VOOM Podcast

About this podcast

The VOOM Podcast, brought to you by Virgin Media Business is back for a new series exploring the stories of disruptive business and world class entrepreneurs.

Nikki Bedi talks to mavericks, innovators and risk takers to find out what it takes to see beyond everyday obstacles, and what enables the world’s most creative people to think differently. And with an eye to the future, we’ll be meeting the next generation of business leaders with reports from this years’ VOOM competition – the UK and Ireland’s most exciting pitch event, with £1 million pounds worth of prizes and business support up for grabs.

You can listen to the VOOM Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

Series 4

05: Live from the semi-finals

In this episode of the VOOM Podcast Nikki Bedi is at the 2018 VOOM semi-final event in Manchester to soak up the competition atmosphere as companies get ready to pitch.

Series 3

01: Ethical food with Green & Blacks, FoodCloud and GrowUP

The Voom Podcast returns for series three with a food industry special. Nikki Bedi is joined by Craig Sams - the fair trade pioneer behind Green & Black's chocolate - as well as social entrepreneur and previous Voom competition finalist Iseult Ward.

02: Property with Live-in Guardians, WikiHouse and The Modern House

Nikki Bedi presents a Voom Podcast property special. Joining her in the studio are Arthur Duke, who explains how he took on the property guardianship sector with his company Live-in Guardians, and Alastair Parvin, who shares the story behind the open-source building movement, WikiHouse.

03: Gaming with Ian Livingstone and Jude Ower

This week on the Voom Podcast Nikki Bedi takes a dive into the multi-billion dollar industry of gaming. She's joined by Ian Livingstone, the man described by the press as "patient zero for the epidemic of UK geek culture".

Series 2

01: Sex Toys with Jacqueline Gold

The VOOM Podcast returns for series two, as we kick things off with an interview with one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, Jacqueline Gold. Her story is one of empowerment, both in the boardroom and in the bedroom.

05: Beauty with Tangle Teezer, Ruuby and Skin & Tonic

Nikki Bedi meets one of Dragons' Den's most successful failures - entrepreneur Shaun Pulfrey, whose product Tangle Teezer was first laughed off as a 'hair brained idea'. Nearly a decade later his company is going from strength to strength, with a valuation somewhere close to £200 million.

06: A year of business tips

VOOM Award winner Olly Bolton (from drinks brand What A Melon) and business journalist Harriet Minter (former editor of the Guardian's Women in Leadership section) join Nikki Bedi to pick out some of the best tips from the VOOM Podcast in 2016.

Series 1

01: Food with Paul Lindley and Gem Misa

In this first episode Nikki explores the food industry we Ella's Kitchen founder Paul Lindley and Gem Misa of Cauli Rice, expect tales success, failure and some tips to help you on your own entrepreneurial journey.

02: Apps with Shazam and Dice

Nikki Bedi dives into the world of apps. Joining her for a conversation on how to break into the industry and what the future may hold for app's are Shazam founder Chris Barton and Head of Music at Dice, Russ Tannen.

03: Finance with Change Group & Pariti

Nikki Bedi is joined by Sacha Zackariya, CEO of Change Group – a leading foreign currency exchange company serving around 2.5 million customers a year and Matthew Ford, entrepeneur and founder of Pariti – a new app that helps to manage personal finance by setting savings targets

04: Innovation with TechHub & Opto VR

Nikki Bedi is joined by Elizabeth Varley, the Founder and CEO of TechHub, and Richard Stephens, co-founder of Opto VR - a new kind of Virtual Reality Headset.

06: Fashion with Farfetch & Unmade

It's a VOOM fashion special, with Farfetch founder José Neves and Hall Watts, co-founder of Unmade, joining us in the studio. Not only that, we've sent roving reporter Richard Branson out into the field to speak with two of the biggest names in the industry - Tyra Banks and Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

07: Emma Sinclair & Jessica Huie

Nikki Bedi is joined by an all-female line-up, including Emma Sinclair MBE, who shares thoughts on the traits she needed to become the youngest person to float a company on the London stock exchange, before conquering the car parking industry, and then turning to tech.

08: WeTransfer & miPic

Host Nikki Bedi is joined by Nalden, the blogger turned tech entrepreneur behind WeTransfer - the online file sharing service that serves around one billion transfers a year.

09: Jimmy's Iced Coffee & The London Distillery

Nikki Bedi hosts a drinks industry special featuring Jim Cregan - the part-time 'mermaid entertainer' turned iced coffee magnate, and Darren Rook - the first entrepreneur to open a whisky distillery in London in over century.