The founder of NotOnTheHighStreet has been offering brilliant and free advice to SMEs via her Instagram account during lockdown.

Holly Tucker is one of those people who you want in your corner through good times and bad. Unwaveringly positive, she is a natural cheerleader with, crucially, enviable clarity of thought. Well, the good news is that if you are the proprietor of a small- or medium-sized independent enterprise – or if you aspire to be – she IS in your corner. Always, and specifically right now. And guess what? Far from feeling dejected about the current circumstances, the disruptor, innovator and founder of NotOnTheHighStreet and Holly & Co is actively encouraging businesses to take heart and, indeed, action.

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I'm so happy to say that I'm recording Series 8 of my podcast ???? Conversations of Inspiration!?? ?? I have totally and utterly missed it, as for me, it's become part of how I grow. I've learnt some of the most (and so many!) invaluable lessons and it's thanks to my brilliant guests ?? being so open, honest and vulnerable. I can safely say, this podcast has totally changed my life.?? ?? Crazily we have recorded well over 70 founders ???? and have the most unbelievable line up for Series 8. It launches on the 1st of June and I will be sure to prompt you to listen!?? ?? I’m back in my ‘happy space’, a different way of doing it, but just the same soulful journey as ever! Let me know if you are as excited as I am? #conversationsofinspiration #podcast #inspiringpodcast

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As she says, ‘Please know that when life cranks up again, however fast or slowly, it will be so easy to forget your hopes, dreams, and intended ambitions that are so clear now.’ Follow her hashtag #SMESOS, and tune into her launch video, which is a free resource to ‘support and empower small businesses through this difficult time’.

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SME: SOS is a topical podcast ????to support small businesses through this turbulent time of the Coronavirus. Offering advice from experts and founders, as well as covering the key announcements????and developments that affect small businesses from the past week.? In this next episode of #SMESOS podcast special, I'm talking to experts about surviving and thriving through lockdown. Every business has been tested and has something to learn as it navigates ???? this time - but not every business is struggling, in fact some are thriving. This week I spoke to three founders who, all in their own way, are thriving ???????? at this time - @scampanddudejo, founder of @scampanddude, @pippa.murray, founder of @pipandnut, and finally @jaynehardy_, the creator of the @theblurtfoundation. As well as discussing what they have learnt, I also look at whether the way in which we work has been revolutionised forever. As with Conversation of Inspiration, the SME: SOS specials will feature a @natwest_business #independentadbreak and this week's winner is the wonderful @weareimagen ???????????? CONGRATULATIONS!!? And huge thanks to @natwest_business, @ThreeUK, @DellUK and @royalmailofficial for joining us in supporting the small business community at this un-precedented time and helping to bring SME: SOS to life! #smesos #conversationsofinspiration

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Want to learn about how others are navigating this period, pick up some advice and hear some inspiring chat with business owners who are not just surviving, but thriving right now? Tune into her podcast, where she talks to the diverse likes of Jo Fairley (Green & Blacks founder), Petra Barran (Kerb) and Robin Hutson (The Pig hotels). She also pledges to cut through and demystify government advice and share resources for obtaining money. What’s not to love?

‘I am virtually right next to you,’ she vows. We are so relieved.

By Nancy Alsop
May 2020


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