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Sam Ridgway

As lawyers and business people, we believe the law does not exist in a vacuum. There are lessons and experiences that are transferable to the business environment, to be found in all sorts of places. WABChats provides engaging and informative conversations with contacts, clients, advisors and friends of White & Black Limited, whether corporate or legal professionals, academics, sports people or small business owners. We'll explore everything from our guest's personal experiences and lessons they've learnt along the way to their specific areas of specialism or research, all with a view to gaining transferable insight into relevant, topical business issues.

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14. Leo Campbell - Our journey to democratising healthy baking for the common good
14. Leo Campbell - Our journey to democratising healthy baking for the common good
Leo Campbell is Co-Founder of Modern Baker. Modern Baker is seen by many as the UK’s first truly healthy bakery. The business launched the latest iteration of the high-tech Superloaf, it's gut healthy bread brand, exclusively into Marks & Spencer in March 2023. The product –full of bioactive plant-based compounds – is co-manufactured and co-packaged by Hovis.Modern Baker has re-engineered ultra-processed bread to make it actively healthy and it has plans to use the same approach for making other foods healthier such as breakfast cereals, pasta, ready meals and pastries. Innovation UK, a national agency, has just awarded the company £450,000 and six successive government grants has led to investment of up to £4 million.Modern Baker was born as a result of Leo's business partner Melissa’s breast cancer diagnosis. Whilst she was seriously ill, Melissa supplemented her medication with a very natural diet. It became very clear, very quickly that there were all sorts of benefits to this type of diet. So much so that Leo and Melissa started looking seriously into how significant diet is in terms of the impact it has on our health and general wellbeing.We talk to Leo about why him and his partner Melissa first started Modern Baker, their drive and purpose. We cover the technology behind the product and it's versatility, how outsourcing has proved vital for Modern Baker and what the future holds for the company following its 6th Government grant from Innovate UK. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01. Sir John Crabtree - Lessons from organising the Commonwealth Games
01. Sir John Crabtree - Lessons from organising the Commonwealth Games
Sir John Crabtree talks to us about organising the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The impact of Covid, ensuring the bigger picture is kept front and centre and the importance of a sense of humour in the board room. Sir John is a former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands in January 2017. John Chaired the Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for which he was appointed Knight Bachelor for services to Sport and to the community in the West Midlands. In 2014 Government Secretary Eric Pickles named John as Chairman of the Birmingham Improvement Panel, charged with supporting the council as it pursues vital reforms.John’s career as a Lawyer began in 1971 when he joined Wragge & Co, where he remained until 2003, rising through the ranks as Head of Corporate, then Managing Partner and finally Senior Partner. He was voted UK Lawyer of the Year by Legal Business in 2003.John has many community and charitable interests and is Chairman of the national charity for deafblind people, Sense and Special Advisor to the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Board of Trustees. In business, his many interests outside the law include being Chairman of Staffline Group plc, SLR Management Limited and Real Estate Investors Plc. He was previously Chairman of Claimar Care Group plc (2006-2009) and Metalrax Group plc (2003-2010). Hosted on Acast. See for more information.