No Bull Business Women

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No Bull Business School founder Sarah Akwisombe meets the best businesswomen in the game. From founders to artists to C-level executives, each woman shares her own perspective on what it takes to be successful in business.

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Tuula Rose has an enviable illustration style: it's cool, sleek and approved by brands like Nike and British Vogue. Not only that but her personal style is also on point. In this episode, she talks about how her content creation has adapted and evolved in lockdown, how she's working with huge brands and why not all business women have to fit a cookie cutter mould to be a success.

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May 2020

24 min 28 sec

In today's episode in partnership with Office x Nike, we meet Shaunie Brett, who after working in a fashion tech startup decided she wanted to do a year of no clothes purchasing. She shares how that turned into a movement that then kick started her new career in fashion business sustainability, and how building a capsule wardrobe is the new smart way that we can make our consumer habits more sustainable. 

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May 2020

28 min 46 sec

Sapphire Bates is the founder of the Coven - a membership platform with a community of over 950 female entrepreneurs, founders and freelancers. The Coven offers a place for women in business to connect and promises to make the jump into self-employment an enjoyable one. Sapphire also teaches other women to start and run their own online memberships, encouraging collaboration over competition - so how did she and our host Sarah fall out publicly over their social media communities? In this special episode, Sarah and Sapphire chat openly about their feud, how misunderstandings occur even when you're succeeding in your own lane and most importantly, how you overcome them and move on.    

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Apr 2020

35 min 58 sec

Milly Cundall is the founder of healthy tomato sauce brand, Kidchup. In 2015, she was looking for a low-sugar tomato ketchup for her son and when she realised one didn't exist, she made her own. Her entrepreneur story is a little different because she has recently made the tough decision to close her business. In this open and honest chat, she tells us why she decided to call it a day, what she's learned from the experience and why ultimately, shutting down your business doesn't have to be viewed as a failure.

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Apr 2020

28 min 2 sec

Archive 12 is a boutique bridal shop in Belfast run by Claire Leese. It started out as the go-to place to pick up beautiful vintage dresses and has since evolved into a designer dress shop, selling exclusive pieces to Ireland's savviest brides. Claire is a pivot queen, before moving her career into bridal wear, she was a fashion stylist on Game of Thrones. In business, she listens to her customers and is constantly changing up what she offers. In this episode she gives her fascinating insights into how she stays one step ahead of the game, second guessing what people want and building a winning retail model off the back of it.

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Apr 2020

28 min 8 sec

Nicola Elliott Moss worked for years as a magazine editor before retraining as nutritionist and aromatherapist. In 2005 she launched Neom Organics. She defies the stereotypes of many people working in the wellness industry by being outspoken and truly a no bull business woman. In this episode she talks about the challenges she faced to launch the company, her current job and how it compares to her journalist career and how you successfully roll with the punches in business. 

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Apr 2020

33 min 50 sec

Carrie-Anne Roberts is a business woman, single mum and the perfect embodiment of the 'No Bull Business Woman' title. She's so unapologetically herself that you'll love her and her company but if you don't, she's not going to lose sleep over it. She built a cool mum-merch brand, Mere Soeur from nothing after her son was born and really does prove that attitude and determination can lead you anywhere. She talks us through how she got started, the process of working with big brands like Made.com and how she turns negativity on social media into cold, hard cash.  

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Mar 2020

31 min 52 sec

Nicole Crentsil is a public speaker, curator & festival director. She's passionate about supporting and promoting diversity through various industries and in 2017, she co-founded The Black Girl Festival, an event celebrating Black British women and girls. In this episode she explains why creating a community is key to not only survival but business growth and how she's building a movement that truly represents women of colour.

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Mar 2020

34 min 20 sec

Susie Willis is the founder of clean, luxury beauty brand, Romilly Wilde. She knows her audience inside out - she doesn't try to appeal to everyone and as a result has built a cult-like following with consumers and celebs alike. In this episode she talks to us about how she used her knowledge from a previous baby-food business and applied it to the beauty industry, why she uses data to drive sales and how her products stand out in a saturated market. 

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Mar 2020

32 min 16 sec

Steph Douglas launched her gifting business in 2014. She was a new mum and inundated with floral bouquets that she didn't have time to care for so her alternative gift box company, 'Don't Buy Her Flowers', was born. Steph has grown the business from her spare room to a warehouse filled with staff. She talks frankly about how she's built the company, why five year plans are not for her and how she has grown without investment.   

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Mar 2020

34 min 6 sec

Rubi is a fashion influencer - known for her blog Pose and Repeat. She works with huge brands, has thousands of followers and over a million views on her YouTube channel but her path to fashion blogging was a bit unconventional. 

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Mar 2020

32 min 13 sec

Gabriela Hersham is a go-getter. She's also a mother of two small children and the co-founder and CEO of Huckletree. Her combination of optimism and realism has helped her create a unique co-working empire which helps the businesses that use them to thrive. Huckletree was born in London's Shoreditch and has now got branches all over London and in Manchester, Dublin and Oslo. In this episode, she gets real about what it takes to own your own company and be a mother and she tells us why celebrating wins in business is not only important for morale but paramount to the success and growth of your venture.

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Feb 2020

35 min 58 sec

Marawa Ibrahim is a hula-hooping acrobat, author, teacher and leader of the all star dance troupe, the Majorettes. She's performed at the London Olympic ceremonies and has countless world records, including one for spinning 200 hoops at once. In this episode she tells us straight how she juggles being a creative with making money, she talks us through her career highlights and gives us a pep talk on knowing your own worth. 

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Feb 2020

25 min 6 sec

Lucy Greenwood is one of the co-founders of the sustainable dungaree brand, Lucy and Yak. She and her partner Chris have turned ethical clothing on its head - their dungarees are cool, eye catching, comfortable and most importantly, don't screw anyone over. In this episode she tells us the amazing story of how they began selling from the back of a camper van, the relationship they have with their Indian factory and why hiring the right team is paramount to success. 

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Feb 2020

36 min 33 sec

Frankie Noller is an up and coming artist specialising in line drawing, spray painting and customising clothing. She makes retro pictures look cool and as a result, brands are crawling over each other to work with her. In this episode, she explains how she went from graffiti shop assistant, to set assistant, to artist. She's all about networking and tells us how she navigates the London creative scene, using every contact successfully to get ahead.

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Feb 2020

35 min 1 sec

YouTube star Patricia Bright built her beauty blogging channel with her face front and centre of her brand but in this episode of No Bull Business Women, she explains why personal branding isn't everything and how and why you should build your business without one. She also delves into what it takes to build a multifaceted media empire and when you should cut your losses on a business idea.

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Jan 2020

33 min 20 sec

Talk and Tell create modern, fashionable, affordable tech accessories. In this episode, founder Chloe Boulos gives her top tips on how to successful navigate the world of influencer marketing, she explains what it's really like to be a solopreneur and talks about the No Bull Business School phone case collaboration. 

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Nov 2019

33 min 3 sec

Ever thought about starting a business with your mate? You'll want to listen to this episode before you do. Whinnie Williams and Kierra Campbell are the co-founders of quirky, mid-century interiors brand, Poodle and Blonde. Their style is influenced by the shapes and materials of the 1970s - think velvet shell chairs and bamboo wallpaper. In this episode they bare all on what it's like to really run a business with a friend and how to do it successfully and they list their tips on making products sustainable. 

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Nov 2019

35 min 19 sec

Tobi Oredein is the founder of Black Ballad, a UK based lifestyle platform that creates content for black women, by black women. She speaks frankly about diversity in business, building a new media brand and breaks down what it takes to get investment.

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Nov 2019

29 min 52 sec

Kelly Anna is an artist and print designer renowned for her bold and confident figurative works. She has a client list bursting with some of the world's biggest brands including Nike, Air BnB and H&M and has had some incredible names wear her prints, from Beyonce to Cara Delevingne. In this episode she explains her successes and breaks down how anyone can successfully work with big brands.

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Oct 2019

29 min 44 sec

Flo had everything going for her business - she had been stocked in Harvey Nichols, Nasty Gal and Colette in Paris, but then she decided to do something completely unexpected... take a full time position in a new startup agency. Why did she do it? Florence breaks down her unusual choice and how she dealt with the public perception of being a founder turned employee.

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Oct 2019

32 min 13 sec

Ever felt like you are falling out of love with your business? That's what happened to Aelfie Oudghiri when she realised the rapid growth of her design textiles company Aelfie was going a different way to what she wanted. After much creative soul searching, she found a way to fall back in love with her business and defined her own version of success. 

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Oct 2019

31 min 59 sec

Have you heard of the B-corp movement? Sarah Akwisombe gets food and drink expert Dachinii Lee-Hewitt to break it down. She also gives her top three growth hacks for indie food businesses.

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Oct 2019

27 min 19 sec

Sarah Akwisombe speaks to the Emma Worrollo, founder of specialist kids insight consultancy The Pineapple Lounge, to understand how you take a small brand global.

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Sep 2019

34 min 26 sec

Can you run a business and raise a baby? Of course you can. Sarah Akwisombe speaks to the founder of cactus boutique, Prick London to find out how you do both successfully without burning out. 

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Sep 2019

26 min 56 sec

Ever wondered why you're not making the kind of money you've always wanted to? Sarah Akwisombe speaks to Jen McFarlane, The Money Medium. She explains how you can improve a difficult relationship with money and how you can unlock your earning potential. Find out more: https://www.nobullbusinessschool.com/mmschool/  

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Sep 2019

41 min 41 sec

Sarah Akwisombe speaks to Bex Walker, founder and creator of the vegan breakfast pots, Bexfast. In this episode Bex gives us a peek behind the curtain at exactly how she raised £20k on a kickstarter campaign.

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Sep 2019

37 min 42 sec

Sarah Akwisombe speaks to Zoe Anderson, founder of maximalist interiors store W.A.Green. She shares her personal story of family grief and how she overcame it to build her business.

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Sep 2019

32 min 45 sec

Sarah Akwisombe speaks to DJ Nikki Beatnik on how she succeeded in a male dominated industry and on being unapologetically yourself at work.

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Sep 2019

31 min 15 sec

Sarah Akwisombe speaks to Caroline Pay, Chief Creative Officer at Headspace. She explains why she left a job she adored in London for a new life in LA. 

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Sep 2019

32 min 53 sec

Sarah Akwisombe speaks to Lana Elie, CEO of Floom. She shares the secrets of building a thriving tech platform and gives a no bull guide to raising investment.

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Aug 2019

29 min 13 sec