Business Takeaway podcast

Caring in the DNA

Wanis is a multi-million-pound world food business that supports communities in the UK, the Caribbean, and West Africa.  This support is something that's not just ingrained in the culture of the company it's in its DNA.
Wanis' commercial director, George Phillips, takes us through the company's 50-year history that started in London's East End.
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What success smells like

Tajinder Banwait, Founder and Managing Director of Urban Apothecary London has a nose for business. Her love of scent was kindled working on the perfume counter of a department store. Find out how this love blossomed into an award-winning multinational scent company - Urban Apothecary London.

Sustainable upskilling

How would you address a skills shortage in your sector? Faced with this issue, Shaun McCarthy started a school.

50,000 members and ten years later the Supply Chain Sustainability Schoolis used by the largest and the smallest businesses in the construction sector to take steps to reduce their impact on the environment.

Be inspired by Shaun’s vision, his achievements, and his impact on business practice.

Making camping gear not boring

Here we talk to Daniel Walton founder of international outdoor leisure company Olpro, who has bought camper vans for the staff and encourages them to get out of town and into the wilds which he is committed to protecting and so far has planted over 7000 trees.

Here Daniel also reveals how the blandness of tents and awnings spurred him on to start Olpro and add some colour. 

Daniel also discusses how Brexit allowed Olpro to get ahead of its competitors and how customer feedback is the foundation of their innovation.

Rockit fuelled growth

Matt Dyson and his brother-in-law,  have built Rockit, a multinational company in just five years with only two employees!

Find out how a child that just wouldn't sleep inspired the Rockit Rocker an infants' sleep aid used by parents across the world.

This is a great story that is sure to inspire.

Let's Rockit Roll!!!

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From beans on toast to champagne toasts

“I used to hide my van so my customers couldn’t see it,” said Darren Wilkinson, founder and managing director of water treatment service company Vexo.

Listen in as Darren leads us through his personal journey to build Vexo.

A journey that required tough skin, grit, belief in the product, teamwork, national and international recognition.
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 Five steps to becoming a successful innovator

In this edition of Queen's Awards Winners' Takeaway, we meet  Mark Davies, innovator, learner, author, and founder of Queen's Award-winning company ThinkOTB.

Mark, who has guided companies from across the globe to become successful innovators, explains how innovation can be taught and leads us through his 5 stage process of innovation.

 Become an award-winning exporter

"Be aware of cultural differences and know when to walk away". Just two of the takeaways on succeeding in exporting from this edition of the Queen's Awards Winners' Takeaway podcast with Jennifer Mackenzie, The and Jack Hopper, AgbioInvestor.