The Hero’s Journey With Mark Dowds (#44)

You may know Mark Dowds as an early investor in Uber, the Chief Operating Officer of Trov, and one the of key people behind the Ormeau Baths coworking space in Belfast. But he sees himself more as “just a guy from Northern Ireland,” a dedicated husband, father, ultra-marathoner, keen cyclist and “possibly the worst pupil the all-boys school Inst has ever seen.”

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Talking Craft With Musicians Johnny James & Rebekah Fitch (#43)

Today we’re joined by two incredibly talented young musicians - Johnny James and Rebekah Fitch.

After meeting on Instagram the two have gone on to perform and record together, with their latest single dropping last week.

In this unfiltered conversation, we chat about how they got into music, the challenges of the creative process and their new song Hiding.

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‘Being Yourself’ With Andrew McCracken And Jason Harvey From GoFyt (#37)

When Andrew McCracken and Jason Harvey met 10 years ago, they had no idea they’d end up co-founding GoFyt, a successful sports tech start-up based in Belfast. After getting injured just before the race of his career in the Commonwealth Games, Jason struggled to find a local physio and get the therapy he needed, despite having a huge range of contacts in the fitness industry.

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The Art Of ‘Diving In’ With Street Artist Danni Simpson (#36)

After quitting her marketing job in Australia, Danni Simpson bought a one-way ticket to Europe to pursue a career as an artist. Stopping off in Belfast for a short-trip to visit her granny spiralled into working on a number of murals in the city while living above the Harp Bar… It wasn’t long before Danni decided to move to Northern Ireland full-time.

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Talking Potatoes With Jack Hamilton From Mash Direct (#34)

Jack Hamilton is a 6th generational farmer with a twist. After the family farm faced financial difficulties, the Hamilton Family took the potato industry by surprise and founded Mash Direct.
What started as a mash-potato delivery service via van has grown into one of Northern Ireland’s most well-loved companies and one that sells a pack of vegetables every second.

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Chatting Cafe Culture With Specialty Coffee Pro Rachel Snowden (#33)

Rachel Snowden is a speciality coffee pro who has been working in Cafes around Northern Ireland since she was 17. After getting a degree in psychology and working in the corporate world, Rachel decided to return to her roots and her passion: making coffee. Since then she has entered into several coffee competitions, managed several cafes and has even found the time to dream and scheme about opening her own someday.

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Podcast Interview With Kevin Young, A Results Coach From InMynd

Kevin Young spends his days peeling back the false beliefs and limiting mindsets each of us have.

Whether it’s something from our past, pain we experience in the present or a national negativity etched into our psyche, Kevin is extremely interested - and talented - at challenging the voices in our heads with reason and truth. 

In this special ‘New Years Edition’ of Best Of Belfast, we tackle the massive question of why do we not become the person we want to be, discuss the drawback of New Years Resolutions and try to understand the Northern Irish mindset.

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Podcast Interview With Michael Morris From The Bearded Candle Makers

Fuelled by a passion for the outdoors and a genuine fascination with scent, Michael Morris went on to start The Bearded Candle Makers, a business that sells hand-crafted candles with exceptional scents.

In this week’s show, we caught up with Michael to chat about the wonderful world of scent, how smell is closely connected to our memory and why more and more fellas are buying candles.

This interview has been a real highlight of the year and I loved learning all about flow-state, how to balance business with art, what life is like as a maker and how a dog can sell candles…

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Podcast Interview With Derry Fashionista Aoife Doherty From Sass & Halo

A few years ago Aoife Doherty ditched a career in law to pursue her dream of working in fashion. After studying and working abroad for a few years she came home to Derry and founded her own company Sass & Halo.

Sass & Halo creates incredible decorative headwear for festivals, weddings and much more. From their workshop in Derry Craft Village, Aoife and her team have been able to create bespoke products for a global audience and even have a range stocked in TopShop.

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Podcast Interview With Rebekah + Jon Johanson: Lines & Current Jewellery

Had the absolute pleasure of chatting to the power couple behind Lines And Current a minimal jewellery brand making waves in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Rebekah and Jon Johanson run their own online gig - on their own terms - while juggling life with 4 kids.

In today's show, we get to chat about entrepreneurship, how to balance hectic seasons and the importance of storytelling in business.

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Podcast Interview With Tea Master Oscar Woolley From Suki Tea

Meet Bill Wolsey, the Belfast-born man who has built a hospitality empire with some of the most noteworthy and memorable establishments in the UK. 

In this honest, casual conversation, Bill shares about the lessons he’s learnt along the way, how Beannchor balances creativity with profitability and how he juggles a large portfolio while prioritising family.

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