March 18, 2021
Alison began her career at NatWest Group PLC as a graduate 27 years ago and is now the banking group’s Chief Executive. She also sits on the board of directors for the Institute of International Finance, and is a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum.
Alison led the Rose Review report in 2019, which identified several key barriers to female entrepreneurship and showed that boosting female entrepreneurship could add up to £250 billion to the UK economy.
Alison talks about her incredible career journey so far, the people who have influenced and mentored her, and how an enterprising mindset means can help women succeed in business.
March 11, 2021
Together with a friend from university, Helen Wooldridge founded award-winning baby and child brand Cuddledry in 2006. Helen also runs her own marketing consultancy and for her, being an entrepreneur has meant working flexibly yet effectively while also being a mum to her three children.
Helen describes an enterprising mindset as turning ideas into reality to make things better. When you need to make changes you should look sideways, be innovative and find new ways to do things.
March 4, 2021
Young Enterprise alumna Lucy Cranwell-Ward is CEO and Co-founder of careers platform Upskill Me, a Tech for Good company which helps young people showcase their talents and gain the skills, connections and knowledge they need to thrive in their career.
With no money or experience in tech but plenty of drive and passion, Lucy set out to realise her idea to help young people build a digital portfolio and improve their employability. She reveals how she was inspired by other female founders, and shares her experience of how being disruptive and determined helped her launch her start-up business.
February 25, 2021
Make sure you win in business. Our guest Lucy Cohen is Co-founder of Mazuma, the UK’s first subscription-based accountancy service. Lucy is widely recognised as an industry expert and has contributed to trade publications and industry discussions.
In this episode we talk to Lucy about how she has built a successful career out of manufacturing business and personal wins.
February 18, 2021
S2 EP6 Tenacity and Knowing When to Let Go with Lou Cordwell
Lou Cordwell is the Founder and CEO of magneticNorth, a digital design studio based in Manchester. Founded in 2000, the company quickly established an international reputation with an award-winning client portfolio. Alongside the day job, she's the Co-Chair of Greater Manchester's Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of Design Manchester. She’s also a passionate campaigner for gender equality in business and the tech industry and in 2018 was awarded an OBE for services to the creative and digital economy.
In this episode, we speak to Lou about tenacity, knowing when to let go, seeking outside perspectives and listening to your gut feelings.
February 11, 2021
S2 EP5 Mentors with Charly Young
Charly Young is CEO & Co-founder of The Girls’ Network, a charity that provides 14-19 year old girls from the least-advantaged communities across England with a female mentor and a network of professional female role models. As a secondary school teacher, she saw first-hand how girls and young women were limited by their gender and background, and knew she had to do something!
She left teaching and has since grown the charity from supporting just 30 girls in 2013, to over 1,200 in 2020. In this interview we are talking about the benefits of mentoring, in tackling fear of failure, taking risks, changing young women's perception of what's possible and the role reverse mentoring has in providing young women with a platform to influence workplace culture.
February 4, 2021
S2 EP4 Self Belief with Alicia Navarro
Alicia is a serial tech entrepreneur, with a passion for product, brand, design and culture. In 2007, Alicia founded Skimlinks, an innovative platform helping publishers such as Buzzfee & Aol monetize their content. Alicia started the company in her living room in Sydney, Australia, and over 11 years as CEO of the business she grew it to a $50m/year business. In 2018 she stepped down as CEO to focus on building her next venture. She is now the founder and CEO of a new startup, Flown, creating ‘deep work’ spaces for knowledge workers. She’s won the EveryWoman in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and the WCIT’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year. In this interview we talk about overcoming barriers to building self belief and starting a business during a pandemic!
January 28, 2021
S2 EP3 Support & Networks with Izzy Obeng
Izzy Obeng is an entrepreneur and professional speaker leading Foundervine – a non-profit training consultancy connecting purpose-driven companies to impactful start-ups. Since 2018, Over 2,000 young people have been skilled by Foundervine programmes, over 300 startups launched with 62% female participation. Izzy has been featured in the BBC, The Telegraph, The Times, Forbes and in 2019 was named by Tech Nation as one of the 50 most influential black voices in UK tech. In this interview we talk about tackling unconscious bias, creating more inclusive spaces, networks and investments for entrepreneurs from marginalised communities to develop capacity.
January 21, 2021
S2 EP2 Relatable Role Models with Tayla Evans & Alison Muir
Tayla Evans is a Young Enterprise Alumna who led her Young Enterprise team, EnviroTent to success as the Managing Director. Named Young Enterprise Company of the Year 2020, the team went on to represent the UK at the European Finals.
Alison Muir was the volunteer mentor for Tayla and the rest of the EnviroTent team and has been a volunteer of YE for 6 years. Alison is Head of Procurement at Dunelm. In this interview we talk about the importance of relatable role models, nurturing self belief, and exploring the contribution that young people can make to developing a strong learning culture in the workplace.
January 14, 2021
S2 EP1 Taking Risks with Roberta Lucca
Roberta, aka Beta Lucca, is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and keynote speaker on the future of games, entrepreneurship and leadership. She is the co-founder of the BAFTA-winning Bossa Studios, a VC-backed multimillion-dollar video games developer and publisher based in London. Beta is listed in Forbes as Top 50 Women in Tech. In this interview we talked about taking risks, trusting yourself, catching your inner thoughts and being brave to try something new.