Hosted by Dan Williams, voted in the Telegraphs Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders in the UK.
A series of chats with new and established business owners, entrepreneurs and business mentors.
This Podcast was created to provide tips and insights to many of those wanting to create a brand or business of their own or for those established in business to hear and learn from their peers that have been in similar positions.
Learn of the successes and failures, the highs and the lows and how they grew and evolved through adversity.
Listen to their own journeys and the steps they took
#20 - Millie Kendall MBE - Beauty Industry Rockstar! CEO & CoFounder of the British Beauty Council, Co Founder of BeautyMart and Co Founder of Ruby & Millie... but it doesn't end there...
In 2007, Millie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours for her contribution to the cosmetics industry. Fast forward to 2020 and Millie's voice couldn't be any louder and has used her status to great affect. Millie's been one of the most influential voices throughout the COVID-19 Pandeminc lockdown, fighting tirelessly to ensure that a £28.4 billion industry is heard and supported. For that alone, and I know I speak on behalf of thousands of others, I'm extremely grateful for.
This is a fascinating insight into a hugely influential figure in the Beauty Industry. The story begins in London in 70's, but quickly switches to LA where Millie's father had his own Salon, before Millie headed back to London as a teenager and began work at Toni & Guy in Mayfair. Millie admits hairdressing was not her calling and was much more mathematical than artistic.
It was product that lit Millie up and it's this passion that has shaped her story so far.
Millie introduced Shu Uemura to the European market, launched Aveda in 1997.
While at Shu Uemura she worked very closely with Mr Shu Uemura himself and she describes him as her "greatest mentor". Mr Shu Uemura encouraged Millie's radical and maverick style and provided her with a safe and supported environment to flourish.
Alongside make-up artist Ruby Hammer, Millie launched Ruby & Millie in 1998 in Harvey Nichols then Selfridges and retailing in Boots.
On Millie's return to London, she reconnected with Anna-Marie Solowij, the former Beauty Editor of British Vogue. Millie and Anna-Marie partnered to launch the first beauty boutique in store and online, BeautyMART.
The story doesn't end there... as a devoted mum of two, Millie still finds the time to carve and shape the industry and help support and mentor many other brands. Millie has a clear, yet adaptable vision of what she still wants to achieve and I for what am very excited to be part of this amazing industry.
#19 - Heidi Bannister - Self Confessed Product Junkie, Managing Director and Founder of Arthur Edward Recruitment Agency, exclusively within Cosmetic and Personal Care.
Heidi is Founder and Managing Director of Arthur Edward. She has worked in FMCG recruitment since 1998 and exclusively within the cosmetic and personal care industry since 2002.
A complete product junkie, Heidi spent 15 years in beauty and skincare product development, sales and marketing positions for manufacturers and brand owners. In her sales career she specialised in selling branded and own label products into the global grocery, health & beauty, and department store sectors.
Initially trained in Hair and Beauty, she won the student of the year award at the London College of Fashion in 1984 and then went on to win the 1988 London Livewire Business competition and secure 3i investment for a small manufacturing operation that she had literally set up at the kitchen sink.
Heidi is an active member of a number of industry associations.
The Society of Cosmetic Scientists. Heidi is Social Secretary of the SCS. If you want a party organising, Heidi’s your woman! She also sits on the Publicity and Recruitment Committee. The SCS promotes education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics.
The British Society of Perfumers who promote the interests of individuals actively engaged as perfumers or working within or aﬃliated to the fragrance industry. The BSP aims to improve the status of perfumers by seeking wider recognition of perfumery as a profession.
Cosmetic Executive Women which brings the beauty industry together to move beauty forward. CEW lead the conversation, nurture careers, recognise brilliance and shape the future of beauty.
Heidi is equally happy sipping champagne and playing with make-up, or getting covered in mud on a dog walk or at the side of a rugby pitch.
#18 - Antony Hawman - Charismatic Co-founder & Chief Partnerships Officer at TheIndustry.fashion
Antony Hawman is Co-founder & CPO of TheIndustry.fashion having partnered with Co-founder, Editor in chief & CEO Lauretta Roberts on the acquisition of the business in July 2015.
Prior to this he was brand director at beauty e-tailer Birchbox and before that brand partnerships director at My-wardrobe.com.
He and Lauretta previously worked together at fashion industry bible Drapers and Haymarket Publishing.
It was at Haymarket where Antony’s story began. Antony was shocked at how corporate the world of B2B Publishing was, but was lucky enough to be in a creative role. In Julie Moore he had a phenomenal mentor who’s bluesky and out of the box thinking was inspiring and encouraged Antony to do the same.
The grounding at Haymarket and their level of investment in their employees helped Antony build an incredible foundation.
When Antony left Haymarket it was then, when his journey into fashion began. This is an energetic and engaging story with Antony who has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
Antony not only opens up about the challenges he's faced, but we also chat about his optimistic and unwavering approach to grab opportunities with both hands and then.
This is another unique and inspiring story and one I'm delighted Antony was willing to share.
#17 - Katie Godfrey - CEO and Founder of KgSalon, Director of KgProfessional, Business Mentor, Academy Creator, Brand Builder, Educator and Mum
...and that's not all.
In this inspiring and honest story from Katie, we chat about overcoming adversity and using it as a driver to become the person she is today. From leaving school at 13, to entering the world of modelling, becoming an agent at 19 and creating her own studio. From their Katie talks about her willingness to adapt quickly when opportunities present themselves, a skill that is invaluable at this specific moment we're in.
Katie is self taught and hugely driven. As an owner founder of a Salon, Katie has since expanded and created her own Training Academy for other Salon Owners around the country. With an ever growing Social Media presence and Podcast, Katie has built a tribe and loyal community that now look to her for coaching, mentoring and support.
As part of the Training Academy, Katie also realised the importance of having your own product line and has now created a multi award winning brand.
With Google as her best friend, Katie has a desire for learning and has picked up everything along the way. We talk about the importance of coaches and mentors and how it's only possible to accomplish what she does with structure.... at least Monday to Friday.
As a mum to Lola, 5, we also talk about balance and how her own actions are inspiring her daughter.
We really do cover a lot throughout this episode and I can't wait to speak to Katie as there's so much more I want to talk about.
Katie has also released a free e-book that can be found here: https://bit.ly/33BG4Mb
Links to Katy are below:
Instagram - @kgsalon
Instagram - @kgprofessional
Website - www.kgprofessional.com
#16 - Pippa Harman - Co-Founder of Renude.co - an Innovative Online Personal Skincare Platform
This is one to inspire the young and the old to get into the beauty industry.
Not many people are lucky enough to know exactly what they want to do from a very young age and then truly go onto work in an industry that allows you to do just that. That's precisely what has happened to Pip. Somethings are just meant to be. Especially when Pip talks about choosing The Beauty Bible in her early teens when asked to choose any book before picking up a Boots magazine at the age of 17 and reading all about the founder of Soap and Glory and it's launch into Boots.
Pip was incredibly inspired by the interview and the journey of Marcia Kilgore, so much so that she kept the interview on her wall. Then at 19, while at University Pippa wrote down more goals (her bucket list) and one of which was to meet Marcia.
Pippa went on to tick more and more off 'that' bucket list before her moment came to not only meet Marcia but work for her on another of Marcia's innovative beauty companies, Beauty Pie. Pippa talks about the secrecy that this business was shrouded in and how she even had to keep this secret from her closest family and friends; this, however, really did create a sense of belonging within the business and togetherness with her colleagues.
... but Pippa was not entirely fulfilled, yes she loved it, but Pippa had an urge to do more and to do something for herself. The business supported this and agreed to reduce her hours so Pip could pursue her own dreams too. That's when Pippa came up with the concept for Renude. It has certainly been a labour of love as you will hear, but Pippa's own labour was not enough and she was then fortunately introduced to her Co-Founder. This was then things really started happening.
There is some incredible advice within this chat with Pippa that was shared and recommended by some of their investors. If you're looking to go into business with someone this advise is worth it's weight in gold! Do not miss it!
This was such a fan and informative chat and can't wait to speak to Pip again on a future episode.
I hope you enjoy.
Pippa can be found at the following:
#15 - Simon Ward - Founder of SWAT, a Triathlon Subscription Network and Host of The High Performance Human Podcast
From an early age Simon had an ingrained entrepreneurial spirit and was often writing down business ideas in a notepad. He then went on to study Business Studies before working in several different companies and then ended up in Australia where he continued to write ideas in a note book… one involving Sun-Care application on the beach.
From there Simon followed his passion and went into Personal Training in the 80’s and also selling marketing space at Sports Clubs using the old school method of cold calling.
He went on to work with elite athletes in the Cricket and Rugby world prior to following a passion into triathlon and identifying triathletes and working with the Brownlees.
After many successful years as a Triathlon Coach for his business thetriathloncoach.com and many Triathlon Coach of the Year Awards with 220 Magazine, Simon created a Social Network Group called SWAT (Simon Ward Athletic Training) which is now a very popular, subscription model group.
Simon now hosts his own podcast – Simon Ward, The Triathlon Coach Podcast Channel which is now evolving in to the High-Performance Human Podcast.
Simon is extremely positive and has an incredible talent to create a community and a sense of belonging. He’s keen to help people in all walks of life to achieve their version of success, no matter how that may look. It’s about the individual, maintaining balance and prioritising what’s important.
Simon can be contacted in the following ways:
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3fOrkgz