BIG SMALL BUSINESS

THE SPEAKERS. BIG SMALL BUSINESS, APRIL 1ST '17

SHARING THEIR JOURNEYS, TO HELP YOU SHAPE YOURS. 

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SHARE A WORLD-CLASS LINE-UP OF ENTREPRENEURS WITH YOU. 

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER, KRISTINA KARLSSON, FOUNDER KIKKI.K 

"DREAM . DO . ENJOY . SHARE . "

We are absolutely thrilled to announce Kristina Karlsson, founder of kikki.K as our keynote speaker for the inaugural Big Small Business conference!

kikki.K is the stationery brand of choice for big-dreamers around the world. We could not be more honoured to have Kristina sharing her personal journey with you.

Displaying an amazing amount of drive and enthusiasm, Kristina followed her dream from concept to reality. 

Kristina has turned a desire for stylish home office products into a booming design and retail business, with boutiques across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK and an online store that services over 140 countries the world over. 

With over 800 employees during peak sales periods, and over 80 privately owned boutiques around the world,  Kristina knows first-hand what it is like to grow a small business, into a global force. 

Kristina is a happy, enthusiastic person with boundless energy, who loves life, thinks health is everything, and wants you to be as passionate about Swedish design and stationery as she is. 

"Through beautiful Swedish design, we inspire and empower people the world over to live their best life, every day."

JOIN KRISTINA & OUR INCREDIBLE PANELISTS AT BIG SMALL BUSINESS

PANELIST

LIZZIE BURCKHARDT, FOUNDER NEEDLE KNitwear

Needle has fast become one of the most exciting new fashion brands to come out of Britain. 

Following a career chapter working in product development at fashion giant L.K. Bennett, Lizzie found a design partner in Emma Baressi, formerly of Burberry, and decided to pursue her dream of creating a fashion label of her own. 

Specialising in beautiful knitwear pieces to wear all year round, a Needle piece is instantly recognisable for its elevated quality and clever use of colour. 

Needle has developed a loyal customer following, as well as cultivating relationships with a core selection of quality stockists, including an exclusive collaboration with international fashion retailer Anthropologie in 2016. 

 

PANELIST 

HOLLY SCARSELLA, FOUNDER PAMPELONE CLOTHING  

Holly Anna Scarsella is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. 

Holly launched resortwear brand PAMPELONE Clothing in 2015 and has since grown the brand to 200 points of sale, in 18 countries.  

Holly has recently been named by Forbes Magazine as one of their 30 entrepreneurs under 30 for 2017.

Holly also dedicates her time to charity, sitting on the development board for Tender charity and is also a close supporter of mothers2mothers charity. 

PANELIST

ELIZABETH ElsEY, FOUNDER ELIZABETH SCARLETT HOMEWARE

Elizabeth Scarlett is the go to lifestyle brand for those in search of chic homewares and gifts. 

Following a foundation year at Central St Martin's, Elizabeth dived into a business degree before turning her hand to fashion merchandising, design and sales. With experience under her belt, she was quick to pick up her paintbrushes and start creating what soon became the first Elizabeth Scarlett Collection in 2015. 

Mesmerised by embroidery and on a quest to bring a softer more colourful touch to the home, Elizabeth's products quickly resonated with her consumers. From candles to wash bags and notebooks to luxury quilts, Elizabeth's collections all feature her hand drawn motifs that are inspired by her travels around the world. They are currently flying off the shelves at of Graham & Green, Fenwick, Amara Living, Fortnum & Mason as well as 50+ boutiques in the UK, Europe and the US 

2017 is set to be another busy year - May will see the launch of her third collection - Natural Beauty - and she is currently working on some exciting charity partnerships and beauty collaborations. 

PANELIST

ELLA GREGORY, FOUNDER COCO'S TEA PARTY

Coco's Tea Party is a lifestyle blog dedicated to providing attainable style inspiration for fashion-savvy young professionals. 

Blogging throughout her studies at the University for the Creative Arts, Ella watched the digital revolution take hold of the fashion industry. And after graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Journalism she took a leap of faith and decided to focus on Coco’s Tea Party full-time.

Since then Ella's been lucky enough to travel around the world and has worked with a host of respected fashion and beauty brands including Ralph Lauren, Boden and Clinique. 

In 2016 Ella published her first e-book, 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Blogging, How To Avoid Common Mistakes & Launch A Successful Lifestyle Blog.

Ella still resides in London, and can often be found watching Nora Ephron movies, Googling British Shorthair kittens and singing along to the Nashville soundtrack.

PANELIST

AMANDA START, FOUNDER THE ONLINE STYLIST 

Amanda Start is a UK life and style blogger, known as a digital influencer for women seeking attainable luxury in their everyday wardrobe and lifestyle choices. 

Amanda lives on the South Coast with her family and Instagram-friendly pup Biscuit.  

Formerly from a Finance background, Amanda now spends her time providing regular inspiration via her blog and social media channels to those who appreciate small daily luxuries, timeless wardrobe staples and who believe in the power of great coffee and good quality cashmere!

Amanda also regularly hosts blog workshops at hero.

Amanda is a sought-after blogger, partnering with quality lifestyle brands including The White Company, Anthropologie, and Jaeger amongst many others. 

 

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

KEVIN LATOUF, FOUNDER THE WINE BUTLER

Kevin is a wine expert, entrepreneur and former England cricketer. 

Whilst competing in Australia, Kevin had his first taste of organic wine on a trip to a winery, during some down time. 

For Kevin, one taste was enough to become hooked to the cleaner, more flavoursome taste of organic wine. When his sports career came to a close, Kevin dove straight into the wine industry, travelling, researching and curating organic wines from around the world.

Kevin's passion became the basis for Wine Butler, an organic wine subscription business sharing the finest organic wines from around the world. 

Launched in 2016, Wine Butler has fast become a leader in the organic wine movement, and enjoys an ever-growing subscription list of happy customers.  Most recently Wine Butler was featured in GQ. 

Kevin is passionate about educating people as to the benefits of drinking organic wine, travelling and long dinners in hot countries.  

 

PANELIST

SARAH WILLIAMSON-JONES, FOUNDER POD & PIP

After 14 years working in the corporate telecommunications world,  managing research and customer experience improvement projects, Sarah decided it was time for a change from corporate life and a fresh challenge. 

With a love for the countryside and all things botanical, floristry was beckoning.

Pod & Pip was launched in 2016, the idea being simple: a different bunch of fresh seasonal flowers every week to be delivered on a Friday - hence 'Friday Flowers'. 

The range has since expanded and bouquets will be delivered nationwide from March 2017.

Pod & Pip also run flower workshops in an idyllic riverside setting, learning basic floristry techniques.  

PANELIST

GEMMA NASH, FOUNDER BLOSSOM YOGA 

Gemma Nash is the founder of Blossom Yoga, a mother of four and wife.

With thirteen years experience, Gemma is a highly-respected yoga teacher and has helped hundreds of students to fall in love with the practice. 

In 2016 Gemma extended the breadth of her business, co-creating day-long wellness retreats with Hannah McIntyre, founder of Hannah’s B&B.

Managing business, with a busy family, Gemma is an expert in the pursuit - and education - of balance. 

 

PANELIST

HANNAH MCINTYRE, FOUNDER HANNAH'S B&B

Hannah opened her namesake boutique Bed & Breakfast Hannah’s B&B in 2015.

In its two years since opening, Hannah’s B&B has won glowing reviews from publications including Condé Nast Traveler, The Guardian Weekend and Psychologies Magazine, amongst many others.  

A destination getaway, Hannah’s B&B has fast become one of the most sought-after boutique hotels in the UK. 

In 2015 Hannah launched Two Bare Feet, luxury self-catering accommodation in the heart of Winchester. 

In 2016 Hannah evolved the product offerings at Hannah’s B&B to include day-long wellness retreats, co-created with renowned yoga teacher Gemma Nash. 

PANELIST

JENNIE HOGG, FOUNDER LOIS AVERY

Jennie Hogg was an Associate Partner at a City law firm when she left the profession to follow her heart.  

In October 2016 Jennie launched Lois Avery, a brand of dreamy Italian cashmere, that allowed her to fuse her passion for style and travel. 

Importing from Italy but selling worldwide Lois Avery has received great support from Jennie’s native Australia, the US, the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Lois Avery has fast become a favourite of style publishers, growing a loyal following of world-famous bloggers and press. Most recently Lois Avery was featured in Stylist magazine as one of the items every woman's wardrobe needs. 

 

BIG SMALL BUSINESS CO-CREATORS, COMPÈRES AND PANELISTS

BIG SMALL BUSINESS CO-CREATORS, COMPÈRES AND PANELISTS

MONICA BEATRICE WELBURN & LAURA TURNER, CO-CREATORS OF BIG SMALL BUSINESS

MONICA BEATRICE WELBURN 

Monica is a multi-hat-wearing creative entrepreneur. Monica is passionate about helping others to pursue their life and business dreams, as she is hers. 

As the founder of award-winning blog The Elgin Avenue, Monica has worked with some of the world’s leading commercial brands, including Bobbi Brown, Anthropologie and Banana Republic, amongst many others.

Two years ago Monica launched her independent consultancy business, helping fellow small business-owners to shape their journeys. 

As well as guest-lecturing at prestigious Universities around the UK, including Condé Nast College and Winchester University, Monica lends mentorship to a small group of students.

In 2017 Monica is expanding her business to include her first product line. Monica can most-often be found clutching a takeaway coffee cup, scribbling ideas and to-do lists in a notebook, and wearing yoga leggings (both to the gym, and everywhere else). 

LAURA TURNER 

Laura Turner is the founder of hero shop in Stockbridge, a beautiful independent store, online destination and event space. In its two years since inception, hero has outgrown its store space twice, and now occupies a key retail position, four times its original size, along Stockbridge’s cosmopolitan high street. 

Laura knows first-hand what it feels like to pivot your career. Having begun her working life in the City, followed by six years at home with two young daughters, and most-recently embarking on an entrepreneurial adventure with hero, Laura is aware of the challenges and triumphs which come with running your own business. There's also been a more recent addition of a new baby!

Now into its third year of trading, hero is growing faster than ever, and not just in store. Hero is expanding its hugely successful run of educational workshops, as well as exploring its first product line. 

With a ‘no regrets’ attitude, Laura is living out her business ambitions with intention.