262 episodes

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.

Conversations of Inspiration Holly Tucker MBE

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    • 4.9 • 1.2K Ratings

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.

    Jay Blades MBE, presenter, social enterpriser & furniture restorer, on the beauty of repairing communities through craft

    Jay Blades MBE, presenter, social enterpriser & furniture restorer, on the beauty of repairing communities through craft

    Jay Blades MBE, presenter of the BBC’s beloved The Repair Shop, returns to the podcast for a second time with his infectious energy and soulful wisdom — this time, sharing his belief in the power of using human connection to strengthen communities through craft. 

    WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS EPISODE


    You’ll hear how Jay leans into vulnerability, seeing it as being an essential tool for transformation 
    Be inspired by his dedication to bringing people together through creativity and craft, to make a difference in the world
    Learn more about the power of embracing change and using it as a catalyst for growth 

    If you enjoyed this discussion, we think you’ll love Holly’s Conversation of Inspiration with Keith Brymer Jones, designer, master potter, author and Great Pottery Throwdown 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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Perry Haydn Taylor, on revolutionising how we think about brand

    Perry Haydn Taylor, on revolutionising how we think about brand

    Meet Perry Haydn Taylor, brand genius, design guru and true disruptor. His work shines out of many kitchen cupboards and fridges, from Dorset Cereals or Whole Earth to Gü desserts. For 30 years, Perry has helped entrepreneurs start and transform some of our most extraordinary brands with his award-winning design and marketing consultancy, Big Fish. Find out how. 

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    You’ll hear how Perry creates true disrupter brands by challenging conventional wisdom
    Discover how successful branding involves forging meaningful connections and leaving a lasting impact on the world
    Learn how to spark magic by always operating with a start-up mentality 

    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 David Hieatt, founder of Howies, The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim.

    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. 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Dame Sarah Storey DBE, on leaving a legacy of determination, resilience and triumph

    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. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Elvis & Kresse Wesling CBE, founders of Elvis & Kresse, on the power of circular businesses

    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. 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Antonia & Jonny Philp, founders of Nursem, on passion, purpose and The Nursem Promise

    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. 

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

    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. 

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

BertiesrOck ,

Brilliant

Absolutely loved listening to this. It came as no surprise that Perry worked on all the brands I am drawn to & get excited about.

His letter to his younger self is right up there with Desiderata & If for me for brilliant words of advice.

Thanks both. Thank goodness for you.

Rosa Chu ,

Truly inspiring

This show is definitely the most inspiring and incredible podcast series! Really love Holly’s way of interviewing the guests and the younger self letter part always make me cry!

Caroline creating ,

Inspiring and real!

Hi Holly I love the way you pick those individuals who can be so frank and honest about their journey ups downs and successes! There is so much we can learn and incorporate in our lives from them and you. I’ve particularly enjoyed recent episodes with Alex Dean and Bryony Gordon.. It’s a tribute to you that you get to meet these resourceful passionate individuals 💙

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