Jodie Cook

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Jodie Cook
Jodie Elizabeth Cole

Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Jodie Cook (born Jodie Elizabeth Cole) is an entrepreneur, podcaster and author from Birmingham, UK.[1] Cook featured in Forbes’ Europe's 30 Under 30 list of social entrepreneurs in 2017.[2] She is an international powerlifter for Great Britain.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Cook was born and raised in Birmingham, England. Cook then attended King Edwards VI Five Ways School in Bartley Green,[1] achieving 10 A grades at GCSE,[4] before reading Business Management at the University of Sheffield.[5]


Jodie Cook founded JC Social Media, a specialist social media agency, in 2011 the day after[6] completing a year in the National Skills Academy for Social Care graduate scheme.[7]

In 2016, JC Social Media was shortlisted for a national award for its work with Subaru UK.[8] In November 2017, JC Social Media won the national Chamber of Commerce's “Best use of Social Media” award.[9] Cook has published several books on social media management for business.[10]

In 2013, Cook co-founded and co-wrote Clever Tykes, a series of children's storybooks written to inspire enterprising behaviour in primary school children.[11] Cook was invited to discuss the project with the Prime Minister's enterprise advisor Lord Young,[12] and the project was included in a national government report entitled “Enterprise for All” after receiving his endorsement.

In January 2016, support from Lloyds Banking Group enabled the distribution of 24,000 sets of Clever Tykes books to primary schools across the UK.[13]

In May 2017, Jodie recorded her TEDx talk “Creating Useful People” at TEDx Aston University.[14]

Jodie holds board positions at Silicon Canal,[15] Sport Birmingham,[16] and Birmingham Metropolitan College's creative and digital academy (citation needed). Jodie delivered the opening keynote at the 2018 NACUE Student Enterprise Conference[17] and contributes to Forbes online.[18] Cook was selected as one of the original twelve ambassadors of the Start-up Loans scheme, as an example of someone who started their business with less than £1000.[19]

In 2017 Cook was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme, "Being bored: the importance of doing nothing"[20] hosted by Phill Jupitus, where she suggested that he solved his problem of never being bored by scheduling boredom in his diary. In 2018 Cook interviewed Jupitus for the Clever Tykes podcast: Creating Useful People,[21] which explores the childhood influences that shape future success. Other guests interviewed on the podcast are Jordan Daykin, Emma Jones MBE, Craig Donaldson and Graham Allcott.


In May 2014, Cook won the title Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) at an event at the International Convention Centre having won the marketing and communications category.[22] Later that year, JC Social Media was awarded best small business at the Midlands’ Venus awards, also held at the ICC.[23]

The following year Cook was named the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce's ‘Future Face’ of digital,[24] whilst Cook was also listed in the Drum's 50 under 30 women in tech.[25]

Cook was named a ‘rising star’ in Computer Weekly's 50 Women in Tech in 2015[26] and named as one of Birmingham's most influential people in the Birmingham Post's Power 250.[27]

Cook, alongside her husband won the regional and national NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Award with the title Entrepreneurs’ Champion, beating E-Spark and Biz Britain.[28]


Cook is a competitive powerlifter, and competed for Great Britain in the 2018 IPF World Championships in Calgary, Canada, in the 57 kg weight class category.[3]


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  2. ^ "30 Under 30 Europe 2017: Social Entrepreneurs". Forbes. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "IPF World Powerlifting Championships 2018". International Powerlifting Federation. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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  5. ^ "Catalyst Magazine". University of Sheffield. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "BQ Magazine". Business Quarterly. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Catalyst Magazine". University of Sheffield. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Social Media Buzz Awards". The Drum. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chamber Business Awards". British Chambers of Commerce. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Personal Website". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Clevertykes". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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  13. ^ "Birmingham Mail". Trinity Mirror. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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  16. ^ "Sport Birmingham board". Sport Birmingham. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "NACUE Annual Conference". National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Jodie Cook contributor page on Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Independent - business news". The Independent. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Being Bored: The Importance of Doing Nothing, Archive on 4 - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  21. ^ "Podcast exploring the childhood influences that create successful grown ups - Business Birmingham". Business Birmingham. 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  22. ^ "Birmingham Post business news". Trinity Mirror. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "JC Social Media". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "Future Faces". Birmingham Chamber of Commerce?. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Drum 50-under-30". The Drum. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  26. ^ "Rising Stars". Computer Weekly. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  27. ^ "Birmingham Post Power 250". Trinity Mirror. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  28. ^ "Great British Entrepreneur Awards - 2017 winners". Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Retrieved August 28, 2018.