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.
Linda Lewis meets Simon Gosling, Managing Director of Energy Net, a conference company which has been producing events and investment summits for Africa for nearly 20 years. Simon explains his latest initiative, Off the Grid Club, which aims to connect poor areas of Africa to the electricity grid. Linda also meets the supporters and founder members, taking part in the Off the Grid Club, such as the Solar Turtle Company.
Linda Lewis meets the founders of The Inner Circle - an online dating platform for connecting 'successful singles around the world' with an app, a website and regular social events. They won first prize for best niche dating app at the European Dating Awards in May and theit co-founder, David Vermeulen, was voted entrepreneur of the year. Linda finds out how the company is planning to expand in other cities in Europe and the US.
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.
Emma Alleyne and Francesca Gubbay have come up with a labeling kit like no other. Stamptastic helps to stamp children's clothes, instead of ironing or sewing labels that would otherwise go missing. The two mums from south west London meet Linda Lewis explaining how their company has rapidly grown and why, after winning a series of local business awards, they are pitching their idea to Sir Richard Branson in the annual #PitchtoRich #Voom competition.
Veevers Carter are one of the top floristry design firms in the country, providing huge displays for big ticket corporate events, including the Chelsea Flower Show. Linda Lewis meets the founder Ming Veevers Carter and her husband Mark Beever, who also runs the sister company Event Concept, at their warehouse in South London. The firm have built up a formidable reputation, and a multimillion pound turnover, producing bigger and more complicated floral and architectural artistry for large corporate events at the Natural History Museum, the V&A and various celebrity clients.
Linda Lewis visits the people behind Cauli Rice an innovative range of low carb, low calory rice made from cauliflower which available in supermarkets. About a year ago Gem Misa was one of the finalists slightly nervously lined up to pitch their business idea to Richard Branson in the annual Virgin competition for start-ups and new businesses. An advertising campaign was part of their prize, Cauli Rice got a lot of media attention. And not long afterwards their innovative range of low carb, low calorie rice made from cauliflower was launched in supermarkets and online.
Since then, co-founders Gem Misa and her husband Jamie have raised more investment, won more prizes and are already planning various new flavours and business extras, such as a subscription service for people watching their weight who want their low carbs delivered straight to the door in a regular order. With sales soaring, they've also opened an office in Battersea, South London.