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As founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker has spent the last 15 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly will talk to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, and share some advice and inspiration along the way.

Conversations of Inspiration Holly Tucker

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9, 848 Ratings

As founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker has spent the last 15 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly will talk to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, and share some advice and inspiration along the way.

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

    SME: SOS Live - 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. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en

    • 40 min
    Creating a Cult Brand with a Conscience with the founders of Lucy & Yak

    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.

    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. 

    Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    SME: SOS Live - with Author Christine Armstrong and Miraphora Mina, co founder of Design Studio Mina Lima

    SME: SOS Live - 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. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en

    • 39 min
    Empowering Women of Colour Through Product Innovation with Ade Hassan MBE, Founder of Nubian Skin

    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.

    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.  

    Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en 

    • 1 hr
    SME: SOS Live - with Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place and James Manning, International Editor of Time Out London

    SME: SOS Live - 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. Follow Holly and #SMESOS on Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en) https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en  (https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en )

    • 42 min
    Solving Societal issues with ‘Good’ Business, with Paul Lindley OBE, founder Ella’s Kitchen

    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.

    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com/hollytucker for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.  

    Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en 

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
848 Ratings

848 Ratings

Immy May ,

The most glorious podcast!

Thank you Holly for such a beautiful and certainly inspiring podcast. I adore hearing a business podcast by a woman, interviewing so many wonderfully wise guests. Just the nectar I need to pep up :) Immy x

Magical Story Jars ,

Magical Story Jars loves this podcast!

We have followed Holly hurricane and felt the vibes of her cheerleading ways for quite some time now. We can’t recommend this podcast enough. The advice and inspiration from so many different podcast guests has really given us folks at Magical Story Jars a continued wealth of information that we have been able to use in our own business. Thanks Holly!

Charles how ,

Love the Holly and her amazing guests

Every week Holly brings us small creative business owners so much inspiration and I love listening to the wonderful guests. Thanks so much Holly xx

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