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Conversations of Inspiration

Business • Society-and-culture • Education

As founder of notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly Tucker MBE has spent the last 16 years growing and empowering small businesses around the UK. In Conversations of Inspiration, Holly talks to a new founder each week to hear the highs and lows encountered whilst building their business, as theyRead more

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The greatest micro-sculptor with the biggest heart, with Dr Willard Wigan MBE, creator of the world’s smallest sculptures.

Dec 6 • 01:28:46
This week, Holly has one of her most thought provoking and emotional conversations yet, with Dr Willard Wigan MBE, a man famous for creating the world's tiniest and most beautifully crafted micro-sculptures that are invisible to the naked eye. 

Growing up in the sixties, with undiagnosed dyslexia and autism, Willard experienced a heart-breakingly difficult childhood as his ...

The Great British Role Model, with Nadiya Hussain MBE, Chef, Author, and TV Presenter

Nov 29 • 58:25
Nadiya Hussain MBE is a woman whose journey and whose words are seared into the consciousness of all of us. Who could ever forget that tearful victory speech when she won The Great British Bake Off? 

But the most remarkable thing about Nadiya is not what a talented baker she is but the way in which she has courageously tuned in to her inner voice, broken down barriers at ev...

Unlocking Talent, Stitching Hope, with Katy Emck OBE, Founding Director of Fine Cell Work

Nov 22 • 58:12
In a captivating conversation, Katy Emck OBE delves into her inspirational story as Founding Director of Fine Cell Work, a charity and social enterprise which tackles social rehabilitation by teaching prisoners the art of creative needlework. 

Together with the late, great Lady Anne Tree, Katy began working with prisoners to create fine, commercial needlework which is now s...

Building a world famous beauty empire, then starting all over again, with Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown and Jones Road Beauty

Nov 15 • 57:48
In one of Holly’s most anticipated interviews, she speaks to her heroine Bobbi Brown about her influential journey as a serial entrepreneur and her success in building a beauty empire. 

Recognising the need for diversity amongst makeup products within the industry, Bobbi followed her gut as a budding makeup artist, to build a brand for all skin tones and types. Fast forward...

A Visionary Approach to Business with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers

Oct 4 • 53:56
This week Holly speaks with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of one of the nation’s most beloved brands, Specsavers.

Having always been one to challenge stereotypes, Dame Mary built her business not from the kitchen table, but on a table tennis table in her spare room and has continued to excel throughout her career ever since. 

Seizing an opportunity to revolutionise the indus...

​​The art of using business to change lives with Becky Sheraidah founder of Arthouse Unlimited

Sep 27 • 59:47
How could each of us channel our passions into a cause for good? That’s exactly what Becky Sheraidah did when she founded Arthouse Unlimited.

Believing that offering a sense of purpose is at the heart of improving our happiness, health and wellbeing, Becky began working with a collective of artists, each living with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs, to creat...

Building the ultimate family business, with Sir John Timpson, owner of Timpson

Sep 20 • 59:58
Sir John Timpson, chairman and owner of Timpson is the very embodiment of building a business with family truly at its heart and kindness as a guiding principle.


Hailing from a very long line of entrepreneurs, five generations of the Timpson family have been involved in the business that bears their name, business has always been in the blood. 


Recognised for his creative ap...

7: Stitching the future, crafting a community with Tilly Walnes, founder of Tilly and the Buttons

Sep 13 • 59:51
A story of how a little true passion can snowball into a triumphant business, Tilly Walnes, founder of Tilly and the Buttons, shares her incredible journey; a decade of lessons learnt and the benefit of building a strong community through her own love of sewing.  


Feeling frustrated that her day job didn’t allow her to be creative with her hands, Tilly began sewing and writ...

6: How to change the world with your brand, with David Hieatt, founder of Howies, The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim

Sep 6 • 01:02:21
“There are 18 inches between your head and your heart,” David tells us, as he seeks to demystify what it means to be a truly connected brand.


A mission-led entrepreneur, David Hieatt is a real visionary with extraordinary business agility. Founder of Howies, The Do Lectures, and Hiut Denim, he encourages all of us to challenge the story of who we are, who we can be, and how...

The 10 year overnight success story, with Joe Wicks, founder of The Body Coach - The Classics Collection

Aug 30 • 54:07
A story of pure vision, determination, and a passion for fitness has seen the meteoric rise of Joe Wicks, who describes himself as a ‘10 year overnight success story’.


TV presenter and author, specialising in cooking and fitness books, Joe started his career as a personal trainer, but he only experienced success when he started posting 15-second recipe videos on social medi...

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