Business Without Bullsh-t
A sideways look at modern business talking to founders & entrepreneurs about problems they face and how they solve them.
EP 58 - Stu McKinlay: "Take care of your team's well-being"
EP 58 - Stu McKinlay: "Take care of your team's well-being"
Joining us this week is Stu McKinlay, Founder and "Benevolent Dictator" at Yeastie Boys Beer. After working in Public Health for 15 years, Stu thought it was time for a career change in 2008 when he kick-started Yeastie Boys, originally in New Zealand and Australia and then in the UK in 2015. Yeastie Boys has now become what he and the team like to call “the world’s smallest multinational brewing deliciously irreverent beer”. The conversation takes us through Stu's epic life journey so far: from being an aspiring golfer to acting in Lord Of The Rings where he met his future wife and business partner, Fritha, to then working in Public Health and eventually founding Yeastie Boys Beer, a career choice which Stu thought would make much better conversation at dinner parties ;) We also talk about how Stu got the company started, why he's built it the way he has, why he wants to keep his team small and family-like as well as reveal his big partnership deal which will put Yeastie Boys Beer on shop shelves all over Europe! And ofcourse, we work through our staple BWB questions to find out how the entreprenuer in Stu has dealt with all of the challenges along the way. BWB is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 57 - BWB Extra - The Decision Factor
This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Ben Fogarty, Founder and CEO of Xpon Digital who jumps at the chance to off-load his annoyance about the time it can take clients to make a decision about a project, only to then expect work to get going immediately once agreed! He also shares his frustrations about the complexities of deciding whether it's a good idea anymore to move to the UK and set up a business, all things considered .. is it going to carry on getting harder and harder? can the process be improved? 2 bugbears with one thing in common. Welcome to The Decision Factor. BWB is powered by Oury Clark
EP 56 - Ben Fogarty: "Get out of the way and let your company scale without you"
Joining us this week on BWB is our favourite digital strategist Ben Fogarty. Ben is a founder and CEO of several innovative startups focused on delivering digital strategies and applications that make customer experiences better. He has a proven track record in creating and launching products and services used by some of the best global brands, including The BBC, The Guardian, Nike, EA Sports and Amnesty International. Andy and Dominic take a deep dive into how Ben's life went from being a cleaner to fully fledged entrepreneur. They all discuss what they believe it takes to build a career in Tech in today's world, what creates good company culture as well as take the opportunity to loosen their belts and give us a piece of their mind on what they think about big business negligence with not paying people on time (Tut Tut!) All that plus lots more in what has become one of our favourite episodes so far! BWB is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 55 - BWB Extra - Changing Cultures with William Lawrie
This week's episode of BWB Extra continues our conversation with William Lawrie, Co-Founder and Director of Dubai-based art gallery LawrieShabibi who talks about the UAE's socioeconomic changes over the last 15 years which ultimately gave rise to the creation of the middle-eastern art scene and culture. We discuss the fundamental differences between the UAE past and present, how its effected the region's emerging market economy as well as hear William demystify the intricate socio geographical relationships between the states that make up the UAE. Welcome, to Creating Cultures. BWB is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 54 - William Lawrie: "Academia is not essential. You can learn on-the-job"
William Lawrie, Co-Founder and Director of Lawrie-Shabibi, a Dubai-based Art Gallery joins us this week on BWB. With a degree in Art History and a speciality in Islamic Art, William’s been involved in the Dubai art scene since 2005 with British Auction House Christie’s, organising the first international art auction there in 2006 and then becoming their first Art Specialist based in the Middle East which subsequently led Will onto co-founding Lawrie-Shabibi. We hear William tell us how he went from being an Edinburgh University Art student to travelling all over the Middle-East discovering new modern art to then co-founding his own first-of-its-kind gallery in Dubai and kick starting the city's art culture. He also gives his thoughts to our staple BWB questions about the realities and challenges of running a business and how he handles it. BWB is powered by Oury Clark
EP 53 - BWB Extra - The Beluga Bean Effect with Renee Elliott and Sam Wigan
Hello and welcome to BWB Extra! This week we continue our conversation with Beluga Bean "well-being" enterprise founders Renee Elliott and Sam Wigan where we give them full permission to get in the hot seats, put their coaching hats on and shine their personal discovery mirrors at Dominic and Philippa to give them both a full treatment of self-awareness. Welcome, to The Beluga Bean Effect. And for new listeners, BWB Extra is our new weekly follow-up feature to each of our guest's main episodes where we hand over the reins to our guests to let them lead the conversation with their biggest bug bear, most burning business question or even just a topic of their choice to discuss. BWB is powered by Oury Clark
EP 52 - Sam Wigan and Renee Elliott: "Be thoughtful, be considered, take your time"
Founders of Beluga Bean, Sam Wigan and Renee Elliott join us this week on BWB. Beluga Bean is a well-being enterprise pioneering new strategies for success in business and life. Through Corporate Training, Personal Coaching and Business Advisory services the team deliver powerful journeys of personal discovery that promote individual and team success. After all, Beluga Bean’s key belief is that “Self-awareness is good for business". In this episode we hear Sam and Renee talk about how they met, why they started Beluga Bean and hear their thoughtful responses to our staple questions with some great advice and wisdom shared for founders, entrepreneurs and business owners alike. And not forgetting the all-improved Business vs. Bullsh-t Quickfire Round! BWB is powered by Oury Clark
EP 51 - BWB Extra - Changing Industries with Jason Gibb
Officially welcoming BWB Extra! our new extended feature which will follow on from each guest's main episode. The aim? to hand the reins over to our guests and let them lead the conversation with their biggest bug bear, most burning question in business, or even just a topic they'd like to discuss with our hosts. This week we follow on with Jason Gibb who speaks about how big businesses need to change from within to help drive more sustainable development goals and help tackle climate change. He gives examples of where he’s seeing this change take place, and equally highlights where more of it needs to happen. Are business growth and ethics able to co-exist? Are companies doing enough to make this planet a better place? Is Amazon to blame for it all? It's all up for debate. Welcome to Changing Industries. BWB is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 50 - Jason Gibb: "Don't take your business too personally"
Founder of Bread & Jam, Jason Gibb joins us this week on BWB. Jason is a food entrepreneur, community builder, climate activist and Vegan advocate who has a passion for mission driven businesses with sustainable development goals. Jason’s most recent venture is founding Bread & Jam - the UK's biggest food and drink founders' festival for emerging and scaling brands with the aim of bringing together entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, buyers, media and industry leaders. Alongside Andy and Dominic, Jason discusses his journey from being a TV Producer living in Hollywood to running his own Olive Oil business in Italy to becoming a fully blown food and drink community builder with Bread & Jam in the UK. Jason's story is both epic and fascinating with life lessons along the way which have made him the self-aware entrepreneur he is today. BWB is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 49 - The Art of Whisky with Desiree Whitaker
Welcome to part 2 - The Art of Whisky where we take a deeper dive into our conversation with Desiree Whitaker, CEO and Managing Director of The Cardrona Distillery who tells us her story about how she came to set up Cardrona and what it takes to create a truly unique and authentic signature brand of spirit: from the type of water used to the height of the Distillery location and even the type of flowers that grow in the area, it all adds to the flavour, layer by layer. BWB is powered by Oury Clark
EP 48 - Desiree Whitaker: "You don't have to be loud and charismatic to be a good leader"
Desiree Whitaker - CEO and Managing Director of The Cardrona Distillery joins us this week on BWB. Originally started in New Zealand, the family business now ships its exquisite range of hand-crafted Whiskies, Spirits and Liqueurs across Australia and the UK. Desiree’s fascinating journey to starting the business spans over years of research, planning and travelling globally to learn from the world’s craft masters. Desiree tells us about why and how she started the business, what it took to get there, as well as giving us her bullsh*t-free perspectives on the commercial reality of being a CEO. BWB is powered by Oury Clark
EP 47 - Tom Huggins: "Hire people who will be better at a job than you"
Co-Founder of Greenroom Digital, Tom Huggins joins us this week on BWB. With offices in Australia and the UK, Greenroom Digital are a sports marketing business working with some of the largest global sporting organisations. Their aim is to create a positive change in the sports and entertainment industry by revolutionising the way we connect and engage the audience. Alongside Dominic and Andrew, Tom talks us through the state of the Sports industry amid Covid, the murky truths about fraudulence in Digital Marketing as well as giving us his answers to our staple BWB questions which aim to take a sideways, warts and all look at modern business discussing commercial realities without censorship (and BS, of course) Have you been enjoying our "Business or Bullshit” Quickfire round? is there anything you’d like to hear on the quiz list? DM us on Instagram @bizwithoutbs , we’d love to hear from you! Business Without Bullsh-t is powered by Oury Clark
EP 46 - Maxim Cramer: "Let it be easy"
Coach, Consultant and Founder of Mennenia, Maxim Cramer joins Juliet Oury and Philippa Sturt this week on BWB. Maxim’s mission with Mennenia is to help women entrepreneurs start, launch, and grow their businesses by making technology as simple as everyday English. She’s also worked as a principal design technologist, technical consultant, mobile software engineer and was integral to the team that developed Swiftkey, a keyboard app that saw over a million downloads on its first day and since has been acquired by Microsoft. The conversation takes us through Maxim’s journey and experiences being a female technologist in a predominantly male-dominated industry discussing why she started Mennenia, the reality of VC investment in women as well as Maxim’s thoughts on the challenges of being a female entrepreneur, her realisations and learnings through hardships plus lots more. Business Without Bullsh-t is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 45 - Christine Armstrong: "If you’re in a job which is bad for your soul, you need to quit”
Author and Vlogger Christine Armstrong joins Juliet Oury and Philippa Sturt this week on BWB. Christine is the author of The Mother of All Jobs: How To Have Children And A Career And Stay Sane(ish) published by Bloomsbury, writes regularly for the Times and Telegraph, and is a contributing editor of Management Today. Christine’s work focuses on parenting, work-life balance, and the future of work. Her current focus is hybrid work and how we manage our home and work lives. The three discuss Christine’s (baby littered) career path which led her to co-found Jericho Chambers and subsequently writing her book, the various realities of gender inequality she’s experienced in the workplace, and how she believes we should start approaching change, as well as her refreshing perspectives on uncomfortable truths about being in business, realizations through failure, who we should be learning from, plus more.
EP 44 - Sunna Van Kampen: "Venture Capitalists prefer a Founder who has failed one company first"
Sunna Van Kampen, Founder of Tonic Health joins Juliet Oury and Phillipa Sturt on this week’s episode of BWB. Sunna previously co-founded LVK Global - a sales and marketing agency and developed Piccolo Baby Food - the fastest growing baby food brand in the UK which led him to found Tonic Health - a start-up aiming to empower the world to work with and not against their immune system. Within the first year of trading, he’s secured half a million in funding and launched into the largest health retailers in the country including Boots, Sainsbury’s, Holland & Barrett, and Wh Smith. The three discuss Sunna’s journey from corporate life to studying natural health foods which subsequently led him on to start Tonic Health. They also talk about the realities and challenges of the industry, Sunna's successes and failures, hardships and learnings as a Team Leader, and how he finds his motivation to keep moving forward, plus more. And not forgetting the main event - Business vs. Bullshit Quickfire Round! This one’s a good’n.
EP 43 - Ted Edwards: “Settle your career path as early as you can”
Ted Edwards of London & Partners joins Andrew and Juliet on this week’s episode of BWB. Born near Liverpool, UK, Ted joined London & Partners in 2011 - an agency focused on creating economic growth that is resilient, sustainable, and inclusive. Ted’s managed hundreds of successful investment projects from all corners of the globe, organized dozens of trade missions and Mayoral trips to the US and Europe, and worked closely with London & Partners network of commercial partners, The UK Department for International Trade and International Economic Development Agencies. The three take a deep dive into Ted’s life and journey to becoming an integral part of London & Partners: his various jobs and ventures, highs and lows, what he’s learned along the way about working through life’s ranks, and about that time when Boris Johnson nicked Juliet's speech! And not forgetting the main event, our Business or BS Quickfire Round! What would you like to hear on the list? get in touch and let us know!
EP 42 - Luke Sequeria: "If you want to work well with people, do not act like an authority"
Luke Sequeria, Founder and CEO of Numadic joins Andy and Dominic this week on BWB. With a background in Computer Science and Engineering, Luke's been a serial Entrepreneur since his mid-teens founding a number of companies, his latest being Numadic which builds apps and APIs that enable financial transactions for mobility and logistics in India. The three take a deep dive into Luke’s life and career and what he’s learned along the way. We hear about Luke’s experiences growing up in India, what drove him to become the person he is today as well as his thoughts on what he believes it takes to become an entrepreneur, how to successfully manage a company, and how he likes to approach building relationships with his team. The conversation goes broader with Luke sharing his views on the psychology behind running a successful business and where he feels people go wrong. We also kick off our brand new feature - Business or Bullsh-t Quickfire Round! where we reel a list of terms and phrases to our guests who have to tell us whether they think it's business or just plain BS. The amount of value Luke gives in this conversation is truly unquantifiable. He’s a man of great intelligence and wisdom all of which he shares wholeheartedly in this episode. An essential listen for everyone, business or non.
EP 41 - Michael Branagan-Harris: "Make the life of your team as simple as possible"
Michael Branagan-Harris, CEO of Device Access UK joins Andrew and Dominic this week on BWB. With a background in Medical and Healthcare Sales, Business Development, and Management, in 2010 Micheal set up Device Access UK - a Med Tech consultancy firm specializing in market access, which basically means they help Medical Device and Diagnostic companies navigate their way into the NHS and ultimately accelerate patient access to great medical technology. The three speak about the realities of selling new technologies to the Medical and Healthcare industry and Michael's approach to convincing big and usually slow-to-change institutions of the benefits of new Med Tech. Michael also tells us about his past success stories where the introduction of new technology has benefitted both the industry and patient health, and how he approached building his company's culture to achieve success. The conversation goes broader with a discussion about the use of Big Data in Healthcare and the implications of Silicon Valley now turning their attention to what they call 'the Healthcare problem'. A fascinating insight into how product selling actually works within a complex industry like Healthcare. Business Without Bullsh-t is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 40 - Nathan Macabuag: "Are you in love with the problem that you are solving?"
Founder of Koalaa: Soft Prosthetics Service, Nathan Macabuag joins Dominic Frisby and Juliet Oury on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t. A born and bred East Londoner, Nathan’s career path started during his gap year as an Engineer at an automotive plant in Gloucestershire which led him onto eventually studying a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, after which he fell into the world of Prosthetics (fuelled by his nerd obsession with robotics and Iron Man) and developed a passion for wanting to make Prosthetics more accessible and affordable for everyone. In 2020, Nathan set up Koalaa - a virtual support service for people with limb differences around the world. The three discuss exactly how and why Nathan came to start Koalaa; the difference between conventional prosthetics and Koalaa's design and how their business model is managing to be a profitable one at such an early stage. Nathan also opens up about his upbringing and how it inspired him to take his chosen career path and what he envisages as the future of Koalaa. Nathan is one of the nicest and brightest people we've had the pleasure of talking to. Press play to find out why Business Without Bullsh-t is powered by Oury Clark.
EP 39 - Melissa Jolly: "Work/Life balance is fundamental"
Award-winning Garden Designer Melissa Jolly joins Dominic Frisby and Juliet Oury on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t. Melissa’s work has won her the BBC Gardeners World Live competition and the People’s Choice Award. She's also built 3 consecutive show gardens for Royal Horticultural Society shows. As well as garden designing, Melissa likes to renovate houses that have been featured in TV shows ‘Period Homes’ and ‘Real Homes’. In 2007 Melissa set up her own garden design company alongside being a full-time mother. The three discuss Melissa’s career, the intricacies of her job, the demands the industry is currently facing; the challenges it’s fallen victim to due to Brexit as well as broadened talk about the benefits of growing your own food. Dominic also drops a bombshell of a question on the table - is a Pea a Bean? Melissa is a great example of someone who's built a business based on her passion which creates the work / life balance that is right for her. There’s no reason why all of our work and life commitments can’t work in harmony with each other, a concept that seems foreign to a lot of us these days. Take Melissa as inspiration to believe it’s possible and listen to how she navigates her thinking to keep her balance sustained. All-round wholesome food for thought in this episode. Pull up a chair and press play. Business Without Bullsh-t is powered by Oury Clark.