In the last of her four discussions with writer and consultant on responsible business Tom Levitt, Linda Lewis probes further into what it means to be a responsible and sustainable business in the 21st century. The two discuss what it is that engages employees within a business setting, the growing phenomenon of “social enterprise”, and how such businesses differ from the mainstream. The role of “purpose” in business is explored; as is the changing nature of investment, which is increasingly being used to support businesses in creating positive social and environmental outcomes. The discussion is further explored from a historical perspective – what can we learn from hindsight that could improve business today?
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.
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.
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.