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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.

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.
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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.

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49. Will Ramsey, founder of The Affordable Art Fair - From the army to pioneering a movement in affordable art

9/15/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets Will Ramsay - founder of the Affordable Art Fair. With a shared passion for art and supporting creative individuals, as well as a joint belief in the power of curation, this is an episode filled with sage advice and a particularly poignant letter to close the conversation. In this episode, Will and Holly discuss his unique upbringing, being one part of a military dynasty, with a very significant grandfather, and how that shaped his life...

Duration:01:09:21

48. Alan Keery, co-founder of the Cereal Killer Cafe - Overcoming the naysayers & turning a niche concept into a global success

9/8/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets Alan Keery, co-founder of The Cereal Killer Cafe in their awe-inspiring cafe on Brick Lane. From ignoring the naysayers when launching a niche business to gaining media attention from day one and dealing with a completely overwhelming media frenzy when they were targeted with attacks during the London riots, the Cereal Killer Cafe have been on an extraordinary journey in the last 4 years. They have now overcome that to be the feature of a...

Duration:01:04:19

47. Fairfax Hall & Sam Galsworthy, founders of Sipsmith Gin - Revolutionising a Dying Industry and Sparking the UK’s Gin Obsession

7/28/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly made the short journey down the road to the beautiful Sipsmith distillery in Chiswick, to meet Sipsmith founders Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall. This is a story that shows the beauty and power of building a company with a close friend, with a shared vision and passion. Sipsmith's story is a special one - in an industry that has not seen a new independent gin distillery opened in over 200 years, Sipsmith single-handedly changed the entire...

Duration:01:30:10

46. LIVE with Mark Constantine OBE, co founder of Lush - Profiting From Doing Good

7/21/2019
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This episode was recorded in front of a live audience of 300 in the beautiful surroundings of Manchester Cathedral. Mark Constantine, co founder of the iconic brand Lush, is the ultimate role model of someone who can turn their life around through following their purpose and passion. Abandoned by his father at a very young age, Mark had a very difficult start in life, ending up living on the streets at 16 and with very little prospects. However his sheer hard work, determination and...

Duration:01:14:03

45. Tina Bernstein, founder of Mapology Guides - Mapping Out A Business In Happiness

7/14/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Tina Bernstein, founder of Mapology Guides. In this thought provoking episode, Holly & Tina discuss how Tina used her struggles with mental health to help empower others, and how she now lives the Good Life through founding her business. A designer, blogger, and entrepreneur, Tina started her creative career studying at the renowned art school, Central St Martins. However, after suffering from a nervous breakdown at 26, Tina moved into...

Duration:01:08:40

44. Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place - Building A Business From Being Your Authentic Self

7/7/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly speaks to Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place. A true entrepreneur in the making, Fearne is creating a strong brand from her purpose and passion - building a business doing exactly what she loves. In this episode, Holly and Fearne discuss the difficult transition to taking the leap into starting her own business, the juggle as a working mum, navigating social media as well as the solace she has found in putting creativity at the very heart of...

Duration:01:27:11

43. Petra Barran, founder of KERB - Serving Up Street Food To Transform Our Cities

6/30/2019
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In this episode, Holly meets passionate and inspiring Petra Barran, the founder of KERB. Throughout this conversation, Petra and her love not only of food, but for inspiring and helping small businesses build their own companies and dreams shines through. With the goal to become part of the fabric of London, this was a podcast designed for those who need to see, how big things can come from the smallest of beginnings - even, out the front of an ice cream van! Petra began her small business...

Duration:01:12:35

42. Roger Wade, founder of Boxpark - Creating the Future of Retail

6/24/2019
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This week Holly meets Roger Wade, the founder of Boxpark, - to hear about his mission to use his business as a force for good, to bring together communities and make them thrive, safer and happier. Holly & Roger discuss the future of the high street, their shared passion for independents, and how though his visionary concept for Boxpark, Roger is disrupting the world of retail. Roger started his career in advertising, being fired twice before moving to the US where he discovered his passion...

Duration:01:11:33

41. LIVE with Levi Roots, founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce - Find Your Identity And Make That Your Brand

6/17/2019
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This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Bristol for the second date on our live tour of Conversations of Inspiration, in partnership with NatWest. In this conversation, Holly & Levi discuss his difficult early years, the decision to turn his life around and the passion and determination that powered him to success today, as well as, of course his unforgettable appearance on Dragons Den which would go on to supercharge his brand. Born in Jamaica, he came to the UK at the age...

Duration:00:53:03

40. Alex Monroe, founder Alex Monroe Jewellery - How To Balance Commercial And Creative

6/9/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly speaks to jeweller Alex Monroe at his ‘buzzing’ headquarters boutique in London. With 30 successful years in the business, Alex’s insight and attitude will provide a huge source of inspiration and advice for creative small businesses looking to combine creativity with commerciality. With fans such as Emma Watson, Sienna Miller and a regular in Vogue - Alex Monroe is a masterclass in growing your brand whilst maintaining your integrity and...

Duration:01:16:17

39. Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH & The Garage Soho - The Power Of Creativity And How To Zig, When The World Zags

6/2/2019
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In this episode, Holly meets the legendary Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH advertising agency and The Garage Soho. With a phenomenal creative career, John was the first ever person to be Knighted for his services to the advertising and creative industries and his BBH agency has been named Agency of the Year more than six times. John started out in the advertising world in the 60’s, moving up the ranks quickly and helping to set up agencies TBWA and the infamous Saatchi and Saatchi. Then...

Duration:01:21:21

38. Sahar Hashemi OBE, founder of Coffee Republic - Breaking New Grounds

5/27/2019
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This week Holly talks to the incredible Sahar Hashemi OBE, founder of Coffee Republic. Launched in 1995, Sahar co-founded Coffee Republic alongside her brother Bobby, becoming the UK's first coffee bar. Scaling her business up to 110 coffee shops within 5 years, Sahar’s success was astounding. After struggling to get investment because the bank managers stated that Britain was a nation of tea drinkers, Sahar's determination paid off and saw Coffee Republic at the forefront of coffee culture,...

Duration:01:12:43

37. LIVE with Thomasina Miers OBE, founder of Wahaca - Running a business doing what you love, is the key to happiness

5/19/2019
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This week's episode was recorded in front of a live audience of 300 people in central London for the first ever Conversations of Inspiration Live event. Thomasina Miers OBE is best known as co-founder of restaurant chain Wahaca and winner of Masterchef. Thomasina’s journey has not been easy, with a ten-year spell of depression, it was a chance meeting that set her on her path to happiness, founding a business doing exactly what she loves. It was whilst traveling around Mexico, her love...

Duration:01:04:25

36. Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of Marby & Elm - Making your Creative Mark

5/12/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly speaks to Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of Marby and Elm. A fellow stationary addict, Holly joined Eleanor in her east London emporium like shop to hear her journey from student and waitress to Liberty stockist and business founder. This episode covers everything from where Eleanor finds her inspiration, to running a high street space, customer experience in retail and the importance of community. So open, funny and self-deprecating - Eleanor...

Duration:01:05:51

35. Asma Khan, founder of Darjeeling Express - From India to Soho, the journey to fulfilment and happiness

5/5/2019
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This week, Holly meets Asma Khan, founder of the restaurant Darjeeling Express. An episode filled with spectacular advice and insight, Asma shares her early life experiences in India and how they shaped her journey to this point. Born a second daughter in India, Asma felt the intense impact of feeling unwanted which she now sees underpins her belief in using her business as a force for good and helping other women feel valued. Asma has had an extraordinary journey, starting in India with an...

Duration:01:11:54

34. Tom Teichman, first investor in Notonthehighstreet and founder of The Garage Soho - Investment Advice from Britain’s most successful start up investor

4/28/2019
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This week Holly speaks to investor Tom Teichman, the founder of Spark Ventures & The Garage Soho. Known as ‘Britain’s most-successful digital start-up backer’ Tom has invested in companies such as LastMinute.com, Moshi Monsters and Made.com. He also played a key role in Holly's business journey, when he invested in Notonthehighstreet. Together they recount the serendipitous way in which Tom and Holly met, and the incredible journey they embarked on. Now Tom runs his latest venture from his...

Duration:01:01:13

A personal note from Holly

4/27/2019
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Holly Tucker MBE is the co-founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co. A cheerleader for small business and passionate about making every day count. Holly believes that starting your own business is the key to leading a happy, fulfilled life - and that by sharing stories we can all navigate that journey a little more easily. Since launch in September 2018, Conversations of Inspiration has gone from strength to strength. From Richard Reed, to Lord Bilimoira, Jo Malone to Chrissy Rucker,...

Duration:00:02:50

33. Alice Gabb - Crafting a future doing what you love

4/21/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Alice Gabb - a self taught calligrapher who now creates commissions for some of the UK biggest brands. In this conversation, Alice shares lessons from her journey so far, the power of knowing your numbers, as well as the need for communities in this digital age. Alice's letter to her younger self is particularly powerful - and a must listen for any teenage girls in your life. Alice started her small business selling hand printed fine...

Duration:01:01:45

32. Keith Abel, founder of Abel & Cole - People are the most important thing in business

4/14/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Keith Abel, founder of Abel & Cole. A successful and well loved entrepreneur, Keith started his entrepreneurial journey as a salesman selling potatoes door to door, where a chance encounter led him to discovering organic vegetables. At a time when everything grown was covered in chemicals, Keith quickly realised people would pay more for organic, chemical-free produce and so Abel and Cole was born, over 30 years ago. Leading the way in...

Duration:01:09:14

31. Rita Clifton CBE - How To Build A Strong Brand In The Digital Age

4/7/2019
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This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets the ‘Queen of Brand’ Rita Clifton CBE. Rita is the ultimate expert in brand and offers such an expert and unique insight that will be invaluable to all small business for this aspect of their business. In this conversation, Holly and Rita discuss what it takes to build a powerful and long last brand, she shares her tips for small business and ways they can implement her decades of industry knowledge into their own businesses, as well as...

Duration:01:16:51