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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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What does living with cancer do to your perspective on life? If Deborah James is anything to go by, it gives you a hunger for life, and a drive to make fundamental and long-lasting change to the system. Mum of two, Deborah James, also known as Bowel Babe, joins Holly in this episode to discuss her formative years, how she navigated the news every person would dread and how she is spending each day driving to make a change to the system. It is this desire to see a better way and strive to change it, that runs throughout Deborah’s story.  Her open and honest words on riding the roller coaster of life are a testament to the power of the human spirit. 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
In a world in which we are acutely aware of what is out of our control, this week Holly speaks to two brilliant experts, who share insights on what we can control - albeit in very different forms.  The first being supercharging our social media presence with Kathryn Tyler, co-founder of Digital Mums and the second how we can determine our own mindsets, and build our own happiness with Samantha Clarke, author of Love it or Leave it. Holly also revisits a conversation from the Congregation of Inspiration with Fearne Cotton as they discuss what it means to be ‘happy’.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
With a strong mission to empower women in the boardroom as well as the bedroom, Jacquline revolutionised a male-dominated industry.   Beginning her career at 21 when she started working for her father’s company, Jacqueline quickly saw the potential to change the focus of the business.  Using her passion, ambition, and creativity Jacquline developed the concept of at-home parties and forever changed the way women could shop for lingerie and sex toys.   This episode follows Jacquline’s incredible journey of a young woman bringing sex to the high street, empowering women in business and overcoming personal tragedy.   Warning - this conversation includes the heartbreaking loss of Jacqueline's son. 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
The crucial importance of small businesses to the UK economy has never been so acute, and this week Holly is joined by two fundamental pillars of support for small businesses at this time - Instagram and NatWest. Both brands share their insights, tools and support for small businesses beyond COVID. We also revisit a past podcast with Joe Wicks, as he shares his view on the role social media has played in his brand success.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=e (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) n
Tough times don’t last, tough people do - are the words shared in this episode by Rob and Paul, the founders of Gandys. But what do you do, when the very worst happens? How will the experience shape your life, and what will life look like on the other side?  Recounting their experience of the Tsunami where Rob and Paul, were orphaned at a young age, resilience, building a legacy and purpose sit at the very core of this conversation. This episode follows Rob and Paul's journey to change the lives of children across the world through their foundation, as they share their views on retail, the high street and building a better world through business.   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
As the high street shops reopen this week, this episode focuses on the future of retail, from retail giants including Mark Constantine, founder of LUSH, and Roger Wade, founder of Boxpark.  We also hear from Bill Collison, founder of Bill’s restaurants - and they all share the same ethos, that being special to your customer, the vital importance of physical connection and the power of retail theatre are the key to a thriving retail sector of the future. SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
How does a beauty counter girl, become the beauty industry’s most powerful women at 50? This week, Holly speaks to Caroline Hirons. Born in Liverpool but her childhood spent in Mississippi, Caroline’s greatest influences on her life were her grandmother and mother both of whom were beauty counter girls. With a love of the glamour and strong memories of the scents and makeup so loved by her heroines, you would imagine that Caroline’s path to beauty industry powerhouse was set. But after many years herself on the beauty counter at Harvey Nichols, it was at 40, when Caroline started her blog, that her life took a dramatic turn. Fast forward 10 years, 13 million views on YouTube, 120 million views on her blog, and her latest book ‘Skincare’ has topped the Amazon bestsellers list on pre-order alone, Caroline’s success and legions of fans for her no-nonsense approach to skincare continues to grow. Funny, honest, and truly authentic - this conversation covers everything from harnessing the power of social media and the role YouTube can play in building a brand, to remaining truly authentic and unapologetic for staying true to your own values and views. 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
Resilience, embracing the unknown and how business leaders can lead the way in societal change are just some of the topics that Holly covers with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, founder of The Black Farmer and Lauren Currie OBE, founder and CEO of Stride.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
A funny, straight-talking and brilliant storyteller, John’s journey will have you enraptured from start to finish, in what must be one of the most iconic social enterprises in existence today. Lord John Bird’s story is one of the greatest Holly has had the pleasure to share on this podcast. From his early days in an orphanage, surviving through fighting and stealing, John’s childhood was not an easy one. Poverty-stricken, and in and out of prison, John realised that he would have to make his own path in life. It was a chance meeting, which developed into a friendship with Gordon Roddick (Anita Roddick’s husband), that would set John off on his incredible journey with ‘The Big Issue’. 29 years later, and over 200 million copies sold, The Big Issue is a social enterprise synonymous with the UK and has supported hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. This is a story of grit, chance meetings and the belief that poverty and social inequality should be tackled by empowering those so often forgotten in society. 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
The recent months have moved the conversation around flexible working forward at a dramatic pace, but as employees realise the huge benefits, will businesses change the way in which they ask their most valuable assets to work? Anna Whitehouse, also known as Mother Pukka has been leading the Flex Appeal campaign for flexible working since 2015, and throughout this conversation she shares her own personal journey, from lawyer, to journalist and then finding her voice leading the campaign for change.   Sharing the insights and statistics that highlight the many benefits of a flexible workforce, Anna also delves into the lows along her own journey and reflects on how these moments led to her being the voice of change for women in the workplace across the UK. Warning - in this conversation Anna covers the difficult topic of miscarriage. 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's guests are each from widely different sectors, but share a common view, that the future for creative businesses will be bright, as long as brands embrace the speed of change that is demanded of them right now. From company culture with Edward Perry, co founder of COOK, to what the government are doing to support small with Steve Barclay MP and how DELL are moving quickly to provide small businesses with all the tools they need to thrive - these 30 minutes will arm you with the insights to navigate this time and build for the future.   SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate.
Every business has been tested and has something to learn as it navigates this time - but not every business is struggling, in fact some are thriving.  This week, Holly speaks to three founders, who all in their own way, are thriving at this time - Jo Tutchener Sharp, founder of Scamp and Dude, Pippa Murray, founder of Pip and Nut, and finally Jayne Hardy, the founder of the Blurt Foundation. As well as discussing what they have learnt, Holly also explores whether the way in which we work has been revolutionised forever. SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate.
In this episode, Holly discusses what the future of hospitality might look like with Robin Hutson, founder of The Pig and Asma Khan, founder of Darjeeling Express, as well as discussing the vital need to adapt quickly and use this time to reflect on ourselves and our businesses. Annika, from Three UK also shares some lessons big businesses have learnt through this time and how vital community and company culture are. SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate.   In this episode, Holly discusses the idea of ‘bounce back’ and community with Jay Blades, presenter of BBCs The Repair Shop. Whilst with Petra Barran, founder of KERB, the conversation focuses on using this time to ‘test your mettle’ as an entrepreneur and driving your business forward. Holly is also joined by Claire Russell founder of playHOORAY! to share insights and advice on having the kids at home as they discuss the vital need for the education system to include creativity.  This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate. In this episode, Holly speaks to LEON founder John Vincent, alongside reacting quickly to the crisis, John reveals the role that fear plays within his business decisions and how to harness the clarity that fear creates.  Life coach Nicole explains personality types in order for us to identify and navigate conflict, whilst Jo Fairley, the founder of Green & Black’s shares her insights on building her brand in a recession as well as the changing perception of personal wellbeing and health. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, these 30 minutes are designed to empower and support you through this climate.   In this episode, Holly is joined by Artist Dave Buonaguidi, founder of The Dots, Pip Jamieson, as well as Jon Nicholson from Royal Mail.  Whilst all from different sectors, all three shared a common belief - that small, creative businesses and entrepreneurs will thrive in the future, but they must harness their USP in order to do so, their creativity. This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail.  Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, as well as covering the key announcements and developments that affect small businesses from the past week. In this episode, Holly is joined by Joe Wicks, the nation's PE teacher, to talk about putting passion and purpose at the heart of your brand. Holly also discusses how to protect and future proof your brand in this climate with Rita Clifton CBE, and founder of Carver PR, Megan Carver joins Holly to support small businesses market themselves with PR tips and tricks on how to navigate the media and what they are looking for now and in the future.  This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
SME: SOS is a topical podcast to support small businesses through this turbulent time of Covid-19. Offering advice from experts and founders, as well as covering the key announcements and developments that have affected small businesses from the past week.   In this episode, Holly discusses her view on the government backed loan scheme and the power of a united team. She also welcomes Will Butler-Adams, CEO of Brompton Bikes, and Steph Douglas, founder of Don’t Buy Her Flowers to discuss how they are navigating this unprecedented time with their own businesses. They also discuss marketing in this climate, the role of trust with your staff, as well as what they see for the future of small businesses beyond Covid-19.  This SME: SOS Special episode of Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with thanks to NatWest, Dell, Three and Royal Mail.  Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
Recorded weeks before Covid-19 hit the UK - this episode is even more poignant as Holly and Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford Organic Farmers, discuss the need for Governments to sit up and make real change to support small businesses and our high streets.  Riverford was one of the first businesses to reach the market with an organic online food model and led the way in identifying a new conscious consumer in the UK. But life as a young boy, growing up on a farm and highly dyslexic, meant that his formative school years did not guarantee him an easy transition into the business world.  Holly and Guy explore how understanding yourself, and your own mind and reactions, is the key to becoming a good leader - a lesson Guy learned later in life and is searingly honest about in this interview.  Guy’s philosophy is that good business is common sense, and that we must call on the government, now to make a fundamental change - a sentiment perhaps more apt than ever before. He also explains how selling his business to his employees, not only changed his life for the better but also created a huge positive change for the business too. 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: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en
What happens, when in a split second, you lose your business and your marriage? Jay Blades shares his story of hitting rock bottom, to find his way back to happiness, by sharing his vulnerability and allowing someone else to lift him up. Brought up in inner-city London Jay did not have an easy start in life, but with an entrepreneurial streak from an early age, Jay soon found there was life outside his council estate and he strived for a different life.  A true community leader, Jay has always supported those less fortunate, and provided a caring and nurturing environment, hoping to be a positive male role model for those around him. But living as a man who was never taught to show his emotions and ‘be strong’ Jay found himself at a total loss when faced with dark days. In this conversation, Jay shares his story from his childhood in London to BBC One’s newest presenter as well the role that the community, kindness and a passion for ‘craft’ has played in building his life after 40. Uplifting, inspirational and true testament to the strength of human spirit, this conversation is one to be cherished. 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: 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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