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We believe Northern Ireland has a better story to tell — one that goes beyond bombs, bullets and a sunken ship. You are part of this story. With 180+ conversations featuring some of the incredible people who call this place home, our weekly show gives you the chance to get away from the clickbait and connect with the amazing things happening on your doorstep. Previous guests include NASA Scientists, Billion-Dollar CEOs, 91-year-old parkrunners, teenaged entrepreneurs, Oscar-winning directors ...
 
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Welcome to Sport Inspires, a podcast recorded with the Mary Peters Trust and made possible by the Coca-cola Thank you Fund. Today’s episode is with Irish Hockey Captain Katie Mullan, the Coleraine player leading the team to their first-ever Olympic Games. Along the way myself and Gold Medalist Lady Mary Peters ask about : The role team spirit has p…
 
Pamela and Richard Lilburn are the owners of Brookvale Farm, a 100-year old family farm that has been taking County Down by storm after they installed a milk vending machine just a few months ago. It’s where I get my milk, it’s the best milk I’ve ever tasted in Northern Ireland if you like a bit of nostalgia, it even comes in a reusable glass bottl…
 
Christine Boyle is the CEO of Senergy, a Belfast-based business bringing the world’s first nanocomposite solar thermal panels to market later this year. Not only is their technology is 50% cheaper and 3-4 times more efficient than other solar options, but they’ve also raised £1.7 million of investment while still retaining 96% ownership (!) In toda…
 
Dr Lucy Tallents is a wildlife conservationist who spent 10 years teaching at Oxford University before launching her environmental e-learning start-up VerdantLearn. After spending many years in the field herself, Lucy’s next adventure is to empower wildlife conservation professionals around the world through VerdantLearn’s collaborative online lear…
 
Stephen Dunn describes himself as “just an ordinary guy” — despite cycling the entire length of Ireland, running marathons and becoming the first environmental consultant in Northern Ireland. After the success of his first business SDS Energy, Stephen and his co-founder Brian have created a new start-up called CarbonFIT: whose sole purpose is to he…
 
Blayne Shaw is an entrepreneur who worked in his family’s fashion business. Toyah Warnock is a Chemistry PhD who worked in a lab. Now they’re co-founders of Lane44: an eco-friendly shaving company who are on a mission to end the 1 billion plastic razors sent to landfill sites each year. In today’s episode we talk about: How the humble yet might saf…
 
Hey folks. Hope you’re doing well. Just hopping on to give you a quick heads up about an exciting new mini-series we’re rolling out next week… ‘Climate Of Change’ is a five-part podcast series presented in partnership with Ulster Bank featuring Northern Irish start-ups who are tackling the climate challenge. Each episode is an opportunity to discov…
 
Chris Gunning is the Finance Transformation Service lead at Heineken in Amsterdam where he has been living with his family over the last 20 years. Starting off back in Belfast with an Accountancy Degree from Queens, he’s since lived and worked all over the world on every continent — except Antarctica — for Global Tech Companies, Automotive business…
 
Anna and Carl Isaksson are the founders of Hotbox: Northern Ireland’s first ever beach sauna experience. The idea is simple yet utterly genius: what if after a cold plunge in the sea you could cosy into a sauna to sweat it out with your nearest and dearest? In today's episode we talk about: Working for and kissing kings How a gal from NI ended up m…
 
Hello and welcome to the Sport Inspires Podcast — a new series in collaboration with The Mary Peters Trust and the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. Each episode will give you the chance to listen in on conversations with Northern Ireland’s incredible sports men and women on the topics of performance, mental health and life after sport. Our first episode i…
 
Ian Browne is an entrepreneur, fellow-Ormeau Baths resident and COO of the Ignite Accelerator Program. He’s spent time in San Francisco, helped launch hundreds of start-ups and has experience building and selling his own. In this week’s episode we talk about: Riding a horse across Cuba Quitting a job to start his own business The start-up ecosystem…
 
Jaz Mooney is a publican from Northern Ireland who built-up an insane portfolio of pubs during the Troubles like The Fly bar, Madison’s Hotel, McHugh’s, The Nothern Whig, Ryan’s Bar and Grill, The Kings Head, The Globe Bar, Apartment Bar, The Rotterdam Bar and of course The Botanic Inn (aka The Bot!) After being trained at what became the Universit…
 
Hello! Today is a bit of an experimental episode where I catch up with Rob Cantle from the Producer's Club to talk through his favourite Best Of Belfast podcast episodes! The idea is simple: what if every quarter or so, we hop on a pod with a listener to swap notes and stories about some episodes from deep within the archive or the show’s recent pa…
 
Hey friends — bringing something a little different to you today — a slow-cooked conversation with good friend and fellow creative Simon Worthington. We cover a lot of random things in this chat from our Queen's Gambit-inspired chess obsession, skateboarding, writing and early mornings, but the real meat and potatoes of the conversation (starting a…
 
Samuel Davidson (1846 – 1921) was an engineer from Belfast who invented the air conditioning fan, brought tea to Northern Ireland and founded Sirocco Works — a manufacturer of machines that employed over 1000 people. He was also a self-taught musician, photographer and world-traveller in a time when ‘a business trip to India’ meant a 66-day journey…
 
Sheree Atcheson is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert from Sri Lanka/County Tyrone currently living in London! Listed as one of the UK's Most Influential Women in Tech, Sheree (@nirushika) worked for the likes of Deloitte and Monzo before becoming the Global Director Of Diversity and Inclusion at Peakon. Alongside being a regular contributor at…
 
Ever since she was little, Lydia Hodgins has dreamed of working with food (even though the teachers wanted her to study Latin instead). During the lockdown, this dream became a reality when she and her partner Justin launched Local Box — a digital ‘corner shop’ that delivers high-quality NI food to your door. In this episode we caught up with Lydia…
 
Ian Richardson has come a long way from cleaning glasses in his parent’s pub. As a Landscape Architect and the founder of multiple start-ups he now spends his days reinventing the way cities work. Being deeply passionate about the environment, he believes entrepreneurship is the solution to global problems like climate change and his current ventur…
 
10-years ago, Terry from Mumbai proposed to Judy from Budapest at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. From there they travelled all over the world, launched a business and moved to Belfast to start a family. But when the pandemic hit — causing Terry to lose his job — the couple were put in a tricky situation… especially since Judy had just had b…
 
When Eva, Josh and Donal signed up to go university, they would have laughed if you told them that a few years later they’d be directors in their own Animation Studio. But when COVID wiped out all of their placement opportunities, they decided to go out and create their own — launching Aura Digital in the process. In today’s episode, hear how three…
 
Murphy & Bailey is a luxury pet boutique on the Belmont Road in East Belfast that launched during lockdown. It’s founded by Jude and Karen — two dog-loving, high-flying corporates who met while walking their dogs Murphy and Bailey at the local park. In today’s episode, hear why they traded established careers for the start-up life, what it was like…
 
Paul Moore is the Director of Future Screens NI and the Professor of Creative Technologies at Ulster University. He's also a TEDxSpeaker, fellow Ormeau Baths resident, lifelong Deadhead and has even spent a few years riding with the Hells Angels for part of his PhD. In today's episode we talk about: What it was like growing up in the 50s/60s in Bel…
 
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