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Conversations of Inspiration

Author: Holly Tucker in association with NatWest

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As founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker has spent the last 15 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly will talk to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, and share some advice and inspiration along the way.
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Rosie Wolfenden & Harriet Vine founded their handmade jewellery company Tatty Devine in 1999 very much as a 'side hustle'; selling their first pieces from a market stall in Camden after discovering the discarded fabric and sample books that they would create their first collection from. Having worked together for the past 20 years, Rosie & Harriet know a thing or two about making collaborations work, having seen successful collaborations with the V&A, Rob Ryan, & Anthony Gormley, to name a few. In this episode, Rosie & Harriet share their journey from that market stall to the pages of Vogue, their approach to sustainability, and how they found their signature style. A must listen for those dreaming of turning a side hustle into their dream career!Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week's episode is highly emotionally charged, as Dame Kelly Holmes discusses the challenges she faced and overcame on her journey to winning two gold medals at the 2004 Olympics. In an extraordinary conversation, Kelly reveals the dramatic lows and mental health struggles that preceded her dreams coming true.Kelly also discusses life after achieving her dreams, how a focused passion can fuel success as well some insights into her own winning mentality and how that can translate into business. This episode is amust listen, for anyone who has ever faced adversity; Kelly is a testament to overcoming the odds and the power of belief.Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week’s episode is a LIVE special podcast from The Congregation of Inspiration 2019. The 12 hour day condensed into one podcast, with tips, advice, lessons and laughs from all our speakers on the day - including Fearne Cotton, Sahar Hashemi OBE, Charlie Gladstone, Freddie Harrel & Emily Coxhead. Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Edward Perry, Pip Murray, Dave Buonaguidi and of course, Holly Tucker herself. Covering topics from being brave in business, building a brand doing good, to pursuing happiness and what it really means to build an immersive brand, this episode is a snapshot of an extraordinary day. Throughout the episode you’ll also hear from some of the people who attended the day, as well as the sounds of the brilliant Urban Voices Collective who joined us on the day.Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week’s episode of Conversations of Inspiration was recorded LIVE at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone London, as part of the most incredible day in the small business calendar, The Congregation of Inspiration 2019. This week’s guest is Rob Ryan, an artist renowned for his intricate papercuttings. His artwork has featured in Vogue, Elle, and Stylist. One year he created 28 Liberty Christmas windows which started a journey where Rob's work began to be seen by the masses. He has collaborated with Alex Monroe, Tatty Devine and none other than Sir Paul Smith.In this episode, Holly and Rob discuss his childhood, how he discovered his talents at the RCA, to then after a hard 20 years trying to make a living out of his art, the difficult choice he made, to allow his art to be for the masses. Recorded live, in a London church with the light streaming through the stained glass windows, as he told his story - this episode was personally an extra special and spiritual one. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker
This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets Will Ramsay - founder of the Affordable Art Fair. With a shared passion for art and supporting creative individuals, as well as a joint belief in the power of curation, this is an episode filled with sage advice and a particularly poignant letter to close the conversation.In this episode, Will and Holly discuss his unique upbringing, being one part of a military dynasty, with a very significant grandfather, and how that shaped his life as an entrepreneur.Will founded the Affordable Art Fair just over twenty years ago, with a purpose to democratise the art world, which at the time was deemed snooty and only for the upper elite.  His business has not only made it easier for more people to buy art but given greater opportunities for artists to make a living. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets Alan Keery, co-founder of The Cereal Killer Cafe in their awe-inspiring cafe on Brick Lane.From ignoring the naysayers when launching a niche business to gaining media attention from day one and dealing with a completely overwhelming media frenzy when they were targeted with attacks during the London riots, the Cereal Killer Cafe have been on an extraordinary journey in the last 4 years. They have now overcome that to be the feature of a London musical as well as scaling the business to have a global presence! Recorded in an immersive cafe, where retail theatre is brought to life in the very truest sense of the word, Alan's kindness, generosity and honesty with which he recounts the most difficult moments along the journey, make this podcast a fascinating listen.Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly made the short journey down the road to the beautiful Sipsmith distillery in Chiswick, to meet Sipsmith founders Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall. This is a story that shows the beauty and power of building a company with a close friend, with a shared vision and passion.Sipsmith's story is a special one - in an industry that has not seen a new independent gin distillery opened in over 200 years, Sipsmith single-handedly changed the entire industry, simultaneously bringing with it a connection to the traditions of the gin industry, whilst also bringing the fun that its founders embody so completely.They discuss their startup journey to success, the decision to sell their business after 10 years and their formative years that laid the foundations for building the Sipsmith empire.Sam and Fairfax share incredibly heartfelt and emotional letters at the end of this conversation, they are not to be missed.Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience of 300 in the beautiful surroundings of Manchester Cathedral. Mark Constantine, co founder of the iconic brand Lush, is the ultimate role model of someone who can turn their life around through following their purpose and passion. Abandoned by his father at a very young age, Mark had a very difficult start in life, ending up living on the streets at 16 and with very little prospects. However his sheer hard work, determination and following his passion, he founded his first cosmetic brand for his kitchen table, supplying to the infamous Body Shop. Today Mark and his team are forging the future for retail, with Lush now boasting 928 stores globally, with newest concept stores in Berlin, Milan, Tokyo and most recently Manchester, along with opening the world’s largest Lush store in Liverpool. A highly innovative, creative and conscious brand, Lush is using its power to change the world to be a better place. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Tina Bernstein, founder of Mapology Guides. In this thought provoking episode, Holly & Tina discuss how Tina used her struggles with mental health to help empower others, and how she now lives the Good Life through founding her business. A designer, blogger, and entrepreneur, Tina started her creative career studying at the renowned art school, Central St Martins. However, after suffering from a nervous breakdown at 26, Tina moved into the world of psychology.  She noticed the lack of colour, design and illustration in self-help guides, so decided to create her own guides to help others. Mapology Guides was born as a tool to empower individuals to adopt their own approach to mindfulness, well-being and personal development, with her love for printed maps and illustrations gave her the idea for this format.  Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly speaks to Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place.  A true entrepreneur in the making, Fearne is creating a strong brand from her purpose and passion - building a business doing exactly what she loves. In this episode, Holly and Fearne discuss the difficult transition to taking the leap into starting her own business, the juggle as a working mum, navigating social media as well as the solace she has found in putting creativity at the very heart of everyday.  Fearne started her working life from a young age when she won a competition to be a TV presenter. Her warmth and openness won over the British public straight away and she went onto present shows such as Top of the Pops, Comic Relief and then became the first ever female presenter of the Radio 1 chart show. After suffering from a spell of depression Fearne’s career took on a new direction. She decided to leave her top job at Radio One and instead, publish books focused around happiness, with tools to help others who might also be struggling.   She launched her podcast ‘Happy Place’ in 2017, which draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts and celebrities, helping everyone to find their happiness. Her brand continues to grow along with a huge allegiance of fans. Her books, podcast, brand collaborations and now her Happy Place Festival, are a testament to her success. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.  Follow Holly  on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
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Dotty Red

loved this. wow

Oct 8th
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Neil Holmes

Without doubt, far and away the best of the amazing Conversations of Inspiration. If you only listen to one. Make sure it is this one!!!

Jun 18th
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Dotty Red

wow

Jun 12th
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Emma Bradstreet

incredibly inspiring! I think this may be my new favourite podcast!

Jun 3rd
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Joanne Rasmussen

wow Chrissie's letter to her 15yr old self made me very emotional. I'm a small business owner & I loved listening to her story. Thank-you 💙🙏💙

Apr 10th
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sagar karathiya

"The letter" was indeed the best part of this podcast.

Feb 1st
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Sara Cook

I completely love this podcast. Thank you Holly for bringing so many inspiring people to my attention. 😍

Oct 10th
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Sara Cook

This is wonderful. Definitely inspiring. 😍

Oct 3rd
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Neil Holmes

Truely inspirational

Sep 21st
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murdoch mac

very inspiring I now want to start my own company

Sep 5th
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