68 episodes

As founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker has spent the last 15 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly will talk to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, and share some advice and inspiration along the way.

Conversations of Inspiration Holly Tucker in association with NatWest

    • Entrepreneurship

As founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker has spent the last 15 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly will talk to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, and share some advice and inspiration along the way.

    Exam failure to multi-millionaire hotelier with The Pig Hotels founder Robin Hutson

    Exam failure to multi-millionaire hotelier with The Pig Hotels founder Robin Hutson

    Dubbed 'Britain's most influential hotelier', Robin Hutson, founder of the iconic PIG hotels, left school with 3 O-levels and few prospects. It was a sideways step into catering college which saw passion, vision and excitement alight for the first time - and would set the scene for Robin’s story to truly begin into becoming one of the most famous hoteliers in the UK.
    This episode charts Robin’s career within hospitality, from courting famous faces at The Savoy in his early days to starting his first groundbreaking hotel chain ‘Hotel Du Vin’, before launching ‘The Pig’.
    Holly & Robin discuss how to create a distinctive experience at each hotel whilst maintaining the golden thread of ‘brand’ throughout, as well as his philosophy of recruiting staff and the all-important attention to detail. 
    In his letter to self, Robin aged 63 ¾ speaks to his 15 ¾ self and shares all the things he might need to know in a very special shared moment. Whether you're building a business in hospitality, or just appreciate a brilliant brand with acute attention to detail, Robin’s story is a must-listen!
    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. 
    Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=enn

    • 56 min
    Pioneer of the Fairtrade movement with Green & Black's founder Jo Fairley, Live in Harrogate

    Pioneer of the Fairtrade movement with Green & Black's founder Jo Fairley, Live in Harrogate

    A pioneer of the fair trade and organic food movement, Jo Fairley launched Green and Black's with the simple premise, that if she loved the product, then others would too. Despite being told the UK consumer ‘will never eat dark chocolate’ Green & Black's fast became the benchmark in 'quality' as well as forging the way in an emerging organic food movement.
    Recorded in front of a live audience under the high vaulted ceiling of St Wilfred's in Harrogate, Jo joins Holly on stage to chart her career and guiding business principles.
    A serial entrepreneur, Jo started her career in publishing, before co-founding Green & Black's and now an organic and natural food store, Health & Wellbeing Centre and The Perfume Society. In this episode you’ll hear how business highs and lows can define your take on the world. This is especially true for Jo whose moral compass shines through and has been her guiding light throughout her business and personal journey.
    From tips and tricks to capture the attention of a journalist, to the challenges of cash flow and how best to (not!) spend an advertising budget - Jo Fairley’s insight is invaluable whether you're just starting out on your journey or looking to move in new directions.
    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The story behind building an iconic British fashion brand with founder of Mulberry, Roger Saul

    The story behind building an iconic British fashion brand with founder of Mulberry, Roger Saul

    Building an international brand selling hundred of millions of pounds work of fashion, from humble beginnings, aged 21 with just £500 - is an incredible story on its own. But what happens on the other side, after being ousted from your own beloved brand - is soul defining. 
    Roger Saul, founder of Mulberry and his latest venture Sharpham Park, shares his story with Holly, in this emotionally charged interview. Charting his humble beginnings right through to today, Roger tells of a journey filled with pinch yourself fashion moment highs, to the lowest of lows. Roger created a brand synonymous with British fashion and achieved a cult-like status for the label.
    This is a conversation filled with vision, passion and future thinking as a golden thread throughout. Now 15 years into his organic product farm at Sharpham Park, and his latest reinvention of rural retail with Kilver Court, Roger Saul reinforces the notion of entrepreneurial thinking and attacking your vision with unwavering energy and determination.
    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. 
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Reimagining retail space with Alice Mayor, founder of We Built This City

    Reimagining retail space with Alice Mayor, founder of We Built This City

    Although the future of retail may seem unsure, Alice Mayor (We Built This City) believes now is the time small business can revolutionise and play a huge role in shaping the future. 
    In this episode, Alice shares her philosophy and approach to one of the biggest issues facing the UK retail sector - the high street.   This week Holly hears sage advice, that will hopefully spur on a new generation of shopkeepers or even those small businesses who’ve been thinking about (but are maybe now going!) to take that leap. Alice is arguably ‘the pioneer of the souvenir’, successfully reviving an industry that hasn’t been moved on in 50 years!     
    In this conversation, you’ll hear an incredible insight into the reality of balancing temporary bricks and mortar, pop-up spaces and an online store, plus how to separate yourself from your business to help it succeed.    
    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.   
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Building a vegan empire from the virtual world with BOSH! founders Ian Theasby and Henry Firth

    Building a vegan empire from the virtual world with BOSH! founders Ian Theasby and Henry Firth

    In a world where the digital landscape gives everyone the opportunity to build a business, how do you harness its power and use it to build the number one brand, in one of the fastest-growing movements of our time? 
    Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, founders of BOSH! tell us how they built a highly successful business based on personalities, drive and beliefs. Sharing the secrets behind how they’ve now taken the vegan community by storm by creating what’s considered the biggest vegan cookery channel in the world, with more than 26 million views a month and writing the best selling vegan book of all time! Not bad for a business that’s only been going for three years!
    In this conversation you'll hear how these two went from childhood friends to navigating the unsteady waters of viral videos, building a brand only through social media and taking on an industry as old as time - helping countless people to eat less meat and become vegan!
    This episode will inspire anyone on the journey of building a business as BOSH! have highlighted the force and power visions of small business owners can have, on huge industries. And, how a change in diet can create a ripple effect of good, not only for your own health, the food industry but mostly for the planet we all care so much about.  
    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. 
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Holly's Christmas Special 2019: Part 2 of 2

    Holly's Christmas Special 2019: Part 2 of 2

    It's the final episode of the year, and the conclusion to this 2 part festive special - concluding with some very special ‘letters to my younger self.’  
     
    In the second part of this special Holly revisits episodes from past six series and reflects on the incredible guests she's hosted, and the advice they've shared over the past year. These conversations recount themes such as female entrepreneurship and how failure can lead you to the path of success.    
    The Christmas Special episode features highlights from some of the 60 founders, from Richard Reed, Levi Roots and Sir John Hegarty to Jo Malone, Ella Mills and Joe Wicks and many others - all sharing key moments of highs, lows and their personal philosophy. 
    This collection of conversations shows how courage, determination and good intentions can take you to places far beyond your own imagination, to create positive change in the world.   
    Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals.    
    Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=enn 

    • 1 hr 16 min

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