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Episode 57 - BWB Extra - The Decision Factor

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Ben Fogarty, Founder and CEO of Xpon Digital who jumps at the chance to off-load his annoyance about the time it can take clients to make a decision about a project, only to then expect work to get going immediately once agreed!

He also shares his frustrations about the complexities of deciding whether it's a good idea anymore to move to the UK and set up a business, all things considered .. is it going to carry on getting harder and harder? can the process be improved?

2 bugbears with one thing in common. Welcome to The Decision Factor.

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Episode 56 - Ben Fogarty - Xpon Digital

Joining us this week on BWB is our favourite digital strategist Ben Fogarty.

Ben is a founder and CEO of several innovative startups focused on delivering digital strategies and applications that make customer experiences better. He has a proven track record in creating and launching products and services used by some of the best global brands, including The BBC, The Guardian, Nike, EA Sports and Amnesty International.

Andy and Dominic take a deep dive into how Ben's life went from being a cleaner to fully fledged entrepreneur. They all discuss what they believe it takes to build a career in Tech in today's world, what creates good company culture as well as take the opportunity to loosen their belts and give us a piece of their mind on what they think about big business negligence with not paying people on time (Tut Tut!) All that plus lots more in what has become one of our favourite episodes so far!

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Episode 55 - BWB Extra - Changing Cultures with William Lawrie

This week's episode of BWB Extra continues our conversation with William Lawrie, Co-Founder and Director of Dubai-based art gallery LawrieShabibi who talks about the UAE's socioeconomic changes over the last 15 years which ultimately gave rise to the creation of the middle-eastern art scene and culture.

We discuss the fundamental differences between the UAE past and present, how its effected the region's emerging market economy as well as hear William demystify the intricate socio geographical relationships between the states that make up the UAE.

Welcome, to Creating Cultures.

Episode 54 - William Lawrie - Lawrie-Shabibi

William Lawrie, Co-Founder and Director of Lawrie-Shabibi, a Dubai-based Art Gallery joins us this week on BWB.

With a degree in Art History and a speciality in Islamic Art, William’s been involved in the Dubai art scene since 2005 with British Auction House Christie’s, organising the first international art auction there in 2006 and then becoming their first Art Specialist based in the Middle East which subsequently led Will onto co-founding Lawrie-Shabibi.

We hear William tell us how he went from being an Edinburgh University Art student to travelling all over the Middle-East discovering new modern art to then co-founding his own first-of-its-kind gallery in Dubai and kick starting the city's art culture. He also gives his thoughts to our staple BWB questions about the realities and challenges of running a business and how he handles it.

Episode 53 - BWB Extra - Renee Elliott and Sam Wigan

Hello and welcome to BWB Extra! This week we continue our conversation with Beluga Bean "well-being" enterprise founders Renee Elliott and Sam Wigan where we give them full permission to get in the hot seats, put their coaching hats on and shine their personal discovery mirrors at Dominic and Philippa to give them both a full treatment of self-awareness. Welcome, to The Beluga Bean Effect.

And for new listeners, BWB Extra is our new weekly follow-up feature to each of our guest's main episodes where we hand over the reins to our guests to let them lead the conversation with their biggest bug bear, most burning business question or even just a topic of their choice to discuss.

Episode 52 - Sam Wigan and Renee Elliott - Beluga Bean

Founders of Beluga Bean, Sam Wigan and Renee Elliott join us this week on BWB.

Beluga Bean is a well-being enterprise pioneering new strategies for success in business and life. Through Corporate Training, Personal Coaching and Business Advisory services the team deliver powerful journeys of personal discovery that promote individual and team success. After all, Beluga Bean’s key belief is that “Self-awareness is good for business".

In this episode we hear Sam and Renee talk about how they met, why they started Beluga Bean and hear their thoughtful responses to our staple questions with some great advice and wisdom shared for founders, entrepreneurs and business owners alike. And not forgetting the all-improved Business vs. Bullsh-t Quickfire Round!

 

Episode 51 - Changing Industries with Jason Gibb

Officially welcoming BWB Extra! our new extended feature which will follow on from each guest's main episode. The aim? to hand the reins over to our guests and let them lead the conversation with their biggest bug bear, most burning question in business, or even just a topic they'd like to discuss with our hosts.

This week we follow on with Jason Gibb who speaks about how big businesses need to change from within to help drive more sustainable development goals and help tackle climate change. He gives examples of where he’s seeing this change take place, and equally highlights where more of it needs to happen.

Are business growth and ethics able to co-exist? Are companies doing enough to make this planet a better place? Is Amazon to blame for it all? It's all up for debate. Welcome to Changing Industries.

Episode 50 - Jason Gibb - Bread & Jam

"Don't take your business too personally"

Founder of Bread & Jam, Jason Gibb joins us this week on BWB.

Jason is a food entrepreneur, community builder, climate activist and Vegan advocate who has a passion for mission driven businesses with sustainable development goals. Jason’s most recent venture is founding Bread & Jam - the UK's biggest food and drink founders' festival for emerging and scaling brands with the aim of bringing together entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, buyers, media and industry leaders.

Alongside Andy and Dominic, Jason discusses his journey from being a TV Producer living in Hollywood to running his own Olive Oil business in Italy to becoming a fully blown food and drink community builder with Bread & Jam in the UK. Jason's story is both epic and fascinating with life lessons along the way which have made him the self-aware entrepreneur he is today.

Episode 49 - The Art of Whisky with Desiree Whitaker

Welcome to part 2 - The Art of Whisky where we take a deeper dive into our conversation with Desiree Whitaker, CEO and Managing Director of The Cardrona Distillery who tells us her story about how she came to set up Cardrona and what it takes to create a truly unique and authentic signature brand of spirit: from the type of water used to the height of the Distillery location and even the type of flowers that grow in the area, it all adds to the flavour, layer by layer.

Episode 48 - Desiree Whitaker - The Cardrona Distillery

"You don't have to be loud and charismatic to be a good leader"

Desiree Whitaker - CEO and Managing Director of The Cardrona Distillery joins us this week on BWB.

Originally started in New Zealand, the family business now ships its exquisite range of hand-crafted Whiskies, Spirits and Liqueurs across Australia and the UK. Desiree’s fascinating journey to starting the business spans over years of research, planning and travelling globally to learn from the world’s craft masters.

Desiree tells us about why and how she started the business, what it took to get there, as well as giving us her bullsh*t-free perspectives on the commercial reality of being a CEO.

Episode 47 - Tom Huggins - Greenroom Digital

"Hire people who will be better at a job than you"

Coach, Consultant and Founder of Mennenia, Maxim Cramer joins Juliet Oury and Philippa Sturt this week on BWB.

Maxim’s mission with Mennenia is to help women entrepreneurs start, launch, and grow their businesses by making technology as simple as everyday English. She’s also worked as a principal design technologist, technical consultant, mobile software engineer and was integral to the team that developed Swiftkey, a keyboard app that saw over a million downloads on its first day and since has been acquired by Microsoft.

The conversation takes us through Maxim’s journey and experiences being a female technologist in a predominantly male-dominated industry discussing why she started Mennenia, the reality of VC investment in women as well as Maxim’s thoughts on the challenges of being a female entrepreneur, her realisations and learnings through hardships plus lots more.

Episode 46 - Maxim Cramer - Mennenia

"Let it be easy"

Coach, Consultant and Founder of Mennenia, Maxim Cramer joins Juliet Oury and Philippa Sturt this week on BWB.

Maxim’s mission with Mennenia is to help women entrepreneurs start, launch, and grow their businesses by making technology as simple as everyday English. She’s also worked as a principal design technologist, technical consultant, mobile software engineer and was integral to the team that developed Swiftkey, a keyboard app that saw over a million downloads on its first day and since has been acquired by Microsoft.

The conversation takes us through Maxim’s journey and experiences being a female technologist in a predominantly male-dominated industry discussing why she started Mennenia, the reality of VC investment in women as well as Maxim’s thoughts on the challenges of being a female entrepreneur, her realisations and learnings through hardships plus lots more.

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