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Croydon is packed with successful entrepreneurs and business owners whose help and advice could literally transform your business – if only you could get to them.

Well, now you can.

We have the opportunity to meet so many incredible entrepreneurs, so we are recording our own podcast series of interviews covering business insights from experts who are all based locally.

All you have to do is grab a coffee, settle down and click the play button.

Matt Sims - Croydon BID

Matt drops in to talk about Croydon BID and what they do to work towards their vision of what Croydon should be

Matthew has served the interests of the Croydon business community for over 17 years. Over the past decade, Matthew has led Croydon BID during a time of extensive regeneration and change while responding pro-actively to challenging economic environments. Matthew is the Chair of the Association of Town and City Management for the London region.

Central to the success of Croydon BID is the ability to create long-term successful relationships with partners, stakeholders, and our 500 business members to create one significant influential voice as our destination looks to change and adapt.

Amy Knight - NerdWallet

Amy joins us on the phone to share her tips for anyone embarking on a side hustle

Amy is a personal finance writer and small business commentator at NerdWallet UK. She has written for, and about, businesses in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She’s also started 4 ventures of her own, most recently a communications agency, which she ran alongside a full-time job whilst juggling two young children. Inspired by her own personal finance journey, Amy is committed to empowering others to make smart money decisions and reach their financial goals.

Amy is the author of ‘There’s Two of Us Now’, a colour-your-own storybook for big brothers and sisters – the perfect gift for families welcoming their second baby. Amy wrote the book in lockdown whilst furloughed from her job at a university. Having self-published the book in 2021, she has shipped copies all over the world. Amy is currently studying Public Policy and Economics online with the University of Oxford.

Paul Richardson & James Stockdale - Inception Support

James Stockdale and Paul Richardson talk about the advantages they found when they combined their efforts and merged their businesses

James started Fruit Geek in 2017 after working at the Apple Store in Bromley. His love of Apple products is surpassed only by his love of cars.
Paul started Inception Support in 2017 after working for an Apple Service Provider in Greenwich. Prior to that he was a printer engineer and he doesn’t miss it at all!

The use of Apple devices is growing daily and like Windows PCs, they need to be managed and secured. Yes, macOS and iOS are generally more secure but that’s no excuse for not having them properly looked after.

“Do we hate Windows? No, we just feel that Apple devices and the whole ecosystem is better than what Microsoft and Google (Android) provide.”

Check out all our previous podcasts below:

Dee Miller talks about the enterprise community in Croydon and also the future prospects of next generation.

Dee Miller is an award-winning entrepreneur, brand consultant, event curator and writer. Miller is the founder of SIEGE, a business development, strategy and problem solving consultancy. SIEGE is dedicated to solving private and public sector problems in design, technology and social.

How to be a speaker at TEDx Croydon 2024

Founder of TEDx Croydon, Khuram speaks about how his company began as well as the importance of teaching young people life skills that cannot be learned in a classroom.

The accountant who has raised substantial funding on Seedrs

Oumesh Sauba has over a decade of experience as an accounting specialist and entrepreneur, successfully managing the financial and accounting needs of micro and small businesses across diverse industries. In 2008, he founded his own accounting practice and has since been committed to providing exceptional customer service and delivering excellence in financial accounts, management accounts, and taxes as a Chartered Management Accountant.

How business insurance could save start ups thousands of pounds long term.

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The founder of Coversure Insurance, Rajan takes a moment to talk about his career journey, and give insurance advice to other companies.

Founder of ALJ LDN, sits down to give listeners insight into her company, her career journey, and the world of business.

Adryanne’s company ALJ LDN is an operations management company that helps small business owners implement value and business optimisation.

Branding with Purpose. The branding expert on an ethical mission…

A branding expert with many years of experience in the corporate sector, Andy shares his advice on the importance of branding and sustainability.

Khilan Shah is a lifelong Croydon resident & founder of health & wellness consultancy, HealthKind.

With a career spanning 25 years beginning in pharmaceutical wholesale, Khilan has pivoted towards health and wellness; utilising his expertise in brand and new product development to bring his clients’ projects to life.

Today, in addition to HealthKind, Khilan is the co-founder of 4 successful supplement brands – NobleBlu, pHKind, AvaCare, and Performance of Wellness, each with influential collaborations including Patrick Hutchinson and the Olympic GB Snowsport team.

Urban Logs founder and Incubator winner! The importance of reviews for small business owners.

A Croydon resident, Winston retired from the London Fire Brigade after over 35 years’ service, and applied to take part in our Start up and Go Bootcamp training. Winston now runs Urban Logs, supplying sustainable firewood, with excellent customer services and a focus on safety and education.

Beard Oil founder and Incubator winner, inspired by three friends starting a side hustle and on their way to success.

Founded in 2021, Beard Surgeon began with two friends who met at university and developed a friendship that resembles a brotherhood. A third friend visited the two friends and said, “The reason I hate grooming my beard is because I have never used a product that made me feel confident nor good about myself after using it.” From that day the three friends made a promise that they would formulate grooming products that would allow men to SMELL GOOD, LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD.

Xero passionate Accountant – hear why you should be using this digital software.

Esther is a Croydon-based accountant with a passion for Xero accounting software who works with clients to automate invoices and bills, reconcile bank transactions and get up-to-date reporting on financial performance.

Sackito founder and Incubator winner, Maria talks about her social mission to reduce waste and upskill prisoners.

Maria came up with the idea to create a sustainable bag design that works for everyone, helps prisoners gain a skill, and is recyclable. She has provided brands like M&S, Debenhams, and Panache with her stunning designs that have been sold all around the world.

An employee at our hub, Kelvin talks about graduation, his gap year and the anticipation of starting his career.

Kelvin recently graduated from university and is currently taking a gap year to travel around the world before starting his full-time role within the financial sector. Kelvin is passionate about supporting the local community and is always ready to help others when needed.

Founders of TNK and Incubator winners, Tanya and Nicola explain how they have turned their passion into profits.

T&N Naturals is a family-run business – Tanya and Nicola – established in 2021 during lockdown to supply juices to friends and family. Since January 2022, T&N Naturals expanded their customer base by selling to groups such as B2B, B2C, traders, health-conscious consumers, and gym lovers as a nutritional juice made from sea moss blended with exotic fruits.

Founder of Wombbae, Latoya speaks about starting a social mission by using her lived experience to influence others positively.

Latoya runs her own CIC called WombBae, which grew throughout the lockdowns following the pandemic os 2020. She is also StartUp Croydon’s front-of-house administrator and social media guru and is excited to be working in the world of startup businesses helping others to develop their ambitions using her experience to inspire others.

Clive Wilson, Marketing Consultant, shares his expert advice and six key points to integrate into your business.

Clive Wilson has spent 30 years in marketing and business development and works directly with companies in multiple sectors to change how their businesses are perceived.

Diane, a business coach, gives advice on how to develop healthy habits to keep your new year’s resolutions on track.

Diane Thompson empowers individuals & organisations to achieve their personal and professional development goals through bespoke coaching, consultancy and CPD.

Ibrahim Animashawun interviewed by Ella Brown

Ibrahim is StartUp Croydon’s volunteer special projects assistant, and as a service user, he is starting up his social enterprise in Disability Awareness and Education Consultancy. Ibrahim supports the project manager in helping the bid writing applications and conducting research on entrepreneurship.

As Startup Croydon’s Project Manager, Geoff speaks about our Incubator programme and how it can help your business.

Geoff Ranson runs StartUp Croydon’s Business Incubator programme helping budding entrepreneurs understand every aspect of running a business and empowering them to run their own business.

Martin Riley, business advice in the form of a jet engine.

Martin is a leadership and business coach with more than 20 years’ experience in helping business leaders develop simple but effective plans, then turning them into action, with motivated and engaged teams, through better leadership.

A digital expert and startup mentor, Bhairav speaks about how to develop a podcast based on his own success.

Bhairav has spent more than 20 years consulting in IT, eCommerce and FinTech, and now specialises in helping companies devise technology strategies that align their IT capability with their business goals.

Aysha was interviewed by John Varghese

Aysha Iqbal is a media communications expert and coach, having spent much of her career working for BBC/ITV News as an anchor journalist.

What is the purple pound and how could it help businesses in Croydon?

Emma Shepherd talks about her business on Diversity and Inclusion and why ignoring it could cost your business dearly, especially if you miss out on £274b of purple spending power.

She set up her business, Let’s Talk Disability in 2019 and has taken her passion, experience and understanding, to support other businesses to expand their talent pool, increase their accessibility and heighten their understanding of both disability and mental ill health. Emma is disabled, a part time wheelchair user and has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraines and mental ill health. When not working Emma started a mental health Cafe in Croydon at the beginning of 2022, has two teenage boys and three shih tzus dogs that keep her busy.

StartUp Croydon’s CEO talks about the upcoming Creative Digital Space and how the sector has been changed post-pandemic

Saffron is from South London and has seen Croydon through the abundant 90’s through to the more recent Croydon Tech City years. She has been working in Croydon in various guises since 2013 and is seen as a key stakeholder. Saffron cares deeply about social mobility and inspiring equality and is well positioned, currently leading the team at Startup Croydon and helping to evolve the organisation in the post-pandemic new digital era.

Alison Reay-Jones, an online business manager, talks about the power of delegation in your small business growth and productivity.

After a 15 year career in corporate executive assistance and events organisation, Alison Reay-Jones started working with small businesses after the birth of her twins and eventually founded her own business in 2017. Alison helps founders and entrepreneurs build their business & maximise productivity by providing trusted, efficient virtual business support and strategic consultancy.

Dunia Shafik is the founder of a social enterprise that works with young people at risk of youth violence. Dunia has a lived experience in this area and she is determined to be part of the solution.

Dunia has started up in 2019 and she worked with young people in school, prison, parents with teenage children who are involved within the criminal justice system.

She is a life coach, trainer, NLP Master Practitioner, Wild Voice facilitator. She has a Degree and Masters degree in childhood and youth studies.

Dunia’s next projects are going to be run in other boroughs and cities in the UK, this includes delivering her new programmes which helps young people with a healthy transition to adulthood. She works with them to heal the child and celebrate the adult.

Antonio Lewis breaks down his career journey as a creative freelancer.

Antonio Lewis (A.K.A ‘Tone) is a versatile digital creator. As a film director, videographer, graphic designer and brand manager, Antonio has fulfilled a number of projects from the UK and Europe to New York.

Previous clients have included Mayor of London, Wrangler, Pirate Studios, The English National Opera (ENO), Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority and more. as well as over 75 independent artists, musicians, creatives, companies, local organisations, charities and music venues.

Yoga | Breathwork | Sound – Calm with Kerry

Kerry Hector, Yoga Teacher and Breathing Coach, specialises in stress and anxiety management – offering personalised 1-2-1 yoga classes and breathwork sessions, bringing an awareness to tangible and accessible exercises, that can be easily adopted into your daily routine.

Alison gives her advice on public speaking tips & strategies

Alison is a dynamic and inspirational speaker and host. As a Public Speaking Coach & Trainer she is sought out and has worked with clients even preparing them for Tedx talks. She is a well-known leader in the community; a philanthropist who supports young entrepreneurs and motivational mentor to many.

Alison is collaborating with Start Up Croydon to launch a new business networking group for women. It is aimed at entrepreneurs; female founded SMEs and for women wanting to get into self-employment.

Embracing impact measurement the right way: How businesses, charities and social enterprises can open doors to new opportunities and greater success

Alexa has over ten years’ experience supporting well over a hundred organisations from the public, private and charity sector to measure, demonstrate and accelerate their social impact. Her work on impact has seen her win awards for most impactful services; bring in millions of pounds in funding; deliver record-breaking consultations; and influence the national policy agenda.

Helping parents, teachers and children to unlock their full potential and create their own stories of success

As a qualified Transformational Coach and NLP Practitioner with an ILM accreditation in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Samantha has dedicated her career to supporting individuals, families, and organisations in their growth and development.

With a BA Hons Degree in Education and Teaching, a background in Health and Social Care, and a Diploma in Psychology, her approach is grounded in evidence-based strategies that deliver results.

Keep checking back as we continue to build our library of exciting business interviews.

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