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The First Five Miles

29 EpisodesProduced by Victoria RotheWebsite

New entrepreneurs! Whether you are just starting out or looking to grow your business, you are in the right place. Get advice and inspiration from those that have made owning their own business a reality through this bank of interviews with people that have done it.

29 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Living your life purpose: business transition coach, Tonia Smith

April 12th, 2021


Tonia Smith is a business transition coach. Having built an accomplished international sales career, she is now on a mission to help ambitious, professional women transition from their jobs to launching their aligned …

Your business, your story: with A Box of Stories co-founder, Dhruv Bonnerjee.

March 30th, 2021


Should you raise capital for your startup? How do you choose a business model that works for you? What mistakes should you absolutely avoid? This and …

You've Got Mail: The Good Habit Box Co subscription box founder, Tiffany LeBaron

March 10th, 2021


If you want to be highly successful in life and business, there is no question that you need an incredibly productive routine. Entrepreneur Tiffany …

Demystifying social media: with instagram growth strategist, Katherine Beltran

March 1st, 2021


Katherine Beltran is a business coach for new entrepreneurs that are stuck around the social media question. She helps them to build the foundation of their business with Instagram, advising on marketing and business …

What's It Worth? Valuing your business with Bharat Kanodia

February 16th, 2021


What do you buy when you buy a business? And when you sell an enterprise, what is it you actually sell? Conversation with global business appraiser Bharat Kanodia on the key principles that give a company its value. For …

Learning through play: with paediatric physiotherapist Jack Mantle

January 25th, 2021


Jack Mantle is the founder of JEM Paediatric Physiotherapy. He started out servicing the Great British National Health Service but, after some years within the enormous NHS machine, decided to go his own way, now doing …

Roar! Taming the bully inside and out: with mindset and high performance coach, Marilise de Villiers

January 19th, 2021


Marilise de Villiers’ seemingly high-flying career came at a high price. Behind her incredible performance at work was burn-out, disillusionment - …

Leading with integrity: with exec leadership development coach, Jevin Koleth

January 11th, 2021


Not all leaders are created equal. Some rise to leadership positions through skill-based expertise, not people skills. How do we coach people to grow into people- and value-driven leaders that lead in alignment with …

5 easy ways to programme yourself for incredible success

December 15th, 2020


This year, I interviewed incredible entrepreneurs across industries and across the globe. Fitness visionaries, influencers, authors, dancers, BAFTA winners. Here are these conversations distilled into 5 …

Chop, chat and chilling - with restauranteur Emeka Frederick - Part II

December 7th, 2020


The second part of the interview with restauranteur and co-founder of the much-acclaimed London-based Chuku's, Emeka Frederick. In this half of the interview, Emeka talks about the key 3 questions you need to ask …

Chop, chat and chilling - with restauranteur Emeka Frederick - Part I

December 7th, 2020


What's harder than starting a restaurant business? Starting it as your first business in your twenties, having just walked out of a lucrative …

Voicing your power: artist and philanthropist Deivone M Tanskley Sr.

November 23rd, 2020


Deivone M Tanksley Sr. is a musician, community leader and hospitality entrepreneur with an incredible story. Deivone is the founder of DMTS network,

Going zero (waste) to hero: Baba and Boo founder Eve Bell

November 16th, 2020


Entrepreneur, zero waste hero and kindness champion Eve Bell of Baba and Boo on becoming an accidental entrepreneur, the power of teamwork, and how to make introversion your super power.

Raising society: Koru Kids Founder and CEO Rachel Carrell

November 2nd, 2020


Former McKinsey consultant and health technology CEO Rachel Carrell on how great childcare is a foundation for a great society and making the …

Leading from within: conscious leadership with the Leaders of Change

October 26th, 2020


Shenuma Kashta and JoJo Graham are incredible leaders individually but, in coming together, they have created a movement beyond themselves.  Leaders of Change is a learning platform for leaders, entrepreneurs and …

Saving America: Financial Services thought leader Christ Warren

October 19th, 2020


Born in Cameroon as the eldest of seven, Christ Warren is now on a mission in the States, using financial services education and his personal leadership thought platform to drive societal change.  Mission number 1? …

Saying it with flowers: Sophie and Luna founder Sandra Blanco

October 12th, 2020


Sandra Blanco is the creator behind Sophie and Luna Bridal and Couture - stunning flower designs that last forever. Conversation on self-knowledge, creating for a better world and living aligned to your dreams. Watch …

Giving a little love: Advent of Change with Kristina Salceanu

October 4th, 2020


What do Sir Richard Branson,  the former Prime Minister and Radio 1 DJs have in common? They all love Advent of Change! Kristina Salceanu is  spreading the magic of Christmas (giving) by offering the world something …

Spreading the light: with luxury candle entrepreneur Jo Macfarlane

September 28th, 2020


How do you commercialise a business you built at the kitchen table? Award-winning entrepreneur Jo Macfarlane ( has done just that. She went from sharing the joy of candle making with friends to helping …

Staying true to your roots: with Mr Blackman's Marc Belle

September 20th, 2020


Side hustle and small business series: Marc Belle went from dreaming of designing music covers in Barbados to creating an award-winning Bajan-Inspired men's cosmetics range, Mr Blackman's, named one of GQ's 7 best men's …

Having their cake (and eating it too): The Big Bake's Eloise Frank and Adam Chaudhri

September 5th, 2020


Adam Chaudhri (cake personality: Bakewell tart) and Eloise Frank (cake personality: banana bread) are the dream team behind The Big Bakes, twice shortlisted for Small Business Entrepreneurs of the Year. The duo met …

Saying YES to yourself: with dance entrepreneur, fashion blogger and influencer, Ziba Lennox

August 27th, 2020


Ziba Lennox is the co-founder of MaZi dance fitness Chicago, founder of fashion and lifestyle blog and an Instagram influencer @zibalennox. Her mission is to inspire other and share knowledge on …

Walking on the wild side: with fitness entrepreneur James Griffiths

August 12th, 2020


How do you hit - and stay at - your peak state? James Griffiths is the founder of Wild Training: the gym, online workout platform and app. James’ …

Fun and games: from Bridgend to the BAFTAs with tech and gaming entrepreneur Richard Pring

August 6th, 2020


In gaming, Richard Pring is kind of a big deal. He is a Multi-Award Winning film and video games director, producer, designer and entrepreneur, …

Opening big conversations: The Urban Vision with Prathima Manohar

July 30th, 2020


Prathima Manohar is an architect and founder of the Think - Do - Tank, The Urban Vision. Prathima has spent more than a decade working with leaders and influencers across the globe on transforming the spaces we live, …

Starting small, thinking big: Bplasticfree and Waxyz with Catriona Mann

July 23rd, 2020


Have you ever had a great idea (or 100) but did nothing with it? Not Catriona Mann! Catriona turned her aha moment into the birth of her business BPlasticFree and her product Waxyz, an environmentally friendly reusable …

Doin' it for the kids (and mamas!): Holy Mama yoga retreats and feminine leadership with Claudia Spahr

July 23rd, 2020


Claudia Spahr is the entrepreneurial founder of Holy Mama restorative retreats for mother and child, running in dream paradise destinations of Ibiza, …

What makes a leader?

July 23rd, 2020


Welcome to The Leadership Blog. This episode opens the conversation on what leadership is, why it matters and how we all have the potential to be leaders in our own lives. Leaders are not only to be found in business or …

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