There has never been a more important time to support British brands in the wake of Brexit and COVID-19. To accompany the launch of the 2021 What Next? edition of Great British Brands, contributing editor Michael Hayman interviews the people behind those brands, as well as key names involved in British luxury, industry and commerce, to find out what motivates them, the future of British luxury and how they are adapting in ever-shifting times.
This podcast is a partnership between Great British Brands and Change Makers – a weekly podcast bringing listeners ideas, life lessons and amazing stories from those making a difference in extraordinary times.
8: Marie Guerlain, Founder, Ondine
In the latest episode of Great British Brands X Change Makers, you can hear from Marie Guerlain, founder of Ondine. With the goal to eliminate toxins from the home, whilst looking stylish in the process, Ondine continues to spread knowledge and positivity surrounding nutrition and health. With a focus on creating products that last a lifetime, Ondine aims to make cookware a family heirloom.
7: Nick Houchin and Chris Holliman, Musto
In the latest episode of Great British Brands X Change Makers, you can hear from Musto’s Head of Marketing, Nick Houchin, and Head of Product, Chris Holliman. Launched by British Olympic sailor, Keith Musto in 1964, Musto is a brand that continues to uphold the ethos of its founder by providing durable and effective performance clothing to their customers. With designs driven by science, innovation and technology, Musto is the world’s leading sailing brand and the British leader in shooting and equestrian sportswear. The brand’s unique connection with nature and commitment to safeguarding the environment upholds their values of integrity, sustainability and quality.
6: Emma Rice, Head Winemaker, Hattingley Valley
Michael is joined by Emma Rice, head winemaker at Hattingley Valley, the luxury English sparkling wine brand. Described as best in class and the winner of more than 79 medals and 13 trophies, Hampshire-housed Hattingley Valley is recognised for its innovative, dynamic and eco-friendly approach to winemaking, exporting its product to 16 countries around the world. When discussing her favourite Great British Brands, Emma says she dreams of owning a Mini Cooper – but this is no Italian Job, this is the story of a true British brand putting a quintessentially English product to the market. Emma has been with the company from the beginning, joining founder and owner Simon Robinson in fulfilling his lifelong dream of winemaking back in 2008. As head winemaker, she oversees the development of Hattingley Valleys vineyards and growing team, as it looks to continue to put English sparkling wine on the international map.
5: Fiona Barratt-Campbell, Founder, FBC London
Michael's guest today has been described as “truly captivating and an impressive step ahead of industry peers”. Whether it’s with her furniture range FBC London, or her eponymous interior design business, Fiona Barratt-Campbell has built a reputation as an extraordinary and innovative designer. She says her best tip for life is to “Keep it real, keep it simple”, and that is a motto she lives by. FBC London’s pieces are renowned for their simplistic elegance, luxurious detailing and richly textured finishes. And while London may be in the name – this is a truly British brand, with most pieces handcrafted in the North-East, taking Fiona back to her Northumberland roots.
4: Archie Hewlett, CEO & Founder, Duke + Dexter
Today we welcome Archie Hewlett, CEO and founder of the London footwear label, Duke + Dexter. Launched in 2014, aged just 19, Duke + Dexter has since become the brand of choice for the great and good of global showbusiness – including Ryan Reynolds, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and David Beckham – after Eddie Redmayne sported his own pair when collecting his Academy Award for Best Actor in 2015. Designed in London and handmade in Sheffield, this is a story of Great British design, innovation and entrepreneurship. And with an ethical ethos powered by sustainability, it is one that is only set to grow in a more purpose-driven global economy.
3: Barry Smith, Founder & Chairman, Symprove
Our guest today is Barry Smith, the founder and chairman of Symprove, the probiotic product that’s good for your gut, helping people to live a healthier life. With the motto to ‘never give up’, he describes Symprove as an “overnight success, 33 years in the making”. Barry made it his life mission to get scientific proof that his formula had beneficial health effects. Why? He says because otherwise “it’s just Barry’s story time”. With scientific backing behind him from world-renowned research teams at University College London and more, and a place in the Sunday Times' Fast Track 100, Barry’s story is turning into one of success.