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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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This week Holly meets Roger Wade, the founder of Boxpark, - to hear about his mission to use his business as a force for good, to bring together communities and make them thrive, safer and happier.   Holly & Roger discuss the future of the high street, their shared passion for independents, and how though his visionary concept for Boxpark, Roger is disrupting the world of retail.Roger started his career in advertising, being fired twice before moving to the US where he discovered his passion for American streetwear and recognised the huge market there was for it back in the UK. So on the third time of being fired, he realised that he needed to be his own boss, and start his own business.He founded Boxfresh in 1989, initially selling streetwear from his market stall, but eventually growing the business to being an international company turning over £20million a year, before selling it and founding his latest venture Boxpark. Known as ‘the world’s first pop up mall’, Boxpark is a unique shopping concept made up from shipping containers, offering independents a much more affordable and flexible retail space.Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com (http://natwestbusinesshub.com/)   for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: http://instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Bristol for the second date on our live tour of Conversations of Inspiration, in partnership with NatWest. In this conversation, Holly & Levi discuss his difficult early years, the decision to turn his life around and the passion and determination that powered him to success today, as well as, of course his unforgettable appearance on Dragons Den which would go on to supercharge his brand.  Born in Jamaica, he came to the UK at the age of 11, not being able to read or write, and found himself struggling to find his place in Brixton in the 70’s.  After stints in prison, Levi turned his life around through his sheer determination and returning to his two true passions in life - music and food, and combining them into a business.  His appearance on Dragons Den set his life on a new trajectory, and after gaining investment and mentorship from Peter Jones, Levi's Reggae Reggae sauce went from strength to strength. Since then his life has been a whirlwind of success, expanding his range to include cooking sauces, ready meals, soft drinks and desserts, he has published six cookbooks and a business book, released a new album and most recently, Levi realised his ultimate dream of opening his Caribbean ‘Rasta-rant' in Westfield Stratford.  Find tickets to the Manchester recording of Conversations of Inspiration here: https://holly.co/conversations-live/manchester/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 jeweller Alex Monroe at his ‘buzzing’ headquarters boutique in London. With 30 successful years in the business, Alex’s insight and attitude will provide a huge source of inspiration and advice for creative small businesses looking to combine creativity with commerciality. With fans such as Emma Watson, Sienna Miller and a regular in Vogue - Alex Monroe is a masterclass in growing your brand whilst maintaining your integrity and creativity. In this enlightening episode, Holly & Alex discuss his journey so far, the process for anyone who wants to create products that lasts a lifetime and how he's kept true to his brand after 30 years. His letter to self is an incredibly touching and special conclusion to the podcast this week. 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
In this episode, Holly meets the legendary Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH advertising agency and The Garage Soho. With a phenomenal creative career, John was the first ever person to be Knighted for his services to the advertising and creative industries and his BBH agency has been named Agency of the Year more than six times. John started out in the advertising world in the 60’s, moving up the ranks quickly and helping to set up agencies TBWA and the infamous Saatchi and Saatchi. Then founding his own business in the mid 80’s, John started to become famed for his groundbreaking work, securing clients such as Audi and Levis within months. A conversation filled with inspiration, knowledge, wisdom - this episode will leave you empowered with a new perspective on brand, and a clear mission to find the creative twist in everything. 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 Holly talks to the incredible Sahar Hashemi OBE, founder of Coffee Republic.Launched in 1995, Sahar co-founded Coffee Republic alongside her brother Bobby, becoming the UK's first coffee bar. Scaling her business up to 110 coffee shops within 5 years, Sahar’s success was astounding.After struggling to get investment because the bank managers stated that Britain was a nation of tea drinkers, Sahar's determination paid off and saw Coffee Republic at the forefront of coffee culture, changing the way Britain’s consume forever. In this enlightening founder to founder conversation, Sahar shares her experiences of scaling a business, her battles with the imposter syndrome, and how selling her business was the most heartbreaking, painful moment of her life. 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 was recorded in front of a live audience of 300 people in central London for the first ever Conversations of Inspiration Live event.Thomasina Miers OBE is best known as co-founder of restaurant chain Wahaca and winner of Masterchef. Thomasina’s journey has not been easy, with a ten-year spell of depression, it was a chance meeting that set her on her path to happiness, founding a business doing exactly what she loves. It was whilst traveling around Mexico, her love affair with food really took shape and she discovered a cuisine she’d never tasted back home in the UK and it was at that moment she decides to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to London.So ensued a steep learning curve with a continued passion and vision to put sustainability and affordability at the very heart of her business. Seven cookbooks later, a columnist and a 25 strong chain of restaurants, Thomasina shares her words of wisdom and incredibly honest account of her journey with our live audience.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 Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of Marby and Elm. A fellow stationary addict, Holly joined Eleanor in her east London emporium like shop to hear her journey from student and waitress to Liberty stockist and business founder.  This episode covers everything from where Eleanor finds her inspiration, to running a high street space, customer experience in retail and the importance of community. So open, funny and self-deprecating - Eleanor offers such useful tips and advice on how to approach some of the biggest retailers like Liberty, as well as thoughts on setting up a retail space and what it means to run a family business.Born to entrepreneurial parents, the seed of running her own business was planted from an early age, but it was only after having her children and a chance google for some personalised stationery and a spontaneous purchase of a letterpress off eBay - that Eleanor found her true calling.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, Holly meets Asma Khan, founder of the restaurant Darjeeling Express.An episode filled with spectacular advice and insight, Asma shares her early life experiences in India and how they shaped her journey to this point. Born a second daughter in India, Asma felt the intense impact of feeling unwanted which she now sees underpins her belief in using her business as a force for good and helping other women feel valued. Asma has had an extraordinary journey, starting in India with an arranged marriage which subsequently saw her relocate to England, where she studied law and gained a phd. Despite academic success, Asma felt empty, lost and lacking her purpose in life, and so, she began cooking. Here began the next chapter of her journey - from hosting supper clubs in her house and building a small female community around her, she garnered a huge following of loyal fans and was soon offered her own pop up in Soho. She employed the women in her close circle, to work there, where they soon quit their nannying, cleaning jobs to be chefs in her kitchen!Today, Asma's restaurant's mission remains that of empowering women and taking a chance on women who are not trained chefs and giving them an opportunity in life to shine.Find tickets to Conversations of Inspiration Live in London on Friday 10th May here: https://holly.co/conversations-live/london/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 Holly speaks to investor Tom Teichman, the founder of Spark Ventures & The Garage Soho. Known as ‘Britain’s most-successful digital start-up backer’ Tom has invested in companies such as LastMinute.com, Moshi Monsters and Made.com. He also played a key role in Holly's business journey, when he invested in Notonthehighstreet. Together they recount the serendipitous way in which Tom and Holly met, and the incredible journey they embarked on.Now Tom runs his latest venture from his Soho townhouse incubator office with his co-founder, the advertising guru Sir John Hegarty. Investing and mentoring small businesses with a focus on technology-enabled consumer brands.  In this conversation, Holly and Tom discuss his incredible journey from arriving in England as a refugee, taking inspiration from his entrepreneurial parents, to becoming one of the most well known and respected venture capitalist investors in Britain. A highly personal interview, Holly and Tom discuss the importance of intuition and emotion in business, how finding the ying to your yang in a business partner makes for a stronger business, and the key points he looks for when investing in a business. Find tickets to Conversations of Inspiration Live at https://holly.co/events/ 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
A personal note from Holly

A personal note from Holly

2019-04-2700:02:51

Holly Tucker MBE is the co-founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co. A cheerleader for small business and passionate about making every day count. Holly believes that starting your own business is the key to leading a happy, fulfilled life - and that by sharing stories we can all navigate that journey a little more easily.Since launch in September 2018, Conversations of Inspiration has gone from strength to strength. From Richard Reed, to Lord Bilimoira, Jo Malone to Chrissy Rucker, each founder has shared incredible insight and personal experiences of their own journeys.In the first of a live nationwide tour, Holly Tucker will be joined by Thomasina Miers, co-founder of restaurant group Wahaca to share her journey. Set in the most spectacular venue, Thomasina will chart her journey from a lost 20-year-old, to a Masterchef winner and now founder of a 25 strong restaurant brand.Alongside Holly sharing some of her biggest lessons, there will also be a chance to shop small business, immerse yourself in creative inspiration or even drop by our 'Gin-spiration' bar for a drink.Conversations of Inspiration: The Podcast Live, in partnership with NatWest will tour the UK from May to November 2019 with further dates to be announced soon.Tickets are on sale from www.holly.co/events* 10th May, St Marys Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ* 12th June, St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR* 17th July, Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SXFurther dates for Bimmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh to be announced soon.
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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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