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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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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.

    Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with The Chocolate Smiths founder Steffi Smith and Kojo Marfo founder of My Runway Group

    Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with The Chocolate Smiths founder Steffi Smith and Kojo Marfo founder of My Runway Group

    This week’s episode of Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special, sees Holly chat to small business founders Steffi from The Chocolate Smiths and Kojo from My Runway Group, both of whom have built businesses from their hearts in order to give to other people. 

    Not only does this episode highlight the need for a small business to prepare for the unknown, it also spotlights the fine balance between commerciality and fairness; something that can be a constant battle whilst building a business doing what you love.

    A real showcase of two thriving brands, Holly’s chat with Steffi & Kojo is a true testament to how we can successfully use creativity to bring people together, create community and ultimately provide a bigger social impact, whilst celebrating diversity and culture in an organic way to build a better future for next generations.

    • 1 hr
    Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with founder Nikki McWilliams and The Treats Club founder Lungi Mhlanga

    Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with founder Nikki McWilliams and The Treats Club founder Lungi Mhlanga

    Our two founders on this week's Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special, focus on how ‘niche’ can become a thriving and growing brand.

    In this episode, both Nikki, founder of Nikki McWilliams and Lungi Mhlanga, The Treats Club founder share their own journeys to building businesses following their passion, their lessons and ethos of empowering other female founders. 

    Both Nikki and Lungi are testament to staying true to your core, and a timely reminder, that if as a founder you love your product, there will be hundreds of thousands of customers out there who will too!

    • 59 min
    Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with Chupi founder Chupi Sweetman and In Good Company founder Laura Wellington

    Small Business Stories: Campaign Shop Independent Special with Chupi founder Chupi Sweetman and In Good Company founder Laura Wellington

    In this first Campaign Shop Independent podcast special, Holly meets two phenomenal female founders - Chupi Sweetman, founder of jewellery brand Chupi and Laura Wellington, serial entrepreneur and founder of In Good Company, co-founder of Duke Studios and Sheaf Street. Two founders with huge ambition, passion and a vision to make a huge impact, but with their respective localities - Dublin and Leeds - at the very centre of their brands' identity. A real insight into the mindset of thriving small businesses, Chupi and Laura share their experiences of growth, collaborations and what supporting small businesses really means to them. 

    • 59 min
    Growing a good life, with Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon

    Growing a good life, with Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon

    This conversation is an absolute ode to doing what you love. Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon are icons of sheer graft, determination, passion and love. Their business is everything to them, Petalon is not only a labour of love but a glimpse into their soul. As consumers, they wanted more affordable, more beautiful flowers than was currently available and so they set out on an incredible journey together to find a solution. Secure in the knowledge that they would always be each other's biggest cheerleaders, they embarked on a life-changing adventure. If you are trying to start a business doing what you love, then this is the perfect example of what those early years could look and feel like for you! A journey of love, strength and learning, this conversation bears witness to the importance of remaining true to your values and always having the courage to try.#AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en

    • 59 min
    Growing a good life, with Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon

    Growing a good life, with Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon

    This conversation is an absolute ode to doing what you love. Florence and James Kennedy, founders of Petalon are icons of sheer graft, determination, passion and love. Their business is everything to them, Petalon is not only a labour of love but a glimpse into their soul. As consumers, they wanted more affordable, more beautiful flowers than was currently available and so they set out on an incredible journey together to find a solution. Secure in the knowledge that they would always be each other's biggest cheerleaders, they embarked on a life-changing adventure. If you are trying to start a business doing what you love, then this is the perfect example of what those early years could look and feel like for you. A journey of love, strength and learning, this conversation bears witness to the importance of remaining true to your values and always having the courage to try.#AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en

    • 59 min
    Mental resilience as a winning formula, with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic Champion & Femtech Entrepreneur

    Mental resilience as a winning formula, with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic Champion & Femtech Entrepreneur

    Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is the epitome of female strength. Not only physically, but mentally resilient; determined, grounded and focused - purely driven by her passion for sport and her competitive nature. A true representation of what you can achieve when you have the confidence to know that you are in the right place at the right time. Jessica shares with Holly her lifelong dedication to sport, the sacrifices she chose to make when she was younger and her belief that preparation and commitment are the keys to success and give you the focus to keep driving towards your dreams. The poster girl of the London 2012 Olympics, Jessica also recounts the moment she won that gold medal and made a whole nation proud.This is a conversation that will inspire, motivate and ignite your passions and will leave you believing anything is possible. #AD Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from Dell Technologies. Follow Holly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=en

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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!!

eleanor learns from holly ,

Conversations of Inspiration

Holly has an amazing talent for interviewing, asking extremely concise questions, resulting in deeply informative conversations. I love that she digs deep with her interviewees but always with a sense of humour and emotion. Thank you Holly, you’re the best.

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