All posts by Jojo Fraser

Jojo Fraser is a mum, lifestyle columnist and author of the blog mummyjojo.com.

Mark Speed BBC
Entertainment

5 mins with Mark Speed – Comedy Writer

Mark Speed’s comedy writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and appeared in newspapers as diverse as the London Evening Standard and The Sun. He performed his solo comedy, The End of the World Show, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and 2012.

He’s been writing novels since he was fifteen, and has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London. In 1995 a chiropractor told him he’d never run again. He chose to give up chiropractors instead, and has since completed several marathons and a couple of Olympic-length triathlons. He has been diagnosed as a ‘polarity responder’. Read More

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Marlon Kobacker 5 Minutes With
Business

5 Minutes with Marlon Kobacker

A difference-maker in the field of renewable energy, Marlon Kobacker continues to develop new and innovative strategies for reducing operational business costs through environmentally sustainable solutions. Marlon Kobacker, the director of Sustainable Future Group, is widely respected for his role as an innovator in the renewable energy sector and brings more than 13 years of experience in sustainable building design when working with clients seeking to benefit from his company’s expertise in sustainable technology, finance, and advisory.

1. Tell us more about Sustainable Future Group’s mission and values.

We understand that businesses have different needs to consider, so our mission is to provide sustainable solutions designed with the short- and long-term needs of each individual business clearly in mind. In order to do so, we have made a commitment to our clients that ensures they will always have access to the most innovative and effective sustainable products and alternative energy solutions available.

2. What strategies do you rely on most to achieve your business goals?

Developing a sense of trust with our clients is absolutely critical, so we conduct ourselves in a manner that is always forthright, informative and honest. We then work to develop an ongoing relationship with our clients to ensure they get the greatest possible value from our services.

3. What is it about your business model that makes it so unique?

Sustainable Future Group is built upon a comprehensive service model in which we provide clients with advisory services along with technology and financing for the project.

4. Outside of your work with Sustainable Future Group, how have you raised awareness of the need for significant environmentally sustainable change?

Given the potential stakes involved in this global issue, raising greater awareness of the problems we face today — not to mention the ones will might face in the future — and the solutions already available to us has long been a goal of mine. I’ve written countless articles on the subject and recently published a book called “Removing the Capital Cost Barrier to Sustainable Building Design.”

5. What motivates you each day?

The work we do at Sustainable Future Group is so important for so many reasons, and I’ve always been motivated by the opportunity to make a difference through environmentally sustainable change.

And Just For Fun…

6. What is your favourite quote?

There are quite a few quotes from David Attenborough that I’d like to share, but this one is probably my favorite: “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

7. What is your favourite sport?

I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee the most, but there are several other sports I enjoy playing or watching.

8. What have you learned in the last week?

The last week has again reminded me that not only do you have to continuously strive for forward progress, but you also have to be vigilant against the possibility of a sudden regression as well.

9. When was the last time you felt nervous?

During the talks that led to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, there was a great deal of pessimism that an agreement could be reached at all, let alone accomplish enough to address global climate change. I was quite nervous throughout that process.

10. Who would you most like to meet (dead or alive)?

I’d like to meet either David Attenborough or Henry David Thoreau.

Want to know more? Contact Marlon Twitter

You can also visit him over on Linkedin

5 minutes with Bentley Browning
Entertainment

5 Minutes with Comic Actor Bentley Browning

5 minutes with Comic Actor Bentley Browning Bentley Browning is a Stand-up Comic, Comic Actor and Professional Comedy Coach with a great reputation for bringing the best out of students.  His courses have gained widespread mass media exposure on major TV channels and many newspapers.

He regularly appears at public speaking events talking on the transformational power of comedy, how comedy techniques can get you media attention and how to kill the fears of public speaking. Read More

5 minutes with Gavin Oattes
Entertainment

5 minutes with International Keynote Speaker Gavin Oattes

5 minutes with Gavin OattesWith a background in primary school teaching and a successful career in stand-up comedy, Gavin is now regarded as one of the most talented speakers in the UK, regularly delivering keynote speeches at conferences and exhibitions around the world. In 2012 Gavin won ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’. His first book, Co Written with Andy Cope, SHINE Rediscovering Your Energy, Happiness and Purpose launches in March.

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