Chrissie Sherwood set up Injabulo.com, which sells beautiful handmade buttons made by a women’s co-operative in South Africa, because she was so inspired to create a way by which we can all benefit from their creativity and in so doing they can create better lives for themselves. It’s not just that her business is a great example of creative living; she’s creative too, not least in how she works from home. Chrissie is doing much more than saving the world one button at a time, she’s giving back and receiving infinitely as a result.
Barry Albin OBE is the owner and Chairman of FA Albin & Sons, the world renowned Funeral Director and Undertakers with whom he’s been for over 45 years, since he was 13! He’s the author of several books and starred in the TV series Don’t Drop The Coffin and is, perhaps most importantly, a highly respected member of the Bermondsey community in South London.
Alison Mortlock began experimenting with making showercaps as a creative time-out from raising her three small children. When she discovered the demand for her stylish product she realised the opportunity to regain her identity as a professional women without the guilt of having to leave her children in daycare.
When Kerry Bettinson left University with no idea what she wanted to do, she saw an opportunity in the herd of Alpaca her parents had reared as part of their idyllic country home. Now, at the age of 25, Kerry runs a successful business working with over 15 tonnes of wool each year, employing dozens of women in the UK and Peru and which leads the resurging trend of hand craftmanship, knitting and felting amongst modern youth.
While still in university Daniel Abadi fell in love with the nostalgia of being a tea merchant. Rather than let the dream fade, Daniel made the leap of faith to found Topper’s Teas and now sources and sells ethically produced tea of incredible quality. In this episode he invites us to catch a rare glimpse of a business in it’s early stages and to learn from his creative solutions to overcome the hurdles…
FACT: There are some areas of the Pacific were there is more plastic than plankton. Horrified by the implications of this on the health of marine and land creatures alike, Beth Williams quit working as an Ecologist and founded Turtle Bags, which creates inexpensive reusable string bags as an alternative to plastic ones. Hear her story…
Far from his retirement marking the end of his career, Craig Young began making paint boxes on special request for several top artists. He now uses the skills acquired over a lifetime to handcraft a beautiful bespoke product which has an ever growing wainting list. Hear his story about the simplicity of success when all the pieces fit together.
Brompton Bicycles are the iconic folding bicycle which have revolutionised transport options for tens of thousands worldwide. Its inventor Andrew Ritchie has given us a personal transport solution, allowing us to rethink, vary and adapt our journeys so we are free and independent – we can choose where to go, when and how.
Sandi Rhys-Jones OBE is a passionate advocate for the construction and engineering industry, in particular the role of women therein, and feminine ones at that. With over thirty years experience in strategic marketing and management in the consultancy she co-founded with her husband, she brings a most common sense approach to what we all need to found our own lives on.
Randolph Hodgson is the owner of the award winning Neal’s Yard Dairy, champion of British Farmhouse Cheeses, and one of the pioneers in rejuvenating Borough Market. For almost 30 years Randolph has been at the forefront of changing how we appreciate the way our food is made and sold, and producing a culture of excellence by involving both the customer and the producer. He leads the way with his passion for quality, his dedication to raising the whole calibre of the food chain not only in the taste, but also in our responsibility for our agriculture and countryside, and his outstanding and inclusive approach to retailing.
David Erdal leads the way in inspiring companies to belong to their employees. Sharing responsibility and ownership allows people to work together for the common good rather than one working for the other for the better benefit of one and the survival of the other. David, author of Local Heroes, which tracks the journey of a Scottish seafood company now owned by its employees, is passionate people breaking out of the Us v Them mentality and offers very pracitcal solutions for doing so.
Business and art are just the foundation for this truly inspiring with Sevak Singh Khalsa, a Phoenix-based glass, metal and mixed media artist with an astute sense of business and wise perspective on life. Don’t miss the top tips for aspiring artists about 2/3 of the way through.
Marc Allen, founder and President of New World Library, successful author and musician, is a renaissance man to inspire you with his generosity both in spirit and in kind, and the ease he has created around him to live the life of his dreams.
Guruka Singh is the founder and CEO of Sikhnet.com, the premiere Sikh Web site which is based on a highly successful new business model of horizontal teamwork and open communication. Its far-reaching and far-thinking approach is a model for the future.
Roy Fong, based in San Francisco, founded Imperial Tea Court, the premier destination for anyone serious about a Cup of Tea. He is too modest to call himself a Master of Chinese Tea, but that he is, living and loving its subtle education, inspiration and artistry.
Kath Whitworh, runs the award winning Celtic Sheepskin with her husband Nick. The Celtic Sheepskin Co began in the mid 1970′s as the original Ugg Co, making Ugg Boots and assorted leather goods. Since then, the company has steadily expanded to become one of the largest suppliers of sheepskin footwear and clothing in the UK and has been trading on-line for over a decade with customers from all around the globe. Celtic Sheepskin is an excellent example of how it is possible to produce excellent products, at reasonable prices, with a clear conscience.
Katrina Burnett, playwright and doyenne of Finchcocks, the Musical Museum in Kent, has touched many through the different chapters of her life in teaching, touring and through opening Finchcocks as a historic house. Her love of life shines through to touch us all.
Caroline Bodger, of White Cloud Trading, set up her highly successful internet business with her husband several years ago from her home, selling wool duvets from New Zealand – all because her son couldn’t sleep and when she discovered pure wool bedding solved the problem she wanted to share it with the world.