Conversations of Inspiration

43 EpisodesProduced by Holly Tucker in association with NatWest

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

43 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

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

June 17th, 2019

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

Known as ‘Britain’s most-successful digital …

A personal note from Holly

April 27th, 2019


Holly Tucker MBE is the co-founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co. A cheerleader for small business and passionate about making every day …

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

April 22nd, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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