Growth in Mind by Airbyte presented by James Farnfield dives into the stories behind the entrepreneurs' that are making waves in their industries. These are the household names of the future. Growth in Mind weaves through entrepreneurs' personal and professional lives and how they intertwine to lead to building successful businesses today. An entrepreneur is so much more than their business - the mindset that is required to build and grow is always a great story - let's jump in.
My VIP Card: Maddy Alexander-Grout
There are plenty of metaphors out there for running your own business, the most apt in Maddy’s case being that a startup journey is like riding a rollercoaster...
From being in a dark place battling mental health and being pulled through it by 20 other new-parents in a facebook group, to today in 2021 growing that very same group into a nationwide community of over 7,500 parents.
Her journey started in a tiny village just outside of Andover called Overwallop...
Feast It: Hugo Campbell
How to find a co-founder?
A question that a high percent of entrepreneurs will ask themselves if not all of them.
Unless...you are Hugo and Digby of Feast It. Best friends from childhood, roommates and then business owners.
Feast It has raised over £4m since inception in 2016 and has been utilising tech to transform the events industry over the past 5 years. And then COVID 19 changed Hugo’s and Feast It’s life overnight. However, Hugo’s story really does start right from the beginning….
Tonic Health: Sunna van Kampen
The idea for Tonic Health had been brewing away in Sunna’s mind for over a decade before he finally managed to turn his idea into reality.
With his own experience of being sick 3 to 4 times a winter, Sunna did his research and found that the products available were only suppressing symptoms rather than resolving them. He decided that their had to be a better product available - so he built one himself - Tonic Health
Sunna is on a mission to change the way the world looks at their immune system and takes care of their health.
From an early age he explored entrepreneurship, at 16, he was earning himself £200 per week running a business utilising ebay...
Nix & Kix: Julia Kessler
Julia Kessler grew up in East Germany and became independent from an early age and at the age of 16 moved to Munich to start her adult life. Over the course of her career Julia made many large steps forward at every opportunity. After a decade of building her career to the height of leading supply chains and operations for powerhouses like Intuit and Blackberry Julia looked to explore a new challenge.
At the end of 2014, Julia co-founded Nix & Kix with Kerstin Robinson. A friendship founded on a chance meeting but a professional match made in heaven. Leaving their well paid corporate jobs behind them they started out on the journey to challenging the giants of the food and beverage market.
Nix & Kix in 2021 can be found in supermarkets and shops UK wide in places such as Waitrose, Wagamama, Nandos, Tesco, BP, Sainsbury’s and WH Smiths.
Pasta Evangelists: Finn Lagun
Finn Lagun was 2 years old when a restaurant reviewer questioned why a toddler was running around a Newcastle restaurant. The restaurant was Finn’s father's and this was just the start of Finn’s love for food that would in 2017 put Finn on a path to leading one of the highest growth startups in the UK.
During the years before this, Finn dabbled with startup and corporate life in an attempt to find a fit that would spark the fire within him to have fun, enjoy and smile. Finn found this fulfilled in parts during his career but a chance meeting with Alex and Chris set him along a journey that was a match made in heaven.
In 2017, Pasta Evangelists, an Italian recipe box company selling premium pasta dishes was created. Millions of filled bellies later, Barilla group in 2021 acquired a majority stake for a reported figure of £40m.
The GP Service: Suleman Sacranie
Aged 19, starting your university life and being given life changing news is unimaginable for most.
Suleman Sacranie was told he was going to have severe changes to his life to the point that may become fatal at any moment.
Suleman started the GP Service in 2014 on the back of selling his previous business and from the knowledge of having his own problems with getting the right prescriptions to his local pharmacy.
Today, Suleman has grown and scaled the GP Service year on year to at the forefront of online health services in the UK and is valued at over £40m today.