VOOM Podcast

VOOM Podcast

United Kingdom

Welcome to the VOOM Podcast from Virgin Media Business and hosted by radio and television broadcaster, Nikki Bedi – a new series of conversations between emerging entrepreneurs and bonafide business experts. Whether you’re just starting up a company or looking for new ways to grow, hear the insider stories from people at the top of their game in areas ranging food to finance and innovation to apps. With top tips, tales of trials and tribulations and some plain-old frank advice, we've everything you need to make your business go VOOM!


6 - Fashion with Farfetch & Unmade  

Host Nikki Bedi is joined for a fashion special by José Neves, the entrepreneur behind billion dollar luxury fashion retailer Farfetch and Hall Watts, the cofounder of Unmade, an upcoming start-up using tech to revolutionise the knitting industry. Also in the programme – Sir Richard Branson interviews top model turned entrepreneur Tyra Banks and the founder of shape wear brand Spanx, Sara Blakely. Plus we hear the winning pitches from this year’s VOOM Competition.

5 - Impact with Pukka Herbs & SafetyNet Technologies  

Nikki Bedi is joined by Tim Westwell, the founder of Pukka Herbs - the UK-based organic herbal tea and supplement company that works with over 5000 growers across the world to produce a portfolio of over 30 teas and 75 food supplements using Fairtrade and FairWild certified ingredients that are sold in over 40 countries - and Dan Watson, the founder of SafetyNet Technologies - a company that design and build devices that use light to help fishermen catch the right fish and tackle some of the biggest issues facing the commercial fishing industry. They discuss how to make products that have a positive impact on the world, how to incorporate social and environmental responsibility into a business and how to make money whilst also making an 'Impact'. Plus, we hear the story of Nathaniel Peat of renewable energy company GenNex who empower a local workforce to build, maintain and sell their products - with a huge focus on education, tackling unemployment and gender equality in Africa. He was flown to Necker Island last year to talk with Richard Branson at the Virgin Unite leadership gathering summit and has won countless awards for entrepreneurship.

4 - Innovation with TechHub & Opto VR  

On this episode, Nikki Bedi is joined by Elizabeth Varley, the Founder and CEO of TechHub - the global tech startup community with over 1000 members that creates spaces around the world for tech entrepreneurs to meet, work, learn and collaborate - and Richard Stephens, co-founder of Opto VR - a new kind of Virtual Reality Headset that lets anyone who owns a smartphone experience High-quality VR movies, videos and games wherever you are. They discuss the risks of being an innovator, how to position your start up against big corporations and how to recognise when you have an idea that your market want. Plus we hear tips on how to pitch from VOOM competition judges including founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane, You Tube star, Dina Tokia and Head of Investment at Virgin StartUp, Andy Fishburn after a record breaking 29 hour Pitchathon.

3 - Finance with Change Group & Pariti  

Nikki Bedi is joined by Sacha Zackariya, CEO of Change Group – a leading foreign currency exchange company serving around 2.5 million customers a year and Matthew Ford, entrepeneur and founder of Pariti – a new app that helps to manage personal finance by setting savings targets. They talk about the rapidly changing landscape of the finance industry, 'fintech disruptors', and top tips for new startups taking on the big banks.

2 - Apps with Shazam & DICE  

On this episode, Nikki Bedi is joined by Chris Barton, original founder and board member of Shazam – the music recognition app used by over 500 million people – and Russ Tannen, Head of Music at DICE – a revolutionary ticketing service featured in Apple's Best Apps of 2015. They share tips for success in the mobile apps industry, monetizing your idea, and overcoming technological hurdles to bring your service to life Plus, we hear the story of Anthony Eskinazi – winner of the 2015 VOOM competition in the Grow Category and founder of JustPark.

1 - Food with Paul Lindley and Gem Misa  

Nikki Bedi is joined by Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen – the UK’s number one baby food brand with a global turnover exceeding one hundred million dollars – and Gem Misa, founder of Cauli Rice – the first long life cauliflower rice brand to take the supermarket shelves by storm. They share tips for success in the food industry, pitching to supermarkets, and deciding whether to put your house on the line for a business idea you believe in. Plus, we hear the inspirational story of Jeff Paterson – winner of the 2015 VOOM competition and founder of FourEx, the money exchange kiosk ‘on steroids’.

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