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Very Impressive People

29 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 3 years ago -

The people behind the idea! 
Jimmy Carpenter & Sophie Gallagher chat to impressive people about their impressive ideas. How did they take a seed of an idea and make it grow? Dr Michael Mosley reversed his type-2 diabetes by creating the 5:2 diet. Thomasina Miers  combined her love of cooking and her love of travel to Mexico to create the Wahaca chain of restaurants. This series gives you the chance to learn, discover and be inspired by those who’ve gifted us by making it happen!!!

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21: Making the most of everyday with Holly Tucker MBE - Founder of Not On The High Street

April 26, 2021 17:34 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

Jimmy Carpenter chats to Holly Tucker MBE, who founded 'Not On The High Street' in 2006. Since then, she's created 'Holly & Co.' which supports small businesses through the highs and lows of their business journey. She also interviewed over 100 people on her own podcast series 'Conversations of Inspiration' AND... she's written a new book called 'Do What You Love, Love What You Do: The Empowering Secrets to Turn Your Passion into Profit'. You can follow Jimmy on Twitter, Instagram or fin...

20: Roblox game creators of Sharkbite, Max & Simon

March 06, 2021 14:44 - 25 minutes - 23.5 MB

Jimmy Carpenter chats to 23 year olds Max and Simon, who met on the Roblox gaming platform and created an immensely popular game, Sharkbite that has had over 850 million plays, all while living in separate cities.  They started playing Roblox when they were 13, and met while playing games on the platform. Their parents weren’t very sure about Roblox as a full-time job – they didn’t create Sharkbite until they were 18 and throughout their teenage years their parents thought it was a waste of...

19: Talking Tom app creator, Iza Login

March 06, 2021 14:14 - 30 minutes - 27.7 MB

Jimmy chats to Iza Login, a co-creator of the world renowned app Talking Tom. Iza tells how she and her husband Simo created several apps that failed before they found success with Talking Tom. They're also the subject of a new book called ‘7 Unicorn Drive: From Startup to a Billion Dollar Sale in 7 Years’. As Bloomberg news put it "Samo and Iza Login were Slovenian high school sweethearts who studied computer science in college and then decided, in 2009, to get into the business of apps....

18: Hostage bailiff to multi-million pound investor, Jamie Waller

March 06, 2021 14:05 - 50 minutes - 45.9 MB

Jimmy Carpenter chats to British entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor, Jamie Waller. Jamie is probably best known for founding his self-confessed “unsexy business”, where he set up a debt collection agency called the JBW Group which led to him starring in the BBC TV series ‘The Enforcers’. He grew up in Bethnal Green, leaving school at 16 with no qualifications but by the age of 22 he’d made his first million. Along the way of trying to tidy up the debt collection business, he’s been ...

17: Helping kids with cancer, meet the Little Princess Trust

February 15, 2021 16:38 - 29 minutes - 27 MB

Jimmy Carpenter chats to Wendy Tarplee-Morris, the founder of the Little Princess Trust, a charity she founded in 2006 after losing her daughter to cancer. The charity provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment. Not only that, but they offer hope by funding research projects to try and put an end to the need. Wendy shares the amazing milestones they've reached and the heart-breaking story of how it began, plus...

16: Taking risks with Wahaca co-founder & Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers

January 25, 2021 15:51 - 29 minutes - 26.9 MB

Jimmy Carpenter chats to Thomasina Miers OBE, a cook, writer and the co-founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants. She is also the first ever winner of Masterchef! After trying to find a career in advertising, VAT consultancy, journalism and digital consultancy, "Tommi" finally met Clarissa Dickson Wright who told her to follow her passion. Following trips overseas to Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and to Mexico, she came back to the UK and ended up winning Maste...

15: How depression led to creating BBC TV's Q.I with John Lloyd

January 24, 2021 15:15 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

Jimmy Carpenter is joined by John Lloyd CBE, a TV comedy producer and writer behind the likes of 'Not The Nine O'Clock News', 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Spitting Image, Blackadder and Q.I. He is currently the presenter of BBC Radio 4's 'The Museum of Curiosity'. During their conversation, John discusses how ideas come to us, how 10 years with depression led to his greatest idea, Q.I which has now been on the BBC for 18 years. He talks about how he eventually won his pitch for th...

14: Landing your dream job with Triumph Motorcycles, Chief Product Officer Steve Sargent

December 15, 2020 04:00 - 23 minutes - 21.6 MB

Triumph Motorcycles Chief Product Officer, Steve Sargent tells Jimmy Carpenter about how his obsessive love of motorcycles as a young man led to career with the British iconic brand. From film stars like James Dean, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen riding their bikes in the sixties, to Pamela Anderson riding one in Barb and Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button in later years. Former England footballer David Beckham and Fitness star Joe Wicks are also big fans! Originally started in 1885, Triumph i...

13: James Bond Stuntman - Matthew Stirling

November 15, 2020 15:22 - 31 minutes - 28.9 MB

Matthew Stirling chats to Jimmy Carpenter about the sliding doors moment that led him to become one of the best stuntmen in film. From starring with Daniel Craig in the James Bond movie Spectre to a fight scene with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Fast and Furious 6, Matthew gives us an insight into the inner workings of his job. Matthew talks about the tough training requirements from a minimum of 200 skydives, to learning two martial arts, to gold standard trampolining.  Despite his profes...

12: Betfair & mastering the 80:20 Principle - Richard Koch

November 03, 2020 21:03 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

Richard Koch is an entrepreneur, investor, former strategy consultant, and the author of the 80/20 principle - the secret of achieving more with less. His investments include Filofax, Plymouth Gin, Belgo and Betfair (the world’s largest betting exchange). His new book is called Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve it. In it, he asks how do people of seemingly ordinary talent go on to achieve unexpected results and the nine key traits that successful people hold to reach great heights. ...

11: Sir Tom Hunter - Sports Division to million pound charity donor

October 02, 2020 12:33 - 26 minutes - 24.4 MB

On this episode, Jimmy Carpenter chats to Sir Tom Hunter, who built up Sports Division from selling trainers out the back of his van. In 1998 he went on to sell the business for just over £290m to JJB Sports. He went on to became Scotland's first ever homegrown billionaire, he's raised millions for charity from BBC Children In Need to the annual Kiltwalk, and through charity he’s become friends with Barack Obama and Leonardo Di Caprio.   WEBSITE: www.veryimpressivepeople.co.uk TWITTER: @t...

10: From start-up to multi-million pound business, Vanarama - Andy Alderson

August 31, 2020 11:37 - 24 minutes - 22.5 MB

On this episode, Jimmy chats to Andy Alderson, the mastermind behind Vanarama - an online vehicle lease company. From start-up to a turnover of £81m, Andy will share his tips for selling, the power of gut instinct and how an accumulation of data and events leads you to decision making and how to learn from making mistakes. You can follow him on Twitter @Andyalderson_1 or visit vanarama.co.uk and you'll find me @JCarpenter82 or at www.veryimpressivepeople.co.uk

9: Flip It author & motivational speaker - Michael Heppell

August 31, 2020 11:33 - 22 minutes - 20.9 MB

On this episode Jimmy chats to the mastermind behind the Sunday Times NO.1 Best selling book - Flip It. He’ll share his tips to re-jig your mental state from negative to positive with a very easy tool, he’ll share the tips and tricks behind helping celebrities likes of Sara Cox and Davina McCall, we talk about the books that got him started in the industry and Michael challenges Rhonda Byrne’s worldwide phenomenon, The Secret. You can follow him on Twitter @MichaelHeppell and visit his web...

8: 5:2 Diet creator Dr Michael Mosley

August 31, 2020 11:30 - 23 minutes - 21.7 MB

On this episode, Jimmy Carpenter speaks to Dr Michael Mosley about how he created the 5:2 diet. We talk about the process of reversing type 2 diabetes, fasting, gut bacteria, being vegan and that Netflix programme ‘Game Changers’, plus our mental health in lockdown. He says that the research shows if you eat junk food, you’re more likely to experience a higher rate of depression. Dr Michael Mosley not only created the 5:2 diet but he’s presented on the BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor, Horizon ...

7: Creator of Masterchef & Director of Quadrophenia - Franc Roddam

June 07, 2020 16:13 - 47 minutes - 43.3 MB

Franc Roddam is the Director of the cult classic 'Quadrophenia' which famously features the music of The Who. He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, 'Masterchef', he also produced formats for 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He directed the award-winning TV drama Dummy, and he directed the Grammy-nominated/Golden Globe nominated US mini-series 'Moby Dick'.  Here, he chats to Sophie Gallagher about his career as well as sharing his pearls of wisdom for getting on in your career and on generating idea...

7: Franc Roddam - Creator of Masterchef & director of Quadrophenia

June 07, 2020 16:13 - 47 minutes - 43.3 MB

Franc Roddam is the Director of the cult classic 'Quadrophenia' which famously features the music of The Who. He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, 'Masterchef', he also produced formats for 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He directed the award-winning TV drama Dummy, and he directed the Grammy-nominated/Golden Globe nominated US mini-series 'Moby Dick'.  Here, he chats to Sophie Gallagher about his career as well as sharing his pearls of wisdom for getting on in your career and on generating ideas.

6: Duncan Gray - TV Exec & Creator

April 13, 2020 11:45 - 36 minutes - 33.4 MB

Duncan Gray is a TV exec and the creator of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant & Dec, he hired James Corden for Sky's League of Their Own and he was an exec on Jimmy Kimmel's US chat show for three and half years.  Duncan says how a mix of Tiswas and Simon Mayo's Radio 1 influenced the Big Breakfast and how Simon later helped save his sanity! As an ideas creator, Duncan also shares his advice for making your ideas work.

6: Big Breakfast & Saturday Night Takeaway creator - Duncan Gray (TV Exec)

April 13, 2020 11:45 - 36 minutes - 33.4 MB

Duncan Gray is a TV exec and the creator of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant & Dec, he hired James Corden for Sky's League of Their Own and he was an exec on Jimmy Kimmel's US chat show for three and half years.  Duncan says how a mix of Tiswas and Simon Mayo's Radio 1 influenced the Big Breakfast and how Simon later helped save his sanity! As an ideas creator, Duncan also shares his advice for making your ideas work.

5: First person in history to reach the three poles - Erling Kagge (Norweigan Explorer and author of 'Silence')

December 20, 2019 20:56 - 27 minutes - 24.9 MB

Erling Kagge is a Norweigan explorer who was the first in history to reach the 'three poles' - North, South and the summit of Everest. He once spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica in silence. His book of the same name is an international phenomenon which shows us how to find perfect silence in our daily lives, however busy we are. Erling is also a lawyer, art collector, entrepreneur, politician, and publisher. Sir Ranulph Fiennes says 'As an explorer Erling Kagge is world class; a...

5: Erling Kagge - Norweigan Explorer and author of 'Silence'

December 20, 2019 20:56 - 27 minutes - 24.8 MB

Erling Kagge is a Norweigan explorer who was the first in history to reach the 'three poles' - North, South and the summit of Everest. He once spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica in silence. His book of the same name is an international phenomenon which shows us how to find perfect silence in our daily lives, however busy we are. Erling is also a lawyer, art collector, entrepreneur, politician, and publisher. Sir Ranulph Fiennes says 'As an explorer Erling Kagge is world class; as...

4: Natalie & Dan Reynolds - Fred & Noah Children's Clothing

December 20, 2019 20:52 - 19 minutes - 17.8 MB

Fred & Noah is a small UK brand which make luxury clothing for boys and girls. Specialising in unisex, baby and toddler leggings. It was founded by husband and wife team Natalie & Daniel Reynolds in 2014. Fred and Noah are their two boys. Their clothing has been seen in photos with the Duchess of Cambridge, Fearne Cotton and Natasha Evans. 

4: Fred & Noah Children's Clothing - Natalie & Dan Reynolds

December 20, 2019 20:52 - 19 minutes - 17.8 MB

Fred & Noah is a small UK brand which make luxury clothing for boys and girls. Specialising in unisex, baby and toddler leggings. It was founded by husband and wife team Natalie & Daniel Reynolds in 2014. Fred and Noah are their two boys. Their clothing has been seen in photos with the Duchess of Cambridge, Fearne Cotton and Boris Johnson. 

3: Hollywood make-up artist & designer - Nikoletta Skarlatos

December 20, 2019 20:48 - 58 minutes - 53.9 MB

Today's guest is makeup artist and designer Nikoletta Skarlatos, behind such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunger Games, and Spiderman. She has collaborated with the House of Chanel and the Estee Lauder Corporation as makeup artist, makeup designer and product developer.

3: Nikoletta Skarlatos - Hollywood make-up artist & designer

December 20, 2019 20:48 - 58 minutes - 53.9 MB

Today's guest is makeup artist and designer Nikoletta Skarlatos, behind such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunger Games, and Spiderman. She has collaborated with the House of Chanel and the Estee Lauder Corporation as makeup artist, makeup designer and product developer.

2: Paul Lindley OBE - Ella's Kitchen founder

December 20, 2019 20:38 - 42 minutes - 38.6 MB

Paul Lindley OBE is an award-winning British entrepreneur and children's welfare campaigner. He founded the organic baby and children's food brand Ella's Kitchen in 2006, today, it's the UK’s number one baby food brand, retailing in major markets around the world with a global turnover of over $100 million.  He's the author of 'Little Wins: The Power of Thinking Like A Toddler', in 2018, Paul was appointed Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Trustee o...

2: Ella's Kitchen Founder - Paul Lindley OBE

December 20, 2019 20:38 - 42 minutes - 38.6 MB

Paul Lindley OBE is an award-winning British entrepreneur and children's welfare campaigner. He founded the organic baby and children's food brand Ella's Kitchen in 2006, today, it's the UK’s number one baby food brand, retailing in major markets around the world with a global turnover of over $100 million.  He's the author of 'Little Wins: The Power of Thinking Like A Toddler', in 2018, Paul was appointed Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Trustee...

1: Coldplay's colour wristbands inventor - Jason Regler

July 21, 2019 13:42 - 58 minutes - 53.8 MB

"You could just see Chris Martin trying not to smile during the song" Coldplay's concerts have been revolutionised by those colour changing wristbands adding a 'wow factor' to their live shows.  Inventor John Regler was facing bankruptcy and a failed relationship when he had the idea for a wristband that would glow in time with music. How did he get Chris Martin and the band to say yes? Hear about how it's changed his life since plus the trial and errors of inventing other ideas and runnin...

1: #1: Jason Regler - Inventor of Coldplay Colour Wristbands

July 21, 2019 13:42 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

"You could just see Chris Martin trying not to smile during the song" Coldplay's concerts have been revolutionised by those colour changing wristbands adding a 'wow factor' to their live shows.  Inventor John Regler was facing bankruptcy and a failed relationship when he had the idea for a wristband that would glow in time with music. How did he get Chris Martin and the band to say yes? Hear about how it's changed his life since plus the trial and errors of inventing other ideas and running b...

1: Jason Regler - Inventor of Coldplay Colour Wristbands

July 21, 2019 13:42 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

"You could just see Chris Martin trying not to smile during the song" Coldplay's concerts have been revolutionised by those colour changing wristbands adding a 'wow factor' to their live shows.  Inventor John Regler was facing bankruptcy and a failed relationship when he had the idea for a wristband that would glow in time with music. How did he get Chris Martin and the band to say yes? Hear about how it's changed his life since plus the trial and errors of inventing other ideas and running b...

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