Compelling insights, inspirational people and stories of growth are being promised by a new weekly growth podcast being launched on 3 August.

Ventur Further, created by Leeds-based travel specialists Ventur, will see the company’s board advisor Peter Wilcock invite guests from musical, sporting, entrepreneurial and adventure-seeking backgrounds to discuss career journeys, life stories and their personal inspirations.

Early confirmed guests for the weekly podcast include tennis coach Judy Murray OBE, former Leeds Rhinos player, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, SkyBet CEO Steve Birch, Jah Wobble of rock band Public Image Limited, Thirsk-based Atlantic rower Jasmine Harrison and CEO of Marsh Commercial, Anthony Gruppo.

Peter Wilcock, whose career has seen him oversee the launch of cable in the UK with past experiences at Unilever, Comcast and Virgin, said: “Launching Ventur Further is incredibly exciting. We have some fascinating people lined up for the first season and the stories I’ve heard so far are all uniquely inspiring in their own way.

“Life has been tough for many people over the past 16 months, we’ve been stuck in this period of relentless intensity. With Ventur Further, we wanted to help harness the idea of creating opportunity and increasing motivation as individuals return to normality after lockdown. Our guests’ stories of resilience and their inspirations make for compelling listening, I can’t wait to share them.”

Ventur specialises in creating comprehensive travel solutions tailored to a company’s needs, partnering with businesses in industries ranging from oil and gas and manufacturing to retail and professional services, as well as offering specialist consultancy for professional sport and group travel.

Available on major podcast streaming services, including Apple Music and Spotify, Ventur Further is sponsored by luxury boutique hotel brand, Dakota Hotels, which has locations in Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Alexa Cherry, head of group marketing at Dakota Hotels, said: “Both Dakota Hotels and Ventur specialise in providing a high-level service for guests resulting in a truly unforgettable experience; as a result of our shared interest, we are delighted to be sponsoring Ventur Further.

“We are excited for the podcast to launch and to hear from the inspirational guests Ventur has lined up.”

Ventur Further launches on 3 August 2021