107 episodes

Delving into the can.did. reality of what goes on behind the scenes to not just launch but run and grow successful businesses as a women in the UK today, Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) sits down to chat to female business owners from different personal backgrounds and market sectors about everything they have been through (both good but more-often-than-not, seriously challenging!) to get to where they are with their businesses today. We don't sugar coat anything on this podcast.
Get ready for all the nitty gritty details and some serious inspiration.
Say hello over on LinkedIn or find our old resources at @shecanshedid

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She can. She did‪.‬ She can. She did.

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 145 Ratings

Delving into the can.did. reality of what goes on behind the scenes to not just launch but run and grow successful businesses as a women in the UK today, Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) sits down to chat to female business owners from different personal backgrounds and market sectors about everything they have been through (both good but more-often-than-not, seriously challenging!) to get to where they are with their businesses today. We don't sugar coat anything on this podcast.
Get ready for all the nitty gritty details and some serious inspiration.
Say hello over on LinkedIn or find our old resources at @shecanshedid

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Episode 10 - with Charlotte Griffiths, Founder of Bridge Models

    Episode 10 - with Charlotte Griffiths, Founder of Bridge Models

    As series 5 of the podcast draws to a close, I couldn't think of a more inspiring woman to chat to this week...
    As the Founder of Bridge Models - a Curve agency representing models, influencers and artists internationally - Charlotte Griffiths knows a thing or two about seeing a gap in the market and bridging it by recognising people for their talent, not their size. With offices in both London and New York, it's safe to say that the business has come on leaps and bounds since she launched it aged 25, back in 2014.
    From the realities of the early days back where she lived off savings and worked silly hours around the clock, to how she's learnt to add more structure to the team and her diary as the business has scaled; what launching the UK's first men's division  for bigger, broader models in 2016 involved behind the scenes; to why she wants to see the term 'plus size' abolished from our vocabulary; I have a feeling you're going to enjoy this one. This is Charlotte's story so far...

    Say hello to our sponsor, Pleo...
    The She can. She did. podcast is hosted by Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) and this series is sponsored by the incredible team at Pleo (aka. the multi-award winning business spending solution built for forward-thinking teams that has revolutionised the business expenses game) who are offering all She can. She did. listeners your first 3 months free! Whether you're a solo Founder with a team of freelancers or have a team of 2 or 200, head to pleo.io and quote the She can. She did. podcast when prompted to see what all the fuss is about! Their team are on standby to set you up with the offer now - I'm pretty confident that you're going to love them! Enjoy!
    Say hello to this week's ad guest...
    Not only have Pleo sponsored this series but they've also handed the mic over to members of She can. She did. so that they can promote their businesses in Pleo's ad space... what legends, we know! This week, you'll hear from our amazing member Tyra, Founder of  Foss Creative Studio - who just so happens to edit this podcast!
    The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek...
    can.did. @meetcandid
    Bridge Models @bridgemodels
    Pleo @pleo.io
    Foss Creative Studio @fosscreativestudio

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    • 54 min
    Episode 9 - with Gemma Whates, Founder of All By Mama

    Episode 9 - with Gemma Whates, Founder of All By Mama

    Before we start this weeks episode, I am so excited to say that She can. She did. has officially rebranded to can.did. - a new kind of networking for more candid conversations. For more details and to join us in there, visit www.meetcandid.com or come and say hello at @meetcandid
    This week, I had the pleasure of chatting to Gemma Whates, the London-based Mum of two, VC Scout, Mentor and Founder of All By Mama - the incredible community and marketplace for mothers in their first few years of business.
    From how Gemma organised her time in the early days given that she was working full-time during the first year of All By Mama's existence and what led her to eventually focus on the marketplace full-time, what she's learnt from her multiple investment rounds and what she'd do differently if she were to raise money again in hindsight, how she handles the continuous pressure to up-level, not to mention the Mum guilt that reared its head during the pandemic... Gemma has been so supportive to me personally in recent months and I could not have enjoyed chatting to her more. This is Gemma's story so far!
    Say hello to our sponsor, Pleo...
    The She can. She did. podcast is hosted by Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) and this series is sponsored by the incredible team at Pleo (aka. the multi-award winning business spending solution built for forward-thinking teams that has revolutionised the business expenses game) who are offering all She can. She did. listeners your first 3 months free! Whether you're a solo Founder with a team of freelancers or have a team of 2 or 200, head to pleo.io and quote the She can. She did. podcast when prompted to see what all the fuss is about! Their team are on standby to set you up with the offer now - I'm pretty confident that you're going to love them! Enjoy!
    The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek...
    can.did. @meetcandid
    All By Mama @allbymama_network
    Pleo @pleo.io


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    • 46 min
    Episode 8 - with Sydney Samuels, Founder of Loop not Luck

    Episode 8 - with Sydney Samuels, Founder of Loop not Luck

    Before we start this weeks episode, I am so excited to say that She can. She did. has officially rebranded to can.did. - a new kind of networking for more candid conversations. For more details and to join us in there, visit www.meetcandid.com or come and say hello at @meetcandid
    This week I sat down to chat with Sydney Samuels, the 24 year old Founder of Loop not Luck - a diverse talent recruitment platform powered by Artificial Intelligence that helps talented, diverse candidates from low income backgrounds maximise their chances of success by connecting them with employers who want to diversify their early careers talent pool with data-driven recommendations.
    Driven by her own experience entering the jobs market, I sat down to chat with Sydney about the personal journey she's been on so far and how she's tackling a systemic problem one baby step at a time.
    Her personal bio reads that she's simply "trying to do some good" . Having spoken to her, I can confirm that she mostly definitely is. This is Sydney's story so far...
    Say hello to our sponsor, Pleo...
    The She can. She did. podcast is hosted by Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) and this series is sponsored by the incredible team at Pleo (aka. the multi-award winning business spending solution built for forward-thinking teams that has revolutionised the business expenses game) who are offering all She can. She did. listeners your first 3 months free! Whether you're a solo Founder with a team of freelancers or have a team of 2 or 200, head to pleo.io and quote the She can. She did. podcast when prompted to see what all the fuss is about! Their team are on standby to set you up with the offer now - I'm pretty confident that you're going to love them! Enjoy!

    The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek...
    can.did. @meetcandid
    Loop Not Luck @loopnotluck
    Pleo @pleo.io


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    • 50 min
    Episode 7 - with Victoria Prew, Founder of HURR

    Episode 7 - with Victoria Prew, Founder of HURR

    Before we start this weeks episode, I am so excited to say that She can. She did. has officially rebranded to can.did. - a new kind of networking for more candid conversations. For more details and to join us in there, visit www.meetcandid.com or come and say hello at @meetcandid
    This week I am chatting to Victoria Prew, recent 'Forbes 30 under 30' alumna and Founder of HURR - the platform for fashion rental.
    Joining me from HURR's fashion closet (which made for the most glamorous makeshift recording studio yet), Victoria opened up to me about her journey in detail so far. From how she used the cynicism around sustainable fashion back in 2017 to spur her on in the early days and how she held her nerve during the platform's year-long build; to how she's embedded sustainability into every facet of the company and what partnering with Selfridges has involved in reality behind the scenes... I have so much admiration for not just what she's created but how she went about doing so. As the HURR website puts it, she "took an idea and made it a movement." This is Victoria's can.did. story so far...
    Say hello to our new sponsor, Pleo...
    The She can. She did. podcast is hosted by Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) and this series is sponsored by the incredible team at Pleo (aka. the multi-award winning business spending solution built for forward-thinking teams that has revolutionised the business expenses game) who are offering all She can. She did. listeners your first 3 months free! Whether you're a solo Founder with a team of freelancers or have a team of 2 or 200, head to pleo.io and quote the She can. She did. podcast when prompted to see what all the fuss is about! Their team are on standby to set you up with the offer now - I'm pretty confident that you're going to love them! Enjoy!

    The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek...
    can.did. @meetcandid
    HURR @hurr
    Pleo @pleo.io


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    • 44 min
    Episode 6 - with Esther Marshall, Founder of Sophie Says

    Episode 6 - with Esther Marshall, Founder of Sophie Says

    Before we start this weeks episode, I am so excited to say that She can. She did. has officially rebranded to can.did. - a new kind of networking for more candid conversations. For more details and to join us in there, visit www.meetcandid.com or come and say hello at @meetcandid
    TW// We talk about suicide in this week's episode.
    This week I spoke to a woman whose mission, tenacity and courage inspires me no end. Esther Marshall is the Founder of Sophie Says - an award-winning children's book series that is changing the face of children's literature by featuring diverse characters and combatting stereotypes one page at a time.
    Having spent 8 years at Unilever in which her last two years there were spent heading up their Global Diversity & Inclusion team, it wasn't until Esther went on maternity leave and found herself surrounded by children's books that only served to reinforce damaging gender and racial stereotypes, that the idea for Sophie Says was born.
    As I'm sure you'll soon hear, today's episode isn't just a story about how Esther launched, ran and grew the Sophie Says series into what it is today (that of a book series endorsed by everyone from Frankie Bridge and Fearne McCann to none other than Prince Harry and Megan Markle!)
    It's also a story about bravery, resilience and learning to cope with grief and acts as a poignant reminder to us all, that it's always, always ok not to be ok. This is Esther's story so far...

    Say hello to our new sponsor, Pleo...
    The She can. She did. podcast is hosted by Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) and this series is sponsored by the incredible team at Pleo (aka. the multi-award winning business spending solution built for forward-thinking teams that has revolutionised the business expenses game) who are offering all She can. She did. listeners your first 3 months free! Whether you're a solo Founder with a team of freelancers or have a team of 2 or 200, head to pleo.io and quote the She can. She did. podcast when prompted to see what all the fuss is about! Their team are on standby to set you up with the offer now - I'm pretty confident that you're going to love them! Enjoy!
    Say hello to this week's ad guest...
    Not only have Pleo sponsored this series but they've also handed the mic over to members of She can. She did. so that they can promote their businesses in Pleo's ad space... what legends, we know! This week, you'll hear from our amazing member Tyra, Founder of  Foss Creative Studio - who just so happens to edit this podcast!
    The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek...
    can.did. @meetcandid
    Sophie Says @sophiesaysofficial
    Pleo @pleo.io
    Foss Creative Studio @fosscreativestudio

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    • 53 min
    Episode 5 - with Latticia Morapedi, Founder of Latticia Organics

    Episode 5 - with Latticia Morapedi, Founder of Latticia Organics

    I was introduced to this week's guest by the incredible Gemma Harling who features on the last series of this podcast and knew straight away that if Gemma's saying that today's guest is one to watch, I had to get her on to this podcast to find out more about her story. The woman in question is Latticia Morapedi, the Birmingham-based Founder of Latticia Organics, organic skincare and lifestyle products that were inspired by her own skin troubles and an understanding that there had to be another way to care for her skin without relying on products populated with synthetics. 
    From the early days where she handed out samples to her friends at her own baby shower and how she's grown the brand sustainably ever since, to how she held her nerve for two years when she took time out to rebrand properly and the various challenges that she encountered behind the scenes, she was a complete joy to chat to, I'm in awe of her resilience... This is Latticia's story so far.
    Say hello to our new sponsor, Pleo...
    The She can. She did. podcast is hosted by Fiona Grayson (that's me, hello!) and this series is sponsored by the incredible team at Pleo (aka. the multi-award winning business spending solution built for forward-thinking teams that has revolutionised the business expenses game) who are offering all She can. She did. listeners your first 3 months free! Whether you're a solo Founder with a team of freelancers or have a team of 2 or 200, head to pleo.io and quote the She can. She did. podcast when prompted to see what all the fuss is about! Their team are on standby to set you up with the offer now - I'm pretty confident that you're going to love them! Enjoy!
    Say hello to this week's ad guest...
    Not only have Pleo sponsored this series but they've also handed the mic over to members of She can. She did. so that they can promote their businesses in Pleo's ad space... what legends, we know! This week, you'll hear from our amazing member Danielle, Founder of  Team Hen - hen party accessories for the modern bride.
    The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek...
    She can. She did. @shecanshedid
    Latticia Organics @latticiaorganics
    Pleo @pleo.io
    Team Hen @teamhen

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

sarahlooi ,

An inspiring listen for female founders of ALL ages

Just listened to Fi’s chat with Donna Hay, founder of Wild Woman and can honestly say it was one of the most inspiring, relatable and REAL conversations I’ve heard.

This is a fab series for women in business whatever their age. I say this as someone who’s a decade or more outside the target audience, and who’s run a freelance business for over 20 years 😊💪🏼

Full of gold!

JenWalpole ,

Informative and inspiring

Such an informative podcast, Fiona really does get into the nitty gritty of what it’s really like to run a successful business thanks to her questioning skills. Love the variety of collaborators, so inspiring to hear many different perspectives. Just listened to the one with Lauren the Welltodo founder, such an interesting insight! Thanks Fiona X

AbiHobbsPhoto ,

The most inspiring and motivating podcast!

After finding this podcast in April last year I have been hooked. Flo is so down to earth which makes for a lovely listen and the guests she interview are always so inspiring! It's honestly SO worth listening to :)

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