Americans who've come up with a drink they describe as a 'mini bottle of goodness', a hydration boost with a concentrated shot of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Douglas Wolfson and Sanam Petri tell their exciting story.
Linda Lewis meets the father and son duo behind Ajuve- a new online platform intended to help businesses and individuals resolve legal disputes over contracts quickly and cheaply. The young CEO Alex Bargate explains how the company works and how, with the help of his father Quentin, they set it up.
Commuting to work is getting easier! Active Commuting manufacture purpose-built portable pods, which combine changing rooms, showers and bike storage. Linda Lewis speaks to founder Andrew Rechten about the company’s growth, how they started and how they encourage workers to maintain a healthy lifestyle by cycling or running to work.