Work Avenue are an Innovative Jewish community charity helping people in creating long term sustainable incomes by building businesses or creating employment. Linda meets with CEO Shraga Zaltzman, to discuss the work they do, helping people with employment and business.
This week, Linda Lewis speaks to the founder of Jardine of London, Mary Jardine. Mary is a former model agency boss who is on a quest to produce her own luxury handbag company, creating and designing products in Britain that she aims to rival other luxury handbags on the market.
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.
Pockit is a Digital bank alternative for low income, under served bank consumers in the UK. They've already got over 60,000 customers and are processing more than a quarter of a million transactions every month. Linda Lewis meets its founder, Virraj Jatania, who explains how the company works, how it was set up and their company values.
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 team behind Robomagic, an independent music company with the desire to make the lives of established and aspiring artists fairer and more equitable at its core. Rob Hallett, CEO and founder, explains how he set up the company, their future plans, and the Fold Festival, produced and curated by Nile Rodgers, which is being put on in conjunction with the 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.
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