Linda visits RationalFX, an international transfer and currency exchange payments company offering cut price transfers for businesses and XendPay, which allows foreign workers to send money home, but lets them set the fee.
Linda meets the founders of Pomora, an extra virgin olive oil subscription delivery service which lets you adopt your own olive tree in Italy – so you know EXACTLY where your oil has come from. She also speaks to a Pomora customer who has been to visit her tree.
Linda meets the 68 year old former management trainer Tricia Cusden who set up a business selling make up for older women. It's now turning over £1.4 million in just three years and exporting to 28 countries.
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
Age is no barrier to setting up and running a small business. Husband and wife team Margaret Salmon and Paul Brown set up their company when they were in their mid 50's and mid 60's respectively. Ten years on she's 66 and he is 73 - and Only By Nature, their sugar free frozen yoghurt business is going from strength to strength. The frozen yoghurt, retailing at £3 per tub, is being stocked by several large supermarket chains.
Think Snapchat meets Ebay - and you've got a new video E-commerce platform called Yeay which promises to provide 'the ultimate shopping experience' - all done on mobile phones. Sellers make and upload themselves from their mobile phones using the Yeay app. For buyers, to keep it simple there's an integrated payment system as well. Backed by one of German's top venture capital firms, it's the brain child of former TV producer Melanie Mohr.
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.
eSolidar is an online, global market place that allows charities to raise funds and awareness through sales and auctions. Described as one of the most outstanding digital initiatives for social good, the company has been growing rapidly and is now looking to the UK for expansion. Linda Lewis went along to their UK headquarters in London to find out how they work. First Broadcast: 10/07/16