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As founder of notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker MBE has spent the last 16 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly talks to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, as they share some advice and inspiration along the way.

Conversations of Inspiration Holly Tucker MBE

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

As founder of notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker MBE has spent the last 16 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly talks to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, as they share some advice and inspiration along the way.

    Lightbulb Moment 22: Why exam results don’t determine your success, with founder of The Pig Hotels, Robin Hutson OBE

    Lightbulb Moment 22: Why exam results don’t determine your success, with founder of The Pig Hotels, Robin Hutson OBE

    The lead up to receiving exam results really can be one of the most anxious times in our lives, and often it's the same for our children — but why? 




    In just ten minutes, hear Holly’s own experiences of exam failure and get some real perspective on why school education is only a chapter in our lives. This week, Holly gets thinking about the many opportunities out there for each and every one of us depending on our strengths and abilities, and it might just help you, too. 




    Taken from her conversation with Robin Hutson OBE, hospitality connoisseur and founder of The Pig Hotel collection, this short clip is of Robin's heart-wrenching letter to his younger self. It spans his own experience with exams and offers key pieces of advice he wished he'd known as a young man when it comes to looking beyond school, and following your passion. 




    You can listen to Robin Hutson’s full episode here. 


    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.

    • 11 min
    Lightbulb Moment 21: Fearne Cotton, founder of The Happy Place, on finding your parenthood groove

    Lightbulb Moment 21: Fearne Cotton, founder of The Happy Place, on finding your parenthood groove

    In just 15 minutes, hear Fearne and Holly’s experiences of the highs and lows of parenting, and how they both manage the family juggle throughout the most hectic of times, and in very different ways…




    In busy periods like the summer holidays, it’s so easy to find that making time for yourself has once again fallen to the bottom of your ‘to do’ list isn’t it? 




    Since becoming a parent herself, Holly has always had a business baby to care for as well as her son Harry – and so, this week, Holly is here to share the techniques she has mastered over the years that help her to manage her responsibilities, her quality time with family and friends, her business and also her mental health. Holly also explains why parenting is not always a pretty picture, no matter what your Instagram feed shows you, and we think it might just make you smile. 




    Holly’s lightbulb moment comes from her conversation with her dear friend Fearne Cotton, who readily admits that being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but equally, that is a gift like no other. Listen now to hear how Fearne manages the spectacular juggle that is parenthood, in a very different way to Holly.




    You can listen to Fearne Cotton’s full episode here. 


    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.

    • 14 min
    Using hardship as rocket fuel - Holly’s round-up of Series 14

    Using hardship as rocket fuel - Holly’s round-up of Series 14

    Every single one of Holly’s guests this series has been inspirational, passionate and holds the treasure that is their own unique story. But what Holly also recognised, is that they have each faced loss, devastation and pain in some way – and yet have somehow managed to rise from the ashes of the truly bleakest of times. 




    In this episode, Holly reflects on some of the key moments from each of her guest’s stories – some profound, some tear-jerking and some downright funny – and all of them shed light on the mindset, determination and strength it takes to follow and achieve your dreams. It's a stark reminder that everything is achievable, and quite possibly closer than you think. So whatever you might be going through, join Holly in celebrating these life changing journeys, and people who have each wrestled their vision into reality. 




    This includes humbling parts of conversations with Edith Eger, Holocaust Survivor, the Happiness Expert – Mo Gawdat, Charlotte Tilbury MBE, Josh Littlejohn MBE who is on a mission to end homelessness, Nike’s former CMO and author of Emotion By Design, Greg Hoffman, farming enthusiast and YEO Valley’s CEO Tim Mead, Mandy Watkins — founder of hush, and the incredible trailblazer and founder of The Queer Bible, Jack Guinness. 




    This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express.


    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 

    • 44 min
    Lightbulb Moment 20: Overcoming dishonesty and deception to shine again, with Boden's founder, Johnnie Boden

    Lightbulb Moment 20: Overcoming dishonesty and deception to shine again, with Boden's founder, Johnnie Boden

    After Holly's incredible conversation with Boden's founder Johnnie, Holly reflects on the highs and lows she has faced when it comes to trusting people in business — along with her top recruitment tips — all in less than 10 minutes!




    When you’re a business founder, hiring people is possibly one of the hardest arts to master isn’t it? They might look like the world’s best on their CV, but something might not sit quite right in your tummy – and that’s fine, but understanding the importance of building the right team, really could make or break your business. 




    This week, Holly shares all when it comes to who you surround yourself with, and explains why it can quite literally be life changing. Having experienced dishonesty in the workplace that almost left her with nothing, Holly opens up about her own story and the mottos she's learnt along the way, to help with building a reliable support network. 




    Holly’s lightbulb moment comes from when Johnnie reveals the unimaginable turmoil he experienced himself when a member of his team carried out the ultimate betrayal. Since then, Johnnie holds trust as the very top quality he looks for in his employees – and here he explains why. 




    You can listen to Johnnie Boden’s full episode here. 


    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.

    • 9 min
    From artistic intern to leading visionary of a global brand, Nike’s former CMO and author of Emotion By Design, Greg Hoffman

    From artistic intern to leading visionary of a global brand, Nike’s former CMO and author of Emotion By Design, Greg Hoffman

    Among the millions of other businesses on our planet, what makes one brand a cut above the rest? Is it the size of the business or the amount of money they have? No. In the words of Author and Nike’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Hoffman, it’s that brand's ability to, “Go way beyond simple observations and assumptions”. And with a brand that connects as deeply as Nike has with millions of customers around the world, this is a rare opportunity to learn from the very best. 




    In just one conversation, you’ll hear all the creative genius Greg knows about building a successful brand, and the three key documents he insists are crucial for a business to have when starting. You'll also hear someone with a phenomenal entrepreneurial spirit and the kind of awe-inspiring understanding of what makes human beings tick. 




    For over two decades, Greg was at the beating heart of every strategic and creative decision at Nike. He was instrumental in transforming it from being a shoe company to a brand that resonates on a truly global scale. As a young boy, Greg was the victim of racism, and threw himself into art and sports to escape from reality. Little did he know that these two passions would allow him to evolve from Nike’s intern, to leading some of the most powerful marketing campaigns in history. 




    Holly talks to Greg about your responsibility as a founder to protect your brand story, and how powerful brands need to understand the importance and craft of storytelling. He also shares how to drive growth while connecting with your customer.




    This isn't just remarkable insight for founders to listen to, but for anyone who is creative or enjoys popular culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the true power of brand when used well, and how it can not just engage us emotionally, but also change our behaviour and inspire us to join movements that evolve our whole society. 




    So are you ready to learn something fascinating? In the words of Nike's iconic strap line: Just do it. 




    If you enjoyed this conversation, you might also enjoy Holly’s episode with David Hieatt, founder of Howies, The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim.


    This Conversations of Inspiration podcast episode is brought to you with support from Adobe Express.


    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Lightbulb Moment 19: Why success means so much more than money, with Dame Mary Perkins DBE, co-founder of Specsavers

    Lightbulb Moment 19: Why success means so much more than money, with Dame Mary Perkins DBE, co-founder of Specsavers

    In just 12 minutes, listen to how you can plan for your brightest future by re-evaluating what success means to you. 




    Have you ever sat down and thought about what you consider ‘being successful’? Not just based on what we’re taught it means, to make more money or buy a bigger house – but have you been honest with yourself about what makes your heart full after a hard day’s work? 




    This week, Holly bares all when it comes to recognising what success means to each of us individually. For a long time, Holly was running after the success she thought she should want, until she realised that no materialistic thing could give her the sense of purpose that she wanted. Now, Holly feels success every day, and she’s here to tell us why. 




    Taken from Holly’s exclusive interview with the infamous Dame Mary Perkins DBE, co-founder of Specsavers, Mary shares in this short episode, the very best pieces of advice that she has learnt through building her globally recognised brand. Recalling her own experiences, Mary reveals her secret remedy for success – and you'll discover it's the opposite to what you've been told all these years...




    So ask yourself, how will you know when you’ve achieved the success you want?




    You can listen to Dame Mary Perkins’ full episode here. 


    Enjoying listening to these unfiltered chats? Subscribe to Holly’s weekly newsletters on our website, where she shares small business inspiration of all kinds, exclusive nuggets of wisdom from her and her guests, plus offers, creative ideas, and topical, 'ungoogleable' business advice.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

4lori4 ,

Love love love!

This podcast brings be back to how and why I went into business for myself. I love listening to other entrepreneur journeys and how positive and encouraging Holly is.
My daughter has dyslexia and listening to all the creative thinkers become successful and happy in the life they have designed for themselves really inspires her.
Love the structure of the conversations that just flows and really enjoy the letter to myself at the end….even though I cry every time.
Thank you Holly for putting a pep in my step with every podcast x

TreetopStudio ,

A must listen!

Really enjoying Holly’s podcasts. I can totally relate with so much of this as I’m a small business owner too. Very inspiring & motivational, thank you Holly.

seanmc8545 ,

Simply Inspirational

Brilliant insights delivered with a real passion for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Thank you!!

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