In this episode of Let’s Talk Shop I speak with Hazel and Jimmy Russell from The Wood Life Project. I have had the pleasure of working with Hazel and Jimmy and I really love their thoughtful products I really admire how they have built their business over the last year.
What really hit me while I was editing this podcast is just how much they have achieved in just one year, from incorporating in January 2019 to finding a manufacturer, changing manufacturer, exhibiting at a tradeshow and being stocked in around 30 stores in less than 12 months, it’s truly inspiring and in this episode, we talk all about how they achieved this.
-Why Hazel and Jimmy decided to start a business, how they came up with an idea and what has been instrumental in making this reality.
-The biggest challenges and surprises they have come across during their first year in business.
-How not knowing everything might have helped them rather than hindered them.
-How it was to exhibit at a trade show for the first time, speak to stockists and buyers and what they have learned.
-The importance of providing good customer service to their stockists, big and small retailers.
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Links mentioned in this episode
Mean Mail: https://www.meanmail.co/
And Create: https://www.and-create.com/
Friends of Jules: https://www.joules.com/friends/The%20Wood%20Life%20Project
Not on the high street: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thewoodlifeproject
Mama Brown and Co: https://mamabrown.co.uk/collections/tableware
Veronica Dearly: https://veronicadearly.com/
Holly Tucker: https://holly.co/
Conversations of inspiration: https://holly.co/podcast/
Julie Deane, The Cambridge Satchel Co: https://www.cambridgesatchel.com/
Will Jones, The Black Farmer: https://www.theblackfarmer.com/
Top Drawer: https://www.topdrawer.co.uk/
Darren Harper from Tech Velocity: https://www.techvelocity.co.uk/
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