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Episode 174 - Ciaran Burke - COO & Co Founder - Swoop

This week’s episode is essential listening for small business owners looking for ways to raise capital without having to grovel to HSBC.

We chat to Ciaran Burke, COO & Co-Founder of Swoop, a financing platform which helps small businesses secure finance.

We talk about the range of alternative financing options available to SMEs in the UK outside of traditional bank lending including the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the government-backed Startup Loan scheme. Ciaran also explains how Swoop's credit eligibility and financing model works, and advises on the fine art of writing grant pitches.

To date, Swoop has helped over 100,000 SMEs obtain over £1bn in financing across its businesses in the UK, Ireland, Canada, US and Australia.

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Episode 129 - BWB Extra - Science of Learning with William Wadsworth

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with William Wadsworth Founder of Exam Study Expert where we dive deeper into discussing the science of learning and talk about the different types of learning techniques, which ones William prefers to teach and discuss the differences in people's learning capabilities and how to best approach them. We also hear about William's client experiences and his plans to grow and scale the business.

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Episode 128 - William Wadsworth - Founder - Exam Study Expert

Meet William Wadsworth, a first-class Cambridge University graduated memory psychologist and founder of Exam Study Expert who helps students study smarter, not harder, so they can ace their exams with less work and less stress.

Following top 0.01% exam results himself at school, William is now obsessed with helping others get the grades of their dreams as a study strategy coach for private clients, and as an in-demand workshop leader for schools and universities. His expertise has been widely featured, from a regular column in The Times to numerous high-profile education industry conferences. William also hosts the award-nominated Exam Study Expert podcast and blog www.examstudyexpert.com which help over a million readers and listeners get the grades of their dreams every single year.

Take a deep dive into the enlightened mind of a man who has created an entrepreneurial venture in the world of education and academic performance.

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Episode 127 - BWB Extra - Tik Tok Boom with Oliver Bruce

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Oliver Bruce, CEO and Founder at PinPoint Media where we dive deeper into discussing the social media phenomenon that is TikTok, what makes it so powerful (and why Andy's particularly concerned about it), how the platform should be used and why businesses should be embracing it. We also discuss the future of Tech and the workplace, and how the next generation should be preparing to adapt to the shift we'll be seeing in the jobs market.

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Episode 126 - Oliver Bruce - CEO & Founder - PinPoint Media

Meet Oliver Bruce, CEO and Founder of PinPoint Media, a no nonsense content agency based in Cheltenham, London and Manchester specialising in social content, campaign planning, virtual and augmented reality and video media.

During University Oliver ended up growing PinPoint Media from his halls with the simple mission statement to ‘make film accessible to all’. He knew that video was so important to businesses and by using a model based on critical mass he was able to produce high volumes of content for little cost to the client. This aggressive approach to video sales funded his first staff member hire in his second year of university. 

Since founding PinPoint Media 2013, video and the need for content has exploded. It’s become accepted by the masses and is a fundamental requirement to any business big or small. This universal acceptance has allowed for significant growth within PinPoint who now have 32 staff members with a Head Office in Cheltenham and satellites in London and Manchester working with clients such as Barratt Developments PLC, Ticketmaster, America's oldest bank BNY Melon and blue-chip companies.

Strap up, press play and take a deep dive into the pulsating entrepreneurial mind of Oliver Bruce.

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Episode 125 - BWB Extra - The Numbers Game with Carol Alexander

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Carol Alexander, Professor of Finance at Sussex University Business School. We hear more about Carol's love for Mathematics and why she is now passionate about writing papers on Crypto and Blockchain instead of traditional financial markets (hint - she does like banks!). And you'll also hear us have a good chat about the state of UK politics in this new emerging world of digital currency and what we really think of Rishi Sunak ..

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Episode 124 - Crypto Special - Carol Alexander - Professor of Finance - Sussex University


Meet Carol Alexander, Professor of Finance at Sussex University who is an expert in FinTech, blockchains and crypto amongst a whole raft of other things. She also holds BSc in Mathematics with Experimental Psychology (First Class) and a PhD in Algebraic Number Theory from the University of Sussex, and an MSc in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Carol is also the author of the best-selling textbook “Market Models” and of the four-volume textbook series Market Risk Analysis amogst others and has also published a raft of industry paper publications which you can find at www.carolalexander.org or her University of Sussex profile pages.

Our extended conversation takes a deep dive into the entire framework of all things Crypto and FinTech. From hearing Carol's crystal clear explanations on what crypto, blockchain and smart contracts actually are and how they work, to discussing NFTs, how they'll shape society's future and the rise of Web 3.0, we leave no stone unturned!

Clear your diary, pull up a chair and press play (and don't forget your notebook!)

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Episode 123 - BWB Extra - Family Food Affair with Amy Poon

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Amy Poon, Founder at Poon’s London. We dive deeper into discussing Amy’s life growing up in the Chinese restaurant business, her dad’s migration to the UK, to him becoming a Michelin Star chef and building the original Poon’s restaurant empire and what Amy has planned for the resurrection of Poon's London and their passion for good quality Soya Sauce.

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Episode 122 - Amy Poon - Founder - Poon's London

Meet Amy Poon, Founder at Poon's London who create signature Chinese sauces and fresh wontons for nationwide home delivery.

Amy was born in London and educated at University of Oxford where she obtained a third class degree in Japanese and has lived in Geneva, Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore. A jack of all trades and master of none, she has tutored in French and Latin, worked as a hostess, marketed Patek Philippe watches, opened a champagne bar in Singapore’s red-light district, sold contemporary Asian art, run an event company, sat on the board of UN Women in Singapore and written two books.

Amy returned to London in 2018 to resurrect the family food business that she vowed never to get involved in. Our chat with the lady herself reveals all!

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Episode 121 - BWB Extra - Kitchen Culture with Ian Woodley

This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Ian Woodley, Founder at Finance Kitchen where we talk all things restaurants, dark kitchens, Deliveroo and that time Ian saved the Cinnamon Club from never opening.

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Episode 120 - Ian Woodley - Founder - Finance Kitchen

Meet Ian Woodley, Founder of Finance Kitchen which specialises in investment raises and debt funding for the restaurant and grocery sectors.

25 years of experience led Ian to set up the Now Financial group which focused on business rescue and was voted "Business Rescue Funder of the Year" at the Insolvency Awards 2009. In 2015 the time came to turn a passion as a home cook into a profession and Finance Kitchen was formed to facilitate finance for new and growing restaurants.

Outside of work Ian has been involved in a number of sports clubs. Chairman of Dulwich Hamlet FC, Founder of Perrywood FC ( 25 years old this year) Junior Chairman of East Grinstead Hockey Club, Minis Chairman and Head of Community Rugby at Chobham Rugby. He has a keen interest in Americana music and was until recently South East Chairman of the Social Democratic Party.

A fascinating chat with a man who's seen and done a lot, both professionally and personally and still does!

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Episode 119 - New York Sessions #6 - Josh Auerbach - COO - Aura Frames

Part 6 of our New York Sessions is live! Recorded on location at the Beekham Hotel in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to Josh Auerbach, COO of Aura Frames, a digital pitcure frame which let's you instantly frame photos from your phone and invite your favorite people to join in, making sharing photos & videos delightfully simple. All that alongside the usual Q&A chat in true BWB fashion ;)

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