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Join Claudia Winkleman in conversation with exceptional founders and creators who had an idea and made it happen. It's a long way from Business As Usual - that's why THIS is Business Unusual.

Follow the brand new season of our entrepreneurship podcast week-by-week, revisit the first season and catch trailers for upcoming episodes.

Our Business Unusual podcast is back. Join Claudia Winkleman as she gets to know the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs behind exciting challenger brands.

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Business Unusual Episode 5 Trailer

Peanut Founder & CEO, Michelle Kennedy (Trailer)

Michelle Kennedy is founder and CEO of Peanut, one of the fastest-growing apps for women. Having started her career as an M&A lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya, she later joined dating app, Badoo, where she rose to Deputy CEO at the multi-billion dollar behemoth. During her tenure at Badoo she was integral to and inaugural board member of Bumble. Having worked in social discovery for ten years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth components of building a social network for women.

Listen to the full episode from Tuesday 26 October

Previous episodes

Steven joins Claudia to chat about leading the way in one of the world’s fastest moving sectors, knowing when to quit and becoming the youngest ever member of Dragons Den. We also hear about Steven’s new company Catena Capital and the importance of embracing insecurity.

Grace Beverley talks to Claudia Winkelman about the importance of social media in launching her business (Tala took 10,000 orders on its first day). We hear about Tala’s ‘audience first’ approach to acquiring a customer base; and how, for Tala, sustainability is a defining factor in every decision the business makes.

Chief Squirrel Pip Murray speaks to Claudia about creating a fun work culture that values balance and squirrel-based job titles, as well as how Pip & Nut is using it’s business as force for good in the local community.

Listen to Ning Li speak to Claudia Winkleman about growing his businesses, MADE.com and Typology and the fundamentals of hiring to fit the company ethos.


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.

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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Series Trailers

Discover some of the most exciting businesses currently working in the UK, and how they made their mark, with Business Unusual.

Our Business Unusual podcast is back. Join Claudia Winkleman as she gets to know the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs behind exciting challenger brands.

Episode Trailers

Business Unusual Episode 1 Trailer

Typology Founder & CEO, Ning Li (Trailer)

Listen to Ning Li speak to Claudia Winkleman about growing his businesses, MADE.com and Typology and the fundamentals of hiring to fit the company ethos.

Business Unusual Episode 2 Trailer

Pip & Nut Founder & CEO, Pip Murray (Trailer)

Chief Squirrel Pip Murray speaks to Claudia about creating a fun work culture that values balance and squirrel-based job titles, as well as how Pip & Nut is using it’s business as force for good in the local community.

Business Unusual Episode 3 Trailer

Tala & Shreddy Founder & CEO, Grace Beverley (Trailer)

London’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Natwest GBEA) Grace Beverley speaks to Claudia about founding sustainable style brand TALA and fitness tech brand Shreddy.

Business Unusual Episode 4 Trailer

Social Chain Founder, Steven Bartlett (Trailer)

Founder of Social Chain and BBC's youngest Dragon Steven Bartlett speaks to Claudia about creating one of the world’s most influential social media companies when he was just 21 years old.

Business Unusual Episode 5 Trailer

Peanut Founder & CEO, Michelle Kennedy (Trailer)

Michelle Kennedy is founder and CEO of Peanut, one of the fastest-growing apps for women. Having started her career as an M&A lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya, she later joined dating app, Badoo, where she rose to Deputy CEO at the multi-billion dollar behemoth. During her tenure at Badoo she was integral to and inaugural board member of Bumble. Having worked in social discovery for ten years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth components of building a social network for women.

Listen to the full episode from Tuesday 26 October

Season 2

Next episode

Business Unusual Episode 5 Trailer

Peanut Founder & CEO, Michelle Kennedy (Trailer)

Michelle Kennedy is founder and CEO of Peanut, one of the fastest-growing apps for women. Having started her career as an M&A lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya, she later joined dating app, Badoo, where she rose to Deputy CEO at the multi-billion dollar behemoth. During her tenure at Badoo she was integral to and inaugural board member of Bumble. Having worked in social discovery for ten years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth components of building a social network for women.

Listen to the full episode from Tuesday 26 October

Previous episodes

Steven joins Claudia to chat about leading the way in one of the world’s fastest moving sectors, knowing when to quit and becoming the youngest ever member of Dragons Den. We also hear about Steven’s new company Catena Capital and the importance of embracing insecurity.

Grace Beverley talks to Claudia Winkelman about the importance of social media in launching her business (Tala took 10,000 orders on its first day). We hear about Tala’s ‘audience first’ approach to acquiring a customer base; and how, for Tala, sustainability is a defining factor in every decision the business makes.

Chief Squirrel Pip Murray speaks to Claudia about creating a fun work culture that values balance and squirrel-based job titles, as well as how Pip & Nut is using it’s business as force for good in the local community.

Listen to Ning Li speak to Claudia Winkleman about growing his businesses, MADE.com and Typology and the fundamentals of hiring to fit the company ethos.


Season 1

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.

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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trailers

Series Trailers

Discover some of the most exciting businesses currently working in the UK, and how they made their mark, with Business Unusual.

Our Business Unusual podcast is back. Join Claudia Winkleman as she gets to know the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs behind exciting challenger brands.

Episode Trailers

Business Unusual Episode 1 Trailer

Typology Founder & CEO, Ning Li (Trailer)

Listen to Ning Li speak to Claudia Winkleman about growing his businesses, MADE.com and Typology and the fundamentals of hiring to fit the company ethos.

Business Unusual Episode 2 Trailer

Pip & Nut Founder & CEO, Pip Murray (Trailer)

Chief Squirrel Pip Murray speaks to Claudia about creating a fun work culture that values balance and squirrel-based job titles, as well as how Pip & Nut is using it’s business as force for good in the local community.

Business Unusual Episode 3 Trailer

Tala & Shreddy Founder & CEO, Grace Beverley (Trailer)

London’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Natwest GBEA) Grace Beverley speaks to Claudia about founding sustainable style brand TALA and fitness tech brand Shreddy.

Business Unusual Episode 4 Trailer

Social Chain Founder, Steven Bartlett (Trailer)

Founder of Social Chain and BBC's youngest Dragon Steven Bartlett speaks to Claudia about creating one of the world’s most influential social media companies when he was just 21 years old.

Business Unusual Episode 5 Trailer

Peanut Founder & CEO, Michelle Kennedy (Trailer)

Michelle Kennedy is founder and CEO of Peanut, one of the fastest-growing apps for women. Having started her career as an M&A lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya, she later joined dating app, Badoo, where she rose to Deputy CEO at the multi-billion dollar behemoth. During her tenure at Badoo she was integral to and inaugural board member of Bumble. Having worked in social discovery for ten years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth components of building a social network for women.

Listen to the full episode from Tuesday 26 October

Meet the Guests of Series 2 of our Business Unusual Podcast

Come and meet some of the most inspiring founders and entrepreneurs in the UK.
Each has built their own incredible business and learnt valuable lessons along the way that they will be sharing with us in our second series of Business Unusual.

Get an intro to our guests and find out more about their business experiences

 

 

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