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Alex O'Byrne
Turning a side project into a full-time business

"Having no money for long periods of time and getting used to uncertainty can be difficult. And starting a company can be isola...

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Alex O'Byrne
Christine Liu Lilwall
Escaping corporate London for charity in Hong Kong

Christine is a true 'Esc' hero. She escaped her corporate Law job and set up an office in Hong Kong for Viva, a charity to gene...

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Christine Liu Lilwall
Phil Bolton
Ex-Deloitte - now Esc's very own escape coach!

Phil used to be a forensic accountant at Deloitte. Esc met Phil to talk about how he helps frustrated corporate professionals t...

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Phil Bolton
George Whitefield
Life's a Party for Sharky and George

Sharky and George broke free from their corporate jobs in the City to take the children's party scene by storm, organising imag...

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George Whitefield
Marcus Watts
From the City to the Congo - GapForce

Read about how Marcus left the world of investment banking to set up GapForce. Getting in early to work to raid the stationary ...

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Marcus Watts
Hannah Needham
Ex-lawyer to This Is Your Kingdom founder

Taking voluntary redundancy from her corporate law firm, Hannah has started 'This Is Your Kingdom'. She is on a mission to 'bri...

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Hannah Wiltshire
Paul Irvine
Swapping recruitment for South America travel start-up

Great story of two friends who made a big decision to move abroad and start their own business. "I did start to question if it ...

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Paul Irvine
Andrew Rogoff
Creating a business, one stag/hen party at a time...

"Eventually I realised that, no matter how hard or late I worked, my salary stayed pretty much the same. The only way to really...

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Andrew Rogoff
Robert Welch
Bespoke tours of London in a fleet of vintage Mini Coopers

Like every disillusioned graduate, I thought the City was the only way forward  so set my stall out for a long and potentially ...

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Robert Welch
Steve Ellis
Steve: ex-banker to university lecturer

Steve's moment of truth: "Waiting on a platform with hundreds of others on a dark and cold morning for an expensive, crowded tr...

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Steve Ellis
Shazia Mustafa
Founder of Third Door

Shazia used to work at the BBC and Nokia but always wanted to work for herself. It's often said that successful start-ups are f...

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Shazia Mustafa
Patrick Cushing
Recycling start-up in Chicago, USA

"The only person you need to answer to is the one in the mirror. Why would anyone continue to do something that had a negative ...

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Patrick Cushing
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