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Discover the secrets to success, straight from the entrepreneurs changing the business landscape themselves.

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The brand new podcast on entrepreneurship, with Claudia Winkleman.
Join Claudia in conversation with some of the UK's most innovative business owners, as she discovers just what it takes to build a successful challenger brand.

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Catch a new episode every Tuesday.
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Discover some of the most exciting businesses currently working in the UK, and how they made their mark, with Business Unusual.

OLIO tackles food wastage with a simple solution – an app that connects neighbours in order to share unwanted leftovers. CEO Tessa Clarke chats with Claudia about how she turned a WhatsApp group of 12 into a community of 2 million worldwide.

Claudia meets Russell Bisset of the Northern Monk brewery to chat about their creative beer collaborations, giving back generously to the community and why on earth they decided to brew a beer at the top of Ben Nevis.

Malcom X and a specialist curly hair salon provide the inspiration for Bouclème Founder Michele Scott-Lynch, as she chats with Claudia about what it takes to make waves (and curls!) in the beauty industry.

Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder and CEO of what3words, talks to Claudia about the new global address system being used across the world, from helping the emergency services locate incidents to getting fish and chips to the Isle of Man.

Claudia discovers Growing Underground, a futuristic farm with sustainability at its heart. Join her as she talks with Co-Founder Steven Dring and finds out what it takes to make a success of such an unconventional idea.

Our Parks founder Born Barikor is on a mission to provide free, high-quality exercise classes that everyone can access. In this episode, Claudia discovers the secret to his success.

Claudia chats to brother and sister duo Howard and Vivien about their mochi ice-cream business Little Moons and how they’ve looked after their staff during a complicated time in the food industry.

It’s time to get your hands dirty with Patch, the company changing how we buy houseplants – and helping us to care for them afterwards.

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Engage with our webinars

Fireside chats with the people shaping the future of business.
Claudia is joined by leading business figures for insightful conversations around community and productivity in the newly redefined business world.

Business Unusual: The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Taking the time to engage and understand your business community is incredibly important, particularly in the wake of COVID-19.

As business models are completely redefined, hear from Fiverr and Bloom & Wild on the important relationship between SMEs and the local community, and how this will continue to develop post-pandemic.

Business Unusual: Productivity in Periods of Change

Productivity in Periods of Change

While we can all agree on the importance of being productive, for most people it remains elusive. Even if you’re one of the lucky few that would consider yourself productive, the seismic shift in our working lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has probably thrown up some new challenges.

Gain some practical advice and hear from two businesses who have taken on this new productivity puzzle in two very different sectors – nutritional foods and fashion.

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