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29 April 2020

Episode 446

30 minutes

This week we hear about an inspiring initiative in Italy, where publishers have been supporting independent bookshops throughout the lockdown. We also meet Alex Chua of the Goldbell Group in Singapore, which has created a €3.2m B2B lending scheme, and put questions to Georg Ludviksson, CEO of Reykjavik-based Meniga, on starting a business during a downturn. Plus: we cast an eye to the future of sustainable aviation with Connectjets founder Gabriella Somerville.

29 April 2020

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Gabriella Somerville

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From manufacturers to airlines, the aviation sector has gone through major turbulence in recent years – and coronavirus is the latest hurdle. We turn to Gabriella Somerville, founder of Connectjets, for some blue-sky thinking.

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Libri d’Asporto

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After years of wondering whether Amazon was going to squash the fortunes of independent bookshops, the lockdown in Italy might have been the fatal blow. But thanks to Libri d’Asporto (“Takeaway Books”), many are thriving.

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B2B lending in Singapore

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Governments are promising huge sums to support struggling companies but the public sector can be slow to pay out. To fill the gap in Singapore, Alex Chua of Goldbell Group has set up a SG$5m (€3.2m) fund to provide loans to small businesses.

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Meniga: opportunity in crisis

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Our expert guest is Georg Ludviksson, CEO and co-founder of Reykjavik-based software and financial-services company Meniga, which was founded during the global financial crisis. He has some sage advice on finding your next opportunity.

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