Carlington Clarke

#030 Starting A Business During A Recession With Restaurateur Carlington Clarke

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Carlington Clarke is the entrepreneur, Head Chef and co-founder of Pumpkin Jerk Grill, an award nominated take-away restaurant offering authentic Caribbean cuisine. Carlington has over 20 years of cooking experience and has been involved in a number of restaurant launches. 

In this episode, you will learn why Carlos opened a restaurant in North London, and how he won during a recession. Why you should avoid borrowing money if you can and why you should follow your dreams.

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Hannah Mcduffus

#029 Getting Customers Before You’ve Even Launched With Hannah Mcduffus

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Hannah Mcduffus is the founder of BedNBreakfasttt, a unique breakfast delivery service, currently covering South East London and East London. They deliver piping hot breakfasts to homes and workplaces across London. An idea born from Hannahs time living and teaching in Taiwan.

In this episode, you will learn how to get customers before you launch, the benefits of PR and how you can get yourself featured in magazines and newspapers, and why maintaining a business is more important than starting.

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Varga Moshtagh

#028 Finding Investors For Your Business Idea With Varga Moshtagh

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Varga Moshtagh, is the CEO and founder of Podmosphere, a Podcast-database for listeners, creators and sponsors. Through collecting podcast information, Podmosphere helps Podcasters to be a part of a podcast community that lets you find new listeners and sponsors.

In this episode, you will learn how to chase down investors for your business. What makes a good business pitch and what investors want to know and the importance of finding the right investor for your company

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Nastassja Lusengo

#027 Turning A Side Hustle Into An Inspirational Cake Business with Nastassja Lusengo

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Nastassja Lusengo, is the creative director, entrepreneur and sugarcraft specialist behind The Indulgent Sugar Plum, a concept bakery that creates cakes that inspire conversation, special moments and memories. Nastassja draws from many creative disciplines to bring a new experience to confectionery while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Her exceptional talents, have led her to recently be featured on the Extreme Cake Makers TV show.

In this episode, you will learn how long should you give your side hustle, to know if it’s something you should peruse. Why the number of followers you have is not as important as building a sustainable business and why it is important to do research on your competitors

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#026 How the Princes Trust can help your business grow with La’tifah Atkinson-Campbell

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La’tifah Atkinson-Campbell, is a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador and the founder of Bake That Cake, a company specialising in bespoke sculpted cakes.
 
With over seven years experience in the Cake Industry, La’tifah has made cakes for many high profile figures including her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles. 

In this episode, you will learn why everyone can’t be a customer for your business, an insight into how the Princes Trust can help your business and why you should get your customers to pay upfront for your services.

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#025 How To Be A Great Presenter When You Represent Your Brand On YouTube with Esther Alade

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Esther Alade is the host of Corporate Afrika, a brand developed to provide a platform for Businesses, Products and Entrepreneurs to interact and access the growing African Consumers and Businesses that have an interest in Africa or the UK.

It provides a corporate and social environment, in which businesses or entrepreneurs need to test new products, sample or activate new ideas, spark new ideas with like-minded people or to simply meet the next recruit for or from the target audience socially.

In this episode, you will learn about the benefit of learning your craft and doing work for free. Tips for being in front of the camera, if you’re thinking about promoting your business on youtube and advice to help prevent you from getting cheated or burnt in business

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Weqool

#024: Making An App Without Knowing How To Code, With Adrian and Alexander Bulley

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Adrian and Alexander Bulley are the founders of Weqool, a social fitness app that helps you get fit, by working out with friends online.

They aim to reinvent the concept of online fitness by making exercise more fun, engaging and social, regardless of where you are at that moment in time.

In this episode, you will learn what to do if you want to make an app or software product, but you don’t know how to code. How to find a software developer for your idea and the benefits of creating a minimum viable product (MVP) when launching.

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Nina's Kitchen

#023: Sabrina Campbell Talks Winning In Catering With Instagram

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Sabrina Campbell is the founder of Nina’s Kitchen, a catering and events company that provides beautifully home cooked English, Caribbean & Nigerian dishes for a number of catering services.

From personal chef services to corporate Lunches, Team Building Events, Product Launches, functions, weddings and more.

In this episode, you will learn the benefit of using a checklist to organise your business operations. We learn how Instagram can help you to promote your business, and how to know when to turn down business/money.

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#022: Growing a Luxury Brand With Chocolate Entrepreneurs, Lois & Michela Wilson

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Lois Wilson & Michela Wilson are both sisters and co-founders of Saint Aymes, a brand with a mission to make every moment beautiful, by creating luxury, enchanting artisan chocolates, that are hand painted with 23ct gold, enriched with opulent colour and inspired by artistic greats.

Saint Aymes have been featured at the Saatchi Gallery for Scoop International Fashion Show, London Fashion Week and in Virgin Red Hampers.

Both sisters were selected from hundreds of to represent Virgin Start Up as Virgin Startup Ambassadors. Since the launch of Saint Aymes in Oct 2016, they are now stocked in Fenwick Bond Street, Central London. The Fenwick Newcastle Flagship store, a few independent UK boutiques and they will soon be stocked in the renowned Selfridges, here in the UK.

In this episode, you will learn how making your business partner into your fictitious internal client, can help with productivity and accountability. How Michela and Lois partnered with the right events to help grow the brand. Why when creating a luxury product, you must consider the longevity of the business, not just immediate short term revenue and why rushing your product to market, can kill your business

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Navina Bartlett

#021: Launching a Food Startup With Coconut Chilli Founder & Boss Lady, Navina Bartlett

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Navina Bartlett is an ethical food entrepreneur and Boss Lady of Coconut Chilli, a start-up food business that manufactures healthy and inventive South Indian microwaveable meal pots in the UK.

Navina has extensive knowledge of the food industry, having previously set up the StrEAT Food Collective – which brought together the very BEST local street food vendors. Navina’s business acumen has also led her to become a Virgin Start Up Ambassador.

In this episode, you will learn about the challenges of scaling a business, while maintaining your core values. Why it is important to keep a record of your figures and to keep data and we learn more about the best distribution channels and the power of going directly to the consumer.

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