Drew Goodall

Drew Goodall

A shining success

Actor Drew Goodall ended up homeless after severe bouts of depression. But he picked himself up by shining shoes, building a social enterprise that changes lives on the streets of London, writes Steve Dyson.

Paul Ellis

Ecology chief executive Paul Ellis

People before pounds

Ecology chief executive Paul Ellis has been in his role for longer than any other building society boss. He tells Mike Hughes how he’s managed to stay at the top for 22 years as so much around him has changed.

Alan van Kleef

Alan van Kleef

Banging the drum

Mike Hughes meets Alan van Kleef, a drum maker who is beating out a rhythm for entrepreneurs.

Putting his best foote forward

Putting his best foote forward

A nightmare experience of buying a Spanish apartment prompted Andy Foote to launch his own business to make property investment easier. Steve Dyson reports.

Kevin Jabou

Kevin Jabou

Cool customer

Product designer Kevin Jabou spent nearly a decade perfecting the ‘iceless ice bucket’. The result is Kaelo, which is winning fans around the globe, as Peter Ranscombe reports.

Nathan John

Nathan John

Music to his ears

Nathan John tells Maria McGeoghan how listening to rapper Tupac gave him the idea for Rewise Learning, which delivers education through music.

Tony Hilton

Tony Hilton

Beyond the prison gate

While serving a sentence for fraud, Tony Hilton used his time in prison to develop Gone for Good, an app that connects charity shops to donations, writes Maria McGeoghan.

Harsha Rathnayake

Harsha Rathnayake

Making money from rubbish

Entrepreneur and Sri Lankan immigrant Harsha Rathnayake worked three jobs to get his business off the ground, as Steve Dyson explains.

Sandy Lindsay

Sandy Lindsay

Tangerine dream

Growing up on what she calls one of the worst council estates in Telford, Sandy Lindsay founded her own communications consultancy and launched The Juice Academy, which trains digital apprentices, as Maria McGeoghan reports.

Steve Dougan

Steve Dougan, head of graduate enterprise at Teesside University

Getting ready for launch

Steve Dougan, head of graduate enterprise at Teesside Universitysupport to entrepreneurs., explains how Teesside Launchpad was set up to provide

Jules Quinn

Jules Quinn

Something’s brewing

Entrepreneur Jules Quinn has turned two ideas into big business and she explains to Paul Robertson how it all started after a bad experience on a work placement.