She can. She did.

12/14/2020

Episode 23 - with Sarah Birchall, Founder of Cub & Pudding

Season 4, Ep. 23
If you're thinking about launching your own fashion label and/or any creative product-based business for that matter, this interview with Sarah Birchall, Founder of Cub & Pudding is well worth a listen.Having spent ten years working as a PA for the Head of a bank in the City, a chance encounter with a life coach forced Sarah to revaluate her career and work out what truly brought her joy... As a Mum who took great pleasure in dressing her children, not before long, the idea for Cub & Pudding was born - quirky, gender neutral kids wear that defies seasonal trends and can be worn all year round. Genius.We chat about everything from how she transitioned from her full time role as a PA in the City and made the most of the blank canvas that came hand-in-hand with working on the business full time. The reality of how she funded Cub & Pudding in the early days given that sourcing materials, minimum orders and factory visits all add up as well as the steps she took to ensure that her items are ethically made. Plus of course, the impact Covid and the increased time spent online had on Cub & Pudding, why she actively chooses to invest in those that will hold her to account and how she got over her fear of selling.... There are so many pearls of wisdomin this one. This is Sarah's honest story so far... Enjoy!PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for all female business owners in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today!Join now to get free Vala health cover:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidCub & Pudding@cubandpudding
12/7/2020

Episode 22 - with Kat Horrocks, Women's Life Coach and Founder of Put Yourself First

Season 4, Ep. 22
I can safely say that this week's guest is one of the most genuine and kind women that I've had the pleasure of getting to know over the past couple of years. The lady in question is Kat Horrocks, the make-up artist turned life coach that I met for the first time when I took the She can. She did. Midweek Mingles up to Manchester in 2018, who empowers women to achieve their goals and put themselves first.From how she combatted the fear of transitioning from the make-up business that she ran for the four years prior to becoming a coach and how she went about battling off the imposter syndrome and not so supportive opinions of others that came hand-in-hand with that transition; how she held her nerve and continued to show up when the money wasn't always there in the early days; to her thoughts on the integrity of the online coaching space, given that it's not regulated andanyone can claim to be an expert in anything and everything online; this is Kat's very honest story so far...PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for all female business owners in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today!Join now to get free Vala health cover:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidKat Horrocks@kat_horrocks
11/23/2020

Episode 20 - with Benedicta Banga, Founder of Blaqbase

Season 4, Ep. 20
Blaqbase is theshopping app Founded by Benedicta Banga, that supports black owned businesses in the UK by bringing high quality black owned products together and allowing customers to buy them via Blaqbase directly. Having launched on black pound day in June and gained extensive press coverage from the likes of Stylist, Marie Claire, Sky News and the BBC thereafter, I chatted to Benedicta a few weeks agoto discuss her self-funded business journey so far... and the numerous iterations, tweaks and testing that has gone on behind the scenes!From how she built the app without developers and learnt to embrace the curveballs and opportunities that running a business can throw your way; why she's so passionate about reminding people that the only reality we can truly trust online is our own; to her advice on dealing with online abusehaving experienced it herself in the aftermath of an interview on Sky news, Benedicta's story is yet another example of what truly goes on behind the scenes to launch and grow a sustainable business and for that reason, I couldn't have loved recording it more!PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for all female business owners in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today!Join now to get free Vala health cover:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidBlaqbase@blaqbaseapp
11/16/2020

Episode 19 - with Valentina Milanova, Founder of DAYE

Season 4, Ep. 19
It's hard enough launching a business in your home country as it is but add language and cultural barriers into the mix and as I'm sure you'll soon hear, it becomes a whole lot tougher...I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but I knew from the moment I saw DAYE's branding that there would be a seriously savvy Founder behind it ... and 26 year old Valentina Milanova didn't disappoint.Having moved to the UK from Bulgaria to launch DAYE- the female health research and development company best known for its organic and CBD infused tampons - Valentina has pushed through an immense number of challenges to bring her vision for DAYEto life.From convincing her friends to test homemade tampons in the early days and the lengthy steps she took to ensure that DAYE exceedsmanufacturing standards thereafter; to the painful journey she endured to secure investment - quite literally at one point - to the challenges she's facednavigating British culture, not just on professional level but a personal one too, this is Valentina's (bloody amazing... no pun intended..!) story so far.PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for all female business owners in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today!Join now to get free Vala health cover:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidDAYE@meetdaye
10/29/2020

Episode 17 - with Anna Hushlak, Co-Founder of Ferly

Season 4, Ep. 17
TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that we speak about Anna and Co-Founder Billie's shared history of sexual assaultat various points throughout this conversation.I'm inspired by every single woman that I've interviewed on this podcast but there are some stories that definitely stand out and this episode with Anna Hushlak is one of them.As the Co-Founder of Ferly - the audio guide to mindful sex that is on a mission tosupport and empower woman and folx with vulvas to improve their sexual wellbeing - Anna sat down to chat with me a few weeks back about the evolution of hers and Co-Founder Billie's business journey so far.From how they went about really understanding the universal problem at hand and their problem-first approach to all business decisions and research thereafter; how they have handled numerous cynical comments since entering the space and their advice for all of us on how best to hold our nerve in those conversations; to how Billie and Anna's relationship has evolved since day one and why being the Co-Founder of Ferly has provided Anna with a powerful filtering method when dating (LOVED this bit!); she's one incredibly strong woman - they both are in fact - so I hope that you find their story be as empowering as I did.PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for self-employed womxn in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today!Join now:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidFerly@weareferly
10/22/2020

Episode 16 - with Emily Holder and Danielle Marsh, Co-Founders of Wells and Maguire

Season 4, Ep. 16
If you, like me, get abnormal amounts of pleasure from roaming the aisles of Homesense and dreaming about designing your ideal home (just me!?) this week's guests are right up your street! Why? Because they're the incredibly talented duo behind Wells and Maguire -thehigh end interior design studio covering London, Wales and the South of England that Emily and Danielle set up after becoming frustrated by agency life.Specialising in bespoke interiors for private clients and developers at some seriously swoon worthy town houses and mansions - if you want some dreamy interior inspo FYI, I would highly recommend looking at the Wells and Maguire portfolio - I caught up with Emily and Danielle a few weeks back to discuss what the realities of running an interior design business look and feel like behind the scenes.From how they've dealt with not-so-supportive comments and actions from former acquaintances and their advice should you find yourself in a similar position; how they handle the jobs that don't quite go to plan to ensure that their reputation and high standards are always upheld; to how their partnership really came into its own when Emily suffered a devastating loss in her personal life, their honesty throughout this chat is what She can. She did. is all about and for that reason, I hope it provides you with a whole lot of comfort and inspiration, should you need it, going forward...PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for self-employed womxn in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today! Join now:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidWells and Maguire@wellsandmaguire
10/15/2020

Episode 15 - with Sukhi Jutla, Co-Founder of MarketOrders

Season 4, Ep. 15
This week, the spotlight falls on Sukhi Jutla, Co-Founder of the"uber for the gold and diamond industry" that is MarketOrders - an award-winning B2B platform that she launched four years ago, that enables independent retail jewellers to buy gold and diamond jewellery directly, securely and seamlessly from international suppliers, using blockchain technology.A process, which I of course ask Sukhi to breakdown for me in layman's terms!Having won numerous awards including Asian Women of Achievement, Female Entrepreneur of The Year and named a Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google,not to mention revolutionising a previously old fashioned and often corrupted industry; the former investment banker-turned-entrepreneur sat down to chat with me a few weeks ago about the realities that she's faced behind the scenes in her business journey so far.From how she's learnt en route how to block out unsolicited advice and trust her own judgement when it comes to decision making, why she opted to sell her handbag collection to save money in the early days; to why Ben & Jerry's came in handy when she realised that she needed to walk away from £250k; to this is Sukhi's story so far!PS.She can. She did.has just launched the UK's first Benefits Programme for self-employed womxn in the UK! Join 100s of other female founders and self-employed womxn and start rewarding your resilience today!Join now:www.shecandid.comShe can. She did.Resilience, rewarded.The good old social handles should you fancy a further peek!She can. She did.@shecanshedidMarketOrders@market_orders