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.
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.
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.