For all of my twenties I was trapped in a cycle of excessive drinking and I became subdued, a half-version of myself. I began to realise the damage alcohol was doing to my relationships and career and in 2019, I became teetotal for three years, completely changing my relationship with alcohol. It's the best decision I’ve ever made and inspired me to start my own business, CleanCo, which is now the largest independent non-alcoholic spirits brand in the world. Building a business has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and I’ve become fascinated by how other people have developed a mindset for success. Each week I’ll be speaking inspirational people to find out what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles and be the best at what they do. This podcast is full of useful tips on how you can become the best version of yourself.
Big Fish and Chip: How I feel about my recent ADHD diagnosis
I've recently been diagnosed with ADHD. At school I always felt different, but never knew why. In this episode, I talk to Chip about how I feel about my diagnosis, how it affects my relationships and what happens in the diagnostic test.
This episode covers:
0’10 - What is ADHD?
1’20- Why I went for a diagnosis
3’30 - How ADHD affects me
6’00 - What happens in the diagnosis test
12’00 - How ADHD might impact relationships (wife, children and work)
23'00 - Why it's important to get an official diagnosis
S3 E7: Kelly Holmes: Self-harm, breakdown and fear of coming out: A double Olympic champion's incredible story of resilience and strength
This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health and self-harm. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please speak to your GP.
Dame Kelly Holmes is a double Olympic Champion and one of the UK’s most popular athletes. She set the British records in the 800m and 1000m metres. Her memoir Unique has just been released - and it’s a beautifully brave and honest book; Kelly tells her story of coming out as gay in her 50s. This was one of my favourite interviews I've ever recorded. Kelly’s story is utterly inspirational. I know you will gain a lot from listening to this.
Big Fish and Chip: How I learned to process my brother’s death
Grief - it’s something that we all will experience. In this episode Chip talks us through the grief cycle and I share my experiences of moving through each stage, including the painful denial I felt after losing my brother which lasted for a year.
This episode covers:
1’00 - What’s the grief process?
2’45 - Stage 1: Denial
7'00 - Stage 2: Bargaining
9’00 - Why you should tell your loved ones how you feel
11’40 - Stage 3: Anger
16’00 - Stage 4: Depression
19’00 - Why I choose to use Mike’s death as a force for good
21’00 - Stage 5: Acceptance
S3 E6: Dean Forbes: Homeless and huge debts: How I became the UK’s top black CEO of a billion-pound company
Dean Forbes is one of the most successful black CEOs in the UK.
He’s the chief executive of Forterro, a tech Unicorn - a company worth over £1bn. He goes into struggling tech businesses, turns them around and gets huge exists - often in the billions. He’s also just been named the UK’s second most influential black person in the Powerlist 2024.
Dean’s story is incredible. He came from a working-class background, raised in Lewisham and his family were made homeless twice. He originally trained to become a professional footballer, but was forced to take a job in a call centre after being let go and amassing thousands in debt.
I absolutely loved my conversation with Dean - he's an utter inspiration.
Big Fish and Chip: Listen to this if you're feeling stressed
I'd find it difficult to admit I'm burnt out. But reading the list of commons signs of burnout made me reflect on whether it's something I've experienced when building CleanCo. This episode is all about stress and burnout; what's the difference and simple ways you can reduce your stress.
In this episode:
1'00 - What is burnout?
4'00 - Why is it difficult to admit you're burnt out?
8'00 - How does stress manifest in different people?
10'00 - Ways to manage stress
11'00 - Why I now do Wim Hoff's breathing method
19'00 - Free ways to reduce stress if you're short of time
S3 E5: The Vamps’ James Brittain-McVey: Disordered eating, anxiety and bullying: The hidden battles of a boy band star
This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to your GP.
James McVey is a musician, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter of The Vamps, the hit boy band, with two-number 1 albums, multiple arena tours and their music has been streamed 6 billion times.
Now James has released his first solo music, which came as an immense challenge after being forced to remain silent following surgery on his vocal chords. In this powerfully honest interview we talk about how James’ childhood shaped him, including overcoming bullying in his teens to issues around his body image.
Love this podcast
Brings a diverse range of topics and people with a talented and inquisitive approach by Spencer to enable a great discussion
Really enjoy your guests .. it’s a brilliant podcast .. the John Belton episode was my favourite to date .. Fascinating story on both your jungle experience .. highly recommend
Love the podcast
Spencer is a great host, doesn’t talk over his guests but equally gives his view point. I do feel he is very far removed from his guests
and comes across that his success and drive is equal to those that grafted all their life whilst also talking on his other podcast about his family business in St Bart’s, lavish upbringing and private schools…. Not really the same
Overall a 5 star as I love the podcast :)