8 episodes

Meet the trailblazers behind Britain's most exciting companies. Each week, psychologist John Amaechi meets with a business leader to discuss how they grew their venture from the seed of an idea into a multimillion pound operation.

Pioneers with John Amaechi JOE

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.8, 40 Ratings

Meet the trailblazers behind Britain's most exciting companies. Each week, psychologist John Amaechi meets with a business leader to discuss how they grew their venture from the seed of an idea into a multimillion pound operation.

    Saving food and connecting neighbours with Tessa Clarke from OLIO

    Saving food and connecting neighbours with Tessa Clarke from OLIO

    Tessa Clarke is the co-founder of the food-sharing app OLIO. She tells John Amaechi where the idea for the company came from, how it's helping to rebuild communities and why food waste is one of the biggest problems facing humanity today. N.B. this episode was recorded last year.

    • 44 min
    Creating the future of food with Julian Hearn of Huel

    Creating the future of food with Julian Hearn of Huel

    Julian Hearn, the founder of powdered food product Huel, sits down with John Amaechi OBE to discuss how he grew his business into the success it is today. Julian explains why he was motivated to leave the rat race, how he responds to haters on social media and why he thinks Huel could be the food of the future. N.B. This episode was recorded in 2018.

    • 36 min
    Helping businesses to grow with Holly Tucker of Not On The High Street

    Helping businesses to grow with Holly Tucker of Not On The High Street

    John Amaechi is joined by Holly Tucker, founder of online marketplace Not On The High Street. Holly tells John about being an entrepreneur from an early age, why business isn't taught properly to young people and why helping others to grow their companies is more important to her than making money.

    N.B. This show was recorded last year.

    • 38 min
    Creativity in business with Cassandra Stavrou of Proper

    Creativity in business with Cassandra Stavrou of Proper

    Cassandra Stavrou is the co-founder of healthy snacks company Proper (formerly Propercorn). She tells John Amaechi why creativity is so important in business, how she faced resistance when she was starting out due to her gender, and why she was always confident her brand would be a success.

    • 33 min
    Turning a passion into a brand with Simon Mottram of Rapha

    Turning a passion into a brand with Simon Mottram of Rapha

    Simon Mottram, founder of the cycling brand Rapha, tells John Amaechi OBE how he spotted a gap in the market to build his company at a time when cycling was nowhere near as popular as it is today. He talks about where his inspiration came from, how his launch was almost a bust before it began, and how he partnered up with Team Sky as they dominated the Tour de France.

    • 37 min
    Raising billions for charity with Anne-Marie Huby of JustGiving

    Raising billions for charity with Anne-Marie Huby of JustGiving

    Anne-Marie Huby, the co-founder of fundraising website JustGiving, tells John why journalism wasn't for her, talks about her role in creating an enterprise that's raised billions for charity and discusses the balance between running a business and philanthropy.
    n.b. - JustGiving no longer charges charities a 5% fee for donations.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Competitive mamil ,

Skilfully done

John is a very good interviewer, asking insightful questions in a conversational manner that seem to get to the hearts of each of these entrepreneurs' stories. The entrepreneurs are interesting and even though i had come across some of them before i learned new things. A great find for my commute!

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Shallow and pedantic

Only joe employees offer more than 1 star

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Something Different

A great podcast series with guests l hadn’t really heard off but have made fascinating listening

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