Conversations of Inspiration

50 EpisodesProduced by Holly Tucker in association with NatWestWebsite

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 shar… read more

50 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

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

September 16th, 2019

1:10:52
This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly meets Will Ramsay - founder of the Affordable Art Fair. 

With a shared passion for art and supporting …

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

September 9th, 2019

1:05:49
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 …

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

July 29th, 2019

1:31:41
This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly made the short journey down the road to the beautiful Sipsmith distillery in Chiswick, to meet …

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

July 22nd, 2019

1:15:34
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience of 300 in the beautiful surroundings of Manchester Cathedral. Mark Constantine, co founder of …

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

July 15th, 2019

1:11:24
This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Tina Bernstein, founder of Mapology Guides. 

In this thought provoking episode, Holly & …

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

July 8th, 2019

1:28:41
This week on Conversations of Inspiration Holly speaks to Fearne Cotton, founder of Happy Place.  

A true entrepreneur in the making, Fearne is …

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

July 1st, 2019

1:14:06
In this episode, Holly meets passionate and inspiring Petra Barran, the founder of KERB. Throughout this conversation, Petra and her love not only of …

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

June 24th, 2019

1:13:03
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 …

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

June 17th, 2019

54:33
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 …

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

June 10th, 2019

1:17:47

This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly speaks to jeweller Alex Monroe at his ‘buzzing’ headquarters boutique in London. With 30 successful …

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

June 3rd, 2019

1:22:51

In this episode, Holly meets the legendary Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH advertising agency and The Garage Soho. With a phenomenal creative …

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

May 27th, 2019

1:14:13
This week Holly talks to the incredible Sahar Hashemi OBE, founder of Coffee Republic.

Launched in 1995, Sahar co-founded Coffee Republic alongside …

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

May 20th, 2019

1:05:55

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 …

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

May 13th, 2019

1:07:21

This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly speaks to Eleanor Tattersfield, founder of Marby and Elm. 

A fellow stationary addict, Holly joined …

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

May 6th, 2019

1:13:24

This week, Holly meets Asma Khan, founder of the restaurant Darjeeling Express.

An episode filled with spectacular advice and insight, Asma shares …

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

April 29th, 2019

1:02:43

This week Holly speaks to investor Tom Teichman, the founder of Spark Ventures & The Garage Soho. 

Known as ‘Britain’s most-successful digital …

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

April 22nd, 2019

1:03:15

This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Alice Gabb - a self taught calligrapher who now creates commissions for some of the UK biggest …

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

April 15th, 2019

1:10:44

This week on Conversations of Inspiration, Holly meets Keith Abel, founder of Abel & Cole.

A successful and well loved entrepreneur, Keith …

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

April 8th, 2019

1:18:22

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 …

30. Chrissie Rucker OBE, founder of The White Company - Slow And Steady Wins The Race When It Comes To Building An Iconic Brand

April 1st, 2019

1:08:25

In this episode, Holly meets one of her business idols - Chrissie Rucker OBE, founder of The White Company. 

In this conversation, they discuss …

29. Joe Wicks, founder of The Body Coach - Perseverance and Purpose are the Key to Success

March 25th, 2019

1:05:23

This week Holly meets Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, to discuss building a huge social following and a brand, with a purpose.

Now a TV presenter and …

28. Pippa Murray, founder of Pip & Nut - From The Kitchen Table To The Supermarket Shelves

March 18th, 2019

1:07:49

A fascinating insight, into the rollercoaster journey of someone who is right in the midst of scaling her business. This week, Holly speaks to the …

27. Ash Bishop, founder of The Brilliant Signs Company - Bringing Soul Back To Our High Streets

March 11th, 2019

1:00:10

In this episode, Holly explores the rich heritage and history of signwriting with Ash Bishop - founder of The Brilliant Signs Company. 

Ash started …

26. Joanne Hawker, designer and founder of 'March Meet The Maker' - The power of an instagram community

March 4th, 2019

50:49

This week Holly sits down with Joanne Hawker, cards and accessories designer, to talk community and small business - two of her favourite topics. A …

25. Rowan Gormley, Naked Wines Founder and CEO of Majestic Wines - Disrupting a traditional industry

February 25th, 2019

1:06:13

This week Holly speaks to Rowan Gormley, founder of Naked Wines and CEO of Majestic Wines. 

Rowan grew up in South Africa, but moved to the UK, …

24. Will Butler-Adams, CEO of Brompton Bikes - Leadership Without Ego

February 18th, 2019

1:03:48

Will Butler-Adams is a CEO with a refreshingly down to earth, humorous and purpose driven attitude to building a business.

In his 17 years leading the company, Brompton Bikes has grown 15% year on year, but despite …

23. Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer - The Soulful Businessman

February 11th, 2019

1:07:22

In a truly soulful and enlightening interview this week, Holly meets Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer.

Lord Bilimoria founded Cobra Beer …

22. Veronica Dearly, founder of Veronica Dearly Illustrations - Being an Introverted Entrepreneur

February 4th, 2019

1:01:22

This week Holly speaks to artist and illustrator Veronica Dearly. 

Veronica brings joy to the world with her smart, relatable, funny and very real …

21. Tamara Lohan MBE, founder of Mr & Mrs Smith - The Power of Curation

January 28th, 2019

1:01:21

This week, Holly meets Tamara Lohan MBE, founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith: a travel company that's grown from a single curated book of 35 hotels …

20. Bill Collison, the founder of Bill's - The Power of Retail Theatre

January 21st, 2019

51:48

This week, Holly meets Bill Collison, the founder of Bill’s restaurants. In this episode, Bill shares his journey from the very early days as a …

19. Freddie Garland, Founder of Freddies Flowers - Turning An Industry On Its Head

January 14th, 2019

44:30

This week Holly meets Freddie Garland, founder of Freddie's Flowers. Fresh out of university, Freddie started work as one of Abel & Cole's …

18. Annoushka Ducas MBE, Founder of Links of London and Annoushka Jewellery - Success Without Following The Trends

January 7th, 2019

55:10

By her own admission "an accidental jeweller", Annoushka Ducas has built an empire that revolutionised the jewellery industry. Links of London was …

17. Richard Reed CBE, Co founder of Innocent and JamJar Investments - You Can Visualise Success

December 24th, 2018

1:11:15

This week, Holly meets Richard Reed CBE, co founder of Innocent and now co founder of JamJar Investments.

The story of Innocent is a phenomenal one …

16. Dave Buonaguidi, Artist and founder of Karmarama & St Lukes Advertising Agencies - Do We Need To Shake Up The World Of Advertising?

December 17th, 2018

1:13:51

You might not immediately know the name Dave Buonaguidi or be able to pronounce it, but he's truly one of a kind, and the ultimate pin-up in the …

15. Danielle Newnham & Natalie Bardega, founders of F equals - Putting Women At The Heart Of Business

December 10th, 2018

1:08:03

This week, Holly meets founders of F equals, Danielle and Natalie. As twins, they were natural co founders and, 4 years into building their business, …

14. Zack McLaughlin, founder of Paper and Wood - When Creativity Sets You Free

December 3rd, 2018

54:57

In this episode, Holly meets Zack - a phenomenally talented maker, who crafts lifelike and delicate birds by hand out of little more than paper and …

13. Henry Dimbleby MBE, co-founder of LEON - Turning Business On Its Head

November 26th, 2018

1:05:41

This week, Holly meets Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of LEON. Sharing his journey from gossip columnist and business consultant to restauranteur, Henry …

12. Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, founder of The Black Farmer - The Power Of Being A True Outsider

November 19th, 2018

1:09:14

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, also known as The Black Farmer, is someone who has always followed his own path. After arriving from Jamaica at the age of 3, …

11. Jo Tutchener-Sharp, founder of Scamp & Dude - Building 'Good' Business Out Of Near Death

November 12th, 2018

57:56

This week Holly talks to Jo Tutchener-Sharp who shares her incredible story. 

After leading a glamorous life in beauty PR, and running her own …

10. Edward Perry, co-founder of Cook - Ethical Businesses Are The Future

November 5th, 2018

48:15

Do businesses have a responsibility to be a force for good in society, or do they exist solely to make profit? COOK is one of a growing number of B …

9. Steve Wheen, founder of The Pothole Gardener - When Creativity Goes Viral

October 29th, 2018

49:03

This week Holly is joined by Steve Wheen, The Pothole Gardener. A creative and artist who set out to bring happiness to the every day by creating …

8. Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots - The Power Of Thinking Differently Thanks To Dyslexia

October 22nd, 2018

49:19

This week Holly is joined by Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots, a networking website which has been dubbed Linkedin for creative professionals. …

7. Johnnie Boden, founder of Boden - The Strength Of Personality To Build A Brand

October 15th, 2018

1:01:16

Since launching as a menswear catalogue in 1991, Boden has grown to become synonymous with a colourful and creative spirit, which founder Johnnie …

6. Emily Coxhead, founder of The Happy News - Bringing 'Happy' To The Retail Table

October 8th, 2018

46:57

In a world where bad news dominates our headlines, Emily Coxhead created The Happy Newspaper: a newspaper which only shines a light on good news.

Since starting with £500 raised through Kickstarter and handing out …

5. Andy Poplar, founder of Vinegar & Brown Paper - The Healing Power Of Becoming An Artisan

October 1st, 2018

50:51

This week, Holly heads to Andy Poplar's studio space near Leeds. In this incredibly honest and at times emotional conversation, Andy sheds light on …

4. Jo Malone CBE, founder of Jo Loves - The Spirit Required To Build Iconic Brands

September 24th, 2018

48:43

This week, Jo Malone CBE talks to Holly in the offices of Jo Loves about entrepreneurial spirit, finding the 'heart' of a business, fostering the …

3. Molly Gunn, founder of Selfish Mother & The FMLY Store - Turning A Product Into A Commercial Force For Good

September 17th, 2018

54:16

In this episode, Holly welcomes Molly Gunn, founder of Selfish Mother and The FMLY Store. Selfish Mother began life as a blogzine after Molly left …

2. Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella - Allowing Your Community To Build Your Business

September 10th, 2018

52:52

This week Holly visited Ella Mills in her kitchen to hear what Ella has learned from starting her wildly successful healthy eating company, …

1. Julie Deane OBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company - The Power Of 'Doing It Yourself

September 3rd, 2018

1:01:01
For the first episode of Conversations of Inspiration, Holly travelled to Cambridge to have tea with Julie Deane OBE, to hear about the rollercoaster …

Coming Soon: Conversations of Inspiration

August 29th, 2018

2:39

In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly Tucker will be hearing from some of the founders of Britain's most iconic brands, as well as some incredible …

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