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Founder Stories

Learn from the best British brands and find out how they’ve successfully built their businesses in the UK.

Laura Ward Exeat

268 – From Start-Up to Export Champion with Laura Ward from Exeat

In this episode, I am joined by Laura Ward, founder of the luxury British tennis brand Exeat.

Exeat is the UK’s most exported luxury tennis apparel brand, and Laura herself is the winner of many awards, including Global Startup of the Year. She’s also one of the government’s UK export champions, and the brand has been feature in Vogue, Forbes, The Financial Times, and Vanity Fair.

In this episode, she’s going to give you tips on how to export your brand globally and how she’s managed to get such amazing press in such a short space of time.

242 - How this Childrenswear Designer Pivoted From Bespoke to Ready-to-Wear - Dawn Clarke, Dawn Clarke Designs_Make it British Podcast

242 – From Bespoke to Ready-to-Wear – Dawn Clarke

In this episode, I chat with childrenswear designer Dawn Clarke, who is a member of Make It British and a part of our British Brand Accelerator programme. Dawn tells us all about her journey going from making everything in-house and

235 - The Make it British Podcast Kate Hills with Emma Mathews, Graham Holbrook and Dr John Parkinson

235 – Spinning a Good Yarn

Find out about an exciting recycled cashmere collaboration between three UK businesses. Dr. John Parkinson from iinouiio, Graham Holbrook from Turtle Doves, and Emma Mathews from Socko, share how the project came about, the importance of making in the UK

213 The Make it British Podcast Kate Hills - Chris Kyriacou, Soma Sportswear

213 – How to Launch an Athleisure Brand Made in the UK

In this episode, I chat with Chris Kyriacou, founder of activewear brand Soma Sportswear. Chris contacted me in 2019, looking for help to find manufacturers to make his very unique athleisurewear. In this episode, Chris talks through the process of

209 The Make it British Podcast Kate Hills - Shanna Bent

209 – Running a Brand Championing Diversity, Shanna Bent

Shanna Bent is the founder of the conscious fashion brand Maison Bent. Having previously worked with Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, Agent Provocateur, in 2019 Shanna set up her own luxury label, with a determination to bust the myth that black