Nikki Cochrane, co-founder of Digital Mums; an innovative startup providing social media training for mums. Nikki and fellow Digital Mums co-founder, Kathryn Tyler, are passionate about proving that flexible working can produce amazing results. They are the driving force behind the #WorkThatWorks campaign, which calls on businesses everywhere to show their support for flexible working. We're big fans of their mission to help mothers create stimulating, flexible careers that fit around family life.
Lady Bakewell-Park, aka Becky Sebright-King. Baker extraordinaire, Instagram entrepreneur and founder of Lady Bakewell-Park fine British baked goods. Since launching her business Becky and her biscuits have taken Instagram by storm and her business has gone from strength to strength - she's even visited 10 Downing Street! Read on to find out more about growing a business from a passion, surviving the first year as a small business, using social media as a tool to connect with clients and much more!
Today on the Mother Hub we're chatting to Erica Davies, creative extraordinaire and founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, The Edited. Erica started her career as a fashion assistant but quickly worked her way up to editor. In fact, when she was offered the role of Fashion Editor for The Sun newspaper at the tender age of twenty-four, she was, at the time, the youngest person to have held that position on Fleet Street. After spending fifteen years working on national newspapers and fashion magazines, today Erica works works full-time on The Edited, her own award-nominated fashion and lifestyle blog. Her inimitable style and fresh approach to fashion has gained her a loyal following, including everyone here at The Mother Hub! And, as is clear from the amazing interior design and style of her new home in Essex, it turns out her creative talents are not limited to fashion. Suffice to say that a rug by La Redoute that she featured on her blog last year gained such popularity that it now has its own Instagram account and has been nicknamed, 'The Erica Rug'! To find out more about Erica's amazing career journey, how fashion journalism has changed and what it feels like to set up on your own, then this interview is a must read!
If some people are born with entrepreneurship in their DNA, then Amelia Rope, founder of luxury chocolate brand Amelia Rope chocolates, is surely one of them. Amelia grew up near Maldon in Essex (she still uses Maldon sea salt in her chocolate), and took on a series of PA roles in her twenties, but she always knew she wanted to be working for herself. After two appearances on Masterchef, and a 5-day chocolate course by French luxury chocolate makers Valrhona, she set up Amelia Rope Chocolates in 2007... and the rest, as they say, is history! You can now find Amelia's luxury chocolates in retailers across the globe, from Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason in London to Aya Cocoa in Kuwait.
Today on The Mother Hub Meets, we are chatting to Natalie Reynolds; founder of the award-winning luxury baby and childrenswear brand, Fred & Noah (based in Essex). Following a successful career as a lecturer in fashion design, Natalie began working on Fred & Noah full-time in 2015. The brand specialises in natural and organic fabrics, and their signature prints (think playful, bold and beautiful) are instantly recognisable. With a strong focus on comfort and durability, Fred & Noah has garnered a loyal following. The first baby leggings Natalie ever made were for NCT friends; now, fans of Fred & Noah include Fearne Cotton and Giovanna Fletcher! Natalie and her husband Dan have big plans for the business, and looking at what they've achieved in just three years, we have no doubt they'll go from strength to strength.
In our interview with Natalie, we found out more about her inspiring career journey and how Fred & Noah came about...
Today on the Mother Hub Meets we are thrilled to be chatting to international best-selling author and proud Essex girl, Amanda Prowse. We always hoped this series of interviews would provide women with a pool of inspiration to reach their full potential and follow their dreams. And hearing Amanda talk about her own journey, it's impossible not to come away feeling that if you want something badly enough, the world really is your oyster!
Since quitting her day job as a management consultant to finish her first book, Poppy Day, six years ago, Amanda's career as an author has gone from strength to strength. She has recently published her sixteenth novel, The Food of Love, and her books have been translated into a dozen languages and regularly top bestseller charts all over the world. Amanda has been dubbed 'The Queen of Domestic Drama' and writes about ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined...
Having grown up in a family of creatives, Sarah Smart's childhood love of drawing lead to a degree in illustration, and she now boasts a seriously enviable client list, which includes brands such as Hobbs, Bobbi Brown, Carven, Harvey Nichols and Vogue (to name a few!). We first connected with Sarah virtually through our #IAmAnEssexGirl campaign, but we finally met over a cuppa last week and chatted all things, career, life, stereotypes and sleep deprivation... And this woman is honestly as fabulous as her drawings!
In our Mother Hub Meets interview with Sarah, we asked her to tell us more about her story and what it takes to be a successful independent creative. Read on to find out more about the woman behind the illustrations.
We met the lovely Kika Mitchell very early on in our Mother Hub journey (week two, in fact!), over a coffee in our local Starbucks. We'd spotted Kika's gorgeous photography on Facebook, and we couldn't wait to meet the lady behind the pictures. Over a couple of cappuccinos and a nice long chinwag, we discovered that not only is Kika an incredibly talented photographer, she also has a hugely inspiring career story to tell. Now her own boss and busy mum of two gorgeous little ones, Kika previously worked in television - most recently on ITV's This Morning - before taking the decision earlier this year to focus on her own business. She's captured special moments for countless families and has recently worked with the brilliant Essex Mama, photographing her new clothing line. And if you haven't already seen Kika's incredible pics of our Launch Event, then you need to take a look! We asked Kika to tell us more about her journey and what she's learnt along the way...