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.
Linda learns the fascinating story of Efoldi, finalist at Voom 2016 this summer, a fold up electric scooter for less able people. It was invented by a woman engineer from Redhill in Surrey, Sumi Wang, and her father. They're just about to go into mass production and the first units go on sale at the end of October.
This week Linda meets the company bringing live music to rooftops, gardens and offices. Little Concert is an online global music marketplace where musicians can sign up to showcase their acts, and music lovers and venues can book artists for parties and events.
Linda meets the team at LimitEar, A UK company which makes equipment to protect headphone and earpiece wearers from lasting damage and hearing loss. With more and more people using headphones on the move, they’ve developed a smartphone app called HearAngel that monitors how you listen and alerts you to overexposure.
Linda visits Beauty Boulevard, a company based in Lincoln. Paula Short and Rachel De Caux started off by setting up their own beauty salon. A few years later they decided to look for new products to sell, and found Glitter Lips, which are now stocked in more than 500 shops around the country.
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.
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