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Needle Knits’ Founder Lizzie Burckhardt on building a brilliant brand

Needle is destined to become one of those great British brands: covetable, luxe knits that are high quality, thoughtfully designed, perfectly made – each one a wardrobe enhancer. Founder Lizzie Burckhardt talks frankly about going in feet first, finding the perfect partnership (and the perfect name), surviving mistakes – and combining a new business with a new baby (think zero maternity leave). …

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Artisanne: Baskets, Women, Feminism

I am, as you know, a big fan of a basket. You’d do well not to trip over one in pretty much any room of my house. When Elizabeth de Vise emailed me about Artisanne, the company she set up with her sister, producing ethical, beautiful baskets which also empower local women, she had me at ‘baskets’.…

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Business in Brief: Naomi and Sarah of Seven Seventeen

  So, you’ve got this idea for a business with one of your best friends? Sounds good, right? And, according to Sarah Slade and Naomi Reilly, the founders of luxe candle brand Seven Seventeen, it really is. Oh, and all about timing, hard graft, late night phone calls and DIY delivery. …

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How to build a brand by ME+EM founder Clare Hornby

Work incredibly hard. Be prepared to compromise. Be ever-vigilant for tipping points.  Never really switch off (when it’s your business, that’s a luxury). The seriously impressive – and very inspiring – Clare Hornby, founder of ME + EM (beautifully made, wearable, flattering clothes) shares her road to building this quietly brilliant brand.…

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How to Change Your Life by Helen Cordy of Wood/Grey

Ever been tempted to change your life? Throw in the 9 to 5 for the challenge of running your own business? It could be The Dream – but it’s also a risk. Helen Cordy did exactly that, when she launched Wood/Grey, one of the chicest lifestyle stores we’ve ever seen……

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How to…Set up your own business (and juggle it all)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child had their own personal stylist? One who sent a box of ultra-chic small-scale goodies to you every month? (Side note: doesn’t this box [above] have Prince George’s name written all over it?) Wish no longer. Box Upon a Time is a simple – but very clever – concept. Simply complete a fashion profile of your child and your preferences – and Box Upon A Time’s stylists will send you a hand-picked selection of gorgeous clothes from some of the most fabulous baby brands (Miniature, Louis & Louise, Marie Chantal, Their Nibs, Poppy & Ned…) Boxes are delivered monthly (at several price points), exchanges are free and you’re guaranteed to save 40% on the retail price. Now that is a what we call a brilliant present for a new baby. Or a service a time-pressed, but stylish parent, needs in their life. We asked co-founder, mother of three (Rachel, Juliette and Noah), former lawyer and canny business-brain, Caroline Kendal, to talk us through setting up Box Upon a Time – and how she copes with the work-family juggle……

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How to…become an ecommerce mogul

Wouldn’t it be great if your best friend had the most amazing wardrobe of the hottest designer dresses and you had free-range access to her wardrobe? That’s the thinking behind leading luxury designer rental destination Girl Meets Dress. Clever, eh? We asked co-founder, ecommerce mogul-in-the-making Anna Bance, to tell us more……

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How to…turn your business dreams into reality: Nessie Maclay of This is Nessie

We love stationery. Birthday cards, invitations, thank you notes, change of address cards…you name it, we pretty much want it. We also love people who take an idea and nuture it into a real working business, which is why we were so keen to find out how Nessie Maclay set up her fantastic personalised stationery company This is Nessie. Nessie makes the most beautiful illustrated cards for just about every occasion you can imagine – you can order an established design (tailor-made for you) through her website or commission her for a completely bespoke piece. A trained fashion designer with four children, Nessie established This is Nessie after the birth of her first child 12 years ago and the company is going from strength to strength. We asked her for the secret to her business success and that all-important question on how she juggles everything..…