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.
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 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 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.
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.
Pavegen are a company who have come up with revolutionary technology that transforms the power of people's footsteps into energy. Linda Lewis meets the CEO Laurence Kemball Cook, who reveals how the company has teamed up with Tribal Planet in Silicon Valley to turn the data from footsteps into a 'digital currency' which people can spend using their mobile phone.