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Episode 313 - From Dragon's Den to Green Dentistry: Dr. Simon Chard's Battle Against Plastic in Oral Care

Simon is a leading UK cosmetic dentist and co-founder of the sustainable oral care brand PARLA, as seen on Dragon’s Den

We discuss PARLA's pioneering methods for reducing single-use plastics in dentistry with products like toothpaste tablets and plastic-free floss. We talk about the environmental impact of traditional oral care products, the intricacies of launching a sustainable business, and the hurdles faced by dentists and startups.

We also discuss the importance and strategies to manage stress and prevent burnout, and highlight the benefits of disconnecting from constant digital connectivity.

Simon also explains why greenwashing and gimmicks qualify for the big bin of bullsh*t.


00:00 BWB with Dr Simon Chard

01:41 The Problem with Plastic in Oral Care

02:30 Innovative Solutions by Perla

06:03 Challenges in Changing Consumer Habits

07:31 Toothpaste Ingredients: What You Need to Know

11:14 Mental Health in Dentistry

13:43 Dragon's Den Experience

15:46 Entrepreneurial Journey and Future Plans

33:11 Mental Health in Dentistry and Startups

34:10 Cosmetic Dentistry Market

36:16 Fear of Dentists and Media Influence

40:50 Public Health and Dental Care

45:08 Best and Worst Advice

48:23 Mentorship and Business Challenges

53:10 Quickfire Round - Get To Know Simon

58:51 Mental Health in Startups

01:04:36 Wrap Up

Simon's recommendations:

The Almanac of Naval Ravikant (book)

Unstressable - Mo Gowdat (book)


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Episode 81 - Jerry Hyde - Author & Mentor

Jerry Hyde, dubbed as “the most dangerous therapist in the world” joins us this week on BWB.

With 25 years clinical experience, Jerry rejects many of the conventionally held views of mainstream psychotherapy. An outspoken advocate of shamanic plant medicines, he believes for some people, a combination of deep psychotherapeutic work and psychedelic entheogens is the best way to bring real, lasting and positive transformation to their lives.

Jerry works with couples and individuals, leads the largest men’s group practice in the UK, is a best-selling author, podcaster and has recently co-made his first film “Make Me A Man” - a documentary which aims to inspire men to be open with their emotions and share their story.

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Episode 80 - Vijay Maharajan - bitsCrunch

**Heads Up - you'll hear Vijay via Zoom quality audio for the first 8 mins**

Our guest this week is Vijay Pravin Maharajan, Founder & CEO of bitsCrunch, a Blockchain Analytics company based in Munich focusing on securing the NFT ecosystem. Vijay’s previous experiences include working at Siemens, Volkswagen and Telefónica in Germany, and is also the first Indian to be a 3 times TedX speaker in Germany.

He’s been awarded as ‘Top 40 Data Scientists under 40’ in India and nominated as “20+ Inspiring Data Scientists to follow” by AI Time Journal USA, all of which has been fuelled by a passion for Blockchain, NFT, Data Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning and AI.

All things NFT this week. Strap in and press play.

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Episode 79 - BWB Extra - Mission: B Corp with Andy Hawkins

**Heads Up - Andy Hawkins audio feed is from Zoom, not the best but audible nevetheless!" 

We continue our conversation with Andy Hawkins CPO of Business On Purpose who breaks down what it takes to become a B Corp. He unpacks the mission and process and explains the 5 metrics used to measure a business's quality of activity, as well as giving some surprising cases in point.

What types of businesses should consider becoming B Corp? Do you need the full certification to be recognised as one? Where do you go and how do you start?

Welcome to Mission: B Corp.

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Episode 78 - Sustainability Special - Andy Hawkins

We continue to our mission to demystify the complex world of Sustainability in conversation with Andy Hawkins, founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Business on Purpose whose aim is to empower people to do more business on purpose, as a force for good, for people, planet and profit.

Andy’s been working with companies and clients for more than 20 years helping them transform the way they work using technology. He also spent 5 years working on community development in Africa and a further 5 years in environmental services too, experiences which equipped him to help clients assess and improve their Environmental, Social and Governance culture aka ESG.

Get your green cape on, strap in and press play.

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Episode 77 - BWB Extra - Scoring Sustainability with Austin Simms

How do you know if a product has been sustainably produced? How do you even measure it? How do we approach affecting this change globally? we continue our conversation with Austin Simms, Co-Founder and COO of Dayrize who are on a mission to create a new approach to sustainable shopping online.

Welcome to Scoring Sustainability.

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Episode 76 - Sustainability Special - Austin Simms

Up next as part of our Sustainability Special series is Austin Simms, Co-Founder and COO at Dayrize - a new approach to sustainable shopping online, making it easy and enjoyable to buy goods that do good.

After 20+ years spent working in senior marketing positions at major corporations around the world, Austin had a desire to use his skills to address climate change. With a strong marketing background, he believed that putting the power in consumer's hands was important to make real change. He recognized that the first thing that needed to change was consumer access to information to make better decisions, which is why he co-founded Dayrize in 2021 and developed the Dayrize Score tool.

Austin believes commerce and sustainability are linked, and ultimately, business needs to be a major catalyst for addressing climate change.

Pull up a chair and don't forget your notepad.

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Episode 75 - Business vs. Bullsh*t - NBCC Special with Kyrre Haugen

Welcome to this week’s special episode of BWB where we’re joined by Kyrre Haugan, General Manager of the NBCC.

We were lucky enough to recently attend their marvellous 115th Anniversary event where we managed to persuade Kyrre to let us record a special version of Business vs. Bullsh*t, on the ground, with guests who were attending the event, which, let’s say, became more and more colourful as the night progressed. In this episode we shall be playing the night’s recordings alongside hearing from Kyrre himself about all things NBCC and find out how much Andy ended up paying for his charity auction bid!

Loads of fun in this one, all for a good cause. Pull up a chair and press play.

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Episode 74 - BWB Extra - Corporate Sustainability 101 with Maya Hennerkes

Hello and welcome to this week's episode of BWB Extra where we continue our conversation with the wonderful Maya Hennerkes, an expert in sustainable finance and Director of Climate Strategy and Delivery, and Green Financial Systems at the European Bank Of Reconstruction and Development (now there's a mouth full!)

In this episode we focus on unpacking the European Bank's working model and how they've structured their mandate to implement sustainability and ESG considerations into their projects. We also hear Maya's take on what sustainability in business actually looks like and where most people are going wrong with their approach to incorporating it into their company's action plans.

What does it mean to be green? how do you become ESG compliant? what's the benchmark?

Welcome to Corporate Sustainability 101.

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Episode 73 - Sustainability Special - Maya Hennerkes

Kicking off our Sustainability Special series where we focus on unpacking the ever-evolving and extremely confusing world of ESG is the brilliant Maya Hennerkes, Director of Climate Strategy and Delivery, and Green Financial Systems at the European Bank Of Reconstruction and Development (now there's a mouth full!)

Maya is a sustainable finance expert with almost 20 years of experience and leads EBRDs environmental and social work with financial institutions and private equity funds. She promotes the integration of climate and social issues in investment decisions and financial management, and manages the environmental and social risk management and safeguard frameworks for EBRDs financial institution and private equity fund clients.

Already confused? don't worry, so are we. That's why we spoke to an expert like Maya, so she can help us making sense of it all. And boy does she deliver.

Strap in, press play and be prepared to have your ESG lid blown right off.

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Episode 72 - BWB Extra - Africa's Innovation with Tedd George

This week we continue our conversation with Tedd George CNO of Kleos Advisory where we explore one of his areas of passionate expertise - African emerging markets. We speak about Tedd's economic work in Africa and hear about his abundance of experiences and knowledge about the continent which have led him to become a leading expert and spokesperson.

What's holding Africa back and how is it excelling? what's today's definition of an African entrepreneur? should the rest of the world be paying more attention?

Welcome to Africa’s Innovation.

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Episode 71 - Tedd George - Kleos Advisory


Welcoming Tedd George this week who is the founder and Chief Narrative Officer of Kleos Advisory providing thought leadership and strategic advisory on African markets, commodity value chains and a range of disruptive technology.

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Tedd has a diverse range of specialities including African and emerging markets, soft commodities, trade and trade finance, and ESG. He's also a media commentator and regularly appears as chairman, speaker and moderator on the world conference and webinar circuits.

Born and bred in London, Tedd has a passion for travel and foreign languages which has taken him across Europe, Latin America and Africa. A linguist by training, he's fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese and likes giving talks at universities and schools on his favourite subjects – the Cuban Revolution and Africa’s Digital Transformation.

His book "Stirring Up Sheffield: An Insider’s Account Of The Battle To Build The Crucible Theatre" which he co-wrote with his father, Colin George is out now.

This conversation is so mind bendingly epic, we don't quite know where to start with describing it! what we do know is that we'll be doing an extended run over the next 2 weeks, the only way to do Tedd's enormous wealth of knowledge, experience and personality some justice.

Strap in and press play. We'll see you on the other side.

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