With nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram and coming in at 84 in the UK’s Top Startups Index 2018 (the only restaurant to do so), plant-based burger restaurant, The Vurger Co, are a force to be reckoned with. Loyal fans and a crowdfunding success have helped their Shoreditch branch become something of a vegan ‘fast-food’ constitution, so much so that they’ve recently opened their doors to another branch in Canary Wharf. We chat about how they got started, what it’s really like to run a busy restaurant, and their hopes for the future of vegan cuisine.
Always dreamed of starting your own business? Jesseca Stewart did – and in August 2018 she finally took the plunge and quit the 9-5 to take her design company full-time. She discusses what it’s like to run a company after years of side-hustling, and how to stay motivated as a new business owner.
We spoke to Jack Parsons, entrepreneur and CEO of Big Youth Group, about his experiences as a young business owner, and his hopes for the future of young people in the business world.
Whilst we’re all more aware than ever of what we put into our bodies, can the same be said about the food we give to our pets? Aneisha and Jack Walker spotted a gap in the market after being disappointed with the lack of choice for their dog, Smudge, and cat, Boo. Here, we speak to Aneisha about how they got started, and their hopes for the pet food industry…
We had the pleasure of speaking to Ryan Panchoo – the business owner and mastermind behind the successful gluten-free vegan doughnut sensation, Borough 22. Be right back – we’re off to get our doughnut fix!
Wholefood Heaven are David and Charlotte Bailey, a husband-wife team who are cooking up a storm with their healthy street food. We first became aware of them thanks to their pitch at Whitecross Street Market, where their souped-up van consistently attracts the largest queue. And it’s easy to see why. Their now legendary Buddha Bowl is super delicious and super healthy. Then we noticed that they’d published a book. And then another!
So we decided to ask David and Charlotte about their recipe (sorry) to business success. Here’s what they told us … Continue reading
The UK is full of people with a passion for beer, but not all these people turn this passion into a business. That’s exactly what Matt Lane did in 2012 when he turned his 14-year love affair with beer into beer subscription service, BeerBods. Since 2012 the company has gone from strength to strength – even setting crowd-funding records in 2014. “BeerBods is now four people, two dogs and three thousand subscribers”. Matt was kind enough to take time out from his busy schedule to chat with us a few weeks ago.
We spoke with James Grant, the founder of TutorTap, about starting up and running his online tutor service. In the video, James shares his own startup advice as well as looking at the highs and the lows he’s experienced so far.
We caught up with Andrew Weaver of LawyerFair at their riverside offices in Battersea for our first ever filmed Startup Story! Watch the video for Andrew’s entrepreneurial tips and much more.
We spoke to with Paul Stewart – the man behind student baggage shipping company, Uni Baggage. Let’s get straight to it!
Entrepreneur: Paul Stewart
Business: Uni Baggage
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