Welcome the Impact podcast. Through my career as an athlete, broadcaster, business advisor and investor I get to meet a huge amount of people, from all walks of life. There are so many private conversations that I think are worth making public, putting a spotlight on people and organisations that have a pioneering spirit, and are motivated to make positive change. Having a catalogue of these conversations also appeals to the documentarian in me, so we can look back in years to come and see what these ambitions have gone on to become. Impact is primarily a business podcast, and is the sister series to the Endurance podcast series, which focusses on my athletic interests.
The Impact podcast is supported by a business which I am proud to be a partner in, Eos Advisory, who back early-stage innovation in science, engineering and technology, mainly in Scotland, businesses that are answering some of the worlds big questions around healthcare, renewables, food and water security and climate change.
Episode 11 - Mark Scott from Bella and Duke
Mark Scott has been an entrepreneur and investor since leaving school. He is one of this people who is constantly questioning and challenging norms, which has led to him co-founding his latest business venture, Bella and Duke, a raw pet food company. The reason I was keen to record a conversation with Mark was to understand how he has taken his personal interests around bio hacking for health and wellbeing, into his work. Mark loves working with like minded people and surrounding himself with talented, enthusiastic and motivated people who want to make a difference.
In this interview we talk about how Mark ‘ate like a dog to see what happened’ – and you can read the article here: https://www.bellaandduke.com/about-us/press-release/ceo-mark-scott-ate-like-a-dog/
Twitter: @Scotmanwithno and @BellaAndDuke
Episode 10 - Hazel Robertson
Hazel Robertson is a Life and Mindset Coach who now helps busy and ambitious entrepreneurs and professionals get everything on their to-do lists done.
Hazel has a great passion for adventure sports, having been on major expeditions all over the globe including trans Alaska, supporting her husband Luke’s south pole trek and being a guide for the Polar Academy, who you will hear about in this conversation.
Hazel has taken the planning and executing of major expeditions into the world of entrepreneurs and business leaders – not just promoting productivity, but also the importance of how our changing climate is affecting not just the environment and wildlife and people that live and our everyday lives.
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.cn/in/hazelerobertson
Website - https://www.everyday-impact.com
Instagram – @hazelerobertson
Episode 9 - Sandy Kennedy
Sandy Kennedy is the CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland, that has the simple and bold ambition to help make Scotland one of the more entrepreneurial countries on the planet. The Saltire Programmes form a part of the great work of ES, and something Mark benefited from personally when he was a student.
Episode 8 - Mark Simmers
Mark Simmers is the CEO of Celtic Renewables, an exciting Scottish low-carbon technology that converts unwanted and low-value biological material into high-value renewable chemicals, sustainable biofuel and other commercially and environmentally valuable commodities. Their first focus is the bi-products of the whisky industry.
Episode 7 - Caroline McKenna
Caroline McKenna is the founder and CEO of Social Good Connect, whose mission is to make employee volunteering simple. What does that mean? Well, charities often don’t know how to talk to corporates, and businesses want to make positive impact in the communities they are a part of, but don’t know who to speak to. They need a match maker, someone who can connect these charity needs and business wants. They help charities save time on recruitment and give access to a wider audience of motivated, skilled volunteers. For employers they help improve community impact and employee wellbeing.
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/social-good-connect/
Twitter - @sgconnect1
Instagram – @socialgoodconnect
Episode 6 - Mark Bamforth
After growing up in Glasgow, Mark Bamforth worked in the oil and whisky industries before starting his entrepreneurial journey in biotech, with a series of highly successful businesses in the United States, where he has been based for many years. Mark Beaumont has known Mark Bamforth for over a decade through his support for Entrepreneurial Scotland and passion for backing careers and businesses. This conversation covers a range of topics from the personal attributes needed to step out in business, his current work in area of the microbiome and changes in healthcare over the decades, and also Scotland's place in the world when it comes to creating impact.