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Are you starting a company from scratch and aren’t really sure of what to do first? Great, me too. In HOW TO START UP you’ll hear 20 minute interviews every other Tuesday with a broad mix of people who have all successfully started, run and even sold, their own companies. They share not only professional but personal experiences and valuable lessons on what we should be doing now, next or never to build a business. We are in the eye of the storm that is now becoming a ‘new normal’. An unchar ...
 
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In this episode I’m joined by Olga Beck-Friis, Co-Founder and CEO of PocketLaw, a Swedish startup now launching in the UK to enable SMEs to take care of their own legal matters. Having co-founded PocketLaw with her oldest childhood friend, Kira Unger (CEO), Olga explains how she and Kira separate work from their personal friendship and how they man…
 
In this episode, we hear from James Pringle, Founder of Pringle Capital which has grown to become one of the UK’s most active angel networks. The Pringle Network has previously led raises in e-commerce, fintech and augmented reality startups, with James having become a leading figure within the UK tech space. We learn James’ advice for startups see…
 
Today I am talking to Ben Ivey who, realising that successful people are not necessarily happy people, decided to work directly with entrepreneurs who might be feeling overwhelmed, in order to help them better manage their work-life balance, as well as succeed further in business. Ben has spoken at over 200 events internationally on how to embrace …
 
In this episode we hear from Romanie Thomas who founded Juggle, the digital platform for companies to find, onboard, pay and manage experienced yet flexible professionals. Romanie kept coming up against the same problem in her industry. Witnessing the lack of flexible senior roles was preventing talented professionals from reentering the workforce,…
 
This week we hear from Helena Murphy, the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Raising Partners. After receiving poor financial advice and having to wind up her first business, Helena experienced stress which greatly impacted her physical health. Helena subsequently established Raising Partners to support other early-stage entrepreneurs in raising in…
 
In this episode we hear from Laura Tenison MBE, the Founder and CEO of JoJo Maman Bébé . As a Certified B Corporation, the company has committed itself to evaluate a “triple bottom line”, putting people and the planet above profit. Laura started her company in 1993 from her London flat-share, following on from an almost fatal accident whilst living…
 
In this episode, we hear from Kenyan-born, Bristol-based Audrey Migot-Adholla who founded jewellery brand Yala Jewellery in 2017. Named after the village in Kenya where her grandmother lived, the brand focuses on creating as little impact on the planet as possible. I wanted to speak to Audrey about why the mission behind her brand is so important t…
 
A lot of people in previous episodes have talked about how bringing talent into their businesses has been a game-changer, not only for revenue but for morale as well. In this mini-series I wanted to cover more practical advice, the ‘I don’t know what I don’t know’. In this episode, we hear from Will Davies, co-founder of HBD Partners as he not only…
 
When a founder is starting a business, they know that at some point they're going to have to tell other people what they’re doing and why, in order to reach their prospective clients and customers. Word of mouth is key. However, to reach further afield, marketing and communications will strengthen the launch, brand building and SEO. As part of the …
 
As this mini-series is a more practical ‘how to’ I wanted to speak to an experienced investor to help understand not only the jargon surrounding this area but key points to consider when seeking investment as a startup. In this episode we hear from Costas Kalisperas, founder of In Tune Executive Coaching. Costas is well placed to talk on this given…
 
As this mini-series is a more practical ‘how to’, I wanted to speak to someone who has a great deal of experience in creating an ethical and sustainable business. In this episode, we hear from artist jeweller Ute Decker who simultaneously started her eponymous brand creating unique and limited edition sculptural jewellery, while researching and sha…
 
Starting a company can be a daunting challenge and many people have a fear around 'I don't know what I don't know'. In this episode of the mini-series of HSTU we cover the legalities of starting a company with Helen Gerrard who left her career as a city lawyer for the French Alps where she now continues her legal work as a partner for Ignition, a l…
 
The one piece of advice every How To Start Up guest has shared unanimously is to find a good accountant. In this episode, we hear from Chartered Accountant Laurie Borlace on what founders should consider when starting a business from an accounting perspective and what to ask accountants when trying to find the right one for their business. Laurie q…
 
In this episode we hear from Liza Urla, business consultant, founder of jewellery destination GEMOLOGUE and author of the book GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips. Liza left her management consulting career to start her business in 2009 when she saw an opportunity for jewellery to be shared digitally and hasn’t looked back. Her curren…
 
In this episode we hear from Brett Putter who believes that the culture of a company is crucial to its success. He calls it the missing link. Brett is an expert in this field and is consulted by global companies and leaders to help design, develop and build high-performing cultures. Brett shares advice on when to start working on your own company’s…
 
In this episode we hear from Martine Thomassen who through studying how to be an entrepreneur in her education years, gained the foundations to then launch her own business when she was ready. Having been a digital marketer as well as an artist, she has now launched her own coaching business specialising in helping female entrepreneurs overcome the…
 
In this episode we hear from Lisa Song Sutton who is a successful entrepreneur, real estate investor, former Miss Nevada United States and former Congressional candidate for Nevada’s 4th District and has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and a Top 10 Social Entrepreneur to Watch. Lisa shares advice on how to manage your time pr…
 
In this episode we hear from Amanda McKenna who, as a former co-founder and Board Director of two self-started digital agencies, shares how feeling like she didn't belong in entrepreneurship affected her confidence, how people who don't fit the entrepreneurial stereotype will experience this more acutely and ways we can all tackle this head on. In …
 
In this episode we hear from Dora Palfi, founder of Imagilabs, the all-female founded Stockholm-based startup that aims to make coding more accessible to teenage girls. Dora shares how being determined to solve a problem she had identified, ended up in her creating her business idea. She also shares strategies around how to measure your own success…
 
In this episode we hear from Zoe Evans and Nick Rusling who have both started and run their own separate and successful companies, while also enjoying a happy 17 years of marriage and two young children. They share their perspectives on how they manage the stresses and strains of self-employment while supporting each other within the family too. Zo…
 
In this episode we hear from writer, editor and brand consultant Robin Swithinbank. Robin has been an employee, an employer and is now a sole trader, so could be said to understand the world of work from all angles. He reminds us that work doesn’t and shouldn’t define us in however we chose to do it. Robin's advice includes: The entrepreneurial spi…
 
From forming his own startup at 18 and most recently Co-Founding memmo, today’s guest. Gustav Lundberg Toresson, is a Forbes 30 Under 30 board member and a born entrepreneur. memmo is a platform where the likes of Sven-Göran Eriksson or Carole Baskin can record personalised video greetings for your own friends or family. With over 50,000 greetings …
 
In this episode we hear from Paul Weeden who is the first How To Start Up guest to have not only started a company (at the age of 24) but also to have successfully sold it too. Paul recognises that being your own boss is not as straightforward as it sounds: as it grows, so do your responsibilities. Having sold his business, he is now salaried again…
 
In this episode we hear from Geoffrey Kent, who not only founded world renowned luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent, but is also credited with creating experiential travel as a concept. I have long admired A&K for being leaders in sustainability across environmental, economic and social responsibilities. Geoffrey shares his stories and experien…
 
In this episode we hear from Pip Durell, founder of shirt brand With Nothing Underneath. She had the brainwave of creating a brand with a focused and particular look, one that is “cool, elegant, ethical and affordable” and she has gone on to do exactly that. She speaks about fashion fatigue, what it really means to create a brand that is genuinely …
 
In this episode we hear from Bahar Etminan who, having been faced with bankruptcy during the global financial crisis, speaks from the heart as a seasoned entrepreneur. Bahar values hard work and self belief and reminds us that there’s no shame in accepting help. She talks about how setting up a business is like being in love: if you’ve done it once…
 
In this episode we hear from Awon Golding who arrived in London in 2009 having left her life in Hong Kong to pursue her ambition to be a milliner. She talks through what she has learnt about balancing being a creative that also has to run a commercial business as well as where she seeks inspiration from. Awon Golding Millinery is an award-winning b…
 
In this episode we hear from Nick Bridle, who having retired from the military, founded Belstone Dart International, a risk management consultancy in 2017. Nick explains the importance of getting a client to pay for your product or service as soon as possible, as you need to qualify the concept commercially... because until that happens, it doesn’t…
 
In this episode we hear from Georgina Coke who founded By Georgie in 2015. George explains how, having been made redundant, she took a step she would never have anticipated. Prompted by friends she took the plunge to set up on her own and six years later she has no regrets, saying redundancy was the best thing that could have happened to her. She i…
 
In this episode we hear from Uwern Jong, Experientialist in Chief and co-founder of OutThere magazine. He talks about why being on your own clock enables a whole new autonomy in how you work, why adopting the slow road may be more rewarding in the end, and why taking time away from work can have a big impact. Uwern can be contacted at: uwern@outthe…
 
In this episode I speak with Will Davies, Co-founder and Director of HBD Partners. He shares invaluable advice on the importance of legally protecting your business from the start, also how to manage the pressures and responsibilities of being a new business owner and what steps you can take to look after your teams remotely. HBD Partners is a spec…
 
In this episode we hear from Hugo Chance, founder of Chance Capital. He shares his recommendation about asking advice from your nearest and dearest is not always the best strategy, and maintains that sticking to your pricing structure and building your support network from the start is paramount. Chance Capital is a corporate advisory firm that ass…
 
In this episode I speak with Quintin Clover about how he started up Kanallan. Founded six years ago, Kanallan facilitates tailored independent humanitarian projects for clients to help the most impoverished and neglected people and communities around the world. Using Kanallan’s established and trusted global network, they ensure direct giving with …
 
Today I speak to Tom Fallowfield, founder of Ugli Web Design. As my brother, he was one of the first people I spoke to about my redundancy. His comment, ‘If you work that hard for other people, why don’t you work that hard for yourself?’ was enough for me to head to Companies House registration page. Here he shares tried & tested experience on pric…
 
In this episode we hear from Steve Johnson, founder of Forager Funds. Having been self-employed for over twenty years Steve shares advice on how to manage working with a business partner who is first and foremost a friend, why your stakeholders aren't just your clients and that it is critical to learn about how to do recruitment really well in orde…
 
In this episode we hear from Anna Fernandez, founder of IZAPA Beauty. She talks through the hows and whys of her ambition to start up her own brand after leaving her marketing director role with CHANEL. She shares why being a small fish isn’t always the worst thing to be, how moving to a new country has been a major source of inspiration and says h…
 
In this episode we hear from Harry Anscombe, founder of Beagle Media, who create TV documentary series for the likes of BBC2 and Discovery channels and who are celebrating ten years this year. He shares advice on how important it is to get a mentor from the start, why people and processes are as important as the product and generally just how to be…
 
Are you starting a company from scratch and aren’t really sure of what to do first? Great news! In HOW TO START UP by FF&M you’ll hear interviews with a broad mix of people who have all successfully started, run and even sold, their own businesses or company. They share not only professional but personal experiences and valuable lessons on what we …
 
Tom claims to have hit a home run during the first game of the Softball60 tournament. Ben, John and Darius do their best to ignore him while still discussing the event, as well as what's going on at the London Yards fan event, the ridiculous 2019 Minnesota Twins, and listener questions about Craig Kimbrel, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and the most …
 
John chats to Andy Brown, the Korean based British baseball artist about how his passion for painting found a muse in the sport of baseball, his artistic career to date, his current quest to document all 30 MLB ballparks during the 2019 season and the role of artists like him in recording the history of the game of baseball.…
 
The whole team gets together to predict season records for all 30 teams. Darius makes up player names, Ben continues his bizarre Mets love-in, Tom references... erm 'older' adult dating websites and John gets sick of it all (but wants the Reds to know he loves them). Oh and the predictions? Awful. Tell us why we're dead wrong about your favourite t…
 
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