61 minutes | Apr 26, 2023
S5 Ep72: Henry Sether, Co-founder of Misfits. How a critical pivot from Female only nutrition to protein bars saved the business.
Co-founder of Misfits Henry hasn't always been an entrepreneur, in fact in a previous life he worked for Aston Martin, so why the jump into entrepreneurship? From a passion for fitness Henry and his co-founder forged a career in the indulgent protein market but nearly lost it all when focusing exclusively on female only nutrition. A quick pivot in 2020 saw Misfits re-strategise and refocus and in 2021 sold over 7 million protein bars with the vision "to create indulgent, plant-based snacks that EVERYONE can enjoy" With annual revenues in excess of £10m and an untapped Misfits market in America, what's on the horizon for scale-up brand Misfits in 2023? Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Hux Health. Use discount code SUCCESS for 30% off. www.huxhealth.com Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2023
S5 Ep71: Marietta Hickman, Founder of Cheeky Nibble. Autism, process and the ultimate crunch!
Marietta Hickman recently founded Cheeky Nibble whilsy working out of a disused RAF hanger. UK Young Innovator of the year winner, Marietta produces her delicious handmade cereal with little more than an idea, a big bowl and spoonfuls of passion! Marietta admits "this is the first time in my life I have not been bored!" So, how difficult is it as a solo, female entrepreneur with autism and a passion for baking to bring a product to market? With Cheeky Nibble's striking packaging and the generous portions that come in a box, the flavour development through to the illustration and branding was all the brainchild of Marietta's. Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Hux Health. Use discount code SUCCESS for 30% off. www.huxhealth.com Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global
63 minutes | Apr 12, 2023
S5 Ep70: Damien Bryne, Co-founder of Hux Health. The mushroom phenomenon, focus & wellbeing. Find your daily edge!
From being able to focus on tasks that matter through to benefiting from a good night's sleep, Damien Bryne and his co-founders at Hux Health have developed and brought to market one of the 'coolest' and most accessible superfoods, nootropics, sleep and beauty supplements around. From undergoing investment rounds through to developing a product that not only works but is designed to also look great when sat on your kitchen shelf to boys at Hux Health spanned varying walks of life before coming together to go into business. With varying personalities at the top but a shared goal and vision, Damien shares how best to manage the differing skill sets when striving for the same end goal which, ultimately is inspiring people to find their daily edge by making complex nutrition simple... Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Hux Health. Use discount code SUCCESS for 30% off. www.huxhealth.com Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global
49 minutes | Apr 5, 2023
S5 Ep69: James Collier, Co-founder of Huel. How nutrition can improve your mindset.
The behemoth that is Huel started off as a convenience idea and fast became a necessity for so many. James Collier a former NHS Dietitian was wholly responsible for the formulas and nutritious benefits of Huel in the early days. A nutritionist by trade James joined Oliver to discuss how Huel was once just an idea around his co-founder Julian Hearn's kitchen table before becoming the recognised 'go to' brand it is today. James also reveals the title, background and context of his new book 'Thought for food' which is available to buy late 2023 early 2024. In an episode that delves into the nuances of health and wellbeing as well as growing and scaling a succesful business it would be remiss of you to skip this one... Huel products are nutritionally complete foods, formulated to include all the protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals, along with phytonutrients, that your body needs. Huel provides optimal amounts of recommended requirements for all nutrients. Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Huel. huel.com/success for your free shaker and t-shirt. Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global
66 minutes | Mar 29, 2023
S5 Ep68: Ranj & Xav co-founders of Mixtons. How becoming bored of the quiet life in Cornwall inspired a multimillion pound pandemic partnership.
Co-founder of Mixtons, Xav struggled with Dyslexia from an early age, ultimately discovering music as his form of expression as a teenager. With Dyslexia forming Xav's unique outlook on life he tried, and sometimes failed in business, that was, until the 3 co-founders of Mixtons came together... One third of Mixtons, Ranj, trained as an engineer before becoming a cocktail mixer in a local bar ultimately finding his love for hospitality and the perfect pour. It wasn't until the 2019 pandemic that Mixtons took off. From making the perfect cocktail in their co-founder Sim's kitchen, Ranj and Xav managed to scale in little under 2 years the brand from zero to hero bringing on investors spanning the world of food, drink and influencer from Calfreezy through to the founders of Goat and dare we say it, even Oliver's invested in Mixtons on their latest round which values the business well into severn figures. So, how do 3 friends come together to work so seamlessly on scaling a business in a world only one third of them had ever experienced? When is the right time to raise outside money? And when is the right time to move out of your mates kitchen and into something a little more professional...? Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Huel. huel.com/success for your free shaker and t-shirt. Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global
58 minutes | Mar 22, 2023
S5 Ep67: Joe Black Co-Founder of UniTaskr & Shout. From Africa To The World's Largest Nano-Influencer Platform
From Africa to Spain and everywhere in between, co-founder of UniTaskr Joe Black has had a varied life from an early age. Part of an entrepreneurial family, Joe found himself at a young age plotting the line of lost golf balls from a Spanish golf resort, cleaning and re-selling those same balls to the players. Realising that students and peer-to-peer work stems innovation, gives experience but is an often overlooked resource by business and individuals alike, UniTaskr launched and recently became a Startup 100 business in 2023. The model of UniTaskr is simple. Enable students with no money to monetize their free time and undertake small, simple tasks for those willing to pay. From building an Ikea wardrobe to populating lines of data on a spreadsheet, UniTaskr is empowering the students of today. Not only does this innovative model enable students to keep the wolf from the door and earn some cash on the side but UniTaskr recently launched Shout the world's largest nano-influencer platform harnessing the breadth of it's student resource through social. Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Huel. huel.com/success for your free shaker and t-shirt. Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global Find us on Virgin Atlantic inflight entertainment.
62 minutes | Mar 15, 2023
S5 Ep66: Harvy Armstrong & Sam Holmes, How Reality TV & Lockdown Inspired Prime Time Lager.
Beer But Better, it's true! Oliver Bruce sits down with Harvy Armstrong and Sam Holmes to discuss why Harv left his highflying job in the city and Sam decided to give up working with private jets with a clear vision to bring caffeine infused and low calorie lager to the UK. First time founders but with entrepreneurial backgrounds, Harvy and Sam who notably have appeared on reality TV show Made In Chelsea have, off their own backs, raised capital, built a brand and become listed in some of Londons most loved venues, but how? Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Huel. huel.com/success for your free shaker and t-shirt. Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global Find us on Virgin Atlantic inflight entertainment.
56 minutes | Mar 8, 2023
S5 Ep65: Nick Telson of Trumpet - Exiting, investing & founding business number 2.
From over 100 staff with Design My Night and an 8 figure exit to building what could be a unicorn Oliver speaks with Nick Telson now of Trumpet.app Exiting a business and starting again takes some doing, however, Nick and his 2 co-founders have been on a warpath of funding, development and scaling since late 2022 for their new vision and venture Trumpet, the sales app. Nick a serial investor himself talks to Oliver about what he looks for when investing his own money in others, what he suggest founders look for from their co-founders and how he managed to scale for sale his first business and why he's decided to go at it again, this time with a larger price tag at the end of the tunnel. Series Sponsor Huboo. Your eCommerce fulfilment partner www.huboo.com Episode Sponsor Huel. huel.com/success for your free shaker and t-shirt. Produced by PinPoint Media. www.pinpoint-media.global Find us on Virgin Atlantic inflight entertainment.
53 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
S5 Ep64: Jesse Wilson How A Uni Ski Trip Inspired The Jubel Beer Brand
From living in America as a child and shovelling show to earn some extra pocket money Jesse had very little entrepreneurial heritage but that doesn't seem to have stopped him growing a brand that can now be found in pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK. With Jesse's Dad being a Vicar and his mum a French teacher, how did Jesse build such a strong beer brand with such little knowledge. Jesse graduated from University and ended up working for Mars, this however wasn't for him. An idea he baked up on his Uni ski trip for an 'Apres Beer' kept nibbling away at him, so much so, Jesse was developing the concept of Jubel Beer, the apres beer, alongside his job at Mars. Once Jesse could see that his brand and flavour would take off, Jesse left his life in the corporate world and started to scale the brand and business. With Jesse's background of Mars and PWC, albeit brief, Oliver asks him what the perfect investment deck looks like, and with a recent funding round in 2022 of £2.7million Jesse clearly knows what he's doing! Watch this episode on our NEW website: https://www.successpodcast.co.uk/ Sponsored by Capsule Cover Produced by PinPoint Media Available on all Virgin Atlantic flights via their inflight entertainment
66 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
S5 Ep63: David Abrahamovitch, Founder Of GRIND Coffee Took On The High Street Coffee Chains And Won But Pivoting Into A Sustainable D2C Coffee Brand Changed Everything!
Founder of GRIND Coffee David Abrahamovitch grew up watching his dad build multiple businesses as a child ultimately inspiring him to go it alone. It didn't however start with coffee! Having turned his Dad's business around and pivoted it into new sectors, David speaks to Oliver about how there's a seismic culture shift in today's world about what being an 'entrepreneur' actually is. David started his first 'proper' business at University at aged 22 whilst studying UCL. David and his co-founders found themselves pitching for seed capital around a boardroom table before even graduating, the business he was pitching for capital still trades today. GRIND took on the giants of Costa Coffee and Starbucks and, in time, started to win. Having arranged external investment for GRIND it was still just a side hustle. David ended up jumping ship from his University founded business to go into GRIND full time. It was during the start of the 2019 pandemic that everything changed for David and the GRIND team. GRIND, a business that was turning over c£10m at the time, had no choice but to close it's high street coffee shops overnight, ultimately leading to David exploring new avenues for revenue. It was this world first, D2C compostable pod offering that doubled GRIND’s turnover in less than 12 months to over £20m. Still going strong, GRIND and David are looking to take on the US.
68 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
S5 Ep62: Elliot Coad A Former Coder & Introvert Turned Environmental Entrepreneur Eye's Up A World First IPO!
Ecologi, one of only a few businesses in the world genuinely striving for economical change. Planting over 100,000 trees PER DAY, Elliot came up with the idea for a subscription based environmentally focused business whilst on his morning commute. He thought, "what is the cost of a coffee per day could be put into changing the planet?" The rest was history. Having suffered from burnout in his previous job Elliot never set out to become an entrepreneur but had an idea that he believed would make a genuine difference and change the world. He wasn't wrong. Oliver speaks with the very humble Elliot in this episode of Success Is In The Mind unearthing some eyeopening stats and an inspiring roadmap for Ecologi, could this be the world's first $1bn environmentally focused subscription business and will we see an IPO in the years to come? Watch this episode on our NEW website: https://www.successpodcast.co.uk/ Sponsored by Capsule Cover Produced by PinPoint Media Available on all Virgin Atlantic flights via their inflight entertainment
69 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
S5 Ep61: Andy Shovel Not Every Business Has Takeoff like THIS For Self-Proclaimed ‘Uncool’ Entrepreneur
In this live on location recording, Oliver caught up with Andy Shovel co-founder of vegan food brand THIS at their London HQ. A born entrepreneur Andy’s hit the headlines recently for his slightly ‘out there’ marketing stunts, one of which included a life size naked statue of Piers Morgan in Leicester Square with his ‘THIS’ product housed around Piers’ nether regions… That said, the self proclaimed ‘un-cool’ entrepreneur that is Andy, co-created his first business with a group of mates whilst at University. Ironically quite a ‘cool’ clubbing night called ‘cash throw events’ and yes the clue is in the name, it didn’t take off financially but opened Andy’s eyes to the possible. From University to founding a recruitment business which he later exited through to finance, insurance and everything in between Andy has built and sold multiple businesses. Not all of Andy’s business ideas however have succeeded. One such flop was ‘Equity Fish’, a business similar to what Crowdcube is today. Andy left this idea behind after being “outgunned by the legal system” - It didn’t stop there however, Andy also ventured into advertising on escalator handles however, that too also didn’t work… Relentless and not knowing when to stop, Andy has since learnt, thankfully, when to say ‘no’. Clearly however, and contrary to that, he said ‘yes’ at exactly the right time when launching THIS, his most recent business. Having overfunded on multiple occasions and recently rolled out vegan THIS sandwiches into WHSmith and other high street stores, Andy’s vision of a mass market vegan brand is coming to fruition as their current market value is circa £75million. Watch the full episode on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/BULhsd5cgg0 Sponsored by Capsule Cover Produced by PinPoint Media
87 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
S5 Ep60: Ep60 - Paul Richardson's Fragmented Upbringing Could Have Gone One Of Two Ways Starting With An Orphanage.
Paul's Father ran away leaving his Mother to contemplate taking him to an orphanage. His Father returned, a 'wheeler dealer', Paul's father ended up as a market trader. As a teenager Paul ended up working for his Father in Waste and Disposal. There's money in muck as they say selling for millions just before his Father passed away. Paul's business acumen served him well growing and exiting multiple Waste brands. Paul was number 3 at sportswear brand Gymshark after the co-founders approached Paul in a Birmingham gym. Paul was critical in taking Gymshark to the £1bn valuation it is today. Paul became Chairman of Birmingham City Football Club later on in his career and after just 6 months of joining managed to get then promoted, but how? Paul joins Oliver to talk about upbringing, perceptions and determination not forgetting of course Paul's recent acquisition HERA Clothing which he wants to build into a £100m brand in under 3 years! Watch the full episode on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cPAgwuKxUM Sponsored by Capsule Cover Produced by PinPoint Media
54 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
S5 Ep59: E59: Habito Founder - Daniel Hegarty
After dropping out of school with no qualifications aged 16, Daniel Hegarty got signed to the same label as Boy George and went touring with his punk band for just £100 a week. He then spent the next ten years carving out a career as a working musician in LA, writing for and performing with the likes of S Club 7, Robbie Williams and the Sugababes, before returning to the UK to be one of the first employees at Wonga, where he became fully immersed in the world of tech startups. Dan became frustrated with the whole property buying process after almost losing the house he was trying to buy due to mistakes made by his solicitors. He realised there was huge potential for change in the mortgage and property market, and in 2016, Habito was born. Habito is a tech startup that is dedicated to ending ‘mortgage hell’ and aims to streamline the whole process, cutting down the average transaction time from 21 days to just 10. Since its founding six years ago, Habito has seen rapid growth, from sorting just 245 mortgages in 2016 to a whopping £4 billion worth of mortgages in 2020. With £80 million of funding raised so far, Habito had recently expanded into lending their own mortgages, streamlining the process even further. In this week’s episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce sits down with Daniel to ask, how do you set up a business with no experience and raise millions in funding? Was dropping out of school the best decision he ever made? And what does the future of mortgage broking look like? Watch the best bits here - https://bit.ly/3tqDcyq Listen to the full podcast – https://link.chtbl.com/lsgRUCSI For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
56 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
S5 Ep58: E58: Hicks & Brown Co-Founders - Alice Leet-Cook and Rosie Turner
Growing up on a farm in rural Suffolk, sisters Alice and Rosie never pictured a career in the fashion industry. After they both headed off to uni, they both started working the corporate life in London, and when a jacket made by their mother got a hugely positive response at a wedding, they decided to start Hicks & Brown together. Whilst originally focused on selling jackets at events, the sisters soon realised that although the jackets weren’t selling out, the hats were a huge hit, selling out every time. This spurred them to pivot to focusing on the hats, and when Kate Middleton was pictured wearing a Hicks & Brown Suffolk fedora in 2020, the brand shot to fame overnight, taking orders from royal fans across the globe. In less than two weeks, sales from the ‘Kate hat’ meant that they had already surpassed their turnover for the previous year. In this week’s episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks, how do you get a fashion brand off the ground with little to no money? How important are big events to brands like Hicks & Brown? Just how powerful is the ‘Kate Effect’, and how did the sisters capitalise on the unexpected opportunity? Watch the best bits here - LINK Listen to the full podcast – https://link.chtbl.com/lsgRUCSI For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
52 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
S5 Ep57: E57: Flexa Co-Founders - Molly Johnson-Jones and Maurice O'Brien
After being diagnosed at 18 with an autoimmune disease, Molly Johnson-Jones was fired from her job in investment banking after requesting to work from home one day a week. Molly then met Maurice O’Brien on the dating app Hinge, and after five dates they decided to start a business together which would provide a platform for people like them who wanted more flexibility in their jobs. From this idea, Flexa was born. Flexa is a website which only allows companies with flexible working environments to advertise jobs on its jobs platform. Flexa has introduced a benchmarking index of hundreds of companies to measure their flexibility, and the most flexible of these get put on the ‘Flexa100’ list. Since its founding in 2019, over 1200 businesses have advertised jobs on the platform and the company manages 10 million transactions and $3bn of business a year. In this episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks, should you give away shares of the company in the early days when you don’t have the cash? How do you start a business with someone you’ve just started dating? And has the traditional working week been replaced completely by a new world of remote working? Watch the best bits here - https://bit.ly/3sQBUwa For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
53 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
S5 Ep56: E56: HYBR Founder - Hannah Chappatte - Student housing, winning funding, and the hustle culture
From an early age, Hannah Chappatte was surrounded by successful family members, but her initial confidence took a knock when her teachers told her she had dyslexia. Despite this, she went on the secure As and A*s across the board in her A-Levels, before spending a globe-hopping year working in intern roles in various companies around the world. While studying English Literature and Language in Bristol, Hannah spotted a huge gap in the market for a platform that would provide reputable student accommodation, as well as help and support to students renting from private landlords in the tricky and often murky world of student housing. Thus in 2019 HYBR was born, and Hannah quickly won several competitions which gave her the initial seed funding she needed to get HYBR off the ground. Fast forward to 2022, and HYBR has hundreds of properties listed in 8 cities across the UK, and with a fresh round of funding that garnered £600k, it’s only up from here for HYBR. In this episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks - how do you go it alone as a founder of a company fresh out of university? How do you build a middle ground between students and landlords who mistrust one another? And who can you turn to for support when you’re in the lonely position of founder? For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
60 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
S5 Ep55: E55: Huboo Co-Founder - Martin Bysh - From programmer to unicorn entrepreneur
Serial entrepreneur Martin Bysh started his journey living in East London with a passion for programming games. Seeking amusement and enjoyment in everything Martin did he built 20 top 10 games before he was 30. Having never worked for anybody, Martin founded, grew and exited multiple online businesses before the online space was comodosited by the arrival of the Apps. He even beat Facebook to it by founding MakeFriendsOnline in the early 00’s. Having co-founded Huboo which is tipped to be the next Unicorn of 2022, Martin Bysh tells Oliver how he’s set up businesses for exit, built a successful funding campaign raising nearly £100m (at point of recording) in seed capital and how the team at Huboo have gone from £0 to nearly £1bn+ in little over 3 years? Exclusive Content – Young, naive and forgetting tax!: https://bit.ly/3JNqVJw Commercial importance in a business: https://bit.ly/3vcwCNc Obsessive startup mentality: https://bit.ly/3thPkAH "We aren't holding back on any opportunities": https://bit.ly/3s9LMRv For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
52 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
S5 Ep54: E54: My Supper Hero Founders - Myleene Klass and Jamie Barber
Jamie Barber is a prolific restaurateur and founder of the Hush Collection who started out as a lawyer and musician signed to George Michael’s record label. Myleene Klass started out in showbiz and in pop group Hear’Say, before turning her attention to the world of business when she founded her own children’s clothing brand, My K. After months of lockdown had given them both “extreme kitchen fatigue”, they decided to team up to launch My Supper Hero, a recipe box delivery service that provides gourmet meals in the comfort of your own home. Since launching in April last year, they’ve used their combined business experience to raise half a million pounds of funding and they already offer over a dozen different gourmet meals for delivery across London, with more on the way. In this week’s episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver talks to Jamie and Myleene about their beginnings, the pressures of business and fame, the balance of work and family, and how to turn failures into lessons for the future. Exclusive Content – The way we consume media now is fast: https://bit.ly/34Y1Dt4 Learning through failure: https://bit.ly/3LAS83R "I don't get it all right": https://bit.ly/3rS7Dws There's no silver bullet: https://bit.ly/3sEZsCZ For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance
19 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
S5 Ep53: E53: Halo Founder - Rory Sweet - Catch Up
Rory Sweet, Founder of Halo, who originally featured in Series 1 of Success Is In The Mind, has recently sold his business for a huge $715 million. Now, Rory returns to the podcast to discuss how he did it, and what’s next for him. In this slightly shorter episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver catches up with Rory to ask what it feels like to sell a company, how to decide who the right buyer is and where Rory’s going with his next venture. Exclusive Content – Snippet 1: https://youtu.be/xddFYlAg5fY Snippet 2: https://youtu.be/3nTpI2jOjbI For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/32eboTi Sponsor - Capsule Insurance