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Episode 44 - Sunna Van Kampen - Tonic Health

"Venture Capitalists prefer a Founder who has failed one company first"

Sunna Van Kampen, Founder of Tonic Health joins Juliet Oury and Phillipa Sturt on this week’s episode of BWB.

Sunna previously co-founded LVK Global - a sales and marketing agency and developed Piccolo Baby Food - the fastest growing baby food brand in the UK which led him to found Tonic Health - a start-up aiming to empower the world to work with and not against their immune system. Within the first year of trading, he’s secured half a million in funding and launched into the largest health retailers in the country including Boots, Sainsbury’s, Holland & Barrett, and Wh Smith.

The three discuss Sunna’s journey from corporate life to studying Health Foods which subsequently led him on to start Tonic Health. They also talk about the realities and challenges of the industry, Sunna's successes and failures, hardships and learnings as a Team Leader, and how he finds his motivation to keep moving forward, plus more.

And not forgetting the main event - Business vs. Bullshit Quickfire Round! This one’s a good’n.

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Episode 43 - Ted Edwards - London & Partners

"Settle your career path as early as you can"

Ted Edwards of London & Partners joins Andrew and Juliet on this week’s episode of BWB.

Born near Liverpool, UK, Ted joined London & Partners in 2011 - an agency focused on creating economic growth that is resilient, sustainable, and inclusive. Ted’s managed hundreds of successful investment projects from all corners of the globe, organized dozens of trade missions and Mayoral trips to the US and Europe, and worked closely with London & Partners network of commercial partners, The UK Department for International Trade and International Economic Development Agencies.

The three take a deep dive into Ted’s life and journey to becoming an integral part of London & Partners: his various jobs and ventures, highs and lows, what he’s learned along the way about working through life’s ranks, and about that time when Boris Johnson nicked Juliet's speech!

And not forgetting the main event, our Business or BS Quickfire Round! What would you like to hear on the list? get in touch and let us know!

Episode 42 - Luke Sequeria - Numadic

"If you want to work well with people, do not act like an authority"

Luke Sequeria, Founder and CEO of Numadic joins Andy and Dominic this week on BWB.

With a background in Computer Science and Engineering, Luke's been a serial Entrepreneur since his mid-teens founding a number of companies, his latest being Numadic which builds apps and APIs that enable financial transactions for mobility and logistics in India.

The three take a deep dive into Luke’s life and career and what he’s learned along the way. We hear about Luke’s experiences growing up in India, what drove him to become the person he is today as well as his thoughts on what he believes it takes to become an entrepreneur, how to successfully manage a company, and how he likes to approach building relationships with his team. The conversation goes broader with Luke sharing his views on the psychology behind running a successful business and where he feels people go wrong.

We also kick off our brand new feature - Business or Bullsh-t Quickfire Round! where we reel a list of terms and phrases to our guests who have to tell us whether they think it's business or just plain BS.

The amount of value Luke gives in this conversation is truly unquantifiable. He’s a man of great intelligence and wisdom all of which he shares wholeheartedly in this episode. An essential listen for everyone, business or non.

Episode 41 - Michael Branagan-Harris - Device Access UK

"Make the life of your team as simple as possible"

Michael Branagan-Harris, CEO of Device Access UK joins Andrew and Dominic this week on BWB.

With a background in Medical and Healthcare Sales, Business Development, and Management, in 2010 Micheal set up Device Access UK - a Med Tech consultancy firm specializing in market access, which basically means they help Medical Device and Diagnostic companies navigate their way into the NHS and ultimately accelerate patient access to great medical technology.

The three speak about the realities of selling new technologies to the Medical and Healthcare industry and Michael's approach to convincing big and usually slow-to-change institutions of the benefits of new Med Tech. Michael also tells us about his past success stories where the introduction of new technology has benefitted both the industry and patient health, and how he approached building his company's culture to achieve success.

The conversation goes broader with a discussion about the use of Big Data in Healthcare and the implications of Silicon Valley now turning their attention to what they call 'the Healthcare problem'.

A fascinating insight into how product selling actually works within a complex industry like Healthcare.

 

Episode 40 - Nathan Macabuag - Koalaa

"Are you in love with the problem that you are solving?"

Founder of Koalaa: Soft Prosthetics Service, Nathan Macabuag joins Dominic Frisby and Juliet Oury on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t.

A born and bred East Londoner, Nathan’s career path started during his gap year as an Engineer at an automotive plant in Gloucestershire which led him onto eventually studying a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, after which he fell into the world of Prosthetics (fuelled by his nerd obsession with robotics and Iron Man) and developed a passion for wanting to make Prosthetics more accessible and affordable for everyone. In 2020, Nathan set up Koalaa - a virtual support service for people with limb differences around the world.

The three discuss exactly how and why Nathan came to start Koalaa; the difference between conventional prosthetics and Koalaa's design and how their business model is managing to be a profitable one at such an early stage. Nathan also opens up about his upbringing and how it inspired him to take his chosen career path and what he envisages as the future of Koalaa.

Nathan is one of the nicest and brightest people we've had the pleasure of talking to. Press play to find out why

 

Episode 39 - Melissa Jolly - Award-winning Garden Designer

"Work/Life balance is fundamental"

Award-winning Garden Designer Melissa Jolly joins Dominic Frisby and Juliet Oury on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t. 

Melissa’s work has won her the BBC Gardeners World Live competition and the People’s Choice Award. She's also built 3 consecutive show gardens for Royal Horticultural Society shows. As well as garden designing, Melissa likes to renovate houses that have been featured in TV shows ‘Period Homes’ and ‘Real Homes’. In 2007 Melissa set up her own garden design company alongside being a full-time mother.

The three discuss Melissa’s career, the intricacies of her job, the demands the industry is currently facing; the challenges it’s fallen victim to due to Brexit as well as broadened talk about the benefits of growing your own food. Dominic also drops a bombshell of a question on the table - is a Pea a Bean?

Melissa is a great example of someone who's built a business based on her passion which creates the work / life balance that is right for her. There’s no reason why all of our work and life commitments can’t work in harmony with each other, a concept that seems foreign to a lot of us these days. Take Melissa as inspiration to believe it’s possible and listen to how she navigates her thinking to keep her balance sustained.

All-round wholesome food for thought in this episode. Pull up a chair and press play.

 

Episode 38 - Hannah Barrett - Yoga Instructor

"Model your behaviour to plant positive seeds in other people”

Hannah Barrett joins Dominic and Juliet on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t. Hannah’s a Yoga Instructor, Business Women, and influential Instagram star with a following of over 360,000.

Her transition from being a full-time Actuary to a Yoga Instructor began in 2014 when she became a mother. But it was when Hannah had her second child that things really changed for her. After a traumatic birth, Hannah experienced Post Natal Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, both of which she overcame through the practice of Yoga and Meditation.

Now, Hannah's on a mission to share the incredible benefits of Yoga worldwide. She runs live classes, has her own YouTube channel, has co-written 4 e-books, and has her very own Yoga & Meditation app.

The three discuss Hannah’s history and lead up to becoming a Yoga Instructor and Instagram Influencer. We also get to hear about why Hannah believes people gravitate towards Yoga, the health benefits gained from regular practice, and what she has coming up with her live classes, app and new book. We also get a mini breathing lesson from Yogi Dominic.

Another packed episode, minus the BS. Roll out your mat and press play!

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Episode 37 - Melina Jacovou - Propel

"Everything you suggest you are, you have to be”

Melina Jacovou joins Dominic and Juliet on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t. Melina’s a very prominent figure in the UK digital industry. She founded Propel in 2001 and has grown it into one of the largest independent digital talent business in the UK, winning a MARA Award for “Best Large Agency” in 2012.

Melina’s also a passionate Thought-Leader, Writer and Public Speaker, challenging debates around women in business, gender pay gaps, diversity, future technology, the effects of the gig economy and the importance of company culture. She’s been named in the Hospital Club’s “Top 100 Influential People in Digital", has won MARA Award for “Best Human Resources Boss” and LOVES her food, wine and juices!

The three have a great conversation about all sorts including how agencies find and attract talent, what the future of the workplace and even London looks like post-COVID; the scale of companies bouncing back and causing a boom, career advice for young people, debate about whether or not 'glass ceilings’ actually exist in the workplace plus loads more. 

Melina really doesn’t hold back from giving so much of herself in this conversation. All value, zero bullsh-t. 

As always, pull up a chair, press play and soak it all in!

 

Episode 36 - Neil Smith - Tower Transit

"people involved in innovative teamwork need to be together"

Neil Smith, Chairman of Tower Transit is this week’s guest on Business Without Bullsh-t along with the return of Juliet Oury as co-host!

With a career spanning over 40 years in Public Transport, Neil’s originally from Sydney, Australia where he built Tower Transit - Australia’s biggest passenger carrying company responsible for carrying a whopping 380,000,000 people per year and is also present in Singapore, London and LA. He also moved from Australia to London in 2013 when he initially bought into First Group, the UK’s leading provider in transport services.

Alongside being Chairman, Neil spends a lot of his time working with Relay Trust, a charity that operates in post-conflict areas of Africa providing local community leadership training amongst other great initiatives.

The three get deep in conversation about the future of travel and transport post-Covid, scepticism around driverless cars, realities of the London Bus Network as well as hearing about Neil’s legacy work in Africa with Relay Trust.

This is the kind of episode you want to clear the diary for. No distractions, just you, Dominic, Juliet and Neil for 42 minutes. Pull up the sofa and press play.

Episode 35 - Producer's Cut

“When you’re running a business, your media diet is really important”

This week on Business Without Bullsh-t, we take a look back at the month’s episodes in conversation with Martin Adams from Codec, Jonathan Wood from C2 Cyber and our Budget Special hosted by Oury Clark’s very own Richard Oury, Ian Phipps, Simon Walsh, Jeremy Coker alongside Andrew Oury and Dominic Frisby. You'll hear new, unheard parts of our conversations that take a deeper look at the topics we discussed.

There’s more from Martin Adams telling us about the top 3 business trends he’s got his eye on at the moment, as well as giving holistic advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Jonathan Wood talks about the realities of transitioning from military life back to normal living, how the entrepreneurial community can work closer with the military to facilitate veteran’s transitions back into work and how Jonathan likes to approach managing his company’s workforce and productivity. Plus there’s more from Oury Clarks’ very own Ian Phipps and Richard Oury talking about the new UK budget, in particular about the new requirements for EMI (Enterprise Management Incentive) schemes as well as Richard explaining what the UK needs to do to get Free Ports working.

Another fully loaded barrel of business talk with experts, talking like people. No bullsh-t. So pull up that chair and press play (and always have a note pad handy)

Episode 34 - Jonathan Wood - C2 Cyber

"In the Navy, everyone rows the boat. In the private sector, everyone’s rowing their own boat.”

Jonathan Wood, Founder and CEO of C2 Cyber joins us this week to talk Business Without Bullsh-t.

On the surface, Jonathan’s current work-life seems synonymous to that of a typical technophile: a former Charted Engineer with a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems Technology and a certified professional in Data Protection, Jonathan now runs C2 Cyber specialising in cybersecurity for major corporates and enterprises.

But there’s more to this man's legacy than meets the eye ..

Jonathan tells all about his life before C2 Cyber: from the Afghan Deserts with NATO through to the boardrooms at BT via the Royal Navy, Jonathan's directly intercepted drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean, specialised in Intelligence Gathering in Afganistan and now works with charities helping ex-veterans get back into work through mentorship and direct employment at C2 Cyber. Sounds fascinating, right?

You’ll also hear Jonathan talk about his comparables between the disciplines of military and white-collar culture, how it's influenced his approach to team building at C2 Cyber as well as hot tips on how to best protect your personal data.

Another fully loaded episode, minus the bullsh-t. Pull up a chair and press play (and stick around for the outtakes ;)

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Episode 33 - Budget Special

"the most important budget for a generation"

This week, Business Without Bullsh-t sees an all-star line up joining Andy and Dominic for a UK Budget Special.

Bossman Richard Oury alongside Simon Walsh, Ian Phipps and Jeremy Coker take to the (virtual) round table to discuss what the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak described as “the most important budget for a generation”.

The team discuss an array of topics including their overviews of what the budget looks like as a whole and its implications on businesses and future taxes, the dawn of new VAT rates post-Brexit, how the housing industry has been affected by the extended zero rates on Stamp Duty Land Tax, how the new Self Employment Income Support Scheme will make 600,000 more people eligible for grants and how all of this incredibly generous government spending will be paid back in the long run. Andy also tells us how he plans to do his bit to refuel the economy (involving lots of wine and lobster!)

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, this is a no bullsh-t breakdown of the UK budget given by experts, speaking as people. Pull up a chair and press play (with a notepad and pen handy).

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