I present a business show on Meridian FM every Sunday at 2pm called 'Love Business with Alan Wick'. It’s available over the air in Surrey, Sussex and Kent (averaging between 5 to 10,000 listeners), and on TuneIn internet radio (averaging between 25 to 30,000 listeners). I interview experienced entrepreneurs who are not only happy to share their success stories, but who are also willing to talk about their mistakes, what they’ve learned from them and are still learning as they continue along their journey.
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Here's a selection of some of the fascinating entrepreneurs I've had the pleasure of interviewing:
LOVE BUSINESS WITH ALAN WICK
Architect and Founder of Mood
How do you manage your mental health? Are you in touch with your moods day to day and aware of your feelings? Gareth Dauncey found a brilliant, visual way to manage his own wellbeing, which he went on to develop in an app to improve many people’s lives. Mood helps people to better manage their mental wellbeing with one tap a day, and share how they feel without the need for words.
Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Human Nature
Jonathan believes passionately that it’s time to create a new generation of places, homes and shared spaces that regenerate where we can live well in ways that respond to the crises of climate and nature. Human Nature’s unapologetically ambitious vision is to create remarkable places where living is affordable and inclusive, people thrive, communities grow strong, economies flourish and architecture and landscapes both surprise and delight.
Chief Exploration Officer of the TYF Group
A leading sustainability, adventure and education business that helps people reconnect to nature, to possibility and to each other, TYF has been on a mission for over 35 years to inspire customers of all ages with low-carbon, eco-friendly outfitted adventures, training and education programmes whilst learning on the wild and beautiful St. David's peninsula. We discussed how Andy’s passions have combined with business over the years.
Founder of Skandinavisk
Shaun’s belief that a more Scandinavian approach to life is better for all - a proven model of societal and environmental better practice that the world can truly benefit from - led to him founding Skandinavisk in 2012 to spread the word. We discussed his motivation in starting the business ‘later in life’ and the many valuable learnings he’s picked up along the way, whilst building and adapting the business over the past 10 years.
Nick Russill 2
Co-founder of Snow-Forecast (and TerraDat Geophysics)
Interviewing Nick Russill for the 2nd time, we focused on Snow-Forecast.com, a business he co-founded over 25 years ago. Now one of the internet’s most widely-used specialist weather websites, along with its sister websites it serves a global audience of over 50 million users each year. Nick is passionate about using his voice to help people become more aware of ways to reduce their environmental impact and to acknowledge climate change.
Nick Russill 1
Co-founder of TerraDat (and Snow-Forecast)
Nick is a co-founder of TerraDat, a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, and a photographer. During this interview, we discussed how TerraDat Geophysics started, its 28 years of steady growth by innovating and staying agile, sticking to what you’re good at, why it’s important to sometimes say ‘no’ to new business, and the value of honesty when it comes to ensuring repeat business.
Guy Rigby 2
Rowed the Atlantic for The Entrepreneur Ship
It was fantastic to interview Guy Rigby again. He can now add World Record holder to his already impressive resume of author, entrepreneurial accountant and respected adviser to founders of businesses. Guy and his fellow rower, David Murray, completed the challenging feat of rowing the 3,000 miles from the Canaries to Antigua over 53 days, making them the oldest pair ever to row any ocean to date.
Guy Rigby 1
Rowing the Atlantic for The Entrepreneur Ship
Not only is Guy a respected Chair for Entrepreneurial Services for Smith and Williamson; but he’s rowing the Atlantic for The Entrepreneur Ship, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2021 and attempting to break the record for the oldest pair (combined age) ever to row any ocean. It was interesting hearing all about his and his rowing partner’s thorough preparations for their epic voyage.
David Hieatt 2
Co-founder of The Do Lectures (and Hiut Denim)
This second time of interviewing David, he shares his inspirational story, which started on the far edge of West Wales, on an old farm. In 2007, the idea for The DO Lectures began, as a space for the world’s ‘DOers’ to feed their dreams. He talks about the belief, the struggles, and the resilience involved in developing one of the most unique and exclusive events around, the power of purpose-driven brands, and lots more besides.
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Co-founder of Hiut Denim (and The Do Lectures)
We explored the extraordinary story behind how David got his town, Cardigan in Wales, making jeans again, with the launch of his successful business, Hiut Denim. We delved into his thoughts around how storytelling can make a huge difference to a business and brand, the power of being purpose-driven, and how having a clear purpose and culture makes the business focused and strong.
Founder, Delicious Alchemy
After being diagnosed as a coeliac and realising the limitation of gluten-free products on the market, Emma decided to dedicate her life to making gluten-free options commonplace, to help more people live a happy and healthy life. We explored her extraordinary story and discussed topics like why it is so important to understand the needs, wants and demands of your customers and the importance of innovation.
Founder of the Sound Agency
Julian is an author and an international speaker who has been invited to do five TED talks on aspects of sound and communication. We discussed ‘the business of sound’, his TED talks and the 100 million views they have garnered. We also talked about the challenges of offering a product/service that people don’t know they need, and the difference between having faith in one’s business and knowing it’ll succeed.
Carrie Bedingfield is the founder of OneFish TwoFish and 50th Generation. She is also a TEDx speaker and the creator of The Lead Generation Machine and LoMo. She shared her thoughts on increasing productivity through effective time management, how to manage multiple businesses, the importance of business relationships and how you know when it is time to let your business go.
Co-founder and CEO of Bowles & Wyer
John has more than 35 years’ professional experience and is a widely published and respected landscape designer, lecturing on his work both in the UK and abroad. We discussed the growth and the success of his company, including why trust is important for your business and your brand, the benefits of understanding the difference between B2B and B2C and the importance of customer satisfaction for business valuation.
Founder and Chairman of Wyldecrest Parks
Wyldecrest Parks has 75 residential mobile home parks, seven holiday mobile home parks, and a golf course in Hertfordshire, along with a 50% share in 15 sites in the US. He was recently featured in the Sunday Times UK rich list. Alfie talked about the importance of reinvesting in the business, effective leadership being key to organisational success, and why he believes in having an ‘always say yes’ policy.
Founder of Mrs Buckét
Mrs Buckét is a commercial cleaning company delivering commercial cleaning services and facilities to a range of businesses, helping them maintain a high standard of hygiene in their workplaces. During the interview we discussed how Rachael started her business at the tender age of 18, and how it has developed and grown into an award-winning, multi-million pound company.
Founder of GrantTree
Paulina is a serial entrepreneur, investor, keynote speaker, writer, and burlesque performer. We discussed Paulina’s novel Holacracy based organisation, GrantTree, which has arranged over £200m in equity-free R&D funding from the government, to help SMEs. We also talked about the highs and lows of investing in small tech businesses, and how burlesque and business personas can complement each other.
Co-Founder and CEO of Cactus
Spencer and his team have worked with over 1,000 creative, tech and innovation agencies over the past 10 years. We discussed how they help agencies overcome growth challenges to create successful outcomes for their businesses. He is also an author and, as Co-Founder of Agencynomics, the community that supports agencies of today and the future, he helps steer them in making the right business decisions.
Founder, iManage Performance
A training company with a difference, iManage Performance works with organisations to change people for good, focusing on blended learning (combining face-to-face and online learning). We discussed topics like how to successfully manage remote teams, creating high functioning teams, the impact of flexibility at work on people’s lifestyle, and the silver linings that can come out of difficult times.
The Pain Coach
Richmond is a pioneer in his attitude to pain management. We talked about how he applies his extensive experience in nursing, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, coaching and neuroscience to help individuals manage and improve chronic pain, embracing people’s strengths and the potential to improve their lives. He runs his business from the heart, prioritising his clients’ wellbeing over his balance sheet.
Money success coach and author
After starting her career in professional kitchens, Alexlouise began investing in property and in personal development courses, before retiring from catering at 32. We discussed how she helps others to live their dreams of financial freedom and fulfilment, and how she loves seeing the transformation in people’s lives, and the joint ventures that make possible things that an individual couldn’t achieve alone.
International Profiling and Communications Specialist
I interviewed Alan Stevens, Creator & Host of the #WeTogether initiative and The Campfire Project. His expertise is in showing us how we can read people to build successful relationships, negotiations, improve teams and staff loyalty, and close deals faster. Amongst other things, he expands on micro-expressions and how we can benefit from learning to pick up on them and read them accurately.
Founder and CEO of Send Handwritten
We talked about how this Australia-based business provides a unique lead generation service globally, driven by the need for a human connection in this digital age. Providing bespoke and creative cards, wax sealed and written by real people, they help businesses stand out in the sea of sameness. In his past life, Greg founded and ran a successful adventure-based outdoor learning business.
Entrepreneur and Eating Out Expert
Peter Backman, is a leading expert on the structure and dynamics of the foodservice sector, and its supply chain in the UK and across Europe. During this interview, Peter talked about his remarkable life, what it takes to go from zero to hero in business, his advice to young entrepreneurs, his philosophy behind his book, called ‘Restaurants Also Serve Food’, and his thoughts on the future of the hospitality industry.
Entrepreneur and Editorial Director
Storytime magazine, since its impactful launch in 2014, continues to be the UK’s leading and most dynamic children’s magazine. Lulu has extensive expertise in children’s literacy, along with a passion for collaboration and language. She shared her ambitions of growing the digital side of the magazine and of becoming a leader in inclusivity, as well as being a strong presence in education.
Co-founder and CMO of Grenade
Juliet is a brilliant and inspiring leader who, through her passionate story, revealed the secret that made Grenade the world's fastest-growing nutrition brand. We talked about the importance of branding and how you should nurture the culture of your business, the key role of distribution channels, the positive and negative effects of investors, and why you need to surround yourself with the right people.