Conversations of Inspiration

Conversations of Inspiration

By Holly Tucker MBE

Conversations of Inspiration brings you life changing wisdom along with heartbreaking stories of resilience, tenacity and triumph. Since launching two small business marketplaces (Holly & Co and notonthehighstreet), Holly Tucker MBE has spoken with more than 175 founders, creatives and entrepreneurs on this podcast who have been vulnerable enough to share what it really took to get them where they are today, with warmth and wisdom. Prepare to be inspired.

Episodes

Dame Sarah Storey DBE, on leaving a legacy of determination, resilience and triumph

Dame Sarah Storey is Britain’s most decorated Paralympian and her uplifting journey is a beacon of hope, and testament to the power of resilience. They say if you believe in yourself anything is possible. This week's guest has a story of unparalleled determination, tenacity and triumph.  WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll hear how Dame Sarah’s insatiable curiosity to see how far, and how fast, she can go has fueled her  Learn how obstacles can be met with a belief in ourselves that ultimately powers our dreams Discover what it takes to compete for your country and the power of winning… and losing  Please take a moment to protect little ears, this episode contains adult language. If you enjoyed this discussion, we think you’ll love hearing Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE, Olympic athlete. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
04/03/24·1h 4m

Elvis & Kresse Wesling CBE, founders of Elvis & Kresse, on the power of circular businesses

Elvis & Kresse is a superb example of a circular business, making luxury accessories from recycled materials (mainly fire hoses). Since 2005, they’ve saved 300 tonnes of decommissioned ones from landfill and donated 50% of profits. Discover how this incredible company puts the environment, ethics and community first — to great effect. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll learn more about why many believe circular businesses like this one are the future Discover Elvis and Kresse’s passion for breaking the rules, leading with ethics and seeing just how far this can take you Hear how leading with generosity, kindness and purpose can be a winning formula for success Please take a moment to protect little ears, this episode contains adult language. If you enjoyed this discussion, we think you’ll love hearing Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs or Mark Shayler, thinker, doer, creator, speaker and author. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
26/02/24·1h 16m

Antonia & Jonny Philp, founders of Nursem, on passion, purpose and The Nursem Promise

Antonia and Jonny Philp worked tirelessly to create a hand cream that helps our nation’s NHS professionals and is commercially successful (they promise to give a month’s worth of free hand cream to a nurse or midwife with every purchase). Hear how they were tested — from Covid to Dragons’ Den — and truly found their purpose.  WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll hear Antonia and Jonny’s unwavering dedication to placing their values to give back above all else Discover more about achieving great things through hard work, perseverance and keeping a focused mindset Hear about the power of rejection and how they learnt to confidently deal with knockbacks If you enjoyed this discussion, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Danny Gray, founder of War Paint and JAAQ. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
19/02/24·1h

Alex Head, founder of Social Pantry, on creating a recipe for social change

From catering events for the Hollywood elite to employing prison leavers, Alex Head opens the doors to her socially conscious catering business — and it’s fascinating. A business creating meaningful change, providing second chances for ex-offenders, and with sustainability at its heart.  WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll hear how Alex is reinventing traditional catering, transforming lives in the process  Be inspired by the power of entrepreneurship and Alex’s unwavering sense of adventure  Discover more about knockbacks, and mistakes, being a catalyst for growth  Please take a moment to protect little ears, this episode contains adult language.  If you enjoyed this discussion, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Katy Emck OBE, founding director of Fine Cell Work or Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of Social Bite. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
12/02/24·1h 9m

Stuart Trevor, founder of All Saints & Stuart Trevor, on changing the world through sustainable fashion

Stuart Trevor has an unwavering creative vision. When he was just 19, he was the first buyer and designer at Reiss. After founding All Saints and growing it into a household brand, he wanted to help tackle the sustainability crisis in fashion. How? By launching a clothing company that doesn’t produce any clothes… WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll learn about Stuart’s inspiring mission — one that extends far beyond the clothing racks Discover his commitment to innovation, passion for sustainability and determination to keep pushing forward Hear about Stuart’s remarkable journey from a council estate in Dundee to becoming a global fashion icon Please take a moment to protect little ears, this episode contains adult references and language. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Jane Shepherdson CBE, fashion pioneer. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
05/02/24·1h 20m

Bryony Gordon, journalist and author, on the power of vulnerability

A passionate advocate of self-acceptance, Bryony bravely challenges societal norms — her authenticity empowering women along the way. Bryony’s courage (and humour) in baring her soul is inspiring, as she shares her lifelong quest to shine a bright light on shame as a powerful way to dissolve it.  WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll hear Bryony’s honest and touching words on how mental health, and society's attitude to women, have shaped her  Feel inspired by Bryony’s journey to embrace her flaws on the path to acceptance  Reflect on how our lowest moments can be a catalyst to reach greater happiness Please take a moment to protect little ears, this episode contains adult references and language. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
29/01/24·1h 12m

Ruby Hammer MBE, beauty entrepreneur, on the beauty of embracing ageing and who we are

Ruby Hammer has been rewriting the beauty narrative for over three decades and her story is one of utter authenticity. In an industry obsessed with youth, Ruby talks about embracing ageing, the power this gives us and how to do it. It’s a celebration of the beauty found in every stage of life. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE Far beyond makeup, this is a conversation about the power of knowing ourselves deeply Hear how, through embracing diversity and inclusivity, Ruby set a precedent for industry norms Ruby inspires us by living in the present moment, and making that matter, even in the toughest times If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
22/01/24·1h 8m

Jools Oliver, children’s clothing designer, on finding happiness in everyday moments

For Jools Oliver, happiness is most deeply rooted in her family values and home is definitely where her heart is. This is a conversation that focuses on what’s important in life, the relationships we nurture, the environment we create and the joy that we can take from everyday moments. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll rediscover how cherishing the small moments can help when juggling personal aspirations and a busy family life Hear more about how Jools approaches ageing and embraces each year with immense gratitude  Learn the ways in which keeping a positive perspective can help with grief in deeply challenging times If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
15/01/24·55m 45s

Holly’s Christmas Special 2023, on the incredible power of words

We have delved into the treasure trove of episodes of 2023, to bring you the most powerful words shared, the golden advice given and a healthy dose of heartfelt inspiration. For a moment of reflection, or renewed energy for the year ahead — there is a lightbulb moment here waiting for everyone.  WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE From Rio Ferdinand OBE, to Karen Millen OBE, the incredible guests on this series shared their captivating journeys — each unique but all with extraordinary lessons to take away  You’ll feel encouraged by the depths of resolve that our guests have shown in overcoming challenges  Hear tales of purpose, passion and of unwavering commitment, to carry you into 2024  If you enjoyed this collection, you might like to hear more from the featured guests. Full episodes are available here: Karen Millen OBE, Sophie Morgan, Sue Fennessy, Tanya Sarne OBE, Kitty & Al Tait, Henry Fraser, Mark Shayler, Rio Ferdinand OBE.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
18/12/23·49m 48s

Mike & Alison Battle, Founders of LaplandUK, on honouring the magic of childhood

When Mike and Alison Battle couldn’t find a magical Christmas experience for their own children, they decided to create one themselves. Their journey from primary school teacher and hedge fund manager to Mr and Mrs Lapland is nothing short of remarkable, and what’s at the heart of it? Sheer creativity.  WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll hear how Mike and Alison’s life mission is to preserve the wonder of childhood and the magic of storytelling Discover how they took the business from administration to the unforgettable Elven world it is today Remember the true spirit of Christmas and that if you dream it, you can do it As a side note for anyone listening with little believers around, we do talk about Father Christmas (they know him quite well, of course) — and Mike and Alison might even share a few secrets of the Elven world — so some things might not be suitable for little ears. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Charlotte Wood, founder of Polar Post. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
11/12/23·1h 20m

Patrick Grant, Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur, on stitching communities together through fashion

With a love of clothing from an early age, fashion has always been part of Patrick’s DNA and the golden thread throughout his life. Yet his destiny wasn’t just about fashion, but to fulfil a mission to bring communities together, preserve the legacy of craftsmanship and champion the emotional connection we all share with handcrafted items. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll learn what drove Patrick to become such a passionate advocate for carefully handcrafted fashion Hear his belief that businesses should be there for the good of all, including the community and the planet Discover how being bold and taking chances in life can lead to some of the most rewarding opportunities  If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Keith Brymer Jones, master potter, author and The Great Pottery Throw Down judge.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
04/12/23·1h 15m

Jeanette Aurdal on finding success being who you were always meant to be

Jeanette Aurdal Founder of The Oak & Rope Company On finding success being who you were always meant to be  Want to know how Jeanette Aurdal made the transition from being a passionate hobbyist to building a thriving brand, celebrated for its handcrafted creations? Jeanette shares how a fire that reduced her business to ashes was both her darkest moment and greatest springboard — helping her evolve into exactly who she was meant to be. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE Find out how sometimes, in the process of building and rebuilding, you are able to become your true self  Learn how life’s greatest challenges can provide a fresh foundation from which opportunity can blossom Jeanette’s story is a beacon of light for any founders (or potential founders) on a small business journey  If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Sophie Sellu, founder of Grain & Knot. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/11/23·1h 5m

Vanita Parti MBE on beauty, brows and breaking barriers

Inspired by her Indian heritage, Vanita founded her business after noticing a gap in the market for convenient, quality brow services. In doing so, she not only brought an ancient beauty technique to the 21st century, but also disrupted a whole industry. Hear how she’s ‘raised eyebrows’… WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE Hear how Vanita’s heritage, the influence of London and her creative centre, all merged to create Blink Brow Bar Gain insight into using life’s toughest moments as a source for growth Discover how Vanita’s commitment to brand was central to building a premium beauty offering  If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Kanya King CBE, founder of the MOBO Awards. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
20/11/23·1h 6m

Henry Fraser, Mouth Artist, Author & Speaker, on the remarkable power of the human spirit

At just 17 years old, Henry had a serious diving accident which left him paralysed from the neck down. Finding himself trapped between a past he no longer recognised and a future he couldn't imagine, Henry shares how he found the mental resilience to overcome the darkest of times, to discover a life filled with light. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE Discover how it was possible for Henry to find not just happiness, but gratitude when everything he thought was going to be, no longer was Hear how accepting and embracing all emotions can help in life’s most challenging moments Learn how Henry has truly come to believe that in fact ‘any day can be a good day' If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Rob & Paul Forkin, the founders of Gandys. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
15/11/23·58m 10s

Joanna Jensen, founder of Childs Farm, on building a brand from a mother’s love

Joanna Jensen launched Childs Farm fuelled by a wish to help her daughters’ eczema-prone skin. Her story is one of entrepreneurship, determination and the strength of a mother’s love. From agonising challenges such as divorce, losing her home and confronting illness, to achieving incredible success, Joanna’s journey is remarkable. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll hear how, through trusting the spark of an idea to help her daughters, Joanna found her life’s purpose Discover how her belief in Childs Farm kept Joanna going in the darkest of times  Joanna shares how her childhood fostered a belief that if you really want something to happen, you have to get up and do it yourself If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Paul Lindley OBE, founder of Ella’s Kitchen. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
06/11/23·1h 12m

Jane Shepherdson CBE, fashion pioneer, on using instinct to take Whistles and Topshop to the top

Hailed as a retail genius, credited with transforming Topshop into a global fashion phenomenon and working wonders at Whistles, Jane began her career at the bottom of the ladder and honed her craft from the ground up with grit and creativity. Here, she shares how, in a world driven by data, instinct has been her guiding light. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE Discover the power of being emotionally connected and trusting your intuition. Hear how Jane was labelled a ‘difficult woman’ for having the courage of her convictions. Jane shares how confidence is not always innate but can be built from your successes. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business finds and inspiration, nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus exclusive offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
30/10/23·1h 5m

Meredithe Stuart-Smith on crafting the magical world of Meri Meri

Meredithe shares her journey from being a one-woman operation at the kitchen table to building an eternally joyful, internationally recognised, party accessories brand. Discover how, with ‘team’ at the heart of everything and a belief that imagination equals freedom, she retains the essence of what makes Meri Meri special. WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE You’ll be inspired by a story of eternal optimism, determination and resilience. Hear the wisdom of a passionate entrepreneur, using the power of creativity to build a fun and joyful brand. Discover the importance of continually evolving your offering, and the true power of pivoting.
23/10/23·1h 8m

Karen Millen OBE on building a fashion empire from £100

Karen Millen OBE started her iconic brand with £100 and 100 metres of cotton. Hear how she built and sold a thriving fashion empire against the odds — before being declared bankrupt and getting divorced. How did she learn to embrace her future once again and do what she loves? Find out here… WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE Learn about getting comfortable with embracing failure and benefiting from its teachings.  Discover how it’s never too late to listen to your inner voice and follow your dreams. Hear about the grit and determination it takes to live your passion and build your own business. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Trinny Woodall, founder of Trinny London. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
16/10/23·1h 10m

Marcia Kilgore, founder of Beauty Pie, on how to navigate the new beauty landscape

In this very special episode Holly is thrilled to sit down for a second time with Marcia Kilgore, the visionary founder of Beauty Pie, Soap & Glory, FitFlop and more, to share her inside knowledge on the real beauty industry and how it has changed in recent years. Recognising that there is a new generation of knowledgeable and savvy customers looking to shop with brands whose values are rooted in transparency and integrity, Marcia discusses the revealing report she’s commissioned that explores the ‘Question Everything’ economy. Marcia also shares her thoughts on female founders and the anti-ageing industry, and how as a beauty brand leader, she hopes to empower women to strive to be our best selves rather than succumbing to a generic, standardised idea of beauty. This is a conversation that celebrates women and female founders of all ages and it’s one that will leave you invigorated, enlightened and ready to embark on your own journey. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Sahar Hashemi OBE, co-founder of Coffee Republic. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
26/06/23·1h 6m

Rebuilding your body, mind and life after cancer, with Rosamund Dean, journalist, author and speaker

“After breast cancer, you can’t get the old you back, not really. BUT you can build a new version of yourself; wiser, stronger, less fearful, more joyful, more aware, more compassionate and with a greater sense of purpose.” These are the words of Rosamund Dean, journalist, author, breast cancer survivor and also Holly’s incredible guest this week. Rosamund’s vulnerability in sharing her experiences so openly is helping countless other women to navigate their own path with this disease, and to be more aware of their wellness, at a time when cancer in the under 50s is rising globally. In this episode, Rosamund talks to Holly about the journey she has been on to rebuild her body, mind and life, and shares the highs and lows along the way. Rosamund also explains how she has navigated the world of medical treatment and surgery, and of how her experiences have not only shaped her perspective, but also her as a person. This is an episode not to be missed — full of soulful words of wisdom that will resonate with anyone who loves life and wants to seize the day. Please note that this episode contains discussion around cancer.  If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Kristin Hallenga, founder of Coppafeel. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
19/06/23·1h 6m

Taking on the soft drinks giants, and winning with wonky fruit, with Alex Wright and Jack Scott, founders of DASH Water

Meet Alex Wright and Jack Scott, founders of DASH Water, a soft drinks brand that is making a difference, one wonky lemon and one curly cucumber at a time. This episode is packed full of insights from two entrepreneurs who are on a mission to disrupt an industry and make an impact.  Growing up with farming backgrounds, both Alex and Jack saw first-hand the monumental waste of bruised and misshapen fruit and vegetables. Believing they could do things differently, they set about infusing their sparkling water with wonky fruit that would otherwise have gone to waste. A certified B Corp, DASH Water is a brand that has disrupted the beverage industry, taking on the soft drinks giants and offering a new generation of customers a healthy and sustainable alternative. Alex and Jack’s story is one of entrepreneurial passion and purpose and of how having strong core values and social responsibility within your business can not only keep you on track but can help you drive positive change in the world. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Tea and Pip Murray founder of Pip & Nut. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
12/06/23·1h 7m

The new meaning of ‘United’ with Rio Ferdinand OBE, sportsman, broadcaster and campaigner

When you’re a footballing legend how can you use your platform as a force for good?  That’s the conversation shared between Holly and Rio in this week's fascinating episode. Humble, honest and inspiring, Rio is renowned as one of our most beloved sportsmen but in more recent years Rio has turned his talents to breaking down taboos and campaigning for positive social change. Rio talks openly about the experiences in life that have shaped him, from experiencing racism from childhood to now, his journey with grief, and his desire to instil purpose and drive in the next generation. It’s a captivating conversation that pays tribute to a man who, while navigating some of life’s toughest challenges, has shown enormous generosity of spirit, compassion and kindness.  It is a must-listen episode for anyone looking to support positive progress. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with  Sue Fennessy, founder of WeAre8. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
05/06/23·1h 10m

The transformative power of pursuing your passion, with Kitty and Al Tait, founders of Kitty’s Kits, The Orange Bakery and Breaducation

“I didn’t know how to function any more. And then, one day, I watched my dad make a really simple overnight bread, mixing flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Watching something so simple transform into something so magical made me feel safe.” Meet Kitty Tait and Al Tait, the daughter and father duo who are exceptional bakers with an even more exceptional story.  At just 14, Kitty struggled with anxiety and depression which became so acute, she left school. Encouraged by her father, she discovered baking and their lives took an unexpected turn. Recognising that baking had been fundamental in Kitty’s recovery, Kitty and Al set about changing the world one loaf at a time. In this episode Holly speaks to Kitty and Al, and learns more of how they immersed themselves in the world of baking - and how they are now using their knowledge and passion to inspire, educate and empower others, bringing the art of baking to the masses.  Sharing many tear-jerking and life-affirming tales from their journey so far, this is a conversation about creativity and self belief, and one that highlights the transformative power that pursuing our passions can have on our lives. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Katy Emck OBE, founding director of Fine Cell Work. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
30/05/23·1h 6m

Turning the page on a traumatic past, with DJ Fat Tony, DJ, author and artist

“I was homeless, I had no teeth and I was dying.” These are the words of DJ Fat Tony, world famous DJ, artist and author of the candid memoir, I Don't Take Requests. Tony grew up on a council estate in Battersea and his hedonistic lifestyle, and rise to fame, made him the DJ of choice for a generation of superstars - from the Beckhams to Elton John. After struggling with a decades-long addiction to drugs and alcohol, Tony finally hit rock bottom and chose a life of sobriety in 2006, then using his learned experiences to help others through dark times in their own lives. In this candid conversation with Holly, Tony speaks with brutal honesty about the derailing of his life, the demons from the past that he has had to face to get back on track, and the compassion and empathy he has had to find for himself along the way. It’s a story of huge mental resilience, of recovery and redemption and one that ultimately celebrates the survival instinct in all of us. It’s also one you won’t want to miss. Please note: It’s worth taking a moment to make sure that no little ears are listening, as the subjects of drug abuse and child abuse are discussed.  If this episode resonated with you, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Goldie MBE, DJ, artist and actor. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/05/23·1h 4m

Having the courage to test life’s limits and learn, with Tanya Sarne OBE, founder of Ghost

If anybody embodies the spirit of a certain era of British fashion, it is Tanya Sarne OBE, founder of the iconic fashion label, Ghost. In this episode, Tanya shares her extraordinary life story, from her humble beginnings as a child born in the war to refugee parents, to travelling all over the world. Her journey had many remarkable moments along the way — moments she generously shares openly from the heart, with no holds barred. Tanya speaks about her time spent struggling as a single mum until her label redefined fashion and became a global success, all whilst coping with an addiction that took hold for 24 years.  By her own admission, Tanya has led a very colourful life, one that is so jam-packed with stories you’ll wonder how she managed to fit it all in. At the epicentre of the Swinging Sixties in London, Tanya’s story is one interwoven with fashion, glamour, famous friends and travel. It is also a tale of talent, hard work, strength and utter resilience — and of a free spirit that remains totally, majestically undimmed. This conversation touches on some adult themes, not suitable for little ears.  If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/05/23·1h 3m

Using your passion to mould your future, with Keith Brymer Jones, British designer, master potter, author and Great Pottery Throw Down judge

“I get emotional because this is a craft I love. It is my life.” These are the words of Keith Brymer Jones, master ceramicist, design expert, author and self-proclaimed emotional judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down. A dyslexic child, Keith found an affinity with clay, ultimately turning his academic struggles into his best-selling and iconic Word Range of ceramics. Now, with over three decades of knowledge and experience under his belt, Keith shares his love of the craft and his thoughts on how the raw form of clay can not only produce something beautiful, but can actually be a channel for our insecurities and vulnerabilities. It’s a fascinating conversation and an insight into one of our nation's most talented designers and kindest TV judges, one who turns formulaic reality competitions on their head and one who always leads the way with empathy, compassion and warmth. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Jay Blades MBE, presenter and founder of Jay & Co. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/05/23·1h 2m

Building a joyful British brand, with Cath Kidston Padgham MBE, founder of Cath Kidston

How can you take your passions and turn them into a brand that touches the hearts of thousands nationwide? Cath Kidston Padgham MBE built a thriving British business by embracing her love of textiles, interiors and print, and following her heart. But how? Reflecting on the pivotal moments that led her to success, Cath and Holly explore the breathtaking highs Cath experienced, as well as the heartbreaking loss and grief that have punctuated her journey so far — and also sharpened her senses, built resilience and drove her forwards.  Having grown a truly iconic household brand bursting with joy, colour and creativity, she’s an undeniable master in her field, and here she reveals how she did it, and why she’s doing it all again with her new brand C.Atherley.  This episode follows Cath’s story from the early days of turning her vision into a reality, and shares the secrets behind her success. It reminds us all of the importance of showing up when times are tough and how sometimes, life takes us full circle to return to our roots. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Henrietta Morrison, founder of Lily’s Kitchen.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
02/05/23·55m 8s

Using a life changing moment to change lives, with Sophie Morgan, TV presenter, author, inclusive travel expert and disability campaigner

As one of the most inspiring stories you'll ever hear, this is a conversation that really will make you appreciate the beauty of life.  This week, Holly speaks with TV presenter, author and disability activist Sophie Morgan to find out more of what we can achieve when we refuse to let what happens to us in life — or other people — define us. Paralysed in a car crash when she was just eighteen years old, Sophie has faced gruelling personal challenges, campaigned relentlessly to dispel the myths around disability and spoken out against ableist attitudes ever since. Tenacity, ongoing resilience and a lust for life are just some of the characteristics that Sophie has by the bucketload and it's exactly this attitude that has kept driving her forwards in even the darkest of times. Sophie shares with Holly how all her experiences, at times raw and unflinching, have shaped her as a person, of how art and creativity have helped to heal her and of how she has created a colourful, beautiful life that is bursting with adventure and new horizons. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Josh Patterson, Ultra-athlete, Broadcaster and Mental Health Campaigner. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/04/23·1h 4m

The benefits of growing older and wiser, with Johnnie Boden CBE, founder of Boden

How do you evolve with your brand as a founder?  For over three decades Boden has been serious about style that makes you smile, and this week, Holly sits down with Johnnie Boden CBE to revisit his story since they first met in 2018.  Having weathered recessions, Brexit, Covid and now a cost of living crisis, Boden has established itself as a quintessentially British brand, that is also taking the US market by storm.  Johnnie shares his secrets of how he has kept Boden on track, how he defied the fashion fads that destroyed his rivals and the single most valuable piece of advice he has ever received. It’s a conversation about life as much as it is business, as Johnnie reflects on how he believes that growing up with his brand is the key to remaining motivated, passionate and in love with his company. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Henry Dimbleby MBE, Co-founder of Leon. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
20/03/23·58m 12s

A tribute to Jacqueline Gold CBE

Jacqueline Gold CBE, Chief Executive of Ann Summers, made it her life mission to empower women both in the boardroom but also in the bedroom, and unashamedly too. She tackled taboos, redefined an entire industry and made a lasting impact on the next generation of women in business.  As Jacqueline once said, “As women, we should boldly lift our heads above the parapet and celebrate our own successes”.  Jacqueline’s Conversation of Inspiration is one that Holly was truly honoured to hear in 2020, and is one she will hold close forevermore.  In honour of the incredible life of Jacqueline we are sharing this special podcast episode to remember and celebrate her strength, resilience, courage, and a legacy that will never be forgotten. 
17/03/23·53m 30s

Leading a chocolate revolution, with Chantal Coady OBE, founder of The Chocolate Detective

It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Chantal Coady OBE – AKA The Chocolate Detective — is on a mission to help you uncover the finest and most ethical chocolate around. Fuelled by a lifelong love of all things chocolate, Chantal’s business journey began at just 23, opening Rococo on the Kings Road, and stocking in the likes of Liberty, Heals and British Airways. However, there have also been extreme lows, after a terrible experience saw her lose her first business in 2019.  Now returning to her creative chocolate roots, Chantal is using her years of knowledge and experience to guide the revolution for ethical, delectable chocolate with the utmost transparency — a mission she has been driving for the past 40 years.  This is a life-affirming conversation that reminds us all that in whatever we pursue, passion might be the only thing that can heal us. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Jo Malone CBE, founder of Jo Loves.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/03/23·1h 9m

How women can thrive through all seasons, with Baroness Ruth Rogers CBE, co-founder of The River Cafe

As women, how on earth is it possible to build a business and grow with it over decades — whilst raising a family, weathering the storms of life and remaining inspired, motivated and engaged throughout? Baroness Ruth Rogers CBE is someone who has done just that and today, her pioneering Michelin starred restaurant The River Cafe remains one of the most in-demand culinary institutions in London, 36 years after she led a food revolution. In this episode, Ruth shares stories of discovering her passion for seasonal ingredients, the progression of female chefs she’s witnessed, and how far we still have to go. She even reveals her top tips for building the foundations of a strong business and a truly happy workforce.  It’s a conversation which is both inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure, and one that speaks volumes of the legacy that Ruth has created. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Chrissie Rucker OBE, founder of The White Company.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/03/23·47m 53s

Making stuff better and making better stuff, with Mark Shayler, Thinker, Doer, Creator, Speaker and Author

Do you want to learn how to do, think and be better – for our planet and in life itself?  You are not alone. And it’s not just us in a personal capacity, either. Mark Shayler — thinker, doer, creator, speaker and author — helps brands too. He shows how big companies can think like small ones and small companies can think like big ones, to make sure they stand apart, remain relevant in our society and most importantly, retain their creative magic.  An expert in helping businesses innovate and prioritise sustainability, Mark sews the positive seeds of change that transform companies and help make our world a better place. You’ll come away from this conversation overflowing with imaginative ways you’ll want to evolve, not only in the way you do business, but also in the way you live. Mark explains that the key lies in, “Not letting the success of yesterday get in the way of today”. Listen to find out why.  If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Kate Robinson, author, speaker and co-director of Nevergrey.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/02/23·1h 19m

Rankin (Photographer, Director and Humanitarian), on being so much more than your labels

What does it mean to be a cultural provocateur? When your mission is to awaken, to communicate, to reveal truth and even to provoke action — all through the art of photography?  In this exclusive interview, Holly speaks to Rankin, one of the most influential photographers of our time, renowned for his ability to capture the essence and truth of his subjects rather than simply taking their pictures. And that’s not all… Having worked with everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop, Rankin is often seen as being a ‘celebrity photographer’. However it’s his ability to seek to leave the world better than he found it — and to to push boundaries as well as conversations — that sets him apart. Rankin speaks to Holly about his rise to fame, why he believes that sometimes, “The best way to be creative, is to be bored” and how he has used his art to help himself and others cope with grief. This episode reveals an intimate portrait of the man behind the lens, and is one that you definitely won’t want to miss. If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration on the nature of creative storytelling with Greg Hoffman, Nike’s former CMO and author of Emotion By Design.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
20/02/23·1h 30m

Banishing the taboos surrounding womanhood, with Michelle Kennedy, founder and CEO of Peanut

Have you ever been in need of a safe space to share your most personal questions or concerns as a woman and just not known where to turn? If so, it’s an experience shared by many — especially the 2.5 million people who’ve joined Peanut; the groundbreaking app set up by Michelle Kennedy to ensure that no woman ever has to navigate womanhood alone.  Whether it’s to connect, form friendships or just to have really open conversations with other women about the complicated areas of fertility, menopause and motherhood to name a few, Peanut is a platform that’s enabled positive progress for many.  Michelle talks to Holly about the ignition of her business idea following a successful career in the dating industry at Badoo and Bumble, navigating the world of tech as a female, and how she believes each of us has a responsibility to change the dialogue around the challenges that occur, for future generations. Dubbed ‘the village for the digital age’, Peanut is a powerful force and one that is breaking down the modern taboos around womanhood, whichever stage of life we are at. Listen to find out how to join the movement, too… If you enjoyed this episode, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Jacqueline Gold CBE, CEO of Ann Summers.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
13/02/23·1h 16m

Changing the game for mental health, with Danny Gray, founder of War Paint and JAAQ

Want to meet the man who’s revolutionising the mental health movement?  With our mental health care system in crisis and people struggling more than ever before, Danny Gray (founder of men’s makeup brand War Paint), saw a need for change. So he launched a revolutionary mental health platform called JAAQ. Driven by his own learned experiences as a teenage victim of bullying, and having been diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder himself, Danny is on a mission to remove the stigma around male makeup, whilst also making expert mental health knowledge accessible to all.  Danny really is not only changing, but saving lives — all through the art of answering some of life’s most difficult and complex questions. Listen to find out how.   If you enjoyed this, we think you’ll love listening to Joe Wick MBE’s Conversation of Inspiration. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
06/02/23·1h 1m

The woman standing up to the social media giants...and winning, with Sue Fennessy, founder and CEO of WeAre8

For most, living in a world where social media is only a positive and empowering place is nothing but a dream. Yet this week Sue Fennessy, founder and CEO of WeAre8, is here to share how she is making it a reality.  Describing this venture as her ‘civic duty’, Sue has created a social media app that not only has zero tolerance for hate, but that could also generate millions of pounds shared across charities, creatives and users each and every month in the process. How? Simply by offering users the chance to enjoy the app in exchange for watching just a few minutes of adverts per day.  In this empowering and emotional episode, Sue talks to Holly about the current value exchange of digital advertising. She also explains the power of the female founder, and how WeAre8 aims to contribute towards solving the global economic crisis by reconnecting millions of brands and people — whilst saving our young from the bleak reality of social media as we know it today.  So how can you help Sue on this mission to change the world? Listen to find out… If you enjoyed this Conversation of Inspiration, we would recommend heading over to listen to Josie Naughton, founder of Choose Love’s episode now.   Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
30/01/23·1h 21m

Overcoming trauma and unlocking pure happiness, with Goldie MBE, DJ, artist and actor

Want to know how Goldie MBE became one of the most compelling artists of our time? Well look no further as this week, this maverick’s story will leave you captivated, surprised and completely inspired.  You might know him for his pioneering drum and bass music in the 90s, his gold teeth, or his acting career, but in this exclusive interview, Goldie shares how he defied the odds, having experienced abuse, heartbreak and battling addiction in his early years, to now seeing beauty in every waking moment.  After a difficult childhood spent in the care system, Goldie channelled his creative spirit into the world of art and music, carving out a stellar career and legacy in the creative world.  With success and destruction as part of his story, Goldie shares how The Hoffman Process, using creativity as an outlet, and nurturing a family that he adores, have helped him to build a life of contentment and happiness. Along this colourful journey, Goldie also reveals what he now considers to be the three most important things he couldn’t live without.  Goldie reflects with Holly on how short life really is, the many lessons he’s learnt whilst healing from his past, and if his infectious positive energy doesn’t have you completely inspired, his words of wisdom and encouragement to ‘get up and do something you’ve never done before’ will. It’s a rollercoaster of an episode.  If you enjoyed this, we think you’ll love listening to Mo Gawdat’s Conversation of Inspiration. Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
23/01/23·1h 5m

Creating a female ecosystem, with Sharmadean Reid MBE, founder of The Stack World

This week Holly speaks with Sharmadean Reid MBE, founder of The Stack World, a revolutionary media platform that enables mission-driven women to make meaningful connections and move the needle on gender equality.   A serial entrepreneur and mother, Sharmadean is known for her impact on culture and women’s empowerment with the aim of helping women achieve a higher purpose and a stronger economic status.  In this conversation Sharmadean shares the impact her own culture and upbringing had on her view of the world, the impact raising money had on her confidence as well as how cultural relevance, the world news agenda, and her own ideas created a fertile ground from which to launch her ideas. It’s a vision of equal opportunities and a fair future for all — and one in which the community-led Stack World plays a pivotal role in pushing the boundaries for all women in the post-pandemic world. If you enjoyed this episode, head on over to hear Holly’s talk with Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley — Technology Pioneer, Businesswoman and Philanthropist, about the magnitude of what can be achieved when you refuse to settle.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
16/01/23·1h 5m

Nine uniquely beautiful roads to success - Holly’s round-up of Series 15

At the end of each podcast series, Holly likes to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of small business life, to sit and reflect on the special conversations she’s been lucky enough to have.  So if you haven’t yet listened to every episode this season, or if you loved them all so much that you want to recall key moments – settle down with a cup of tea and get ready to take notes from some of the most successful founders on the planet.  In this series, each of Holly’s guests have shared tales from their business journeys so far, building some of the most recognised brands in the world. Each guest opened up about the highs and lows of their unique journeys, but the one key similarity Holly recognised amongst every founder is their ability to pivot when the going gets tough, in order for their businesses to survive.  Here, Holly has selected a key moment from each of her conversations that have stayed with her – including ungooglable pieces of advice, inspiring moments and some emotional memories we can all take lessons from.  This round-up episode features snippets from Holly’s conversations with Trinny Woodall, founder of Trinny London, Kate Robinson, co-founder of The Creative Revolution and Never Grey, Dishoom’s founder Shamil Thakrar, Helen and Sarah, squiggly career experts and co-founders of Amazing If, Josie Naughton, founder of Choose Love, Marisa Hordern, creator of Missoma, Renee Elliott, founder and mastermind behind Planet Organic and Beluga Bean, NEOM’s founder Nicola Elliott, and Charlotte Wood, founder of Polar Post and Queen of Christmas.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
28/11/22·38m 3s

Turning grey into technicolour, through the magic of Christmas, with Polar Post’s founder, Charlotte Wood

In this captivating conversation, Charlotte Wood, founder of the magical Polar Post, shares her wisdom on building a brand that truly embodies kindness, nostalgia and the spirit of Christmas. With the help of the elves, Charlotte’s founding mission was to revive the lost art of calligraphy for a new generation and create remarkable works of art in the form of letters, so that every child can feel as though Father Christmas is speaking directly to them.  Since founding her enchanting business, Polar Post has gone from strength to strength, but with the many highs on her Christmas journey so far, have also come many lows. Here, Charlotte bares her soul, sharing her early struggles with school, and how Polar Post actually sprung from a place of darkness, when she was battling postnatal depression. Charlotte also shares her advice when coping with guilt as a working mother, dealing with copying, working with charities, and the power creativity has in turning your world “from grey to technicolour”. Her creations are a labour of love that sprinkle magic on our doormats, up chimneys and under our Christmas trees, year on year. All you have to do is believe. If you enjoyed this episode, head on over to hear Holly’s talk with Jo Tuchener Sharp, founder of Scamp & Dude, which we think you’ll love too.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
21/11/22·1h 13m

Lightbulb Moment 34: Why you should let lightbulb moments shape your life, with the founder of Abel & Cole, Keith Abel

How do you know what business to start or how to scale it? This episode marks Holly’s very last lightbulb moment of the series, and so she wanted to share with you the answers to the questions she so often gets asked. Taken from her conversation with Keith Abel, founder of Abel & Cole, Holly reflects on the moment that Keith recognised he had a golden opportunity when selling his organic potatoes, which was the pivotal moment that changed his life forever. When Keith shared this with Holly, it marked a revelation for her too. She shares how we all experience our very own lightbulb moments each and every day, but the art is not only to recognise them, but also to seize them with both hands. If you want to take control of your future, this is the guidance you need — and it takes less than 15 minutes to hear it.  You can hear Keith Abel’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/11/22·12m 6s

A business founded from grit and determination, with Nicola Elliott, founder of Neom Organics

How do you build a disruptive brand in a new sector, whilst keeping it accessible for all? In this episode, Nicola Elliot shares her lessons as she recounts her story building the cult status, well-being brand Neom Organics. Growing up in Yorkshire, a self declared naughty child, Nicola carved out a glittering career in advertising in her twenties before burn out forced her to refocus her energies in a different direction. Nicola recounts the early days of Neom, the risks, the setbacks, and challenges she faced, as well as the early green shoots of success that followed, catapulting the business to iconic status. Neom is a brand that in Nicola’s words has been built brick by brick, and ignited the movement for natural, environmentally friendly well-being products. Nicola explains that Neom’s products are for those that are “just trying to do their best” – for ourselves, and the environment.  Nicola’s success story is a result of pure determination, and she shares with Holly how in her opinion, it is our responsibility as parents to teach our children to have strength and grit as a form of protection.  It’s a conversation that prompts all of us to remember that building a brand is so much more than a final destination, and that how we get there is every bit as important. If you enjoyed this episode, head on over to hear Holly’s talk with Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company, which we think you’ll love too.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
14/11/22·1h 10m

Lightbulb Moment 33: Liberating yourself from your past, with Dr. Edith Eger, Holocaust survivor, psychologist and author

This might just be the most humbling lightbulb moment Holly has had this whole series. In just 15 minutes, you can learn the life-changing skill of freeing yourself from your past and controlling your present — allowing you to achieve anything you put your mind to. Letting the past distract her is a battle that Holly has faced herself over the years, especially when recalling certain times at notonthehighstreet. But it wasn’t until she met with the formidable Dr. Edith Eger, that she suddenly realised it’s possible to readjust our mindsets and undo this harmful pattern.  Edith is wisdom personified. She shares so many pieces of incredible advice when it comes to only focusing on the positives in our lives and what empowers us, and this really struck a chord with Holly — especially coming from someone who has lived through something as traumatic and horrific as the Holocaust.  Holly explains how she learned that it’s not arriving at the destination that is the prize, but actually the journey itself. This is a lightbulb moment that will stay with you forever. And if you ever find yourself focusing on the past – just remember to be more Edith!  You can hear Dr. Edith Eger’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/11/22·11m 0s

From small town girl to organic retail pioneer, with Renée Elliott, founder of Planet Organic, and co-founder of Beluga Bean

Renée Elliott had no real inkling of what her purpose was, until walking down the aisle of a health food store in Boston. Little did she know that this moment would ignite her dream, and lead to her opening the first organic supermarket in the UK in 1995 — Planet Organic.  With no prior experience but a determination to build a business that would make a difference to people's lives, Renée learnt ‘on the job’ when she had an idea to bring organically grown food to the mainstream shopper.  However, Renée’s world was turned upside down when her business partner tried to take ownership of the business in a period where Planet Organic was thriving. Renée opens up about this achingly stressful experience, how she battled through it, and how it has shaped the person she is today.  Renée is a true trailblazer we can all learn from, with an inspirational mindset and shares with Holly the guiding principles she’s learnt on her journey so far. She’s an unapologetically emotional, female founder, continuing her mission to spread positivity and encourage people to live the healthiest, happiest life possible — as demonstrated through her second business, Beluga Bean.  This conversation is a tonic for anyone that needs to hear why, “Everything will always be okay”.  If you would like to work with Renée at Beluga Bean, you can email her at renee@belugabean.com, and if enjoyed this episode, head on over to hear Holly’s talk with Greg Hoffman, Nike’s former CMO, which we think you’ll love too.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
07/11/22·1h 11m

Lightbulb Moment 32: Anya Hindmarch CBE shares the fine art of finding beauty in everything

Imagine how happy you could be if you were able to find the beauty in everything. Want to learn the art in less than 15 minutes? Taken from her conversation with Anya Hindmarch CBE, one of Holly’s ultimate female business icons, Holly recalls Anya explaining the story of designing her much loved crisp packet handbags, and how you really can make everyday ‘ordinary’ items extraordinary.  Hearing Anya tell this tale ignited a lightbulb moment for Holly, as it took her back to when she realised that her calling was to seek out the neverending beauty within small businesses – which is how her first business, notonthehighstreet, was born.  Holly explains how ever since, she has been on a quest to scale the unique, and in doing so has become a proud leader of the small business community. She also sheds light on how we as humans are totally one-of-a-kind and beautiful in our own way, and so surely this should be reflected in our businesses? What are the ways you could take run-of-the-mill items and transform them into something wonderful? When did anyone say that products like handbags can't be fun? If you'd like some inspiration, we think you're going to love this... You can hear Anya Hindmarch CBE’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
03/11/22·11m 43s

The overnight success that took over a decade to build, with Marisa Hordern, founder of Missoma

This week Holly speaks with Marisa Hordern, founder of London based jewellery brand, Missoma. Born at the kitchen table, Missoma started as a side hustle. Now, after over a decade of incredible hard work and grit, Missoma is an iconic jewellery brand beloved by millennials and A listers alike. Often referred to as an overnight success, Marisa sheds light on this misconception, and the first seven years she battled through to get her business off the ground, where at her lowest point, she considered terminating Missoma all together.  However, with love, passion and determination, Marisa recognised that ‘going through the trenches, makes you appreciate things more’, and looking back shares what decisions she made to turn the tables in order to be where she is today.  Talking about the pivotal moments on her journey, from creating a new niche for demi-fine jewellery in the industry, to changing her business model from largely wholesale business to an online retailer, which really changed the game.  Marisa also shares with Holly her top pieces of advice from her business journey so far – from building a loyal team, to the importance of digital marketing in our modern age, and sharing her expertise on sustainability and being honest with your customers.  It’s a conversation that speaks to the bravery and passion in all of us, of what might just be possible if we are prepared to trust our gut, challenge the status quo and most importantly, be confident in ourselves and our dreams. If you enjoyed this episode, head on over to Holly’s conversations with Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic, which we think you’ll love too.  Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
31/10/22·1h 9m

Lightbulb Moment 31: How to solve your hardest problems with Lord John Bird MBE, founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue

This week, Holly shares why business is not just a one way road to success, but also reveals the key to overcoming the darkest, most difficult times that so many founders face by mastering the art of problem solving.  When Holly spoke with Lord John Bird, she was in total awe of his knowledge, his experience, and his overwhelming confidence in his vision – but what has really stayed with her is how he turned his business around, when The Big Issue was in terrible financial trouble and just months away from closure.  John’s experience struck such a chord with Holly, as his story is much like her own. Holly’s first business notonthehighstreet in its earliest days almost met its demise multiple times due to cashflow issues, and it was down to Holly to save her business each time. Here, Holly recalls those hardest days, and shares the steps she took to turn it around.  So are you facing a problem that you just can’t solve? Or do you need a little inspiration to see how the tables really can turn? Listen now to hear how both Lord John Bird and Holly changed their futures for the better… You can hear Lord John Bird MBE’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/10/22·19m 14s

Choosing love and changing the world, with Josie Naughton, founder of Choose Love

“We can all do something” are the words of Josie Naughton, who is at the centre of the pioneering humanitarian aid movement, Choose Love. It’s a charity that promotes compassion, people helping people, and true generosity of heart.  When Josie and her friends saw the refugee crisis unfolding in Calais in 2015 they decided to take action by raising £1,000 and organising a van load of donations to be delivered to Calais. With no former charity experience, a lack of fundraising budgets or highly paid executives, their grassroots campaign quickly went viral and redefined the sector.  Having now raised £70 million, which has helped over four million people, Choose Love is a movement ingrained in our society, and one that so many simply couldn’t live without.  Josie’s previous career in the music industry (working with Coldplay no less), coupled with an instinctive ability to really empathise with others, fuelled a different way of thinking. It enabled her to not just raise money but to change the world through charity. She explains how the idea for their revolutionary pop-up shop in Carnaby Street was coined, which encourages shoppers to, “Shop your heart out, leave with nothing and feel the love”.  With the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War happening right now in Ukraine, Josie speaks with Holly about her vision for the charity, its groundbreaking work and the challenges that lay ahead. And just remember as Josie says, “The refugee crisis is an extremely complex and political business in many ways, but there is nothing confusing or complex about a child having nowhere to sleep”. So listen, digest that thought, and remember – if you can choose anything, choose love.  If this episode strikes a chord, Holly’s talk with Kristin Hallenga, founder of CoppaFeel!, might be of interest, too.   Plus for more unfiltered insight, subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
24/10/22·1h 14m

Lightbulb Moment 30: Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty, on the advice she wishes she’d heard sooner

In our fast paced world, we can be so focussed on the future, that we very rarely take time to reflect on the past. But this week, Holly has a task for you that is going to help you look back, and recognise just how far you’ve come.  Taken from her conversation with the beauty icon that is Bobbi Brown, this week’s lightbulb moment is inspired by Bobbi’s letter to her younger self, which Holly was lucky enough to witness her read. In Bobbi’s letter, she shares exactly what she wished she’d known as a younger woman, opens up about her vulnerabilities and also reveals the secret mantras that she swears by, to live a happy and fulfilled life.  Having also written her very own letter a few years ago, Holly explains why she found it so cathartic and this week, has tasked you, our incredible listeners, to write your very own version. What are your greatest learnings? What do you wish you had known earlier? And more importantly, what are you waiting for? Find some time, and start writing – we don’t know one person yet that’s ever regretted it, yet many who have found it to be the greatest release.  You can hear Bobbi Brown’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
20/10/22·10m 21s

Taking control of your career, without climbing the ladder, with Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis, founders of Amazing If

Have you ever wondered how you can ditch the career ladder and find an alternative route to success, where progression doesn’t just depend on promotion? Have you asked yourself, what am I good at? What do I stand for? What motivates and drives me? This week Holly speaks with Helen and Sarah, co-founders of Amazing If, an award-winning career development company with a twist.  Champions of the Squiggly Career, Helen and Sarah are at the forefront of a fundamental shift that’s happening in the workplace. Where the traditional linear path is being replaced with a squiggly line that can allow you a career every bit as unique as you are. One that is full of opportunity, freedom and purpose – without having to constantly move roles and companies in order to progress. Currently, 65-70% of us feel we have to leave a job in order to change our role or position, but what if you just needed to squiggle? Amazing If is a platform that allows each of us to challenge the status quo. Not only arming us with the right tools and skills we need to thrive in a career we love, but also crucially instilling the inner confidence to recognise our strengths, where we can apply them to widen our expertise and believe that you can pursue the career you deserve. So are you looking to make a move in your career? Listen, as you might not have to change as much as you think. If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with  Edward Perry, founder of Cook.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
17/10/22·1h 26m

Lightbulb Moment 29: The ultimate equation for success, with Rowan Gormley, founder of Naked Wines and CEO of Majestic Wine

When it comes to business, we’re taught from the very first day that profit is the core measurement for success. But what if Holly, Rowan Gormley and even Richard Branson told you you were wrong? When Holly met with Rowan Gormley, founder of Naked Wines and CEO of Majestic Wine, she was completely captivated by not only his fascinating business journey but also his wisdom. Rowan was headhunted personally by Sir Richard Branson, and shares with Holly, the key equation that he learnt from Richard when it comes to running a successful business – and here’s a hint: it’s not based on sales.   This sparked a lightbulb moment for Holly as she shares her own personal experiences of only wanting to surround herself with loyal and lifelong friends, and so why would customers be any different?  Here, Holly reveals why business can’t be learnt from a textbook, and instead explains how you should retrain the way you think about achieving success – just like Rowan and Sir Richard Branson have done.   You can hear Rowan Gormley’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/10/22·9m 43s

Dishoom's Co-Founder Shamil Thakrar, on building a soulful, poetic business

This week, Holly was lucky enough to sit down with Shamil Thakrar, over a cup of Dishoom’s freshly brewed chai tea, and learnt what’s really at the heart of his business. At the very beginning, Shamil and his co-founders set out with the goal of bringing the beauty of the Irani cafés they so loved in Bombay to the UK. Now with nine restaurants across the country – boy did they do just that. Coming from a business school and consultancy background, in his younger years, Shamil was far from the path of owning a restaurant. However, with passion and more than a stroke of determination to prove the naysayers wrong, he used this experience to follow his dream. In 2010, the first Dishoom restaurant was born. However, it wasn’t always smooth sailing, and Shamil learnt that focusing solely on the numbers and profits was holding both him and the business back.   Shamil soon began pioneering a new approach – putting culture, soulfulness, kindness and authenticity centre stage, fuelled by his recognition that, “Anything, to be truly successful, has to have a bit of poetry at its heart”.  Encapsulating what it means to be in love with your business, Shamil shares how incorporating creativity with history and art has allowed him to build a truly immersive brand, loved by many.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with  Lord Billamoria, founder of Cobra Beer. This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
10/10/22·1h 9m

Lightbulb Moment 28: How to overcome self doubt, with founder and creator, Emma Bridgewater

Are you ready to ditch your self doubt, in just 10 minutes? During Holly’s unforgettable conversation with the iconic Emma Bridgewater, they spoke in depth about the power of visualising your dreams, so much so that they become a reality – which sparked a real lightbulb moment for Holly. Holly realised that so many of us, especially women, are limited by our aspirations, and only by believing in them with all your heart, will you achieve them. And so, in this episode Holly shares her secret to overcoming the business barriers you feel most insecure about and explains why women don’t need to be experts when it comes to business – they just need to have one key ingredient to really make it.  Sharing her own story, which started around the kitchen table, Emma explains why being able to imagine your dream is almost like a ‘magic carpet’ – once you’re able to do it, you will fly. So is there something that really holds you back? Something that limits your confidence? Keep that in mind, and see if you feel the same after listening… You can hear Emma Bridgewater’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/10/22·10m 32s

Creating an education revolution, with Kate Robinson, Co-Founder of The Creative Revolution, Chief Legacy Officer of We Imagine If, and Co-Director of Never Grey

Imagine if… creativity was as important as literacy, maths or science? What could we, as a species, be capable of achieving if we prioritised it and gave it the right conditions to flourish? These are questions posed by the late great Sir Ken Robinson. His daughter and closest collaborator Kate Robinson now continues his work which she describes as being a ‘love letter to human potential’ and Holly was lucky enough to meet with her recently.  In this interview, Kate shares her wisdom on how we should be raising the next generation when it comes to their education and allowing them to find the ‘element’ that they love most – a phrase that Holly likens to ‘finding their diamond’.  Kate delves into her own experiences and struggles with the constraints of the education system, and explains how we should be communicating with our young, why university is not the only option to achieve a successful career, and also how the education system is quite literally killing the young people of today.  Is there hope for change? You’ll have to listen to find out… If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with  Becky Sheraidah, founder of ARTHOUSE Unlimited. This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
03/10/22·1h 11m

Lightbulb Moment 27: Why we should all get comfortable with the chaos of creativity, with Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH and The Garage Soho

As we fall into our career paths and adult life, it can be so easy to assume that we’re just not creative… but what if Holly told you, you really are? You see, when Holly met with Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH and The Garage Soho, he was adamant that every single person on this earth is creative, it’s just down to you to channel that creative energy. Sir John also highlighted that creativity is chaos, and that’s okay – and this is the advice that has really changed Holly’s life.  This week, while recalling this conversation, Holly shares her own struggles with feeling inefficient, and like she’s not juicing every working minute effectively enough. Focusing on some of the brands Holly admires most, she reveals why they hold such a place in heart, and how using your freedom to be creative can actually be the key to your success, no matter who you are.  You can hear Sir John Hegarty’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
29/09/22·12m 30s

From surviving, to thriving with Trinny Woodall, founder of Trinny London

Holly’s guest this week is the vivacious, captivating and eminently stylish Trinny Woodall, who is likely to truly surprise you in more ways than one. You may know Trinny from her glittering TV career, her bestselling books or her inspired makeup brand Trinny London, but what lies underneath the energetic Instagram LIVES and YouTube tutorials? A sheer will to survive. With a career spanning more than three decades, Trinny’s story is a fascinating one involving many twists and turns. In this interview, Trinny bares all about overcoming imposter syndrome in her early career, the crushing failure of her first business venture and even an honest account of her brief encounter with rehab in her early twenties. Despite the lows that Trinny has conquered, there have been many highs – and it is clear that she has always been light years ahead of her time with her business ideas and vision for the future.  Trinny’s sole mission has always been to help every woman look and feel their very best, and throughout her journey, she has learnt many lessons that have led her to being the happiest and most comfortable in her own skin that she has ever been.  It’s an episode that recognises and celebrates the survival instinct of all entrepreneurs, and one that you won’t want to miss. If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Bobbi Brown, founder of Jones Road Beauty.  This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
26/09/22·1h 22m

Lightbulb Moment 26: Why having a dream can be your anchor for life, with Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE

Dedicating oneself to a lifelong dream can be perceived by many as being a risk. Some will consider such devotion to cause stress, pressure and be detrimental to your mental health. But have you ever recognised that having such strong aspirations could actually be your saviour? Thinking back to when she heard Dame Kelly Holmes DBE’s Conversation of Inspiration, Holly explores how having such a desire for success can be the key to your happiness.  Dame Kelly’s story was not an easy one to hear at times, as she opened up about her very darkest days battling with depression and her mental health. However, what has stayed with Holly is the fact that Dame Kelly’s obsession with achieving her goals, actually kept her alive, and enabled and even empowered her to make history.   Recalling her own journey so far, Holly also shares how both of her business ventures have been that guiding light when the waters were at their roughest, and reveals just why you should never let go of the anchor that is your wildest dreams… You can hear Dame Kelly Holmes’ full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains talk about self harming and mental health. 
22/09/22·9m 1s

Lightbulb Moment 25: Why your values should come above all else, with with Dave Buonaguidi, artist and founder of Karmarama & St Lukes

Have you ever sat down and thought about your values? Have you ever asked yourself what you truly believe in? In less than 15 minutes, learn from Holly why she thinks that recognising and staying true to these values is so integral to living a happy and fulfilled life.  Inspired by her conversation with artist Dave Buonaguidi, Holly shares the lightbulb moment which clicked when she spoke with Dave about his business journey, and how the direction of his life changed dramatically because of the guiding ethics he holds dear.  Holly also shares what she values so much more highly than things like wealth, along with her advice when it comes to not letting others get in the way of your core beliefs. You can hear Dave Buonaguidi’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/09/22·11m 40s

Lightbulb Moment 24: Why success is never losing sight of your entrepreneurial roots, with Wilfred Emmanuel Jones MBE, founder of The Black Farmer

Do you truly know what your role is in life?  There are so many hats to be worn as a founder, that your key responsibilities can often become muddied in the everyday running of a business. However, this week, Holly is here to share what your ultimate priority should be as an entrepreneur, and why you should never ever lose sight of this. Holly re-evaluated the whole concept of being a business owner when she met with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE, politician and founder of The Black Farmer, who achieved his lifelong goal of owning a farm through challenging the status quo and keeping an ultra clear vision of what he needed to do, to drive towards his dream.  Recalling her own experiences so far, Holly explores the key lessons she has learnt herself as founder of notonthehighstreet and now Holly & Co, and why understanding your position as a leader is so intrinsic to not only your business, but your happiness, too.  You can hear Wilfed’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
08/09/22·14m 10s

Lightbulb Moment 23: Recognising the beauty of keeping things simple, with Jo Tutchener-Sharp, founder of Scamp & Dude

If someone said that your life or business was simple, would you take offence? Well Holly did when founding notonthehighstreet. However, it wasn’t until this lightbulb moment struck, that she recognised it wasn’t an insult.  Holly suddenly understood the beauty in keeping things simple when speaking with Jo Tutchener Sharp, founder of Scamp and Dude, who coined her straightforward yet revolutionary business idea in a hospital bed, recovering from life-saving surgery.  This week, Holly explains why there’s no shame in not over-complicating your business for the sake of feeling busy – and actually how this could in fact make or break you, and your business. Holly also reveals the secret ingredient to success that surprisingly, so few of us possess.  You can hear Jo Tutchener-Sharp’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
01/09/22·10m 1s

Lightbulb Moment 22: Why exam results don’t determine your success, with founder of The Pig Hotels, Robin Hutson OBE

The lead up to receiving exam results really can be one of the most anxious times in our lives, and often it's the same for our children — but why?  In just ten minutes, hear Holly’s own experiences of exam failure and get some real perspective on why school education is only a chapter in our lives. This week, Holly gets thinking about the many opportunities out there for each and every one of us depending on our strengths and abilities, and it might just help you, too.  Taken from her conversation with Robin Hutson OBE, hospitality connoisseur and founder of The Pig Hotel collection, this short clip is of Robin's heart-wrenching letter to his younger self. It spans his own experience with exams and offers key pieces of advice he wished he'd known as a young man when it comes to looking beyond school, and following your passion.  You can listen to Robin Hutson’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
28/07/22·11m 15s

Lightbulb Moment 21: Fearne Cotton, founder of The Happy Place, on finding your parenthood groove

In just 15 minutes, hear Fearne and Holly’s experiences of the highs and lows of parenting, and how they both manage the family juggle throughout the most hectic of times, and in very different ways… In busy periods like the summer holidays, it’s so easy to find that making time for yourself has once again fallen to the bottom of your ‘to do’ list isn’t it?  Since becoming a parent herself, Holly has always had a business baby to care for as well as her son Harry – and so, this week, Holly is here to share the techniques she has mastered over the years that help her to manage her responsibilities, her quality time with family and friends, her business and also her mental health. Holly also explains why parenting is not always a pretty picture, no matter what your Instagram feed shows you, and we think it might just make you smile.  Holly’s lightbulb moment comes from her conversation with her dear friend Fearne Cotton, who readily admits that being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but equally, that is a gift like no other. Listen now to hear how Fearne manages the spectacular juggle that is parenthood, in a very different way to Holly. You can listen to Fearne Cotton’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
21/07/22·14m 58s

Using hardship as rocket fuel - Holly’s round-up of Series 14

Every single one of Holly’s guests this series has been inspirational, passionate and holds the treasure that is their own unique story. But what Holly also recognised, is that they have each faced loss, devastation and pain in some way – and yet have somehow managed to rise from the ashes of the truly bleakest of times.  In this episode, Holly reflects on some of the key moments from each of her guest’s stories – some profound, some tear-jerking and some downright funny – and all of them shed light on the mindset, determination and strength it takes to follow and achieve your dreams. It's a stark reminder that everything is achievable, and quite possibly closer than you think. So whatever you might be going through, join Holly in celebrating these life changing journeys, and people who have each wrestled their vision into reality.  This includes humbling parts of conversations with Edith Eger, Holocaust Survivor, the Happiness Expert – Mo Gawdat, Charlotte Tilbury MBE, Josh Littlejohn MBE who is on a mission to end homelessness, Nike’s former CMO and author of Emotion By Design, Greg Hoffman, farming enthusiast and YEO Valley’s CEO Tim Mead, Mandy Watkins — founder of hush, and the incredible trailblazer and founder of The Queer Bible, Jack Guinness.  This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
18/07/22·44m 31s

Lightbulb Moment 20: Overcoming dishonesty and deception to shine again, with Boden's founder, Johnnie Boden

After Holly's incredible conversation with Boden's founder Johnnie, Holly reflects on the highs and lows she has faced when it comes to trusting people in business — along with her top recruitment tips — all in less than 10 minutes! When you’re a business founder, hiring people is possibly one of the hardest arts to master isn’t it? They might look like the world’s best on their CV, but something might not sit quite right in your tummy – and that’s fine, but understanding the importance of building the right team, really could make or break your business.  This week, Holly shares all when it comes to who you surround yourself with, and explains why it can quite literally be life changing. Having experienced dishonesty in the workplace that almost left her with nothing, Holly opens up about her own story and the mottos she's learnt along the way, to help with building a reliable support network.  Holly’s lightbulb moment comes from when Johnnie reveals the unimaginable turmoil he experienced himself when a member of his team carried out the ultimate betrayal. Since then, Johnnie holds trust as the very top quality he looks for in his employees – and here he explains why.  You can listen to Johnnie Boden’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
14/07/22·9m 17s

From artistic intern to leading visionary of a global brand, Nike’s former CMO and author of Emotion By Design, Greg Hoffman

Among the millions of other businesses on our planet, what makes one brand a cut above the rest? Is it the size of the business or the amount of money they have? No. In the words of Author and Nike’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Hoffman, it’s that brand's ability to, “Go way beyond simple observations and assumptions”. And with a brand that connects as deeply as Nike has with millions of customers around the world, this is a rare opportunity to learn from the very best.  In just one conversation, you’ll hear all the creative genius Greg knows about building a successful brand, and the three key documents he insists are crucial for a business to have when starting. You'll also hear someone with a phenomenal entrepreneurial spirit and the kind of awe-inspiring understanding of what makes human beings tick.  For over two decades, Greg was at the beating heart of every strategic and creative decision at Nike. He was instrumental in transforming it from being a shoe company to a brand that resonates on a truly global scale. As a young boy, Greg was the victim of racism, and threw himself into art and sports to escape from reality. Little did he know that these two passions would allow him to evolve from Nike’s intern, to leading some of the most powerful marketing campaigns in history.  Holly talks to Greg about your responsibility as a founder to protect your brand story, and how powerful brands need to understand the importance and craft of storytelling. He also shares how to drive growth while connecting with your customer. This isn't just remarkable insight for founders to listen to, but for anyone who is creative or enjoys popular culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the true power of brand when used well, and how it can not just engage us emotionally, but also change our behaviour and inspire us to join movements that evolve our whole society.  So are you ready to learn something fascinating? In the words of Nike's iconic strap line: Just do it.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with David Hieatt, founder of Howies, The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim. This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
11/07/22·1h 17m

Lightbulb Moment 19: Why success means so much more than money, with Dame Mary Perkins DBE, co-founder of Specsavers

In just 12 minutes, listen to how you can plan for your brightest future by re-evaluating what success means to you.  Have you ever sat down and thought about what you consider ‘being successful’? Not just based on what we’re taught it means, to make more money or buy a bigger house – but have you been honest with yourself about what makes your heart full after a hard day’s work?  This week, Holly bares all when it comes to recognising what success means to each of us individually. For a long time, Holly was running after the success she thought she should want, until she realised that no materialistic thing could give her the sense of purpose that she wanted. Now, Holly feels success every day, and she’s here to tell us why.  Taken from Holly’s exclusive interview with the infamous Dame Mary Perkins DBE, co-founder of Specsavers, Mary shares in this short episode, the very best pieces of advice that she has learnt through building her globally recognised brand. Recalling her own experiences, Mary reveals her secret remedy for success – and you'll discover it's the opposite to what you've been told all these years... So ask yourself, how will you know when you’ve achieved the success you want? You can listen to Dame Mary Perkins’ full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
07/07/22·12m 8s

The power of rebellious hope, with Dame Deborah James DBE, founder of Bowelbabe

In honour of the formidable Dame Deborah James, we are re-releasing this very special podcast episode. Having avidly followed the highs and lows of Deborah’s journey, Holly was honoured to have had the pleasure of speaking with her in 2020, and it’s a memory she will always treasure in her heart.  In this episode, Deborah James, also known as Bowelbabe, joins Holly to talk about the rebellious spirit that would define her journey, from gymnast to Deputy Headteacher, journalist to campaigner — and then coping with the news that so many of us fear. It's quite remarkable now to hear the original plans she made then, which led to her raising millions of pounds for cancer research through her Bowelbabe fund.  Deborah has left such a phenomenal mark on the world and her legacy will shine bright forever more. If there are any words to live by, it’s Deborah’s motto that we should all have no regrets, believe that we can do things we never thought possible, and most importantly — to always, always have rebellious hope. 
05/07/22·47m 3s

Why building a brand is a marathon, not a sprint, with Mandy Watkins, Founder and Creative Director of Hush Homewear

What makes a brand like Hush Homewear stand out from the thousands of fashion and e-commerce businesses out there? Yes it's the quality and style of the clothes, but it's also another key element that makes them truly one-of-a-kind — and that's the brand. If you want to know the secret to building an identity that makes thousands of customers return again and again, and remain loyal to you for life, hear Mandy Watkins' hard won wisdom on the subject... Mandy started her laid back clothing and lifestyle brand from the kitchen table back in 2003 with a redundancy cheque, a huge dose of ambition and a desire for warmer clothes. Growing up in Australia, Mandy spotted a gap in the market after moving to the UK where she struggled to find relaxed, stylish and cosy clothing suited to living in our changeable climate.  After years of perseverance, determination and orders ever so slowly trickling through, Hush started to become a recognised and successful brand. However Mandy opens up about how her business' success was by no means easy, and explains the different routes to market she took in order to achieve the sales she so desperately wanted.  Now, after having such a strong identity in the clothing industry, Mandy explains how she has not only built and maintained her brand, but also why as a small business you have the power to make sure the brand heart of your business is beating louder than ever, which as Mandy shares, is a game changing advantage if used effectively.  Holly and Mandy share a passionate belief in sustainability, responsible consumer shopping and the positive effect that a work ethic can have on achieving your dreams. It is apparent that Mandy is, and always has been her true authentic self, and might that have had an effect on her business? You’ll have to listen to find out… If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Liz Earle, founder of Liz Earle.  This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
04/07/22·1h 2m

Lightbulb Moment 18: Making a living from that thing you love, with Henry Dimbleby MBE, co-founder of LEON

There’s a saying that if you make a living doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life – and this week Holly highlights how this is not only true, but genuinely possible for everyone.  Taken from her conversation with Henry Dimbleby MBE, co-founder of fast food chain LEON, Holly reflects on Henry’s obsession with fast food and how acknowledging this was his key to success.  Sharing the early signs that she remembers of finding her own diamond, Holly recalls how she recognised and used her love of shopping with small businesses to build the good life she’d always wanted. Holly also draws on how often our experiences working in jobs that just aren’t for us, can often lead us to finding our calling, and ultimately how there are hidden opportunities in the greyer patches of our lives.  Henry’s success story is truly inspirational, and is one that exhibits how following your passion, no matter what it is, is enough to build a business – Henry’s was an ever growing love for fast food… so what is yours? You can listen to Henry Dimbleby’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
30/06/22·12m 11s

Finding your true self and helping others do the same, with Jack Guinness, founder of The Queer Bible, writer, model and presenter

With 2022 seeing the 50th anniversary since the first Pride took place in the UK, there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the incredible trailblazer that is writer, model, presenter, and founder of The Queer Bible, Jack Guinness.  Fighting for change, acceptance, and kindness within our society, Jack’s conversation offers crucial education about the LGBTQ+ community, and is one that should be heard by all.  A self-confessed ‘queer missionary’, Jack’s journey has been one full of challenges, strength, and development. Growing up the son of a vicar with a very religious upbringing, Jack struggled internally with who he was taught he should be as a member of the church, and who he truly was as a queer man. In his younger years, views towards the LGBTQ+ community were still very blurred, and Jack struggled to find a safe space where he truly belonged. Yet little did he know that it was this turmoil that would ignite a fire to help so many others as he does today.  Jack also opens up about the countless rejections and homophobia he faced in the fashion industry, and speaks to Holly about the language that we should be using in our society today when talking about members of the LGBTQ+ community, and that so many of us worry about getting wrong.  Now, as his happiest self, Jack is the founder of The Queer Bible — a groundbreaking platform that celebrates the lives and works of the global queer community. He is on a mission to learn from others, share his knowledge with the next generation and to let all LGBTQ+ people realise that they deserve to not only survive, but thrive too. An enlightening and important conversation, celebrating Jack’s determination and courage to ensure our future is a more diverse and inclusive place for us all. As well as a testament to the power of finding your true self, and helping others to do the same.  And just remember in Jack’s very own words, “In a world that tells you you’re nothing, you’re everything.”
27/06/22·1h 8m

Lightbulb Moment 17: Why it’s never too late to find freedom as a founder, with Caroline Hirons, Skincare expert, Author and YouTuber

For women, the world ends at 40 and your dreams drift off into the abyss.  You’ll be pleased to know that the above sentence is NOT by any means true, and instead is an idea, embedded within society with no proof, sense or logic behind it – and Holly is here to break this notion.  This week, Holly recalls her conversation with Skincare Expert, Author and YouTuber Caroline Hirons, who is a living example of why it’s never too late to follow your passion and start your own business, on your own terms.  Holly examines the very reasons why age is but a number, and why women are actually at an advantage when founding a business in their later years. She also explains the freedom that being a founder gives you, and talks of her own experience of setting up Holly & Co, and why she’s even happier doing it the second time round, in a way that feels truer to her.  Taken from Caroline’s Conversation of Inspiration – she explains why following her dreams has allowed her to achieve success. We often automatically think that ‘success’ means financial freedom, but Caroline shares exactly what it actually represents to her… As one of 10 very special episodes, Holly is also joined by Karishma Gupta, founder of Satatland and member of Dell’s Women's Entrepreneur Network, who has shared her very own Lightbulb Moment, too.  You can listen to Caroline Hirons' full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
23/06/22·14m 40s

Yeo Valley CEO, Tim Mead, on growing a sustainable future

A leading expert in the farming industry, Tim Mead CEO of Yeo Valley, delves into a number of crucial topics around responsible farming, environmental consciousness and reveals how farmers can help to reverse the carbon crisis. This is an unmissable conversation that won’t only help our generation, but many to come.  Tim’s family have been farming in Somerset for over 500 years and are known across the country for stocking our shelves with delicious organic milk, cheese and yogurts. However what we didn’t know is just how much hard work and grafting has gone into the Yeo Valley brand over the years.  Tim grew up in the family business, but a tragic accident left Tim holding the reins aged just 26. Since then, he has been on a quest to not only continue his father’s legacy, but to follow his true north star which is encouraging, educating on and producing food that is made in a healthy, natural way.  Having witnessed the introduction of industrial manufacturing, Tim shares that 55% of what we eat is classified as ultra processed food – and offers unmissable advice on how we can start to change that statistic to not only help ourselves, but our young and the environment.  Contemplating the introduction of alternative milks, the importance of community and the marketing genius that changed the Yeo Valley brand forever, Tim’s story is one of hard work and determination that binds both legacy and heritage with adaptability and future proofing.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford. This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
20/06/22·1h 8m

Lightbulb Moment 16: Do you love yourself enough? With Sir Tim Smit KBE, founder of The Eden Project

Is it selfish to feel drained by other people's energy? No, and you really need to listen to this episode to hear why… It’s remarkable how as humans, we’re so affected by the energy of others around us isn’t it? Just one person in our presence has the ability to build us up as tall as the Eiffel Tower, or bring us lower than we’ve ever been.  This week, Holly explores why founders and dreamers have a vulnerability that must be protected, and offers advice that has taken her a long time to understand when it comes to surrounding yourself with happy, selfless people in order to prioritise the most important person in your life — yourself.  Holly opens up about her own experiences of negativity, and shares her thoughts on why it’s okay to make that decision that those ‘drainers’ might just not be the right company for you and your dreams anymore.  Holly’s Lightbulb Moment was sparked when she met with Sir Tim Smit KBE, and he so eloquently read his letter to his younger self. Full of life-changing tips and hard hitting realisations, Tim shares his recipe for how to live a life where you will feel no regrets when looking back as your older self.   Both Holly and Tim explain the magnificent effect that surrounding yourself with the right (or wrong) types of people, can have on so many other elements of your life — this is not one to be missed. You can listen to Sir Tim Smit’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/06/22·13m 8s

How we can choose to find light in the darkest of times, with Dr. Edith Eger, Holocaust Survivor, psychologist and author

A story of strength and courage, this remarkable account is full of thought-provoking advice that will quite literally change your life. This conversation is truly going to make you reevaluate not only the way you live, but how you react, think, feel gratitude and express yourself, too.  “If I survive today, tomorrow I will be free.” These are the words of 16-year-old Edith Eger whilst imprisoned in the Nazi death camp, Auschwitz, in World War Two. Now one of the last Holocaust survivors on the planet, Edith shares her fascinating take on why, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference,” and also so inspirationally explains how she learnt to turn hate into pity throughout her time at Auschwitz.  After suffering unimaginable horrors including the loss of her parents, imprisonment and torture, Edith realised that freedom, when it came, was much more than being outside the gates of the heinous death camp and was actually a battle within her own mind. After a decade of suffering from crippling survivor's guilt, Edith trained as a psychologist, reclaiming her own power and enabling her to work with patients to help them choose to free themselves from their own thoughts to ultimately liberate them.  Edith shares with Holly her first-hand account of her time living through the Holocaust, a story that is almost unbearably hard to hear and yet one in which Edith’s enduring spirit, wisdom and love shine brightly through the darkness. This is a must-hear episode, as Edith is one of our last living survivors able to share her perception of such a terrible times in history. Edith teaches us the most valuable of life lessons and in her very own words – “What happens to us in life is not the most important thing. Rather the most important thing is what we do with our lives.” If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Mo Gawdat.  This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
13/06/22·56m 10s

Lightbulb Moment 15: Using fear to build the future you deserve, with Julie Deane CBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Co

It’s been proven that women are far less likely to take risks and follow their dreams than men. As frustrating as that is to hear in our modern society, Holly uses this week’s lightbulb moment, taken from her phenomenal conversation with Julie Deane CBE, to explore the many reasons why we should.  Using her experience, Holly ponders that very small but oh-so-powerful word – FEAR – and how it restricts women from taking that leap of faith. The fear of failure, of taking financial risks, of negatively affecting your children by starting a business.  However, here Holly explains the many ways you can positively change your life by following your passion, and how as women, we typically play the role of CEO in our everyday lives already – in our households! Holly also opens up about what she believes to be the magic key to drive us all through those moments of self-doubt — and she’s certain we won’t look back.  Julie’s Conversation of Inspiration really will leave you speechless as she explains why as a full-time mum she decided to change the direction of her life. Learning to code in just four days, and founding her now international business with just £600 – Julie reveals what has been her driving force since day one… You can listen to Julie Deane’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/06/22·13m 27s

Ending homelessness, feeding hope, with Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of The Social Bite

How can we solve some of the biggest societal issues we face? In this episode, Josh Littlejohn MBE shares his vision and blueprint for making meaningful change in our world through entrepreneurship. Josh is founder of Social Bite as well as The World’s Big Sleepout, and has always worked hard to make a difference. He had a strong social conscience from a young age, and when a young homeless man came into Josh’s very first Social Bite cafe asking for a job, it sparked an unexpected decade of charitable work and campaigning for the homeless. Social Bite is a business with purpose, and a mission to end homelessness, whilst advocating for those less fortunate in our society. He has attracted royalty and celebrities from overseas, is the inventor of mass sleepovers across the globe, and has built an entire village — and raised millions of pounds for — those experiencing homelessness. As Josh shares, it hasn’t always been easy and in many instances in its early days, Social Bite was on the cusp of going under. However, through manifestation, an incredible team, a hint of luck and with a lot of hard work, Josh has achieved remarkable change — and has even bigger plans for the future.  Holly’s conversation with Josh shines a light on the power of the people and what is truly possible when you possess that entrepreneurial ‘insanity’ which Josh so eloquently describes. It is a must-listen for anyone out there looking to support positive progress.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Natalie Campbell, CEO of Belu Water.  This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
06/06/22·1h 12m

Charlotte Tilbury MBE on the secret behind her billion dollar beauty empire

Dare to dream it, dare to believe it and dare to do it! That’s the motto of Charlotte Tilbury MBE — the makeup guru with the Midas touch, a woman trailblazing a makeup revolution and empowering women through the transformative power it brings. As a British female entrepreneur and one of the most influential makeup artists of her generation, Charlotte Tilbury has distinguished herself as being a true creative visionary who has completely disrupted the beauty industry. And although ‘empowerment’ isn’t usually a word associated with it, Charlotte explains how her frustration with this market as a young woman, along with her unique understanding of what women want, has helped her to build a global brand that champions the face of beauty in a different way.  Charlotte reveals what has always fuelled her determination to pursue her passion, and how practising manifestation, living in the future and giving people the opportunity to feel their most confident self, has allowed her to surpass her greatest dreams.  As Charlotte says, “You have to believe the dream”, and this endless belief in her ideas, self and future are only a few reasons for her inspirational success.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty.  This Conversation of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
30/05/22·1h 12m

Lightbulb Moment 14: Levi Roots, founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce on how to find who you truly are

How do you know who you truly are? It’s one of life's hardest questions isn’t it, and is a quest that can often only be solved with time and perseverance as we explore life’s path.  This week’s lightbulb moment was sparked by Holly’s live interview with Levi Roots. Renowned for founding Reggae Reggae Sauce, Levi shares his experience of growing up, not truly knowing who he was or what his purpose might be – and reveals how changing his name, changed the direction of his life.  Their conversation really triggered a lightbulb moment for Holly as she began to reflect on who she became throughout her business journey founding notonthehighstreet, and how by focusing on everything other than you, can often mean that you lose your authentic self along the way.  Holly shares the hurdles and flaws she has had to overcome, in order to really understand who she is and explains why it’s so important to not only know, but also love yourself – especially when you are such a key part of your brand. It certainly hasn’t been an easy ride for Holly or Levi, but for anyone feeling a little lost with their identity, this is a moment that we think might just help you on your path to finding happiness – which comes from knowing your true self.  As one of ten very special episodes, Holly is also joined by Tash Grossman, founder of Slip and member of Dell’s Women's Entrepreneur Network, who has shared her very own Lightbulb Moment, too.  You can listen to Levi Root’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
26/05/22·15m 30s

From taking baby steps to building a global brand, with Guy Schanschieff MBE, co founder of Bambino Mio

Little did Guy and Jo Schanschieff know that a chance conversation at the Taj Mahal in 1991 would spark an idea that changed their lives forever. With Bambino Mio now being the largest reusable nappy brand in the world, Guy Schanschieff MBE shares with Holly the highs and lows of their epic adventure to do business for good.  Their mission to eliminate single use plastics from nappy production, before the rise of the internet and the conscious consumer, hasn’t always been easy. However with 90 billion nappies being thrown away every single year, and 1% of all plastic production being used to make single use nappies, we really do have to commend Guy and Jo for their sheer determination, belief in their product and ability to remain agile enough to enforce change.  Not only does Guy share key stats and figures that explain the importance of consumer choices on the environment, but he also depicts some life changing advice that he learnt when overcoming some of Bambino Mio’s incredible challenges as the business has evolved. Today, over 20 years later, after a wedding, three children, over 100 awards and selling in over 50 countries worldwide, Bambino Mio is a brand that we must all support, along with the incredible founders behind it. This is a conversation that encourages taking risks, having confidence and remaining committed to your vision. It’s a ‘must listen’ to take a step towards a better future.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen.   This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
23/05/22·1h 2m

Lightbulb Moment 13: Why female intuition in business is where the gold lies, with Marcia Kilgore, founder of Beauty Pie

Crushed? Overwhelmed? Scared? The more hardship you go through, the more resilient you become — but also, the more you are able to be open about what you are feeling, the more likely you are to connect with others — and that is what great brands are built on.  It’s what founder of Bliss Spas, Fitflop and now Beauty Pie, Marcia Kilgore has come to believe too, so perhaps it’s little surprise she’s built so many incredible businesses.  Reading a letter to her younger self, Marcia speaks in great depth about emotion when recalling her life so far, and this struck a real chord with Holly.  Having been ridiculed in the past for being an ‘emotional’ person, Holly shares her learnings throughout her career about using emotion to achieve success. After all, why does being emotional have negative connotations? Is being an emotional being, not the greatest gift of all? Especially when marketing to women. Making connections doesn’t come through being aloof, functional or formal. It’s about being brave enough to bring your full self to work and sharing this with others.  This truly is a lightbulb moment not to be missed, as Holly reveals why having the ability to feel, act and channel our emotions just might be the key to not only understanding yourself, but also your business and most importantly — your customers.  You can listen to Marcia Kilgore’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
19/05/22·12m 36s

How to take control of your happiness, with Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat had it all. An illustrious 30 year career in tech, serving as the Chief Business Officer of Google X, all the money he needed and more, and was happily married with two children. However despite his many riches, he never felt completely satisfied. Fascinated by his lack of fulfilment and with his passion for technology, Mo began building an algorithm for happiness.  Then, after the sudden and devastating loss of his son Ali, Mo turned to his calculation for happiness to make it through the darkest period of his life, and soon swore to honour Ali’s death, by helping one billion people to become happier.  Now a best selling author and public speaker, Mo’s expertise on achieving happiness is captivating, as he shares his theory that we are all born with happiness as our ‘default state’, but it is the circumstances or choices we make whilst growing up that create unhappiness from within.  Mo also discusses his second area of expertise  —  the rise of Artificial Intelligence  —  and how by just 2029, the smartest being on planet earth won’t be a human. A topic that can often be difficult to comprehend, Mo explains what AI is, and most importantly why we must learn to coexist alongside it.  Discussing the art of practising gratitude, accepting grief and also revealing his secret formula of how to unlock a life that is 99% joyful, this truly is an unmissable episode, which Holly swears has already completely changed her life.  If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with Asma Khan, founder of The Darjeeling Express.  This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 
16/05/22·1h 28m

Lightbulb Moment 12: How to lead, with Will Butler Adams OBE, CEO of Brompton Bikes

How do you lead a team to success, inspiring every single person and empowering them to deliver their work to the very best of their ability? In this episode, Will Butler Adams, CEO of Brompton Bikes shares not only his ethos to leadership, but exactly how to implement it — and it really gets Holly thinking.  Her approach to leadership has changed and developed immensely over her 20 year career. Is 28-year-old Holly who founded notonthehighstreet, the same Holly who now leads the small business movement in the UK today? Hardly.  Hear her thoughts on how, as small businesses grow from being a team of one or two, to what might one day be a workforce of many, it’s vital to evolve your leadership style as you go. Far from being a dark art or a skill someone is born with, Will believes the key to unlocking your leadership potential ultimately comes from the culture you are building within your business. Whether you have just one member or staff or 100, his tangible approach is inspiring and achievable for us all. No wonder Holly was so impressed.  You can listen to Will Butler Adam’s full episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
12/05/22·15m 54s

Lightbulb Moment 11: MOBO Awards founder Kanya King CBE on why the greatest gift to anyone starting a business is naivety

How do you build a brand that for the first time celebrates an entire genre with no money, no previous experience and just six weeks? What empowers you to pick up the phone and call Sir Tony Blair or Sir Richard Branson? Where on earth do you get the guts to remortgage your home to back your business? Listening to founder of the MOBO Awards, Kanya King CBE, Holly realises that passion and drive can count for more than all the experience in the world when it comes to building a successful brand.  In this Lightbulb Moment, Kanya shares her extraordinary self-belief and personal mantras that would see her shine against the odds, and Holly reflects on her own journey building notonthehighstreet. As a 28 year old, it was instinct and vision alone that would see her grow the marketplace into the household name it is today. Looking to start a business? These five minutes of insight could change your future. Hear Kanya King’s episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletter on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
05/05/22·14m 58s

Lightbulb Moment 10: How all small businesses have a secret super power: emotion, with David Hieatt, Co-Founder of The DO Lectures

Living in a consumerist society, we are surrounded by so many businesses and brands, yet why do we so rarely feel emotionally connected to one? In this week’s clip, Holly shares why her conversation with David Hieatt, founder of Howies, The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim, sparked such a lightbulb moment for her when it comes to connecting with customers and how many brands fail at doing so.  Recalling her own brand journeys with notonthehighstreet and now Holly and Co, Holly shares why following your gut to connect with your customers is so crucial — something that she learned the hard way. Also in this exclusive moment, Holly shares her philosophy of why having a business fuelled by all the greatest emotions, is the key to building a lifelong brand.  You’d also think that large corporates would have the upper hand here wouldn’t you? But listen to find out why small businesses have a superpower that large companies just can’t match…  This is just a short snippet from an incredibly powerful conversation that Holly had with David Hieatt who found himself totally obsessed with brands, and the lifelong effect the smallest of emotional gestures could have on a customer. He has since built a life doing what he loves — and has founded three incredible businesses with emotion at their hearts.  Listen to David Hieatt’s episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
28/04/22·9m 53s

Lightbulb Moment 9: Ann Summers Chief Executive, Jacqueline Gold CBE, on staying true to your vision

Do you want to know how to make the impossible possible? Jacqueline Gold CBE, Chief Executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers and Knickerbox, is a living, breathing example of an entrepreneur who achieved just that. In her early twenties, Jacqueline set off on her business adventure to revolutionise the way women view, feel and talk about sex, and since then, has disrupted the entire industry.  This week’s Lightbulb Moment is taken from Holly’s conversation with Jacqueline, where she shares how she unexpectedly coined the idea for her Ann Summers parties, and the barriers she had to overcome for her groundbreaking idea to be taken seriously by a business world of greying men.  Recalling how her career too began in a completely different way to what she had imagined, Holly explains her theory of why brands that understand their customer and what they fundamentally need, have the power to change the world even when nobody else can see it just yet.  This is a lesson from Holly in why you should trust the process, your gut and the universe, to achieve your dreams…  Listen to Jacqueline Gold’s episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
21/04/22·10m 59s

Lightbulb moment 8: Joe Wicks MBE, founder of The Body Coach, on why persevering at your lowest, will lead to success

A national treasure, pillar of kindness, and grafter through and through; in this week’s Lightbulb Moment, Holly reflects on this particular part of her inspiring conversation with Joe Wicks MBE, founder of The Body Coach.  Renowned for his rebranding of stemmed broccoli to ‘midget trees’ — Joe has revolutionised the health and fitness world, spreading his knowledge, enthusiasm and quirky language style across the world for more than a decade. In this clip, Joe demystifies the common misconception that his success came overnight, and instead reflects on the many lows he suffered, before even beginning his uphill trajectory. However what he also reveals, is how and why he kept on going.  With the utmost respect for Joe’s infectious drive and overwhelming ambition, Holly shares her own experiences of similar knock backs when building both of her businesses. However, now she has the scars to show for it, Holly recalls in hindsight, why hitting such troughs on the journey to achieving your dreams, is actually a blessing in disguise.  As Joe reminds us, nothing worth having comes easily — but you’ll have to listen to Holly’s Lightbulb Moment to find out why… Listen to Joe Wicks’ episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
14/04/22·11m 0s

Lightbulb moment 7: The power of changing your path to follow your purpose, with Asma Khan, founder of Darjeeling Express

Established and respected, Asma Khan was climbing a highly impressive career ladder in law, until she chose to address the dark hole she’d been feeling inside — later diagnosed as unfulfillment.  There are so many reasons we find to not take risks, especially when it comes to our jobs aren’t there? Fears around judgement, money and uncertainty hold so many of us back from pursuing our dreams.  Now, founder of the Darjeeling Express and globally renowned chef, Asma explains how she recognised her passion, and reignited the fire in her belly. Spoken with such entrepreneurial wisdom, Asma’s words and actions of bravery, exemplify how you can change your path and follow your dreams no matter what your age or level.  Holly shares her own experiences with controlling the direction of her life, along with the pressures she too feels when it comes to achieving her business dreams. Holly’s advice is for anyone out there seeking the strength and determination needed to navigate their life compass. This really is one of Holly’s very favourite Lightbulb Moments, and if there’s ever a phrase she’ll urge you to remember it’s Asma’s words — ‘Your power is not your dress size, it’s whose life you’ve changed’’.  As one of ten very special episodes, Holly is also joined by Rachel Wilkins, founder of Dinky Artist and member of Dell’s Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), who has shared her very own Lightbulb Moment, too. Find out more at dwen.com. Listen to Asma Khan’s episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
07/04/22·17m 53s

Lightbulb Moment 6: Innocent Smoothies' founder Richard Reed CBE on why, when it comes to business, you should never forget to have fun

Did you know that we will spend more time at work than anywhere else in our lifetimes? Now imagine spending all that time not laughing, enjoying the process, and just taking it all too seriously. It seems quite pointless if that’s the case doesn’t it? This week’s Lightbulb Moment is taken from Holly’s comical, yet thought provoking conversation with Richard Reed CBE, founder of Innocent Smoothies and Jam Jar Investments.   Whilst drawing on the brilliance of the Innocent brand, Holly shares how imperative it is for a brand to have a punchy personality, and also how easy it is for your business to lose its magic, when you as the founder forget how to have fun. Using his incredible humour and wit, Richard explains how he and his co-founders used their personalities to build their iconic brand, and the trouble that it got them into whilst doing it.  This is a much needed reminder that you can in fact be successful in business and still enjoy yourself along the way.  Listen to Richard Reed’s episode here.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
31/03/22·14m 21s

Lightbulb moment 5: How you can rewrite your future using one crucial trait: human spirit, with Lily's Kitchen founder, Henrietta Morrison

Warning: this clip discusses the topics of tragedy, war and loss.  When all else is out of our control, what is the one thing that cannot be taken from us? The overwhelming super power that is our human spirit.  Influenced by the devastating war that is currently unfolding before us, this week’s Lightbulb Moment is for anybody who needs a reason not to give up. Holly shares how we all have the ability to rewrite our own stories, and sometimes, even though it might be impossible to fathom in this moment, accepting our darkest times of suffering and grief can often be the key to lifelong freedom and strength.  In this clip taken from Holly’s thought provoking conversation with Henrietta Morrison, founder of the revolutionary dog and cat food brand, Lily’s Kitchen, Henrietta depicts her own experiences of tragedy as a refugee evacuated from Beirut, followed by the devastating loss of both parents by the age of twelve.  However, despite the many battles Henrietta has faced, she reflects on why and how she chose to be a survivor instead of a victim, and refused to let the past define her. Recognising that she wouldn’t be the fearless and capable woman she is today had she not suffered hardship in her younger life, Henrietta’s story is one of unrelenting determination.   As we try to understand the terror, destruction and displacement that has been forced upon so many helpless Ukrainian citizens, Holly hopes Henrietta's account offers some encouragement to people across the globe.  Henrietta Morrison’s episode here. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/03/22·12m 51s

Lightbulb moment 4: Jo Malone CBE (founder of Jo Loves), on fixing the greatest mistake of her life

Imagine if you could go back and fix what you perceived to be the greatest mistake of your life. Then think how incredible it would feel to find that perhaps it wasn’t a mistake at all.  When Holly talked to the one and only Jo Malone CBE on her Conversation of Inspiration podcast about the devastating error that changed her life — and what she did about it — it wasn’t so much a lightbulb moment that went off as a whole light show.  Despite Jo’s undeniable success, in this short clip, she shares the mental, physical and emotional challenges she faced in both her personal and business life, and the ultimate choice she made — which at first seemed to ruin her future and then turned out to be the very thing that made it.  A true inspiration, Jo has changed the world of fragrance, by building a global brand not once but twice. Holly explains why Jo’s story resonated with her so much, and how having just one magic power, one passion that ignites happiness from within, can be all you need to succeed.  Listen to Jo Malone’s episode here. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/03/22·13m 53s

Lightbulb moment 3: Be grateful for your mistakes, with Tamara Lohan MBE, founder of Mr & Mrs Smith

Each week, Holly selects a piece of entrepreneurial advice that has stayed with her, from her past episodes of Conversations of Inspiration.  In this week’s lightbulb moment, Tamara Lohan MBE, founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, explains in a letter to her younger self, why you should cherish your mistakes just as much as your achievements, and addresses her fear that as a founder, it’s possible to lose your ‘self’, as your business becomes your identity.  Holly recounts her own experiences with making mistakes, how they’ve affected the woman she is today, and how perfectionism isn’t healthy to anyone or their business.  Listen to Tamara Lohan's episode here. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/03/22·11m 48s

Lightbulb moment 2: Leap and the net will appear, with Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic

Change your mindset in 10 minutes with this week’s lightbulb moment, a life affirming conversation from Holly’s most treasured past episodes of Conversations of Inspiration.  In today’s episode, Sahar Hashemi (founder of Coffee Republic) — the woman who brought the first coffee shops to the UK high street — joins Holly. Trailblazer and champion of women in business, Sahar reveals the personal mantra that set her on the path to success. Holly recounts her own personal moments where she was forced to take a leap of faith, and how you can find that inner strength to achieve your wildest dreams.  Listen to Sahar’s Episode here. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
03/03/22·10m 27s

Lightbulb moment 1: How to find and follow your ‘North Star’, with Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer

Each week, Holly selects a particular lightbulb moment from her most treasured episodes of Conversations of Inspiration.  In this clip, Lord Bilimoria — founder of the international brand Cobra Beer — shares his unique philosophy on the importance of finding, following and never losing sight of your ‘North Star’.  What kind of mindset is needed to remain focused, overcome your fears and choose the right path in order to achieve your wildest dreams? Karan’s wisdom is invaluable to those thinking of starting a business or for anyone who has, and might need a little reminder. Listen to Lord Bilimoria’s Episode here. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/02/22·7m 15s

The golden thread throughout successful brands - Holly’s round-up of Series 13

Whilst each founder is unique, there is a golden thread that unites them all. In this episode, Holly explores what has driven each brand’s success. From triumph through adversity, each founder has faced the highs and lows of life, each experience contributing to their success. Over the next hour, Holly revisits some of the most pivotal moments in each of their lives and how that moment would lead them on to future success. Including conversations with Bobbi Brown, Dr. Willard Wigan MBE, creator of the world's smallest micro-sculptures, female tech pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley, as well as the nation’s sweetheart Nadiya Hussain, Knoops founder Jens Knoop and ultra-athlete Josh Patterson. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
07/02/22·42m 37s

From smashing stereotypes to breaking records, with Josh Patterson, Ultra Athlete, Broadcaster & Mental Health Campaigner

This is a conversation that teaches us all what can be achieved when we refuse to let others define us. A tragic accident would set Josh Patterson on a different path and define his purpose for the rest of his life. But as he seeks to make change in the most extraordinary way, what happens when your formative years are captured for the nation to watch and dissect from their sofa?   This week Holly speaks with Josh Patterson, formerly of Made in Chelsea fame and now an ultra-athlete and mental health campaigner.  His story is testament to the fact that we all have different chapters in our lives. We grow and evolve, and as a society, it is crucial that we don’t seek to define an entire human through a short snapshot. In this conversation, Josh speaks candidly about the anxiety he experienced, the battle with his own mental health, and how when his best friend was involved in a tragic accident it changed the course of both their lives. Sharing how harnessing the power of mental and physical resilience has shaped him into the person he is today and the crucial role that empathy plays in his life, Josh shares his vulnerabilities openly and honestly in this moving episode. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
31/01/22·1h 2m

The magnitude of what can be achieved when you refuse to settle, with Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley CH, Technology Pioneer, Businesswoman & Philanthropist

A child refugee, tech pioneer, philanthropist, businesswoman, mother and true trailblazer, Dame Stephanie paved the way for generations of women to come, by using intuition and action to break ideological views of what women are capable of. In her conversation with Holly she shares the breadth of her experiences, struggles and her unrelenting energy for creating positive change. After escaping Nazi Germany at the shockingly young age of five years old, Dame Stephanie Shirley reflects on her childhood memories, as a young girl growing up in such a turbulent historical period. After battling survivors' guilt for a number of years, Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley in her own words says that from then on, “I decided to make mine a life worth saving and then just got on with it”.  Dame Stephanie’s words, actions and legacy encourage each of us to take risks, to challenge the status quo and to rewrite the myths of what women can achieve.   Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. Dame Stephanie Shirley: Purchase Steve’s incredible memoir ‘Let It Go’ from Amazon using this link or email lynn@steveshirley.com for a personally signed copy Website: https://www.steveshirley.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/damestephanie_/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/damestephanie_ Sign up to Letters From Steve: https://www.steveshirley.com/letters-from-steve/   You Might Also Enjoy: If you enjoyed this episode you might also enjoy my conversation with Dame Mary, co-founder of Specsavers.
24/01/22·54m 52s

Why being niche is the key to building a brand of the future, with Jens Knoop, founder of Knoops

Jens Knoops is a man who is obsessed with chocolate. After starting his brilliant artisan hot chocolate business in 2013, Jens’ journey has catapulted him into a world that not only brings him joy everyday but that brings each of his customers a little magic too. Holly talks to Jens about the huge passion he has for his products, the sustainable goals he has for Knoops and his decision to expand the business during the pandemic. It’s a story that is both heartwarming and motivating and shows all of us that with enough drive and belief, even our wildest dreams can not only survive but thrive. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/01/22·59m 2s

The Man Behind the Model with David Gandy, founder of David Gandy Wellwear

Holly’s guest this week is a fascinating one, David Gandy, a man whose image is synonymous with high fashion and whose face has graced countless magazine covers, billboards and our televisions. Whilst sharing a cup of tea with Holly on her sofa, David delves into the story behind his career, life as a father, and his recent experiences of founding David Gandy Wellwear. Holly soon learns that David, much like the rest of us, tackles imposter syndrome, despite the successful career he has built and discusses the importance of encouraging kindness in the fashion industry, where scrutiny is rife.  Whilst explaining the sheer hard work that David has dedicated to his venture, Holly learns about the unique DNA of his brand and of his vision to build a clothing line that offers products which are not only stylish, but are practical, and also advocate sustainable fashion. This week's conversation has so much food for thought, it’s an ode to dedication, hard work, and to following a passion in order to achieve fulfilment. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/01/22·1h 8m

Holly’s Christmas Special 2021

It’s that time already - Holly’s Christmas special!  Every festive season, Holly sits down and reflects on all of the wonderfully inspirational conversations she has had with guests throughout the year and it’s her absolute pleasure to take you on this journey with her.  In the last episode of 2021, Holly revisits some of her most favourite guests and anecdotes from throughout the year. From David Hieatt, Jake Humphrey and Bobbi Brown to Anya Hindmarch and John Timpson, each guest shares their insights, wisdom and lessons that they live by as they seek to build successful brands as well as a life they love.  Also in this collection, is a very special conversation with Holly, her beloved husband Frank and incredible son Harry, who each share their experiences of having a wife and mother who chose to live a life less ordinary, as a founder herself.  For a final Christmas treat, this episode culminates, not just one but two of Holly’s favourite ‘letters to my younger self’, so have your tissues at the ready and prepare to take a trip down memory lane.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/12/21·1h 1m

The greatest micro-sculptor with the biggest heart, with Dr Willard Wigan MBE, creator of the world’s smallest sculptures.

This week, Holly has one of her most thought provoking and emotional conversations yet, with Dr Willard Wigan MBE, a man famous for creating the world's tiniest and most beautifully crafted micro-sculptures that are invisible to the naked eye.  Growing up in the sixties, with undiagnosed dyslexia and autism, Willard experienced a heart-breakingly difficult childhood as his confidence was crushed at school by a taunting teacher he will never forget. However as Willard’s late mother always said, “Don’t get bitter, get better” — and that’s just what Willard did.  Turning to his love for crafting all things minute, Willard began at just six-years-old to build tiny pieces of furniture for his beloved garden ants, and his work only got smaller from there. Now, Willard is recognised across the globe, by his fans and also by royalty, for his miraculous sculptures that can only be viewed through a microscope.  Despite the painstaking process of carving his creations, Willard’s unbreakable determination ignited by his mother and fuelled by a need to prove those who have underestimated him wrong, always sees him through. Willard really is the ‘Micro-Angelo’ of our time. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/12/21·1h 28m

The Great British Role Model, with Nadiya Hussain MBE, Chef, Author, and TV Presenter

Nadiya Hussain MBE is a woman whose journey and whose words are seared into the consciousness of all of us. Who could ever forget that tearful victory speech when she won The Great British Bake Off?  But the most remarkable thing about Nadiya is not what a talented baker she is but the way in which she has courageously tuned in to her inner voice, broken down barriers at every turn and challenged nearly every stereotype possible. Overcoming panic attacks and racist trolls to become an accidental ambassador for British Muslims, this is just the start for Nadiya, an extraordinary woman who has been propelled from full time mum to national treasure, capturing all of our hearts along the way. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
29/11/21·58m 25s

Unlocking Talent, Stitching Hope, with Katy Emck OBE, Founding Director of Fine Cell Work

In a captivating conversation, Katy Emck OBE delves into her inspirational story as Founding Director of Fine Cell Work, a charity and social enterprise which tackles social rehabilitation by teaching prisoners the art of creative needlework.  Together with the late, great Lady Anne Tree, Katy began working with prisoners to create fine, commercial needlework which is now sold to customers across the globe. The therapeutic nature of stitching acts as a purposeful activity that has given hope, empowerment and optimism to over 8,000 prisoners. Sharing many tear jerking and heartwarming tales from her business journey so far, Katy explains how giving prisoners the opportunity to use their hands creatively not only provides mental and physical stimulation but also gives many inmates a purpose, something that some have never experienced before. Katie is a kind-hearted, passionate believer in second chances, and lives by Winston Churchill’s mantra that ‘There’s a treasure in the heart of every man if you can only find it’, and Fine Cell Work does just that. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/11/21·58m 12s

Building a world famous beauty empire, then starting all over again, with Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty

In one of Holly’s most anticipated interviews, she speaks to her heroine Bobbi Brown about her influential journey as a serial entrepreneur and her success in building a beauty empire.  Recognising the need for diversity amongst makeup products within the industry, Bobbi followed her gut as a budding makeup artist, to build a brand for all skin tones and types. Fast forward thirty years, and Bobbi Brown is a renowned billion dollar beauty brand, used by women across the world.  As if being a beauty mogul, best selling author and sought-after speaker wasn’t enough, in 2020 Bobbi launched her new business baby ‘Jones Road’ which is the next step in her incredible journey, where Bobbi’s products reflect her natural, authentic self.  In this heartfelt conversation, Bobbi speaks honestly about the challenges of juggling the duties of motherhood with running a self-founded worldwide beauty brand and finding the confidence to build a second business. One of the greatest things you'll learn from Bobbi’s inspirational story, it’s that feeling comfortable in your skin is the ultimate key to freedom. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/11/21·56m 34s

A Visionary Approach to Business with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers

This week Holly speaks with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of one of the nation’s most beloved brands, Specsavers. Having always been one to challenge stereotypes, Dame Mary built her business not from the kitchen table, but on a table tennis table in her spare room and has continued to excel throughout her career ever since.  Seizing an opportunity to revolutionise the industry in the 1980’s, Dame Mary focused on offering an exceptional customer experience by encouraging her workforce to treat every customer like their ‘best friend’ - a value that still drives the business today, nearly 40 years later. Dame Mary stands apart as one of the most successful women of our time and her passion for championing others makes it easy to see why Specsavers has become such a remarkable and enduring brand that has weathered recessions, the rise of the digital world and now a global pandemic.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
04/10/21·53m 56s

​​The art of using business to change lives with Becky Sheraidah founder of Arthouse Unlimited

How could each of us channel our passions into a cause for good? That’s exactly what Becky Sheraidah did when she founded Arthouse Unlimited. Believing that offering a sense of purpose is at the heart of improving our happiness, health and wellbeing, Becky began working with a collective of artists, each living with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs, to create stunningly beautiful products. Becky speaks to Holly about her determination to harness raw talent and create a business where people living with disabilities could feel valued and validated by commercial success. Arthouse Unlimited is a remarkable enterprise that is empowering its workforce, driving social inclusion and changing lives everyday through the power of art. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/09/21·59m 47s

Building the ultimate family business, with Sir John Timpson, owner of Timpson

Sir John Timpson, chairman and owner of Timpson is the very embodiment of building a business with family truly at its heart and kindness as a guiding principle. Hailing from a very long line of entrepreneurs, five generations of the Timpson family have been involved in the business that bears their name, business has always been in the blood. Recognised for his creative approach to employee recruitment and his innovative work helping ex-offenders re-enter the workplace, John shares how fostering a staggering 90 children has influenced his business and his generosity of spirit shines brightly. A true champion of our high streets, John talks to Holly about how he believes the high street can be rejuvenated, the importance of personality when hiring, and that above all else, you can have a brilliant business and still be kind, a mantra shared by John’s late wife Alex and is lived each day through Timpson. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
20/09/21·59m 58s

Stitching the future, crafting a community with Tilly Walnes, founder of Tilly and the Buttons

A story of how a little true passion can snowball into a triumphant business, Tilly Walnes, founder of Tilly and the Buttons, shares her incredible journey; a decade of lessons learnt and the benefit of building a strong community through her own love of sewing.  Feeling frustrated that her day job didn’t allow her to be creative with her hands, Tilly began sewing and writing her blog, with a mission to share this passion for the power of good. She wholeheartedly encourages others to have a go and to not be discouraged by the creative self-doubt which she herself experienced. Tilly’s community of sewers has found therapeutic pleasure in pursuing a traditional craft, and in this episode, she shares the highs and lows of building a supportive online community, tackling imposter syndrome, and how by blending the modern world of technology with the age-old skill of stitching, she’s been able to not only breathe new life into this historic pastime, but also share this joy with others. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/09/21·59m 51s

How to change the world with your brand, with David Hieatt, founder of Howies, The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim

“There are 18 inches between your head and your heart,” David tells us, as he seeks to demystify what it means to be a truly connected brand. A mission-led entrepreneur, David Hieatt is a real visionary with extraordinary business agility. Founder of Howies, The Do Lectures, and Hiut Denim, he encourages all of us to challenge the story of who we are, who we can be, and how each of us can shape and change the world. With a quiet passion and power, David continually pushes new boundaries, inspiring millions of people globally through his work with The Do Lectures and reinvigorating traditional skills in manufacturing with his denim factory in Cardigan, Wales. This is a man who sees a way where others don't, whose creative vision never ceases to amaze, and someone who has helped countless brands do better and matter more. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/09/21·58m 56s

The 10 year overnight success story, with Joe Wicks, founder of The Body Coach - The Classics Collection

A story of pure vision, determination, and a passion for fitness has seen the meteoric rise of Joe Wicks, who describes himself as a ‘10 year overnight success story’. TV presenter and author, specialising in cooking and fitness books, Joe started his career as a personal trainer, but he only experienced success when he started posting 15-second recipe videos on social media. Joe grew his brand to become one of the most followed fitness accounts on Instagram, his first published cookbook Lean in 15 was one of the best-selling books in 2015, having sold over 1 million copies. He has also created a "90 Day Plan" with workouts and meals that are tailored to the individual. He has since gone on to win the nation’s hearts as he led PE with Joe during the pandemic in 2020. His empire has grown to employ over 40 members of staff and counting, but with a strong sense of purpose and passion for helping others - it's a business that reaches far beyond Instagram. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
30/08/21·54m 7s

The ultimate British success story, with Richard Reed CBE, co-founder of Innocent and JamJar Investments - The Classics Collection

The story of Innocent is a phenomenal one - simply built on 3 friends deciding at university they wanted to start a business together allowing them to hang out every day. In this episode, Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent and now co-founder of Jam Jar reveals that they settled on smoothies as 'the product' on a hangover(!) and the entrepreneurial roller coaster ensued. With numerous highs along the journey, as well as epic lows during the financial crisis, Richard shares his journey and lessons along the way. Today, Innocent is regarded as the front runner in creative marketing and breaking the mould by doing things just a bit differently. In 2013, Innocent was sold for a reported £320 million to Coca-Cola! So what does an entrepreneur do the day after ‘making it’? Well in Richard’s case, he started a new business! Emotional, honest and soulful, this conversation is a rare insight into Richard's philosophy on business, his view on doing good in the world and the importance of thinking outside the box. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
23/08/21·1h 6m

Finding your 'Happy Place' through building a business, with Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place - The Classics Collection

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 from taking the leap into starting her own business, the juggle as a working mum, to navigating social media as well as the solace she has found in putting creativity at the very heart of everyday life.  Charting her hugely successful career as a TV and radio presenter, she shares how perception and reality are often not aligned, and after suffering from a spell of depression, found the need to take her career in a new direction. She shares her journey to finding herself, carving a career that will allow her to be the master of her own destiny and her pursuit of happiness. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/08/21·1h 11m

Following your dream against the odds, with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, founder of The Black Farmer - The Classic Collection

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, also known as The Black Farmer, is someone who has always followed his own path. After arriving from Jamaica at the age of 3, growing up in a terrace house in Birmingham, and being diagnosed as dyslexic - it might have seemed like the odds were stacked against Wilfred. But a single dream as a young boy, of one day, owning his own farm, has defined Wilfred’s life. And, after a successful career in Television and PR, Wilfred realised this dream, and launched his brand ‘The Black Farmer’. Holly visited Wilfred to hear his utterly incredible story of following his dream through adversity, not conforming and being proud to stand out. He also shares how overcoming leukemia gave him the strength to finally tell his story and inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe that they too can escape to build a better life for themselves. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/08/21·1h 6m

How to build a brand with £600 from the kitchen table, with Julie Deane OBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company - The Classic Collection

Julie Deane was Holly’s first ever guest and a truly inspirational way to kick off the collection. Charting the rollercoaster ride that was the meteoric rise of the Cambridge Satchel Company, over the course of their conversation, Holly & Julie talked about the importance of a supportive family and what motivated Julie to start her business. They also delve into the difficulties of scaling a business and how companies change as they grow. An incredible woman with such drive, a no-nonsense approach, and a brilliant sense of humour, her story will not only resonate with female founders, but as she shares the early stages of founding the company on just £600 this is a story that will ignite the imagination of anyone dreaming of building a life they love and following their passion. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
02/08/21·58m 27s

S12: Navigating the juggle to build a brand with Rochelle Humes, Singer, TV Presenter and Founder

This week Holly speaks with singer, TV presenter, and female founder Rochelle Humes. A woman of many talents, Rochelle Humes’ journey into the public eye started when she joined the British pop band, S Club Juniors, aged just 12, and would set her on the path towards creating a life she loves. This episode follows Rochelle’s journey, from the early days of her pop career to navigating the juggle of a busy, successful career whilst being a mother of three and launching her own company following her passion.  In this in-depth and revealing conversation, Rochelle shares her realisation of the power of her own voice and how she has navigated taking charge of her destiny to build a life she loves. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
26/07/21·51m 31s

S12: Rewriting the Ready Meal Book with Charlie Bigham founder of Charlie Bigham’s

In this episode, Holly talks with Charlie Bigham, founder of Charlie Bigham’s ready meals. A brand name synonymous with ‘home cooking’, this episode goes behind the brand name to meet the founder himself. Charlie’s story is a fascinating one, after taking an industry by storm, he used his commitment and vision to not only challenge the status quo of ready meals but to build a business that acts as a true force for good in the world. Shunning the ‘way things were always done’ and instead setting the standard for how things ‘should be done’, Charlie is a testament to going against the grain and truly loving what you do. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
19/07/21·56m 56s

S12: Finding your niche, with Neal Whittington founder of Present & Correct

A lifelong obsession was ignited when Neal Whittington was given a £7 WHSmith voucher as a child. Neal has since gone on to carve his own niche in stationery with his brand ‘Present and Correct’ and amassed legions of fans with his beautifully curated collections, mixing vintage with new, tapping into our nostalgia and our own ‘human-ness’ to connect beyond technology and screens. In this episode, Neal shares his journey to leaving behind his day job as a designer and embarking upon a new path to turn his passion for pens, pencils, and paperclips into a thriving business. Holly and Neal discuss the allure of a physical product at a time when our lives are dominated by technology, what it really means to have a ‘good life’ business, and how being niche might just be your superpower. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
12/07/21·59m 33s

S12: Dream it, Create it, with Lucy Sparrow, founder of Sew Your Soul

With a mantra that it is the energy you put in, that will see you succeed, artist Lucy Sparrow is the epitome of being utterly passionate (obsessed even) with the product you are creating.  Crafting felt creations to make you smile, her instantly recognisable pieces blend the world of colourful, tactile creations with a hard-hitting social commentary that tackles the world of gun crime, the sex industry, and the demise of our traditional high streets. There is no doubt that Lucy’s art is shaking up the sewing scene and her commitment and passion means entering each of her installations is like a trip to the theatre, an experience that feeds all the senses and is completely intoxicating. Driven by her strong desire to create events and pieces of art that people will remember forever, this is a wonderful tale of how hard work and belief can create real magic.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
05/07/21·55m 53s

S12: Making the ordinary extraordinary, with Anya Hindmarch CBE

Anya Hindmarch has forever been one of Holly’s biggest inspirations. Not only as a fashion accessories icon with her incredible artistry and creativity, but also because she really has set the bar in terms of holistic branding and true immersive experience. So, for Holly, this Conversation of Inspiration is a real moment in time. Join this captivating conversation for a glimpse into the world through Anya’s eyes - both of the world as we know it today, and of a future filled with high streets built on fun and creativity working in harmony alongside our grandparents’ mantras of ‘make do & mend’ and ‘buy less, buy better’. Driven by her passion and concern for the climate crisis, Anya is determined to use fashion as a platform for raising awareness, making people think twice and ultimately as a force for doing good. Spoken with complete wisdom, Anya recounts what it takes to build not just a business, but a compelling and all-encompassing brand in order to make the ordinary extraordinary. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
28/06/21·57m 30s

S11: Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with founders Olivia and Daisy of A South London Makers Market and Natalie and Daniel Reynolds founders of Fred & Noah

This week marks the last of our Small Business Stories podcast specials, where we have been celebrating our wonderful small business community as part of our summer Campaign Shop Independent. This week Holly chats to Liv and Dais, founders of A South London Makers Market; who, still within their first year of trading, have just completed their first pop-up store in Selfridges - something they could only have dreamed of 12 months ago.  A true testament to believing and trusting in yourself, shooting for the stars and knowing that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.  Nat and Dan of Fred & Noah talk openly about the trials of the past year, how they have transitioned from surviving to thriving by driving sales. Owning their customer experience and being the face of their business to give that personal touch whilst also remaining unique to themselves and their ideas. Both businesses, having been born from times of transition, found opportunity through creativity and understanding customers and adapting to their needs. These two incredible businesses are shining examples of what you can achieve when you have a community behind you, even in the face of adversity. True celebrations of the power of small. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/06/21·58m 30s

S11: Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with The Chocolate Smiths founder Steffi Smith and Kojo Marfo founder of My Runway Group

This week’s episode of Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special, sees Holly chat to small business founders Steffi from The Chocolate Smiths and Kojo from My Runway Group, both of whom have built businesses from their hearts in order to give to other people.  Not only does this episode highlight the need for a small business to prepare for the unknown, it also spotlights the fine balance between commerciality and fairness; something that can be a constant battle whilst building a business doing what you love. A real showcase of two thriving brands, Holly’s chat with Steffi & Kojo is a true testament to how we can successfully use creativity to bring people together, create community and ultimately provide a bigger social impact, whilst celebrating diversity and culture in an organic way to build a better future for next generations. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/06/21·1h

S11: Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with founder Nikki McWilliams and The Treats Club founder Lungi Mhlanga

Our two founders on this week's Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special, focus on how ‘niche’ can become a thriving and growing brand. In this episode, both Nikki, founder of Nikki McWilliams and Lungi Mhlanga, The Treats Club founder share their own journeys to building businesses following their passion, their lessons and ethos of empowering other female founders.  Both Nikki and Lungi are testament to staying true to your core, and a timely reminder, that if as a founder you love your product, there will be hundreds of thousands of customers out there who will too! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/06/21·59m 33s

S11: Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with Chupi founder Chupi Sweetman and In Good Company founder Laura Wellington

In this first Campaign Shop Independent podcast special, Holly meets two phenomenal female founders - Chupi Sweetman, founder of jewellery brand Chupi and Laura Wellington, serial entrepreneur and founder of In Good Company, co-founder of Duke Studios and Sheaf Street. Two founders with huge ambition, passion and a vision to make a huge impact, but with their respective localities - Dublin and Leeds - at the very centre of their brands' identity. A real insight into the mindset of thriving small businesses, Chupi and Laura share their experiences of growth, collaborations and what supporting small businesses really means to them. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
03/06/21·59m 55s

S11: Growing a good life, with Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon

This conversation is an absolute ode to doing what you love. Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon are icons of sheer graft, determination, passion and love. Their business is everything to them, Petalon is not only a labour of love but a glimpse into their soul. As consumers, they wanted more affordable, more beautiful flowers than was currently available and so they set out on an incredible journey together to find a solution. Secure in the knowledge that they would always be each other's biggest cheerleaders, they embarked on a life-changing adventure. If you are trying to start a business doing what you love, then this is the perfect example of what those early years could look and feel like for you! A journey of love, strength and learning, this conversation bears witness to the importance of remaining true to your values and always having the courage to try. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/05/21·59m 55s

S11: Growing a good life, with Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon

This conversation is an absolute ode to doing what you love. Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon are icons of sheer graft, determination, passion and love. Their business is everything to them, Petalon is not only a labour of love but a glimpse into their soul. As consumers, they wanted more affordable, more beautiful flowers than was currently available and so they set out on an incredible journey together to find a solution. Secure in the knowledge that they would always be each other's biggest cheerleaders, they embarked on a life-changing adventure. If you are trying to start a business doing what you love, then this is the perfect example of what those early years could look and feel like for you. A journey of love, strength and learning, this conversation bears witness to the importance of remaining true to your values and always having the courage to try. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/05/21·59m 55s

S11: Mental resilience as a winning formula, with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic Champion & Femtech Entrepreneur

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is the epitome of female strength. Not only physically, but mentally resilient; determined, grounded and focused - purely driven by her passion for sport and her competitive nature. A true representation of what you can achieve when you have the confidence to know that you are in the right place at the right time. Jessica shares with Holly her lifelong dedication to sport, the sacrifices she chose to make when she was younger and her belief that preparation and commitment are the keys to success and give you the focus to keep driving towards your dreams. The poster girl of the London 2012 Olympics, Jessica also recounts the moment she won that gold medal and made a whole nation proud. This is a conversation that will inspire, motivate and ignite your passions and will leave you believing anything is possible. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/05/21·59m 53s

S11: The power of vulnerability, with Anna Mathur, psychotherapist, speaker and author

This week’s episode of Conversations of Inspiration sees Holly speak with psychotherapist, speaker and author, Anna Mathur. Anna is a strong believer that needing help and support isn’t failure; it’s a prerequisite of being human.  It’s easy to feel like a failure. It’s easy to feel guilty for not giving enough of yourself to your work, to your family, to your friends, and it's easy to feel alone with these thoughts. Anna has an amazing way of normalising these emotions, encouraging us to accept our humanness and giving us the gift of being able to find compassion for ourselves. A total breath of fresh air, Anna has a really honest and open view of her own life which allows you to look at yours through a different lens, lower the bar for yourself and accept that you are enough.  If you are in need of a warm hug, grab yourself a cup of tea, curl up, and listen to this conversation. It has the power to change your life. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/05/21·59m 24s

S11: Know your value, with Natalie Campbell, CEO of Belu Water

Natalie Campbell, CEO of Belu Water is the very embodiment of female empowerment. After deciding at 15 that her life's mission was to be a CEO (thanks to Puff Daddy), she embarked on her journey with such drive and determination that she started her own business at the age of 19.  With a personal ethos around finding your ‘why’ and a philosophy that if it feels ‘too much’ then take a step back and breathe. In order to be her best self, Natalie has lived her life with agency - for herself and on her own terms. She openly discusses her 6 figure salary and tells Holly that the only way we will be able to close the gender pay gap is by empowering women to talk openly about their salaries and to be confident in the value they bring. She embodies the entrepreneurial mindset and runs at walls, knowing that she will do whatever it takes to get around them, through them, over them or under them - with whatever it takes. With a personal mission to create a world where people can feel good, do good and live better, Natalie’s career is defined by her ability to change the unchangeable and to see possibility always. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/05/21·58m 49s

S11: How to future proof our high streets, with James Daunt, founder of Daunt Books

This week Holly speaks to James Daunt, founder of Daunt Books and CEO of Waterstones.  James is a passionate champion of independent high streets, so much so, that his reason for joining Waterstones as CEO was to turn the ship at the brink of failure in order to prevent what would have been a devastating loss to British independent book selling.  James’ view is that our high streets were in decline long before the pandemic struck. He is a firm believer that in order to regenerate, it is essential to have an entrepreneurial mindset to bring much needed flair to retail; creating truly immersive experiences that breathe fresh life into what has been before.  Join the conversation to find out how James came to found Daunt Books. Learn what ignited his simple, ingenious idea that reinvented a whole industry - and how you can be inspired to challenge the status quo, observe the masses and do the opposite, to bring entrepreneurial thinking into any aspect of life.  Hailed as the savior of bookstores, this conversation is filled with James’ vision, passion and future thinking as a golden thread throughout. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
19/04/21·59m 55s

S11: You can't make a science out of creativity, with designer and founder, Jenny Packham

In this week’s episode of Conversations of Inspiration Holly talks to designer and founder Jenny Packham. Raw, open and searingly honest, this interview will leave you in no doubt of the burning energy and powerful impact that living creatively can have on the world. Jenny Packham is one of the UK’s most successful fashion brands, her designs have graced red carpets and been worn by the most influential and iconic women of our time and redefined bridalwear. As a child, an early love of sewing and textiles was instilled by her grandmothers, igniting a lifelong passion. After graduating from fashion school in the late 80s Jenny went about building a luxury brand that has endured for more than 30 years. Holly and Jenny discuss the rocky early days of creating a business, how vital it is to let creativity channel through you and how it’s impossible to make a science of it. This episode covers the importance of being obsessed with the detail, the significance of building a brand that connects on an emotional level and the impact that the global pandemic has had on the bridal industry. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
12/04/21·57m 4s

S11: Through creativity comes regeneration, with Anna Lewis, founder of Sketchy Muma

Finding personal fulfilment through creativity and regenerating after times of darkness define this week’s conversation with Anna Lewis, founder of creative small business, Sketchy Muma. Anna has the unique ability to draw beautiful, honest and heartfelt illustrations that depict experiences and feelings that somehow seem to capture moments in time that resonate with so many.  Holly and Anna talk about building a brand by harnessing the power of raw emotion through personal experience and being brave enough to share it with the world.  Anna’s journey shines a light on the simple human struggles of everyday life and how, during her own darker days, specific moments of clarity gave her the power to regenerate herself.  Driven by her strong desire to give the gift of ‘now’ to her daughter in the future, Anna restored her lust for life and found her purpose through illustration. A beautiful tale of how your passions and dreams will always shine through if you let them. Trigger warning: discussion around miscarriage and cancer. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/04/21·58m 46s

S11: Self belief and taking risks, with modern day ‘Journey Man’ Ben Fogle

Self belief, taking risks and a lust for finding the path less travelled defines this week’s Conversation of Inspiration with Ben Fogle. With a successful TV career, a passion for the environment and more than 20 years of monumental global challenges, Ben’s life has been one of highs and lows, but the golden thread throughout has been his continued strive towards pushing outside of his comfort zone. Ben speaks of how all his experiences have shaped him as a person, and how his aspirations to take on some of man's greatest feats and his unwavering passion for the wilderness, led him to living a life of colour and adventure. It’s a conversation that embodies Ben’s desire to live a rich and full life and one that explores the relationship between resilience, self-belief and achievement. Trigger warning: discussion around the tragedy of stillbirth from 39min27sec to 42min17sec. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
29/03/21·59m 47s

S11: Growing a mission led business from the ground up, with Sebastian Pole co-founder of Pukka Herbs

How do you turn a passion for herbs into one of the most pioneering and sustainable companies of our time? That’s the question Holly poses to Sebastain Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs on this week's episode. After years of studying to become a Master Herbsmith,  Sebastian spied an advert in a local magazine, placed by Tim Westwell, looking for creative business ideas related to herbalism. As the only person to respond, the seeds were sown and they embarked upon creating a mission led business, with truly ethical roots. It is a conversation that speaks volumes about staying true to your values, never wavering from your vision and the power of building a business that balances purpose with profit. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/03/21·59m 29s

S11: The secret to building an iconic beauty brand, with Liz Earle MBE

With a strong mission to share her passion for the power of botanicals,  Liz Earle MBE has revolutionised the wellbeing sector and forever changed the connection between beauty and health. Liz shares her story from her early career spent writing for beauty magazines, researching every available product to co-founding her iconic skincare line. Harnessing her belief that beauty comes from the inside out, Liz set about changing the face of beauty forever. This episode follows Liz’s journey, from the early days of turning her vision into a reality, to always trusting your gut and to founding a new business in her 50’s. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/03/21·59m 6s

S10 Ep100: Living a life less ordinary, with Holly Tucker MBE, founder of Holly & Co

This week we celebrate the 100th episode of Conversations of Inspiration. In her most in depth and personal interview to date, Holly recounts her own journey. Interviewed by the small business community as well as close friends and family - Holly delves into who, and what, has shaped her journey to date. A look back at her childhood and the incredible rollercoaster she has been on since, Holly reflects on the people and places that have shaped who she is today. Recounting some of her lowest moments, greatest lessons and biggest hopes and dreams for the years ahead. Not only an insight into the real Holly Tucker but also a celebration of you, her wonderful small business community, who has always been with her every step of the way. Insightful, revealing and a whole side of Holly not heard before. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
08/02/21·1h 29m

S10: From supermodel to pub landlady, with Jodie Kidd, Supermodel & Entrepreneur

In a rare and candid conversation, Jodie Kidd shares with Holly her journey. A journey full of twists and turns and highs and lows, that ultimately brought her full circle to becoming the proud owner of her local pub. Recounting her youth spent growing up in the British countryside surrounded by horses, to the whirlwind life as one of the most celebrated supermodels of her generation; Jodie shares how she has overcome her own mental health battles, discovering the power of saying ‘no’ and her determination to challenge herself to pursue the unexpected. Vision, fearlessness and hard work are at the core of Jodie’s story and her fascinating multi-hyphenated career which has seen her take power into her own hands and create a life less ordinary. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
01/02/21·56m 35s

S10: Changing the craft landscape, with Sophie Sellu, founder of Grain & Knot

This week Holly talks to Sophie Sellu, founder of Grain & Knot. Born from a love of nature and the need for purpose in creation, Sophie makes beautifully tactile, fully functional kitchen utensils using modern design and traditional tools and methods. After being made redundant and deciding to attend a wood carving course,  Sophie bought an axe and a set of knives and set about carving her own future, by embracing a craft that she loved. Embracing ‘slow’ is part of Sophie’s philosophy and she discusses the early days of honing her woodcarving skills, the joy of sharing the mental health benefits of crafting and her desire to build a soulful and sustainable brand. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
25/01/21·57m 37s

S10: Taking responsibility to build a life you love with Jake Humphrey, broadcaster and founder

A familiar face across our TVs, this week broadcaster and founder, Jake Humphrey shares a rare insight into his background and personal philosophies - both of which he credits with finding success today. Growing up in Norfolk, Jake’s childhood was not an easy one after suffering severe bullying at school. After failing his exams and being fired from McDonalds, someone took a chance on Jake and changed the course of this life forever. In this conversation, Jake shares his belief that one must take 100% responsibility in life - as well as his family motto to ‘never sit in the comfy chair’ - and how these philosophies have been pivotal in his journey to one of the leading broadcasters in the UK. Honest, heartfelt and emotional this conversation covers Jake’s rise through the BBC to his decision to leave to join BT Sport and start his successful production company culminating in his desire to pay it forward to a new generation. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
18/01/21·59m 16s

S10: Holly’s Christmas Special 2020

In this festive special, Holly revisits some of her favourite interviews and guests from 2020. Delving back into the archives, Holly is joined by guests including Sir Tim Smit, Kanya King CBE, Paul Lindley OBE, Jacqueline Gold CBE, Lord John Bird, Jay Blades, Samantha Renke and Marcia Kilgore as they reflect on their own personal journeys, their highs, lows and lessons along the way. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
21/12/20·39m 40s

S10: Flourishing in a traditional industry, with Aron Gelbard, co-founder of Bloom & Wild

This week Holly speaks with Aron Gelbard, co-founder of Bloom & Wild. A founder passionate about making people happy, Aron knew he could only build a brand that evoked emotion. A florist first and foremost, that has broken new ground in an already established industry, Bloom & Wild has set the industry standard where others now follow. With little knowledge of either tech development or floristry, Aron pursued an idea that was virtually unheard of. Using technology to deliver thoughtful and empathetic marketing that has since helped grow the brand to one of the most beloved florists in the UK. This conversation is a rare insight into creating a company that marries two opposing worlds and how clever use of technology can play a very human role in building a brand. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
14/12/20·57m 44s

S10: Pioneering a literary revolution, with Andy Hunter, founder of Bookshop.org

This week's episode with Andy Hunter, founder of Bookshop.org, brings us a modern day David vs Goliath story. His mission is to make it as easy as Amazon to shop responsibly and ethically, ensuring that books and local bricks and mortar bookshops remain part of popular culture. With a highly innovative business model that has thrived during the pandemic, Andy shares with Holly where his love of books first originated, how he is creating a movement for socially conscious consumers and the importance of independent bookshops within our high communities across the world. If there was ever a call to action to support our independent businesses and to continue the drive towards a culture of ethical, conscious consumerism, it’s this. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
07/12/20·52m 29s

S10: Building an ethical chocolate empire, with Angus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat

As the son of the founder of Mr Whippy, perhaps Angus Thirlwell was always destined to build his own brand. But his path to success has not been without some hard won lessons and deep personal insight into his own motivation in life. Angus’s vision for Hotel Chocolat has always been to not only reimagine an industry, but also bring back core values and purpose into the confectionary market at a time when the heritage of chocolate was being lost in the UK. From innovative products and the best quality ingredients, to buying a plantation and reinvigorating cocoa farming in St Lucia, Hotel Chocolat stands out against the competition for all the right reasons. Angus shares his story and talks of how diversifying his product led to success and how putting customers at the heart of the business has helped to cement the status of a truly remarkable brand. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
30/11/20·59m 25s

S10: Challenging the conventional by curating beauty, with Alexia Inge, co-founder of Cult Beauty

How do you build a business by challenging the conventional? In this episode, Alexia Inge shares her lessons as she recounts her story building the online beauty empire Cult Beauty. Growing up in a village in Somerset, Alexia’s background in the fashion and PR world gave her an insight into an industry that had always previously been dominated by much larger brands. But it was whilst recovering from a serious car accident that Alexia came up with a plan for a one stop online shop selling the best beauty products that actually worked. Cult Beauty was built by women for women and in this episode, Holly meets a kindred spirit who shares many of the same experiences - from building an online brand with no tech background to their personal lessons on raising funds. Not only does Holly and Alexia’s conversation shine a light on the importance of community and the power of small, it’s a real celebration of female founders. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
23/11/20·59m 39s

S10: Championing charitable change through creative imagination, with Alistair Hall and Kirsty Telford

Hidden behind a secret door, in a fantastical shop, lies an ingenious organisation that is unlocking societal change in the most creative of ways. In episode 1 of series 10, Holly meets Alistair Hall, one of the founders, and Kirsty Telford Deputy Director of the charity, The Ministry of Stories and its retail space Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. The Ministry of Stories, aims to inspire young people to transform their lives through the power of creative writing, and is hidden behind a secret door in a magical shop. The epitome of retail theatre, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, not only brings the writing school to life and sparks the imagination of every child that walks through their doors, it also acts as a commercial driver to the charity. In this episode Holly discusses with Alistair and Kirsty the future of both retail and charity and how both industries are crying out for entrepreneurialism to combine them and create entertaining, educational experiences that make them meaningful to the community. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/11/20·56m 16s

S9: Building legacy through passion with Sir Tim Smit KBE, founder of The Eden Project - part 2

The final and truly inspiring installment of a conversation that Holly believes will fundamentally change your life. In part 2 of our Conversation of Inspiration ‘Building Legacy through Passion’ Sir Tim Smit shares with Holly his first vision of Eden and the incredible journey leading to where it is today. Billed as the 8th Wonder of the World and celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, Eden is a paradise like no other and remains one of the most recognised landmarks of the 21st century. Sir Tim takes us on an adventure of passion, collaboration and instinct, culminating in the most remarkable and thought provoking ‘Letter to his Younger Self’. Not only a reflection of the past and a glimpse into the future, but a celebration of the joyous explosion of now. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/11/20·41m 47s

S9: Building legacy through passion, with Sir Tim Smit KBE, founder of The Eden Project - part 1

A conversation that Holly believes will fundamentally change your life - a brilliant, straight talking and accomplished storyteller, Tim’s journey to building Eden (billed as the 8th wonder of the world) will have you captivated from the very start. So for the first time ever on Conversations of Inspiration, his story will be shared over two episodes. In part 1, Tim shares his journey from his education studying archaeology to an unexpected career in the music industry. After relocating to Cornwall, a chance meeting led to the restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, some of the world's most magical and untouched gardens. The regeneration of Heligan ignited a spark that fuelled Tim’s vision for a social enterprise that would benefit future generations for years to come. Filled with twists and turns, opportunities and enthusiasm, Tim’s story is one that is ultimately defined by passion - if ever there was proof needed that one person can make huge change and impact on our world, this is surely it. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
02/11/20·49m 9s

S9: Fighting for fairness and equality, with Samantha Renke

Samantha Renke has written her own remarkable story by living with huge tenacity, courage and determination all wrapped up in an infectious personality. Born with brittle bone disease, as a child Samantha knew she was different and recalls all the things she was told she wouldn't be able to do. Fiercely independent and refusing to take no for an answer, Samantha's determination to fulfil her dreams is a story everyone should hear. Defying the naysayers, Samantha has worked tirelessly as an activist for disability equality, whilst pursuing her love of acting winning numerous awards for her first film role. Samantha’s bubbly personality and passion for life are completely infectious. This conversation is an inspiring, open and honest conversation about what we can all do to make the world a more equal place. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
26/10/20·56m 2s

S9: SME:SOS Live with Will Butler-Adams, CEO Brompton Bikes and Richard Callender, presenter and fitness expert

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/10/20·42m 54s

S9: Designing with purpose, with Wayne Hemingway MBE

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
19/10/20·56m 57s

S9: SME:SOS with Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer and Mary Hormer, CEO of The White Company

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/10/20·36m 18s

S9: Living a colourful and creative life, with Annie Sloan

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
12/10/20·53m 30s

S9: SME: SOS Live with Anna Hill, General Manager of WW (Weight Watchers reimagined) and Marisa Hordern, founder and Creative Director of Missoma

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
08/10/20·35m 52s

S9: Pioneering change for future generations, with Kristin Hallenga, founder of CoppaFeel!

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
05/10/20·56m 30s

S9: SME: SOS with Thomasina Miers, co founder of Wahaca, and Kate and Kathy, authors of The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
01/10/20·39m 51s

S9: Finding ‘the gap’ and redefining a sector, with Taymoor Atighetchi, founder of Papier

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
28/09/20·53m 54s

S9: SME: SOS with June Sarpong OBE, Broadcaster and Author and Dr Emma Hepburn, Clinical Psychologist

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/09/20·43m 11s

S9: Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur, with Marcia Kilgore, founder of Beauty Pie

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
21/09/20·54m 6s

SME: SOS with Kate Halfpenny, founder of Halfpenny London and Alice River-Cripps, founder of Posh Totty Designs

With more people starting businesses this year than ever before and this Christmas is set to be the biggest small christmas ever - what is the secret to success? How do you scale, and how do you hold on when it all starts to take off? Just some of the questions Holly explores with Kate Halfpenny, founder of Halfpenny London and Alice River-Cripps, founder of Posh Totty Designs this week.   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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/09/20·39m 12s

S9: Turning past failures into future success, with Will Beckett, co-founder of Hawksmoor

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! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
14/09/20·55m 18s

S9: Turning Obstacles into Opportunity with Kanya King CBE, founder of the MOBO Awards

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
07/09/20·51m 26s

S8: SME: SOS with designer Donna Wilson and Molly Price, founder of Molly Meg

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/08/20·40m 2s

S8: Creating a Cult Brand with a Conscience with the founders of Lucy & Yak

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
03/08/20·1h 2m

S8: SME: SOS with Author Christine Armstrong and Miraphora Mina, co founder of Design Studio Mina Lima

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
30/07/20·39m 5s

S8: Empowering Women of Colour Through Product Innovation with Ade Hassan MBE, Founder of Nubian Skin

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/07/20·1h

S8: SME: SOS with Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place and James Manning, International Editor of Time Out London

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
23/07/20·42m 37s

S8: Solving Societal issues with ‘Good’ Business, with Paul Lindley OBE, founder Ella’s Kitchen

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
20/07/20·1h 5m

S8: SME: SOS with Sahar Hashemi OBE, co-founder of Coffee Republic and Alex Monroe, founder of Alex Monroe Jewellery

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/07/20·38m 29s

S8: Cheerleading change through art, with Rebecca Strickson, Award-Winning Illustrator and Designer

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/07/20·59m 19s

S8: SME: SOS with Emilie Bellet, founder of Vestpod and Ella d’Amato, CCMO of Notonthehighstreet

This week’s episode, is packed full of tangible actions and advice, as we tackle two elements at the heart of every successful creative business - getting to grips with your finances and understanding what makes brilliant product - as Emilie Bellet, founder of Vestpod and Ella d’Amato Chief Commercial and Marketing officer of Notonthehighstreet join Holly to share their insights and expertise. 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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/07/20·41m 18s

S8: Being a beacon of light in the face of adversity with Deborah James of Bowel Babe

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/07/20·1h 2m

S8: SME: SOS with Kathryn Tyler, co-founder of Digital Mums and Samantha Clarke, Happiness Consultant

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
02/07/20·41m 23s

S8: Empowering women in the bedroom & the board room with Jacqueline Gold CBE, CEO of Ann Summers

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
29/06/20·55m 22s

S8: SME: SOS with Gord Ray, from Instagram and Julie Baker, from NatWest

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
25/06/20·38m 41s

S8: From Tragedy to Triumph, using business to create a lasting legacy with Rob and Paul Forkin, Founders of Gandys

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.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/06/20·1h 2m

S8: SME: SOS with Mark Constantine OBE, founder of LUSH and Roger Wade, founder of Boxpark

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
18/06/20·43m 21s

S8: From Counter Girl to the Most Powerful Woman in the Beauty Industry with Caroline Hirons, Skincare expert, Author & YouTuber

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/06/20·1h 1m

S8: SME: SOS with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE, founder of The Black Farmer and Lauren Currie OBE, founder of Stride

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
11/06/20·43m 20s

S8: From the streets to the House of Lords, through the power of business with Lord John Bird MBE, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Big Issue

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
08/06/20·1h 7m

S8: The future of business is flexible with Anna Whitehouse, Journalist and Founder of Mother Pukka

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
01/06/20·1h 4m

S7: SME: SOS with Edward Perry, co-founder of COOK, Steve Barclay, MP and Rachel Wilkins, from Dell UK

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
25/05/20·34m 48s

S7: SME: SOS with Jo Tutchener Sharp, founder of Scamp and Dude, Pippa Murray, founder of Pip and Nut and Jayne Hardy, creator of the Blurt Foundation

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
18/05/20·35m 13s

S7: SME: SOS with Robin Hutson, founder of The Pig, Asma Khan, founder of Darjeeling Express and Annika Bizon, from Three UK

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 Dell Technologies Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
11/05/20·38m 26s

S7: SME: SOS with Jay Blades, presenter of BBCs The Repair Shop, Petra Barran, founder of KERB and Claire Russell, founder of playHOORAY!

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
04/05/20·33m 50s

S7: SME: SOS with John Vincent MBE, co-founder of LEON, Nicole Smart, lifecoach and Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black’s

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/04/20·32m 2s

S7: SME: SOS with Dave Buonaguidi, artist, Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots and Jon Nicholson, from Royal Mail

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
20/04/20·34m 16s

S7: SME: SOS with Joe Wicks, founder of The Body Coach, Megan Carver, founder of Carver PR & Rita Clifton CBE

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/04/20·32m 53s

S7: SME: SOS with Will Butler-Adams, CEO of Brompton Bikes and Steph Douglas, founder of Don’t Buy Her Flowers

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 Dell Technologies and Royal Mail. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/04/20·32m 1s

S7: Selling your business to your employees to safeguard its future with Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
30/03/20·1h 7m

S7: Restoring life through doing what you love with presenter & founder of Jay & Co, Jay Blades

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
23/03/20·1h 2m

S7: Creating a magical empire with MinaLima founders Eduardo Lima & Miraphora Mina, designers on Harry Potter

What is it like, to be entrusted with the creative legacy, of one of the world’s most famous stories? MinaLima, aka Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, are the creative duo behind bringing Harry Potter to life on the big screen. Graphic designers with huge imaginations, MinaLima are pioneers within their craft, and after a chance meeting through a mutual friend, they went on to lead the graphic design on all the Harry Potter films and are designers behind everything from The Daily Prophet to the Quidditch posters, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and so much more. Taking a moment out from their current work on Fantastic Beasts, Holly meets Mira and Eduardo at their latest design adventure - the House of MinaLima, a gallery and store showcasing their entire treasury of graphic works - JK Rowling has called it ‘the place where objects come to life’. In this conversation, Holly discusses how a "work marriage" can really work, where they find their inspiration, the utter importance of detail and the role their creative upbringings have played in leading them to where they are today. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/03/20·1h 2m

S7: Changing history for women with activist, journalist and author Caroline Criado-Perez OBE

In a society filled with hidden inequality, how do you a) recognise it and b) make ‘change’? Best-selling author Caroline Criado-Perez OBE is a feminist activist and led the campaign for keeping a woman on British banknotes. Not only that, but she also spearheaded the movement to install the first female statue in Parliament Square. Caroline epitomises the difference we can make in the world when we see that something needs to change. In this episode, Holly and Caroline explore how our generation can challenge, and hopefully move on from, the enforced societal “imposter syndrome” and identify the sometimes hidden, but very much rife, inequality within our society. Caroline and Holly discuss the impact of her award-winning book, Invisible Woman, and how it has highlighted and driven forward, the much-needed conversation around gender and data. No easy feat! Honest, fearless and a true activist at her core, Caroline Criado-Perez is a force to be reckoned with and this episode is guaranteed to motivate you to do more when it comes to demanding equality. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/03/20·1h 3m

S7: Conquering fear and breaking gender stereotypes with firefighter & psychologist Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

The fuel of entrepreneurial spirit can be transformative - this is never truer than in the story of Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton. Homeless as just 15 years old, Sabrina faced the most difficult, terrifying and tragic set of circumstances. Yet her entrepreneurial mindset burned bright, whilst living on the streets, she not only became a Big Issue seller but completed her GCSE’s too. At 16 Sabrina found her way back to independence as set her sights on the Fire Service and by the age of 18 she was quickly progressing through the ranks.  Sabrina is now one of only six female fire chiefs in the UK, she has a Masters and PHD in Psychology and has led on pioneering which has informed national policy.    Sabrina and Holly discuss life on the streets, true grit and determination and the role of women in a typically male dominated industry.  Heart searingly open and honest, Sabrina is the epitome of an inspirational woman.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
02/03/20·1h 9m

S7: Exam failure to multi-millionaire hotelier with The Pig Hotels founder Robin Hutson

Dubbed 'Britain's most influential hotelier', Robin Hutson, founder of the iconic PIG hotels, left school with 3 O-levels and few prospects. It was a sideways step into catering college which saw passion, vision and excitement alight for the first time - and would set the scene for Robin’s story to truly begin into becoming one of the most famous hoteliers in the UK. This episode charts Robin’s career within hospitality, from courting famous faces at The Savoy in his early days to starting his first groundbreaking hotel chain ‘Hotel Du Vin’, before launching ‘The Pig’. Holly & Robin discuss how to create a distinctive experience at each hotel whilst maintaining the golden thread of ‘brand’ throughout, as well as his philosophy of recruiting staff and the all-important attention to detail. In his letter to self, Robin aged 63 ¾ speaks to his 15 ¾ self and shares all the things he might need to know in a very special shared moment. Whether you're building a business in hospitality, or just appreciate a brilliant brand with acute attention to detail, Robin’s story is a must-listen! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/02/20·56m 9s

S7: Pioneer of the Fairtrade movement with Green & Black's founder Jo Fairley, Live in Harrogate

A pioneer of the fair trade and organic food movement, Jo Fairley launched Green and Black's with the simple premise, that if she loved the product, then others would too. Despite being told the UK consumer ‘will never eat dark chocolate’ Green & Black's fast became the benchmark in 'quality' as well as forging the way in an emerging organic food movement. Recorded in front of a live audience under the high vaulted ceiling of St Wilfred's in Harrogate, Jo joins Holly on stage to chart her career and guiding business principles. A serial entrepreneur, Jo started her career in publishing, before co-founding Green & Black's and now an organic and natural food store, Health & Wellbeing Centre and The Perfume Society. In this episode you’ll hear how business highs and lows can define your take on the world. This is especially true for Jo whose moral compass shines through and has been her guiding light throughout her business and personal journey. From tips and tricks to capture the attention of a journalist, to the challenges of cash flow and how best to (not!) spend an advertising budget - Jo Fairley’s insight is invaluable whether you're just starting out on your journey or looking to move in new directions. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/02/20·1h 3m

S7: The story behind building an iconic British fashion brand with founder of Mulberry, Roger Saul

Building an international brand selling hundred of millions of pounds work of fashion, from humble beginnings, aged 21 with just £500 - is an incredible story on its own. But what happens on the other side, after being ousted from your own beloved brand - is soul defining. Roger Saul, founder of Mulberry and his latest venture Sharpham Park, shares his story with Holly, in this emotionally charged interview. Charting his humble beginnings right through to today, Roger tells of a journey filled with pinch yourself fashion moment highs, to the lowest of lows. Roger created a brand synonymous with British fashion and achieved a cult-like status for the label. This is a conversation filled with vision, passion and future thinking as a golden thread throughout. Now 15 years into his organic product farm at Sharpham Park, and his latest reinvention of rural retail with Kilver Court, Roger Saul reinforces the notion of entrepreneurial thinking and attacking your vision with unwavering energy and determination. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/02/20·1h 6m

S7: Reimagining retail space with Alice Mayor, founder of We Built This City

Although the future of retail may seem unsure, Alice Mayor (We Built This City) believes now is the time small business can revolutionise and play a huge role in shaping the future. In this episode, Alice shares her philosophy and approach to one of the biggest issues facing the UK retail sector - the high street.   This week Holly hears sage advice, that will hopefully spur on a new generation of shopkeepers or even those small businesses who’ve been thinking about (but are maybe now going!) to take that leap. Alice is arguably ‘the pioneer of the souvenir’, successfully reviving an industry that hasn’t been moved on in 50 years!      In this conversation, you’ll hear an incredible insight into the reality of balancing temporary bricks and mortar, pop-up spaces and an online store, plus how to separate yourself from your business to help it succeed.    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
03/02/20·1h 2m

S7: Building a vegan empire from the virtual world with BOSH! founders Ian Theasby and Henry Firth

In a world where the digital landscape gives everyone the opportunity to build a business, how do you harness its power and use it to build the number one brand, in one of the fastest-growing movements of our time? Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, founders of BOSH! tell us how they built a highly successful business based on personalities, drive and beliefs. Sharing the secrets behind how they’ve now taken the vegan community by storm by creating what’s considered the biggest vegan cookery channel in the world, with more than 26 million views a month and writing the best selling vegan book of all time! Not bad for a business that’s only been going for three years! In this conversation you'll hear how these two went from childhood friends to navigating the unsteady waters of viral videos, building a brand only through social media and taking on an industry as old as time - helping countless people to eat less meat and become vegan! This episode will inspire anyone on the journey of building a business as BOSH! have highlighted the force and power visions of small business owners can have, on huge industries. And, how a change in diet can create a ripple effect of good, not only for your own health, the food industry but mostly for the planet we all care so much about.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/01/20·1h 6m

S6: Holly's Christmas Special 2019: Part 2 of 2

It's the final episode of the year, and the conclusion to this 2 part festive special - concluding with some very special ‘letters to my younger self.’    In the second part of this special Holly revisits episodes from past six series and reflects on the incredible guests she's hosted, and the advice they've shared over the past year. These conversations recount themes such as female entrepreneurship and how failure can lead you to the path of success.    The Christmas Special episode features highlights from some of the 60 founders, from Richard Reed, Levi Roots and Sir John Hegarty to Jo Malone, Ella Mills and Joe Wicks and many others - all sharing key moments of highs, lows and their personal philosophy. This collection of conversations shows how courage, determination and good intentions can take you to places far beyond your own imagination, to create positive change in the world.    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/12/19·1h 16m

S6: Holly's Christmas Special 2019: Part 1 of 2

It's Holly's best bits! These two extra special bonus episodes are for you to enjoy over the festive season!  In this two-parter Holly looks back over the past six series and reflects on the incredible guests she's hosted, and the advice they've shared over the past year. These conversations centre around key themes from determination and branding to community leadership and doing good… no small feat!   The Christmas Special episodes features highlights from all six seasons, from Richard Reed, Levi Roots and Sir John Hegarty to Jo Malone and Henrietta Morrison recounting the events that led them to build their businesses.   This collection of conversations show how courage, determination and good intentions can take you to places far beyond your own imagination, to create positive change in the world.   Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/12/19·1h 8m

S6: Revolutionising the way we eat with Mindful Chef founders Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries

Holly meets Mindful Chef Founders Myles and Giles this week for a wonderfully inspirational interview. This episode hear's these two founders openly discussing their business highs and lows over the last 5 years, but also how a ‘giving’ mentality can transform a weekly recipe box into a true force for good. In this conversation you'll hear how these two went from packing their boxes to navigating a successful round of crowdfunding. And how exciting it is as a small business, using the power of your customers and community as your biggest and most powerful marketing tool. I hope that this episode will inspire just so many small businesses listening. You too can make a difference, and maybe even start that B-Corp journey like us here at Holly & Co - why not even give back to those in need! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
02/12/19·1h 11m

S6: Building a business to live the Good Life with Sir Charlie Gladstone, founder of Pedlars and The Good Life Festival

This week's episode was recorded in front of a live audience in the glorious Edinburgh, with Charlie Gladstone, founder of The Good Life Experience and Pedlars.  Charlie is hugely passionate about design, provenance, supporting makers, running businesses - but mainly helping everyone to ‘Live the Good Life’, and to do what they love. This is an utterly inspiring episode as Charlie leads us through (his self-described…) “feral” childhood but also what he believes to be game changers for small businesses and his hopes for the future of retail. In this conversation Holly and Charlie and discuss why you must shop with purpose and a consciousness, how to ultimately harness an overflowing enthusiasm (as a person and as a business owner!) and most of all how love and passion can propel you through this journey. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
25/11/19·1h 13m

S6: Taking care of your mental health, whilst running a business, with Owen O’Kane

Owen O'Kane, author of Ten to Zen and a trained Psychologist, joins Holly at the Holly & Co HQ for this week's conversation. This episode centres around Owen's personal path to happiness, as well as how business owners need to put into place simple strategies to help with the stresses and inner critical voice that can hold you back. Owen has been on an incredible journey through life and this episode is an emotional listen. You'll hear how Owen spent his childhood dodging the violence on the streets of 1970s Belfast, the pain of being bullied as well as Owen's struggle with his sexual identity.  A magical and up and down journey from priest to author, Owen shares his words of advice on how as business owners we can put into practice some of his knowledge on protecting our own mental health. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
18/11/19·1h 13m

S6: Want to make millions but also make a difference? Hear how Henrietta Morrison did it (founder of Lily’s Kitchen)

Henrietta Morrison of Lily’s Kitchen (a pet food range made from the best of British ingredients) has had the most incredible career in business, spanning over 30 years. A born entrepreneur, Henrietta started (and sold) a number of businesses before founding Lily’s Kitchen - which now sells 50 million dog and cat meals a year. In this conversation, Henrietta recounts her happy childhood before a tragic series of unexpected events would turn her life upside down. But it was her terrible loss that became her fuel through her extraordinary life. A life filled with passion, purpose and entrepreneurial spirit. This is an episode about everything from disrupting an entire market and being a women in business, to money, B corps and doing good in the world.  But ultimately this conversation is about triumph over adversity and how love (for animals or people!) can conquer all. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
11/11/19·1h 6m

S6: Emma Bridgewater shares the highs and lows of building a timeless brand from scratch

Emma Bridgewater is known best for her iconic style, mixing Britishness & wittiness with beautiful homeware and china.  In this episode Holly hears from Emma about how she built her iconic brand over the last 35 years, creating lasting designs, and reviving an industry in Stoke. With a turn over of over £20 million a year, Holly and Emma explore life as a female entrepreneur in a male dominated industry, discuss their approach to 'mother's guilt' and the strong role family plays within business. From sharing thoughts on the life span of a product, to discussing the impact her own beloved mother had on her career, this episode is a rare glimpse into Emma Bridgewater and her iconic brand.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
04/11/19·1h 11m

S6: Raising strong girls, whilst building a business with the founder of Muthahood, Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers

Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, founder of Muthahood, talks to Holly about her business' main mission - empowering women and girls through ethically produced products that have positive, strong and meaningful messages.  In this episode Holly learns how Gemma's incredible 'Strong Girls Club' represents every woman's strength and the need for celebrating self-value. Gemma's work has grown from only emotional heartache, physical pain and an searingly honest view on the world but wanting to "see" those that need touch of empowerment.   From her journey through childbirth and PTSD, to starting the business on just £400 and building a community - Gemma candidly shares what it means to be an entrepreneur whilst bringing up her young children and how you can navigate the bumpy road of motherhood.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
28/10/19·1h 13m

S6: Monetising your Craft with Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson, aptly named ‘Designer of the Year’ at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards, has been creating her curious creatures, cushions, knitwear and ever-expanding home accessories since 2003. Donna’s story began on her parent's farm in rural Aberdeenshire, and it was from these early adventures (and a little push from her inspirational Grandma) that her love for landscapes, wildlife, crafting and of course sustainable practices grew. In this episode, Holly visited Donna in her incredible East London Studio to hear all about how she honed her homegrown talents into the business it is today. Donna shares with Holly her magical time at the RCA, watching her products popping up all over the globe and the vital importance of UK manufacturing, exploring how true collaboration and a network of talent is key! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
21/10/19·1h 7m

S6: The Secret to Creative Collaborations with Tatty Devine founders Rosie Wolfenden & Harriet Vine

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! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
14/10/19·1h 13m

S6: The power in believing in your dreams, with Dame Kelly Holmes

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 a must listen, for anyone who has ever faced adversity; Kelly is a testament to overcoming the odds and the power of belief. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
07/10/19·1h 3m

S6: 51. The Congregation Of Inspiration 2019 LIVE Special

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
30/09/19·1h 7m

S5: Turning craft into commerce, with Rob Ryan, Artist

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
23/09/19·58m 21s

S5: Pioneering a movement in affordable art, with Will Ramsay, founder of The Affordable Art Fair

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
16/09/19·1h 9m

S5: Turning a niche into a global success, with Alan Keery, co-founder of Cereal Killer Cafe

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
09/09/19·1h 4m

S5: Sipsmith’s founders Fairfax Hall and Sam Galsworthy explain the vision it took to set up the first independent gin distillery in 200 years

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
29/07/19·1h 30m

S5: Doing good with business, LIVE with Mark Constantine OBE, co-founder of Lush

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/07/19·1h 14m

S5: Mapping out a business in happiness, with Tina Bernstein, founder of Mapology Guides

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.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
15/07/19·1h 9m

S5: Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place, on how you can find joy by being really truly ‘you’

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
08/07/19·1h 27m

S5: Serving up street food to transform our cities, with Petra Barran, founder of KERB

In this episode, Holly meets passionate and inspiring Petra Barran, the founder of KERB. Throughout this conversation, Petra and her love not only of food, but for inspiring and helping small businesses build their own companies and dreams shines through. With the goal to become part of the fabric of London, this was a podcast designed for those who need to see, how big things can come from the smallest of beginnings - even, out the front of an ice cream van! Petra began her small business journey from an ice cream van, selling her homemade chocolate at markets and festivals, where she discovered her passion for independents vendors and the small business community.  This passion began to take over her life and so she decided to start her new business bringing together the most exciting street food talent on the streets of London and so KERB was born. Her first site for her street food market was in Kings Cross back in 2012 and since then Kerb has grown to five sites across London, with over 90 traders, serving up over 10,000 dishes a week. Launching in’kerb’ator programme her business also helps to support and progress their small business traders building community of entrepreneurs who are driving change across the city’s food landscape. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
01/07/19·1h 12m

S5: Creating the future of retail, with Roger Wade, founder of Boxpark

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 £20 million 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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
24/06/19·1h 11m

S5: Find your identity and make that your brand LIVE, with Levi Roots, founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce

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.  Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
17/06/19·49m 44s

S4: Balancing commercial with creative, with Alex Monroe, founder of Alex Monroe Jewellery

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
10/06/19·1h 16m

S4: How to zig when the world zags, with Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH & The Garage Soho

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
03/06/19·1h 16m

S4: Breaking new ground in business, with Sahar Hashemi OBE, co-founder of Coffee Republic

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
27/05/19·1h 6m

S4: Happiness is running a business doing what you love, LIVE with Thomasina Miers OBE, founder of Wahaca

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
20/05/19·1h 4m

S4: Making your creative mark, with Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of Marby & Elm

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
13/05/19·1h 5m

S4: Darjeeling Express’ founder Asma Khan, shares her remarkable journey and why she’s so passionate about empowering women

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
06/05/19·1h 8m

S4: Advice from Britain’s most-successful start up investor, with Tom Teichman, co-founder of The Garage Soho

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. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
29/04/19·1h 1m

S4: Crafting a future doing what you love, with Alice Gabb, artist and illustrator

This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Alice Gabb - a self taught calligrapher who now creates commissions for some of the UK biggest brands.  In this conversation, Alice shares lessons from her journey so far, the power of knowing your numbers, as well as the need for communities in this digital age. Alice's letter to her younger self is particularly powerful - and a must listen for any teenage girls in your life. Alice started her small business selling hand printed fine stationery at Broadway Market, where she was voted ‘London’s Coolest Stall Holder’ which propelled her business forward. One of the first to specialise in modern calligraphy in the UK , Alice’s expertise has grown and with her desire to pass on her skills and knowledge to others, now teaches workshops all over London and Europe, delivering in store experiences for brands such as Ted Baker and Boden.  Her recent trip to America discovered a passion for activism and social change, creating beautiful flags to spread hopeful messages, and is now shining through in all her work. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
22/04/19·1h 1m

S4: People are the most important thing in business, with Keith Abel, founder of Abel & Cole

This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Keith Abel, founder of Abel & Cole. A successful and well loved entrepreneur, Keith started his entrepreneurial journey as a salesman selling potatoes door to door, where a chance encounter led him to discovering organic vegetables.  At a time when everything grown was covered in chemicals, Keith quickly realised people would pay more for organic, chemical-free produce and so Abel and Cole was born, over 30 years ago.  Leading the way in subscription models, Keith shares his business lessons, recounting his highs and lows with a huge dose of humour and charm. But shining throughout, is Keith's passion for nurturing and supporting talent, as well as his commitment and belief that in order to build a successful company, you must also build a strong, passionate team around you. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. Show Notes  Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V80-gPkpH6M  Conversations of Inspiration episode 19 with Freddie's Flowers https://holly.co/podcast/freddie-garland-freddies-flowers/  In five years’ time…Royal Mail’s subscription box report unveils key trends for success in the market https://www.royalmailgroup.com/en/press-centre/press-releases/royal-mail/in-five-years-time-royal-mail-s-subscription-box-report-unveils-key-trends-for-success-in-the-market/  Keith mentions the laundry subscription service SMOL https://smolproducts.com/  He also mentions houseware brand Joseph Joseph https://www.josephjoseph.com/en-gb/about-us
15/04/19·1h 5m

S4: Building a strong brand in the digital age, with Rita Clifton CBE, founder of BrandCap

This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets the ‘Queen of Brand’ Rita Clifton CBE. Rita is the ultimate expert in brand and offers such an expert and unique insight that will be invaluable to all small business for this aspect of their business. In this conversation, Holly and Rita discuss what it takes to build a powerful and long last brand, she shares her tips for small business and ways they can implement her decades of industry knowledge into their own businesses, as well as her experiences as a female in a male dominated world. A Cambridge graduate, Rita started her career in advertising, becoming Vice Chairman at Saatchi & Saatchi, then London CEO and Chairman for over 15 years at the global brand consultancy Interbrand. In 2013, she co-founded BrandCap, which has performed amongst the 1% most successful business start-ups in the UK. It is safe to say, she knows what she is talking about! She has worked on the most famous ad campaigns including the iconic British airways 'Face' advert, and actually helped to create the concept that ‘brand’ is a valuable asset in business - in fact it can be the most valuable asset! Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
08/04/19·1h 16m

S3: The White Company’s incredible founder, Chrissie Rucker OBE, explains why slow and steady always wins the race

In this episode, Holly meets one of her business idols - Chrissie Rucker OBE, founder of The White Company.  In this conversation, they discuss Chrissie's incredible 25 year journey, how she has weathered the storms of retail, juggling a business whilst raising a family (with an entrepreneurial husband to boot!) and her work with the Princes Trust ‘Women Supporting Women’ and how we can all help encourage, inspire and champion women to start their own business.  Chrissie founded The White Company in 1994, from her kitchen table, starting as a small mail order business from her back room and growing to a well loved, admired brand and an icon of the British High Street. She now has 50 stores around the UK and 2 in America, turning over £200 million pounds with an online presence to rival her shops. Her journey is one of those British tales to be proud of. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
01/04/19·1h 6m

S3: Joe Wicks MBE, founder of The Body Coach, shares his secret to being an overnight success

This week Holly meets Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, to discuss building a huge social following and a brand, with a purpose. Now a TV presenter and author, specialising in cooking and fitness books, Joe started his career as a personal trainer, but he only experienced success when he started posting 15-second recipe videos on social media.  Joe grew his brand to become one of the most followed fitness accounts on Instagram, his first published cookbook Lean in 15 was one of the best-selling book in 2015, having sold over 1 million copies. He has also created a "90 Day Plan" with workouts and meals that are tailored to the individual.  His empire has grown to employing over 40 members of staff and counting, but with a strong sense of purpose and passion for helping others - it's a business that reaches far beyond instagram. We also talked about how he built his business using social media, but at the core he’s using it all for good. They covered subjects such as fitness, mental health, how he can champion children to be healthier and most importantly, that perseverance and purpose are the two key qualities in being a successful entrepreneur. Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? It's worth following Holly Tucker MBE and Holly & Co on Instagram, and subscribing to our weekly newsletter on our website, where Holly downloads her thoughts, and exclusively shares small business finds and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.
25/03/19·1h