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Michael Green is CEO of the Social Progress Imperative - an organisation that’s helping national and local government accurately measure what life is like for ordinary people. It’s a fascinating move towards measuring more than just money and ensuring the wellbeing of people is maximised. Plus, Mary chats with two of her key Portas people about wha…
 
Architecture is not just about what we build - but how we live. And Amanda Levete CBE believes our homes, shops, offices and public spaces can be radically reimagined in the future. In this fascinating discussion she tells Mary how we can apply those ideas to our vacant department stores as much as the new structures we design. Plus, Mary talks to …
 
Kate Raworth calls herself a rebel economist and it’s true. Now a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, she was in fact switched off economics at university because it didn’t answer the questions she cared about like protecting the environment and challenging inequality. Luckily, she later reconnected with…
 
You’re more likely to get divorced than you are to change your bank. But have you ever questioned how your money is being invested? Join Mary as she talks to Triodos UK CEO Bevis Watts about sustainable banking, the huge potential of the financial sector to create positive change and how we can all get involved. Plus, Mary talks to one of the Porta…
 
After years of new, new, new, the resale fashion business is booming as more and more of us get savvy about fashion’s impact on people and planet. Vestiare Collective is at the forefront of this movement and in this episode, Mary talks to co-founder Fanny Moizant about what inspired her – and the very feminine values she’s put at the heart of her b…
 
Can something as simple as making a cup of tea change the world? Maybe not quite. But it certainly can help if the tea is made by a company like Pukka Herbs – who have put respecting people and protecting planet at the heart of what they do. Join Mary in conversation with Pukka co-founder Sebastian Pole as they talk hope, environmentalism and what …
 
Ethics are at the heart of beauty brand Lush which campaigns on political issues, animal & human rights. Hear co-founder Mark Constantine talk about what his team brings to his business and his passion for the potential that business has to do good. Plus the latest updates from the Portas team about the businesses this week that are making a differ…
 
BrewDog co-founder James Watt believes business, not governments, are the true drivers of change. And he's making sure his company is doing all it can to tackle climate change. In the first episode of this new series, Mary talks to James about his amazing story - from quitting his first ‘real’ job after two weeks to make beer that’s now a household…
 
The founder of Richer Sounds is one of the UK's leading lights of responsible capitalism - in this interview with Mary, he takes us through the way he has run his business, why he decided to give control to his employees, and the launch of the Good Business Charter. Elsewhere in the last episode of this series, we join Mary and colleague Emily Bryc…
 
The CEO of Europe's biggest media agency, with a staff of over 4000, Josh Krichefski speaks to Mary and Portas Agency's Culture Director Emily Bryce-Perkins about the stories they share about mental health, and how it's raised awareness and empathy in the company. Plus, there's a surprise guest in the final moments of the show (at least, it's a sur…
 
British Jamaican entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid has founded two successful businesses and shows no sign of slowing down. In this empowering conversation, she discusses the origins of WAH Nails, Beautystack and the role family and friends have played in her career. Meanwhile, Mary is live in New York, and Portas' Culture Director Emily Bryce-Perkins h…
 
Theatre director and founder of the Women Of The World festival Jude Kelly drops in to Portas to speak to Mary about her new project, the WOW foundation. Also on the show, Mary is joined by Emily Bryce-Perkins, co-host and Culture Director of Mary’s creative agency and consultancy Portas, to discuss Marks & Spencers' latest figures and Microsoft Ja…
 
The UK's most popular psychotherapist joins Mary and Emily Bryce-Perkins, co-host and Culture Director of Mary’s creative agency and consultancy Portas, to learn what parenting techniques can be applied in boardrooms, too. Plus, in this first episode of a new series, we workshop Mary's upcoming TED talk, learn who's doing business with kindness and…
 
Telegraph writer Bryony Gordon had hidden her true self from others, and herself, for many years - until finally, one day, she wrote a column about her experiences of alcoholism, OCD and anxiety. Mary & Emily speak to Bryony about how her colleagues, bosses, friends and family reacted to her 'coming out' and how she came to own the skin that she's …
 
What kind of a podcast would we be if there wasn't a little treat every now and then? In this episode, Mary Portas and Emily Bryce-Perkins introduce two extracts from the book, Work Like A Woman, which inspired this podcast. This audiobook extract is published by Penguin. For more information, and to buy your copy, visit their website.…
 
Mary & Emily return to The Attic to talk POLITICS... and are joined by a campaigner who, amongst many notable achievements, persuaded the Bank of England to put Jane Austin on the £10 note. Now Caroline Criado Perez - OBE, don't you know - is on a mission to address the huge disparities in scientific research between men and women, and how that aff…
 
This week we bring you a special edition of Work Like A Woman, where Mary was interviewed by broadcaster Miranda Sawyer in front of a live audience at the Shaw Theatre, London. Together they discuss Mary's roots, her progression through some of the most well-known high street brands, to the highs and lows that brought her to this point. Thanks to P…
 
What does it take to hold a room? The world of stand-up comedy is still dominated by male comedians, but as writer-turned-comic Viv Groskop tells Mary Portas, it's all about finding your voice. Also on the programme, we peak behind the scenes of The Work Like A Woman book tour and Mary reveals the many names she's been called in the workplace. Than…
 
Journalist and author Elizabeth Day made, as we all do, some questionable decisions when she started in her chosen career - some were in her power to change... others less so. In our feature interview this week Elizabeth tells us how those mistakes shaped her and how it helped shape her voice. Plus, Mary & head of culture Emily Bryce-Perkins discus…
 
Everyone in the UK is entitled to ask for flexible working hours - but most of the time that request is denied. Mary and Emily sit down with Flex Appeal founder Anna Whitehouse (aka Mother Pukka) to discover what we can do to change the culture. Plus: Mary delivers her verdict on the week's business news, including the recent goings on at Richer So…
 
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