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64 minutes | 2 months ago
Challenger Chats Episode #3 with Matt Grech-Smith, Co-Founder of Swingers
In this third episode of Challenger Chats our host Adam Spencer is joined by Matt Grech-Smith, co-founder and co-CEO of Swingers, one of the pioneers in the world of Competitive Socialising. Swingers takes large venues in city centres and transforms them into immersive experiences, combining “grown up” crazy golf, with amazing cocktails whilst you play and food created by exciting, up and coming restauranteurs. With two venues open in Central London and a growing site pipeline in the USA, Matt and his co-founder Jeremy Simmonds raised capital from Cain International in 2018 to fund growth and expansion. We touch on this fundraising story, and also explore the development of the Swingers concept, management's discerning use of technology to complement the guest experience, and how Matt believes Swingers is well suited for US audiences. Links: Swingers: https://swingers.club/ Socials Swingers on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SwingersLDN/Swingers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SwingersLDN/ Swingers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwingersLDN Sign up for Tamweel News and Insights: http://eepurl.com/dPXN3z
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Challenger Chats Episode #2 with Joan Murphy, Co-Founder of Frame
In this second episode of Challenger Chats our host Adam Spencer is joined by Joan Murphy, co-founder of Frame, a fitness and lifestyle brand that delivers in person group exercise classes from its collection of Central London sites, as well as a recently launched digital fitness solution, streaming over 130 live classes a week to its customers, or "Framers"...Joan re-wrote the fitness rule book; replacing rigid and long term gym memberships with a more flexible, more accessible, pay as you go format. Allowing its Framers the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of group exercise classes in a feel good, no judgement environment. This lady is on a mission... to put the fun back into fitness.In 2017 Joan raised capital from Piper, one of the UK’s leading brand-led investors, to drive growth and expansion. We dive into this story which includes our first baby in a boardroom, and explore brand authenticity, maintaining a sense of community with an omnichannel offering and shifting consumer behaviour, fitness and wellbeing needs in a post-Covid world. Links: Frame: https://moveyourframe.com/ Mumhood: https://mum-hood.com/ Socials Frame on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moveyourframe/ Joan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joanonthemove/ Frame on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moveyourframe Frame on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoveYourFRAME Sign up for Tamweel News and Insights: http://eepurl.com/dPXN3z
53 minutes | 6 months ago
Challenger Chats Episode #1 with Charlie Gilkes, Co-Founder of Inception Group
In this first episode of Challenger Chats our host Adam Spencer is joined by Charlie Gilkes. Charlie is the co-founder of Inception Group, an award-winning operator of several iconic eating and drinking out brands including Mr Fogg’s, Bunga Bunga, Cahoots, as well as London’s first speakeasy Barts, and the infamous 80s themed nightclub Maggie’s.In this fascinating conversation we talk about Charlie’s entrepreneurial journey, the ups and downs of working with a co-founder, the strategy of creating a multi-brand business, keeping themes fresh and relevant to an evolving customer, what “experiential” really means and his optimism for the future of hospitality as the social fabric of society. He also gives us his take on who he’d like to see make a guest appearance on the next series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Links:Inception Group: www.inception-group.com InstagramCharlie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charliegilkes/ Fogg’s: https://www.instagram.com/mrfoggsgb/ Cahoots: https://www.instagram.com/cahootslondon/ Maggie’s: https://www.instagram.com/maggies_club/ Bunga Bunga: https://www.instagram.com/bungabungaldn/ Barts: https://www.instagram.com/bartslondon/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/charliegilkes Charlie’s go-to karaoke song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04wofd-rZtE Sign up for Tamweel News and Insights: http://eepurl.com/dPXN3z
1 minutes | 7 months ago
Listen here if you're new to Challenger Chats.
This trailer touches on who we are, the kind of leaders you'll be hearing from in this series and what we'll be discussing on Challenger Chats. We'll be getting people to open up, telling us about the road blocks they’ve encountered, what causes them to lose sleep at night and what they love, and hate, about today’s consumer. Challenger Chats is powered by Tamweel, an M&A and Private Equity deal doing business that specialises in advising the UK’s best and brightest Challenger Brands.
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