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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 talks to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, as they share some advice and inspiration along the way.
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In the final episode of this SME:SOS series Holly speaks to Will Butler Adams, CEO of Brompton and Richard Callender, presenter and fitness expert.  Both guests share the most incredible lessons and insights - not only from a business perspective, but fundamental life lessons too. From mindset and accountability, to leadership and risk taking - this episode culminates with Holly sharing some of her own insights from this period of time.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Purpose and building a brand with integrity is at the very heart of this inspiring conversation with renowned designer Wayne Hemingway. A true example of creativity supporting and championing the strong values and vision that Wayne holds for the future.  Born in the seaside town of Morecambe, Wayne shares his story from the early days selling second hand clothes at Camden Market to building a renowned fashion label that did things differently. We also discuss the valuable work Wayne does with Hemingway Design, and his focus on affordable and social design and the regeneration of British seaside towns all whilst putting community at the heart of every project.  Wayne share’s insights into his attitude and approach, one that actively seeks change rather than waiting for it to happen, all with the mantra that we should use our relatively short time on this earth to make a positive impact.  Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker  for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This week Holly welcomes two titans of industry. Mary Homer, CEO of The White Company and Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer and co founder of Red or Dead and Hemingway Design.  With a shared passion and knowledge in retail, Mary and Wayne impart years of industry knowledge and expertise with us. Sharing their vision of the future of bricks and mortar and what we can all do to save it.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Named one of Britain's most influential female designers, Annie has always been passionate about art and creativity. Annie shares her colourful life, starring in a successful girl band, before becoming a mother and reviving her love of creativity and art. It was when working as an artist and feeling frustrated by the paint that was readily available, Annie started making paint from home with ingredients found around the house, before a chance meeting led her to a factory that would help her to develop and launch her iconic Chalk Paint. With a mission to help others find their own creativity, to be adventurous with colour and technique, Annie has created a community of like minded people that all share her passion for decorative painting. In this episode we talk about the core values that are at the heart of Annie's company, the balance of building a business with a young family and her endless enthusiasm for the independents up and down the country. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl= (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) en
From tangible tips on getting traction in the digital space, to the pitfalls of white labelling and the vital qualities as a leader, this week's guests are two inspiring and shining examples of brilliant female leaders.  Marisa Hordern, founder and Creative Director of Missoma and Anna Hill, General Manager of WW (Weight Watchers reimagined) openly share their own pitfalls, lessons and insights, in an open and with a shared vulnerability that epitomises exactly why women are such brilliant leaders.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
How do you navigate being diagnosed with incurable cancer aged just 23? And not just navigate it, but take control of your future and build a legacy... This is Kris’ story, but instead of being defeated by such devastating news, Kris began working tirelessly to create a movement for change. We follow Kris’ journey from her own diagnosis through to building Coppafeel!, her incredible charity built for young women by young women as well as putting cancer on the curriculum for the first time. Kris’ passion, determination and belief that a small group of committed people really can change the world is testament to the remarkable woman that she is. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl= (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) en
This week’s guests are three women who are passionate campaigners for change in their sectors. They are a true testament to the power we all have to lead change and make the world that little bit better in our own way. Whether it be championing sustainability in our food chain, to empower our young to believe their dyslexia is infact a superpower.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Is it really possible to carve a new genre within a sector dominated by huge brands? Well, Taymoor Atighetchi proves it is. Coming from a long line of antique dealers, Taymoor shares his story, from a teenager selling his wares at Portobello Market to building a digital business that would redefine the stationary sector. Successfully blending the worlds of art and technology, Papier’s luxury personalised stationery connects with every important milestone of a customer's life. From discussing Taymoor’s vision and his view on creative partnerships to how he has disrupted an industry, Taymoor share’s insightful lessons as he navigates his own journey as he continues to grow Papier. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl= (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) en
This week we tackle some of the biggest issues facing society and women - from imposter syndrome and feminism, to white privilege and guilt. Both June Sarpong OBE, and Dr Emma Hepburn, break down, step by step, exactly how we can tackle these issues and share the tools for you to use in your everyday life.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
What is the secret to entrepreneurial success after success - ‘failure’ says Marcia.   From growing up in Canada and losing her father at just 11 years old, Marcia Kilgore talks to Holly about her journey to becoming a serial entrepreneur. Hailed by Oprah as one of the most inspiring women she has ever met, this episode follows Marcia’s incredible story. Arriving in New York aged just 18, a twist of fate led to her building her first business Bliss, a celebrity soaked spa. But Marcia didn’t stop there and has gone on to become one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of our time. Building five hugely successful companies, including FitFlop and Beauty Pie, in just two decades, Marcia’s drive, vision and innovation have delivered products that women had an instant affinity with and that have changed the face of the beauty industry forever. Challenging the status quo, democratising beauty and a personal heroine for Holly, this conversation is truly inspiring. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Hawksmoor is a restaurant built on strong values but how do you experience fast growth and retain those values as you scale? Described by critics and customers alike as world-class and the best in London, Hawksmoor was founded in 2006 by Will Beckett and Huw Gott with the brilliant philosophy that steak isn’t a dish, it’s an institution! Right from the start their vision was to offer a superior dining experience in beautifully relaxed surroundings and how an obsessive eye for detail and commitment to their core values has helped build an ethical brand to be truly proud of. In this episode we discuss building a strong company culture that allows the individuals to shine, the rocky path to success as well as the vital ingredient to any brand - detail! Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Founder of the MOBO awards, Kanya King CBE, is an entrepreneur synonymous with breaking down barriers and is a leading champion for social change. Her drive and ambition for a better world, has seen her achieve huge success against all the odds - and her story is truly remarkable. Growing up in London, the youngest of nine children, Kanya’s long term success was borne out of a need to survive the harsh realities of growing up in poverty before going on to have a child herself aged just 16. Kanya’s vision, drive and innovation have played a major role in bringing black music and culture to the mainstream, not just in the UK but around the world. This episode follows Kanya’s truly incredible story, insights and recipes for success as well as her own mantras, plans and ambitions she has for the future as she strives to continue to challenge inequality. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl= (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) en
This week, the brilliantly talented designer Donna Wilson, and Molly Price, founder of Molly Meg join Holly.   In this episode, both Donna and Molly share how they have been able to craft brands that stand out from the crowd with their own distinctive style and taste - but have remained small and agile. These two founders are the proof in the pudding, that small is powerful and ‘small’ can still mean going international.  We also revisit Julie Deane, the founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company to hear how she took the Chinese market by storm.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
If the key to unlocking long term societal change is with businesses who have purpose, then Lucy & Yak are leading the way. Founded just three year ago by Chris and Lucy, the brand has seen exponential growth since 2017 with their cult following for their dungarees.  Their journey started when they made their first 100 pairs of dungarees and set off for India to find their manufacturer. They knew from day one, that they would settle for nothing less that a factory who upheld the same ethical and sustainable values as theirs. Changing the face of fashion, and building a community of truly conscious consumers, this conversation covers their journey, as well as topical discussion around societal and cultural issues such as fast fashion and working conditions faced by those working in clothes factories is Leicester. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.  Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Passion is the golden thread that defines this week’s SME: SOS podcast - as Holly speaks to Author Christine Armstrong, writer of  The Mother of All Jobs: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish) and Miraphora Mina, co founder of design studio Mina Lima and one half of the creative duo behind bringing the Harry Potter films to life.   Whether it is for making societal change or for the pure love of her own craft - both Christine and Mira have this burning passion in bucket loads. You can’t learn it, teach it or fake it - true passion is bubbling to the brim, unmistakable and addictive to be around.    In this episode, Holly and her guests discuss the role that a physical space can play in opening up your brand to the world, alongside the reality of being a mother in business.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences.   This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
It is rare, in this day and age, that a truly new and innovative product is brought to the market, particularly in the fashion space, but that is exactly what Ade did with her  brand, Nubian Skin, which makes underwear in dark tones for women of colour. From dreaming of quitting the finance rat race, to Beyonce wearing her products, Ade Hassan has built a brilliant brand and is riding the entrepreneurial rollercoaster. Filled with highs, lows and crucial lessons she has learnt along the way, in this episode Holly and Ade cover everything from manufacturing and product development to the imposter syndrome and finance. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.   Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Fearne Cotton joins Holly this week alongside James Manning, the International Editor of Time Out London, as the share in this episode - both brands faced the imperative need to move fast and react to the consumer need, by taking their offerings online. Although covering a multitude of different topics in this podcast from Fearne’s experience of being a working mum during lockdown to how to support our young as they navigate the societal pressures of social media. But what underpins both these conversations, is the vital element of a strong brand, trusted and loved by its consumers, that has allowed them to branch out their businesses during this time. SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences. This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en  (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en )
How does a child’s food brand become the gold standard in innovation and social purpose and a leading example in business across all sectors? This week Holly speaks to Paul Lindley OBE, founder of Ella’s Kitchen - who is driven by the belief that putting ‘human’ back into business, celebrating ideas and innovation as the key elements to making long term societal change. Paul’s story started, when as the dad of two young children he felt frustrated by the lack of healthy, tasty and convenient food available for kids. With a growing concern for childhood obesity he set out to build an innovative baby food brand that put purpose at the very core. Holly and Paul discuss what it means to have a mission, how to translate that into a brand, as well as culture, B corps and building a lasting legacy. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.   Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Sahar Hashemi OBE and Alex Monroe join Holly this week, to discuss the mindset of the consumer post COVID, the vital ingredient of ‘brand’ in any thriving business as well as the idea that connection and community will be the key to success in the future. SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time. Offering advice from experts and founders, this episode is designed to empower and support you through practical tips, advice and real life experiences. This SME: SOS podcast episode is brought to you with thanks to Dell Technologies. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Ever wondered as a small business if you should share your personal views or keep it strictly business?  For Rebecca Strickson she sees it as one and the same thing.  In this episode, alongside Rebecca’s personal journey to a successful artist, Holly and Rebecca explore the role that political and personal opinion play within building a brand.  They also discuss the barriers facing women entering into the creative industries as well as exploring Rebecca’s own influences and driving force behind her work. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.   Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
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Dotty Red

so so good.

Jun 14th
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Nadine Hume

Loved listening to this and all the wonderful advice.

Dec 18th
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Nadine Hume

loves listening to this ❤️

Oct 29th
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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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