How do you build a disruptive brand in a new sector, whilst keeping it accessible for all?
In this episode, Nicola Elliot shares her lessons as she recounts her story building the cult status, well-being brand Neom Organics.
Growing up in Yorkshire, a self declared naughty child, Nicola carved out a glittering career in advertising in her twenties before burn out forced her to refocus her energies in a different direction.
Nicola recounts the early days of Neom, the risks, the setbacks,...
This might just be the most humbling lightbulb moment Holly has had this whole series. In just 15 minutes, you can learn the life-changing skill of freeing yourself from your past and controlling your present — allowing you to achieve anything you put your mind to.
Letting the past distract her is a battle that Holly has faced herself over the years, especially when recalling certain times at notonthehighstreet. But it wasn’t until she met with the formidable Dr. Edith Eger, that she...
Renée Elliott had no real inkling of what her purpose was, until walking down the aisle of a health food store in Boston. Little did she know that this moment would ignite her dream, and lead to her opening the first organic supermarket in the UK in 1995 — Planet Organic.
With no prior experience but a determination to build a business that would make a difference to people's lives, Renée learnt ‘on the job’ when she had an idea to bring organically grown food to the mainstream...
Imagine how happy you could be if you were able to find the beauty in everything. Want to learn the art in less than 15 minutes?
Taken from her conversation with Anya Hindmarch CBE, one of Holly’s ultimate female business icons, Holly recalls Anya explaining the story of designing her much loved crisp packet handbags, and how you really can make everyday ‘ordinary’ items extraordinary.
Hearing Anya tell this tale ignited a lightbulb moment for Holly, as it took her back to when she...
This week Holly speaks with Marisa Hordern, founder of London based jewellery brand, Missoma.
Born at the kitchen table, Missoma started as a side hustle. Now, after over a decade of incredible hard work and grit, Missoma is an iconic jewellery brand beloved by millennials and A listers alike.
Often referred to as an overnight success, Marisa sheds light on this misconception, and the first seven years she battled through to get her business off the ground, where at her lowest point, she...
This week, Holly shares why business is not just a one way road to success, but also reveals the key to overcoming the darkest, most difficult times that so many founders face by mastering the art of problem solving.
When Holly spoke with Lord John Bird, she was in total awe of his knowledge, his experience, and his overwhelming confidence in his vision – but what has really stayed with her is how he turned his business around, when The Big Issue was in terrible financial trouble and just...
“We can all do something” are the words of Josie Naughton, who is at the centre of the pioneering humanitarian aid movement, Choose Love. It’s a charity that promotes compassion, people helping people, and true generosity of heart.
When Josie and her friends saw the refugee crisis unfolding in Calais in 2015 they decided to take action by raising £1,000 and organising a van load of donations to be delivered to Calais. With no former charity experience, a lack of fundraising budgets or...
In our fast paced world, we can be so focussed on the future, that we very rarely take time to reflect on the past. But this week, Holly has a task for you that is going to help you look back, and recognise just how far you’ve come.
Taken from her conversation with the beauty icon that is Bobbi Brown, this week’s lightbulb moment is inspired by Bobbi’s letter to her younger self, which Holly was lucky enough to witness her read. In Bobbi’s letter, she shares exactly what she wished she’d...
Have you ever wondered how you can ditch the career ladder and find an alternative route to success, where progression doesn’t just depend on promotion? Have you asked yourself, what am I good at? What do I stand for? What motivates and drives me?
This week Holly speaks with Helen and Sarah, co-founders of Amazing If, an award-winning career development company with a twist.
Champions of the Squiggly Career, Helen and Sarah are at the forefront of a fundamental shift that’s happening in...
When it comes to business, we’re taught from the very first day that profit is the core measurement for success. But what if Holly, Rowan Gormley and even Richard Branson told you you were wrong?
When Holly met with Rowan Gormley, founder of Naked Wines and CEO of Majestic Wine, she was completely captivated by not only his fascinating business journey but also his wisdom. Rowan was headhunted personally by Sir Richard Branson, and shares with Holly, the key equation that he learnt from...
This week, Holly was lucky enough to sit down with Shamil Thakrar, over a cup of Dishoom’s freshly brewed chai tea, and learnt what’s really at the heart of his business.
At the very beginning, Shamil and his co-founders set out with the goal of bringing the beauty of the Irani cafés they so loved in Bombay to the UK. Now with nine restaurants across the country – boy did they do just that.
Coming from a business school and consultancy background, in his younger years, Shamil was far from...
Are you ready to ditch your self doubt, in just 10 minutes?
During Holly’s unforgettable conversation with the iconic Emma Bridgewater, they spoke in depth about the power of visualising your dreams, so much so that they become a reality – which sparked a real lightbulb moment for Holly.
Holly realised that so many of us, especially women, are limited by our aspirations, and only by believing in them with all your heart, will you achieve them. And so, in this episode Holly shares her secret...
Imagine if… creativity was as important as literacy, maths or science? What could we, as a species, be capable of achieving if we prioritised it and gave it the right conditions to flourish?
These are questions posed by the late great Sir Ken Robinson. His daughter and closest collaborator Kate Robinson now continues his work which she describes as being a ‘love letter to human potential’ and Holly was lucky enough to meet with her recently.
In this interview, Kate shares her wisdom on how...
As we fall into our career paths and adult life, it can be so easy to assume that we’re just not creative… but what if Holly told you, you really are?
You see, when Holly met with Sir John Hegarty, founder of BBH and The Garage Soho, he was adamant that every single person on this earth is creative, it’s just down to you to channel that creative energy. Sir John also highlighted that creativity is chaos, and that’s okay – and this is the advice that has really changed Holly’s life.
Holly’s guest this week is the vivacious, captivating and eminently stylish Trinny Woodall, who is likely to truly surprise you in more ways than one. You may know Trinny from her glittering TV career, her bestselling books or her inspired makeup brand Trinny London, but what lies underneath the energetic Instagram LIVES and YouTube tutorials? A sheer will to survive.
With a career spanning more than three decades, Trinny’s story is a fascinating one involving many twists and turns. In this...
Dedicating oneself to a lifelong dream can be perceived by many as being a risk. Some will consider such devotion to cause stress, pressure and be detrimental to your mental health. But have you ever recognised that having such strong aspirations could actually be your saviour?
Thinking back to when she heard Dame Kelly Holmes DBE’s Conversation of Inspiration, Holly explores how having such a desire for success can be the key to your happiness.
Dame Kelly’s story was not an easy one to...
Have you ever sat down and thought about your values? Have you ever asked yourself what you truly believe in?
In less than 15 minutes, learn from Holly why she thinks that recognising and staying true to these values is so integral to living a happy and fulfilled life.
Inspired by her conversation with artist Dave Buonaguidi, Holly shares the lightbulb moment which clicked when she spoke with Dave about his business journey, and how the direction of his life changed dramatically because of...
Do you truly know what your role is in life?
There are so many hats to be worn as a founder, that your key responsibilities can often become muddied in the everyday running of a business. However, this week, Holly is here to share what your ultimate priority should be as an entrepreneur, and why you should never ever lose sight of this.
Holly re-evaluated the whole concept of being a business owner when she met with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE, politician and founder of The Black Farmer,...
If someone said that your life or business was simple, would you take offence? Well Holly did when founding notonthehighstreet. However, it wasn’t until this lightbulb moment struck, that she recognised it wasn’t an insult.
Holly suddenly understood the beauty in keeping things simple when speaking with Jo Tutchener Sharp, founder of Scamp and Dude, who coined her straightforward yet revolutionary business idea in a hospital bed, recovering from life-saving surgery.
This week, Holly...
The lead up to receiving exam results really can be one of the most anxious times in our lives, and often it's the same for our children — but why?
In just ten minutes, hear Holly’s own experiences of exam failure and get some real perspective on why school education is only a chapter in our lives. This week, Holly gets thinking about the many opportunities out there for each and every one of us depending on our strengths and abilities, and it might just help you, too.
In just 15 minutes, hear Fearne and Holly’s experiences of the highs and lows of parenting, and how they both manage the family juggle throughout the most hectic of times, and in very different ways…
In busy periods like the summer holidays, it’s so easy to find that making time for yourself has once again fallen to the bottom of your ‘to do’ list isn’t it?
Since becoming a parent herself, Holly has always had a business baby to care for as well as her son Harry – and so, this week,...
Every single one of Holly’s guests this series has been inspirational, passionate and holds the treasure that is their own unique story. But what Holly also recognised, is that they have each faced loss, devastation and pain in some way – and yet have somehow managed to rise from the ashes of the truly bleakest of times.
In this episode, Holly reflects on some of the key moments from each of her guest’s stories – some profound, some tear-jerking and some downright funny – and all of them...
After Holly's incredible conversation with Boden's founder Johnnie, Holly reflects on the highs and lows she has faced when it comes to trusting people in business — along with her top recruitment tips — all in less than 10 minutes!
When you’re a business founder, hiring people is possibly one of the hardest arts to master isn’t it? They might look like the world’s best on their CV, but something might not sit quite right in your tummy – and that’s fine, but understanding the importance...
Among the millions of other businesses on our planet, what makes one brand a cut above the rest? Is it the size of the business or the amount of money they have? No. In the words of Author and Nike’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Hoffman, it’s that brand's ability to, “Go way beyond simple observations and assumptions”. And with a brand that connects as deeply as Nike has with millions of customers around the world, this is a rare opportunity to learn from the very best.
In just 12 minutes, listen to how you can plan for your brightest future by re-evaluating what success means to you.
Have you ever sat down and thought about what you consider ‘being successful’? Not just based on what we’re taught it means, to make more money or buy a bigger house – but have you been honest with yourself about what makes your heart full after a hard day’s work?
This week, Holly bares all when it comes to recognising what success means to each of us individually....