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Sep 14, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Hubbub.co.uk are on a mission to help small shops compete with big supermarkets by delivering food and drink from London’s best independent’s right to your doorstep. Founded by Marisa Leaf this rather special pod of ours is the first of a...
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Aug 22, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Becoming a milliner is tough enough quite frankly as you heard from Kate Underdown in Passion Pod #8 and not just because most people have no idea what one is! Little gear shift for Kate of late though has led her to become a co-founder of The Fold...
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Aug 15, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Rowing across the Atlantic for 54 days straight, in a seven metre long boat (having never been in one before!), over Christmas Day, through a hurricane and dealing with broken oar and a tanker nearly navigating in to you…and they enjoyed it?! The...
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Aug 8, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Comedy and flowers. Not a combo you’d usually put together is it really. Well, not unless you’d met Luke Keen in which case it’s a match made in heaven. After taking up gardening to sooth the noise that making comedy (or to be honest,...
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Aug 1, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Painting for a living is what led Gemma Compton to the wall we found her decorating for this year’s Upfest. Not a bad place to making your mark really is it?! After graduating with a First in her degree right at the time of the economic crash a...
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Jul 25, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Becoming a camerawoman is a tough enough gig to break in to but it didn’t seem quite enough for Holly Bantleman. She was so affected by a visit to a community in Kenya, one boy that she met in particular, that at 21 years old she decided to raise...
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Jul 18, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Glow in the dark, glittery, magnetic – Cressida Bullock  founder of Fun Science makes slime for a living. She also sets children’s hands on fire (safely, obvs), hand makes toothpaste and those experiments are just for starters. Scientific...
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Jul 11, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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A whole 100 of these little beauties?!#100 life-true tales from such adventurous, hugely brave and massively inspiring folk – what an absolute honour....
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Jul 4, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Two thirds of Wildflowers – Kit and Siddy – are from a mega musical family. Brought up a jazz musician and an actress they all had to play an instrument as kids. Didn’t matter which one but having one in hand was a must. On the other...
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Jun 27, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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If you’re feeling stuck in a rank old work/life/romance rut then this Passion Pod has your name all over it. Writer/performer Max Dickins found himself in exactly that place and so, to shake things up a bit he decided to sign up for a new...
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Jun 20, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Founded by Poku (who previously worked in property P.S. and had absolutely no experience in youth engagement at all!) Babbasa supports young people from disadvantaged communities to move forward with their professional aspirations. Yes very much please...
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Jun 13, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Jake Meyer really struggles to pin point exactly what it is that he does, which is often a good sign in our book. He settled on Adventurer…as you do! Swapping the school football and cricket lark for climbing and canoeing as soon as he could,...
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Jun 6, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Jennifer Hamley is a bag designer. Think handbag come work bag and one that we actually want to use rather than horrible, ugly looking designs that we’re often up against. Hers feels good to touch, looks lovely, has all the compartments you&...
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May 30, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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From playing professional rugby for Harlequins and Bristol, to making sausages for a living. Yes, that is a real career path and Olly Kohn is the proud owner of it! After an injury and a new sausage making machine coincided with each other, the seeds...
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May 23, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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After spending three years working for a big Ad agency in London feeling rather un-scintillated about chucking all of his energy and creativity in to products like nasal decongestants (and who can blame him quite frankly?!), co-founder Andrew Hunt...
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May 16, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Bridget Arsenault is donning three main job hats at the moment. She’s always known that she wanted to be a journalist and has spent most of the last eight years doing so…for Vanity Fair no less! She also founded The Bright Young Things...
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May 9, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Jodie founded her own Social Media company JC Social Media at 22 and is also the co-founder of Clever Tykes – a series of children’s books that introduce them to positive entrepreneurial role models, with the hope that it might help inspire...
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May 2, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Being an actress is a Passion Pod in itself really but making the move from doing that as your job to becoming a yoga teacher…surely that’s double pod points?! After 10 years of grafting her socks off and doing pretty darn well too, Steffy...
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Apr 25, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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So, here’s one for you. Blogosphere Magazine is the first print publication entirely by bloggers for bloggers and the blogging community. It’s a magazine that you can hold in your actual hands and sniff it’s beautiful independent...
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Apr 18, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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The Cool Graduate is a platform of inspiration for graduates to get a different clutch of ideas about their futures. Hello and yes please! Flagging up a whole load of options ranging from volunteering to paid graduate jobs all over the world, the main...
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Apr 11, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Founding a nutritional food business on the proceeds of her sell out art graduate show, artist and healthy foodster Alexandra Dudley definitely has quite the story to tell! Punch Foods is on a mission to make real food with real flavour and Alexandra...
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Apr 4, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Being a serious of fan of Project Love means that slight warning should come with my chat with it’s founders Vicki and Selina. *There is a lot of serious over-excitement which manifests itself in all sorts of ways but it is all with good reason.*...
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Mar 21, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Creative Coach, Actor and independent Shop Owner; Clare Yuille is just the sort of lady that we like having around these here parts for obvious reasons. As an actor by trade she’s created a pretty wonderful set up for herself to help combat the...
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Mar 7, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Buy Me Once is a seriously hot dang brilliant idea. It’s a website founded by Tara Button, that lists a load of products for sale that don’t cost loads of dosh, are really friendly to the planet and that actually last. Pretty novel for...
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Feb 29, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Feb 22, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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So Cara and her business partner Dave have sure got their work cut out.  Heard of Poitin? (pronunced Potcheen btw) Unlikely unless you’re Irish. These guys are not only trying to front a whole new mass market category of booze with their version...
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Feb 15, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Originally with drama school and singing in her sights, after a little bit of unconventional advice Bo Bruce went for option two. 5 or so years of that and gigging her pants off, she made the decision to go on’t tele in The Voice. Quite the...
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Feb 8, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Quality time together with your kids as well as having a shed load of fun. That’s what’s at the heart of Weekend Box Club the online subscription service set up by Andy Stephenson. This box full of creative goodies plonks itself on to your...
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Feb 1, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Art student Oliver Hemsley was left paralysed aged 21 following an unprovoked stabbing attack. There’s no way of glossing over this horrendousness but the beauty that’s been born from the depths of it’s ugliness is the frickin awesome...
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Jan 25, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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When you think of food from the Ukraine you think of watermelon right? No, us neither but apparently that’s where we’re going wrong. Proving to the world that Eastern European food isn’t just potatoes and dumplings chef, food writer,...
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Jan 18, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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There’s definitely still an element of complete disbelief from painter Emily Thornton that she’s actually getting to do this as her job every day. It’s infectiously endearing. Having done all sorts of different bits and pieces she...
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Jan 11, 2016 Emily Chiswell
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Oooo it’s a beauty this one! Emma Gannon oozes passion for what she does from her every pore and it’s mighty infectious. She’s a blogger via Girl Lost In The City, general social media guru and this year is adding published author to...
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Dec 21, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Chureca Chic is a range of high end fashion accessories made from recycled materials by women who live on Nicaragua’s rubbish dump ‘La Chureca’. All the makers are students on the Earth Education Project – a year long...
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Dec 14, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Sitting at a wheel squishing and squelching clay for a living – Emily Doran has got this job thing nailed.  With her range of rustic, earthy, seaside-colour inspired handmade bowls, mugs, pots, vases, jugs…she’s a studio potter in...
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Dec 7, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Biz is quite the human. Not only has his work been published in the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement,  New Internationalist to name just a few, but he’s also a Trustee of the Sony Award-winning radio station Resonance FM, ...
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Nov 30, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Women’s sportswear that’s contemporary, designed by women, not salmon pink or astronomically priced and made in the UK. Refreshing, that’s what Lily Rice’s Lexie range is. She’s on a mission to inspire women and girls to...
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Nov 23, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Romany Gypsies, witch doctors, tree ghouls, sea caves; Abi Elphinstone‘s children’s triology is pure imagination fertilizer. Kicking off with The Dream Snatcher and followed next year by The Shadow Keeper, the magical adventures in her...
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Nov 16, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Super eye-catching designs and even more eye-catching flavour combos, Doisy & Dam are on a mission to raise food’s game. Starting with their range of bonkersly tasty chocolate bars (and yes, we do say that from much very enjoyable experience...
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Nov 9, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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So what job can you do if you want to work in food but not in catering? Hello Georgina Fuggle. A walking, talking, writing, cooking, photographing, blogging, styling example. Food writing mainly these days Georgina went from spraying edible delights...
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Nov 2, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Beautiful, feminine, wearable, pretty and made right here in the UK with a whole load of love: Iris London is lingerie that we that we all want to own quite frankly. Which makes it ever more surprising that it’s founder Ellie Simpson-Gray...
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Oct 26, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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From the marketing and product development for whopper brands like Haagen Dazs and Kettle Chips to making the fresh, wholesome food that is Sprogs. Quite the change for Ching-Yee . She’s the brain power behind this convenient, healthy, fresh...
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Oct 19, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Packaging. Something few of us think about but most of us give a good ooo and ahh to if it’s done well. Co-ordinating all the different factors that are needed to pull it off though is headache central, especially if you don’t want to...
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Oct 12, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Adam Greenfield is a Community Organiser based in San Francisco. He connects people in a way that’s less of the toe curling networky vibe and more of the ‘hey, meet your neighbour’. Sounds good right? A Law Degree and a Masters in Electronic...
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Oct 5, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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So yes, it’s now official. Passion Pods has gone global. Well, across the pond at least. The first of our four podcasts from San Francisco comes courtesy of Zach from Thanx. A Management Consultant at Bain, Zach was helping companies build their...
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Sep 28, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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If you’ve ever fancied working as a Theatre Producer then you need to listen to this. It’s as simple as that quite frankly. After 9 years working with Playful Productions as an Associate Producer Georgia Gatti is about to head off to...
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Sep 21, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Think Secret Cinema meets permanent pop-up and you’ve got Shuttlecock. Founded by Ed Templeton along with his brother Ollie and cousins Will and Anna their latest project restaurant Carousel,  brings together super exciting chefs from around...
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Sep 14, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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So we’re Stateside this week on the scour for Passion Podders in San Francisco. Tough life. Hunting out people across the pond who are on these adventures and finding out a bit more about their stories’ twists and turns....
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Sep 7, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Writer Tallulah Brown couldn’t believe her luck when she discovered script writing. Telling stories by writing conversations and not having to worry about those hateful commas and punctuation. Our kind of gal! With one of the most contagious...
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Aug 31, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Taking a year off to try everything. Sounds pretty wild right?! Well how’s about going to Azerbaijan to work  instead of going to Glastonbury with your best mates to party? Hmmm…yeah, not quite the kind of wild we’re after perhaps...
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Aug 24, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Madoc’s on to a goodie with this one. ‘Special adventures in wild places’ – even Secret Adventures tag line makes you feel excited. Kayaking under Tower Bridge at night, swimming under a full moon, woodland foraging –...
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Aug 17, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Aug 10, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Helen Zaltzman started her first podcast  Answer Me This with Olly Mann back in 2006 so this is a lady with podcast pedigree unlike many others. No pressure then. Earlier this year she set out on her broadcasting lonesome too with The Allusionist...
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Aug 3, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Don’t ask Ellie White what she does. Actually you should because the reaction you’re going to get is definitely worth it. A writer performer is what she’s going with although comedy should definitely be chucked in there somewhere....
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Jul 27, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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It’s quite something isn’t it when a Grammy winning musician who’s first album went to no 1 in the UK still questions whether one day he’s going to have to get a ‘real’ job?! Bonkers, right? That’s just why...
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Jul 20, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Pip never wanted to run her own business and had never worked in the food industry. Perfect combo to start her nut butter company Pip & Nut then wouldn’t you say?! You’d honestly have no idea of that though if you meet her today  – she...
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Jul 13, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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A self taught hula hooper following a revelation at Burning Man – you can imagine why we were slightly over excited about chatting to this Passion Podder! Anna Byrne makes her hoop shaped living through three different bits. She performs weekly...
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Jul 6, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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So what happens when North Yorkshire Chef Paul Welburn’s humble and honest food meets a bit of reminiscing  about the past, with some apothecary action thrown in for good measure too? Tonic & Remedy my friends. That’s what....
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Jun 29, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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East London seems to hog all the creative juices these days but Lucy at Pocket Arts is on a mission to change some of that. Bringing creative people together in West London to make all sorts of fun things happen. Pop up shops, open studios, exhibitions...
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Jun 22, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Did you know that Brett Akker founder of Streetcar and more recently Lovespace spent years wanting to start a business but didn’t have the idea to go with it. Refreshing to hear that right? Definitely encouragement worthy of our 50th Passion Pod!...
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Apr 20, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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So via a background in telecommunications, advertising and then cloud services Ben Lambert has founded a dating app. It’s called Clocked and that’s what has brought him to the Passion Pod party. And, excuse us while we go all M&S but&...
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Mar 16, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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From proof reading Annual Reports for a Finance company to her very own jewellery range. If that’s not a tale of Passion Pod greatness then what ruddy is?!  With both a bespoke and ready to wear range Gee Woods‘ beauteous pieces are...
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Feb 23, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Edible Cocktails. That’s right, sweets plus booze. And not just any booze, these are taste bud tickling combos of dreams. We’re talking Gin, Elderflower & Thyme, Dark Rum with warming spices, Mixed Berry Daiquiri with a pink...
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Feb 9, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Think of Museli. Dusty dry oats, claggy, bland? Think again. How’s about Choco Sour Cherry, Elderflower & Cranberry or (my particular fave having guzzled from many of their pots now) Mango, Coconut, Ginger & Lime. Put that in your...
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Jan 26, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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An unbiased, open, global journalism platform that pays its most popular contributors, coaches them too if needs be and also lets them retain ownership of what they write. As a user it’s also totally bespoke, allowing you to pick and choose...
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Jan 12, 2015 Emily Chiswell
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Potage’s goal is to make eating well easy. Freshly prepared, organic, locally sourced meals delivered to your doorstep. A healthy home cooked delivery. Yes. This is officially one of the best ideas around. Fact....
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Jun 23, 2014 Emily Chiswell
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Zoe Jones is a Handbalancer. A what? A Handbalancer. She balances on her hands. Yeah, not too tough to work out is it really but it seems a lot of us have to ask at least twice before we understand what it is she says she does. Definitely worth the...
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May 28, 2014 Emily Chiswell
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How’s about acting in a one man show that you’ve written entirely in Iambic Pentameter? No sweat, right. Well apparently not. Writer and Performer Tristan Bernays has done exactly that with The Bread and The Beer, reviving the age old tradition of...
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May 12, 2014 Emily Chiswell
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A defeat of 31-0. It ain’t good news for any football team really, apart from American Samoa that is. That eye watering score line was exactly what fired up Film Producer Kirstian Brodie’s intrigue and  dun-dah-dah their story has just been...
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Nov 26, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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If you were to hand pick a Passion Pod to have, this could well be it. Written and designed by Charlotte Reed, May The Thoughts Be With You is a book of positive and inspirational nuggets that swap the commonly associated twee-ness for a bit of light...
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Nov 11, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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When you hear the word vintage, it can be a mixture of “yay, unique & original” as well as “boo, moth-eaten cardie rifling”. Well, that’s why we all need to know about Olexi: a website that’s encouraging people to look at vintage...
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Oct 21, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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With a name like this, it’s not hard to hazard a guess which band this guy plays in, is it? Nearly didn’t happen though. His Dad, as many a-caring parent would, tried to persuade him to jack it all in and become and lawyer. To be honest, he had...
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Oct 7, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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Feeling a bit miffed that boys didn’t seem to have as many jazzy underwear brands to choose from as girls, Henry Hales embarked on a mission to make boxer shorts – as you do, simple as that right? Well no, of course not. Hello, start-up?! He...
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Sep 23, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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Who knew that a train from Birmingham and the No.91 bus were the places to hang out to develop your business idea. Gallerist Megan Piper didn’t really realise it either until she was sitting on them both hatching hers....
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Sep 9, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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What do frozen yoghurt, brightly coloured suits and Rock and Roll music have in common? Leo Bedford, that’s what. A man with his fingers in a many a pie, he’s a young entrepreneur in capitals, bold and underlined....
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Aug 19, 2013 Emily Chiswell
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Spacehive: a stonking idea which is perfectly timed. Founded by journalist Chris Gourlay, it’s a crowdfunding platform for Civic Projects (think farms on roof tops and art galleries in phone boxes). After writing for The Sunday Times about...