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An interview with George Bevis, founder of Tide

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George Bevis, Tide

In our latest interview we chat with George Bevis – founder of Tide, a business current account launched at the beginning of last year and counting 30,000+ members already – making it the fastest growing new B2B fintech in the UK ever.

Tell us about Tide

Tide is a next-generation banking service for business owners, but it’s really about doing what you love, and having more time for it. The problem we solve, is that banking and admin tend to soak up a huge amount of time for business owners and that’s something they rightly loathe. We’re here so that business owners can spend as little time on banking as possible. Continue reading

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An interview with Julie Holmes, co-founder of Hey Mic!

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 HeyMic! Founders

Tell us a little bit about your company. What is your business in your own words? How long has it been running?

I’m Julie Holmes, the creator and co-founder of a company called JUST Innovate Ltd which manufactures and sells a neat little gadget called Hey Mic!. Hey Mic! is a Bluetooth wireless microphone explicitly designed to connect with smartphones to capture great audio with your videos.

Our business has two founders: Steve Clarke and me. We’re both professional speakers who decided to work together early last year, and we’ve been running since June 2017. We launched Hey Mic! within 90 days!

Was there a lightbulb moment?

It happened when I was working at a trade show, where I was speaking to a group of about 200 people. I wanted to capture some audio of the essential messages I had put together for this presentation and the questions asked by the audience so that I could share them back with other people in my business, namely sales and marketing.

I’d done recordings on my phone before, but they were never good enough to be used as it was often hard to hear in big, busy rooms. I knew at that moment I needed to create something that would make it easy for me to capture and reuse the audio, so that’s where the idea of Hey Mic! was born.

Were there any big pain points when you were starting up the business?

One of the most significant challenges we had was purely finding time to get things off the ground.

Both Steve and I are busy, full-time speakers and business leaders, so carving out and creating another company was incredibly hard. So, as you can imagine, we were both working evenings and weekends as we tried to get Hey Mic! off the ground and it often felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day – we got tired! But we believed in our product, so knew we had to make it happen.

What has the high point been so far?

We donated a couple of Hey Mic!s to the Professional Speakers’ Association in the UK to help raise funds for their Foundation, which collects money from its members via auctions for other speakers when they fall on hard times, or just need a helping hand.

I was amazed to see how excited everyone was to bid on our product! It was so rewarding to see how much money we were generating for the cause, but it also reinforced that people in our marketplace; our friends and colleagues, saw how valuable Hey Mic! could be for them.

Have there been any low points and how did you overcome them?

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An interview with Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi from Calio

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In the age of social media, putting aside real time for friends can feel a little, well, old-fashioned. Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi want to change this with Calio, an all-encompassing calendar app for your phone that makes organising get-togethers simple (we’re always big fans of that). We caught up with the guys last month to see how business was going. Continue reading

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An interview with Anna Ward from CakeDrop

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Anna from CakeDrop

It’s often said that you should love what you do. Well, it’s safe to say that Anna Ward loves what she does – after all she gets to work with cake every day, and who doesn’t love cake?! Anna launched CakeDrop – a cake delivery service for offices –  in July 2017 (still fresh!) and she certainly knows what it takes to get started. Here Anna talks to us about her inspiration for the delicious idea and how life has changed since launching. Enjoy…

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An interview with Sophia Matveeva, Co-Founder & CEO of Style Counsel

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Ever wondered if a clothing combo looks great, or is just plain … plain? Sophia Matveeva has come up with an app to help; Style Counsel. Simply take a snap of what you’re wearing and send the picture to the Style Counsel community, who’ll then share their expert opinions. We caught up with Sophia to chat about the app, and what it’s like running her own company. Continue reading

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An interview with Wholefood Heaven

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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

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