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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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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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The Sleep Edit

Want to sleep better? Want your children to sleep how babies – according to the  legend – are supposed to sleep. I might just have found out how……

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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…be Honestly Healthy

This is the lovely Natasha Corrett. Natasha is the founder of Honestly Healthy which is so much more than a diet: it’s a whole healthier lifestyle. I’ve met Natasha and can confirm that she actually glows – so it definitely works. She also has a fabulous new cookbook, Honestly Healthy for Life, published this very day. Her website is a treasure trove of recipes, advice and inspiration. Honestly Healthy for Life: Healthy Alternative for Everyday Living, by Natasha Corrett & Vicki Edgson is published today (Jacqui Small). Buy it here.…

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How to…cope with toddlers

Toddlers. Completely adorable. But also baffling, at times altogether infuriating and can drive you to the brink of madness. Fortunately, we have Louisa Van Den Bergh, mother of Arthur, 7, and Toby, 5, and the founder of Lulubaby, here to enlighten us (and offer a few clever coping strategies). Louisa set up Lulubaby to offer first-time mothers comprehensive antenatal and postnatal classes in locations across London. She has assembled a crack team of experts in their fields (including an obstetrician, midwife, paediatrician, breastfeeding consultant and nutrition adviser) to help soon-to-be and new parents to negotiate the web of birth and baby (aka – coping when that adorable little bomb explodes in your life). Contact them here and find details of forthcoming courses (including first aid, a parents’ weekend away, and weaning – alongside the pre and postnatal) here. Book right this minute for this Friday’s course, ‘Understanding your toddler – with play therapist and parent educator, Tessa Hardingham’ (9.30am – 12, £48) – click here for more information.…