Thank you so much for your interest. I am very excited to launch my very own show, as a big podcast fan it’s my hope you get as much inspiration and business success advice from these candid conversations to help you grow and reach your own success goals. Please feel free to connect with me directly via socials @kellyhoppen. I read and answer all comments. Launching September 2019
The first sound man to be honoured by Her Majesty the Queen, Jazzie B is a true soul legend. He and friend Daddae started a sound called Jah Rico when they were just 13, playing mainly reggae music; after three years Soul II Soul was created. They were launched into success by landing a gig at the now-legendary Africa Centre in London’s Covent Garden, and it wasn’t long before the record labels were beating down the proverbial door. Soul II Soul enjoyed early chart success with ”Keep On Moving“ and ”Back To Life,” and picked up a couple of Grammys in 1990. Jazzie was subsequently given the keys to seven cities in the US, and there is even a Soul II Soul day celebrated by die-hard fans on that side of the pond. Accepting his success with Soul II Soul, Jazzie is quite the entrepreneur. He has his own label (Soul II Soul Recordings); has produced a string of remixes for the likes of The Fine Young Cannibals and James Brown (one of his childhood heroes); he’s a radio DJ, and he runs his own annual music festival in the Caribbean. From 1985-1989, Jazzie and Soul II Soul would hold what would be regarded as a legendary night at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden. The Soul II Soul track “Fairplay” was recorded there just before the group started to find wider success. The nights at the Africa Centre would be celebrated in the 2003 compilation “Soul II Soul At The Africa Centre”. At this time, he would also host a show on then pirate radio station Kiss FM, which would continue through its legal licence and until 1997. From 2009 to 2012, Jazzie B hosted the “Back 2 Life” radio show on BBC London 94.9, which he then bought to Mi-Soul since 2014. Jazzie has produced and remixed tracks for the likes of Incognito, Maxi Priest, James Brown, Kym Mazelle, Cheryl Lynn, Teena Marie, Johnny Gill, Ziggy Marley, Nas, and Destiny’s Child. He is a founding director of the Featured Artists Coalition. http://jazzieb.co.uk/
Stephen Webster MBE is a British jewellery designer best known as founder of his eponymous jewellery brand Born in Gravesend, Kent, Stephen Webster was educated at Gravesend Grammar School and later at the Medway College of Design (now the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester). After completing his training under Tony Shepherd (himself a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths), Webster worked as a craftsman for several established London design houses. Among many highly regarded commissions was the honour, on two occasions, of setting the De Beers Diamond Stakes Trophy. After receiving the De Beers honour in 1982, Stephen relocated to Canada to design for an independent jeweller. Following a brief return to the UK in 1984, Webster identified a potential market for his jewellery in California. Webster returned to London in 1989 to establish Stephen Webster Ltd. The brand currently has over 200 points of sale worldwide and flagship stores in London, Beverly Hills, Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev. In 2007, Webster was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University for the Creative Arts, and in 2013 Webster was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours for services to training and skills in the British jewellery industry https://www.stephenwebster.com Please note: Recorded during lockdown.
One of my oldest friends, Alan Carr doesn’t need much of an introduction. Starting out his formative years were spent working in a supermarket as well as a call centre for lost and stolen credit cards, Alan shares his journey that led him to winning two British Comedy Awards, two National Television Awards, a BAFTA TV Award and becoming a national treasure. https://alancarr.net/
A self-taught chef, food columnist, best-selling cookbook author, real food activist and sustainability champion who is passionate about spreading the power of feel-good food. Feel-good food is food that not only tastes delicious, it’s food that nourishes our bodies, food that’s grown with the seasons and with respect for the people who grow it. It’s food to be enjoyed and shared, and it’s food that is used to its full wholesome, nourishing potential with nothing wasted. https://melissahemsley.com/
Jo Fairley is one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. After becoming the UK’s youngest-ever magazine editor, at the age of 23, she set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 1991 when she co-founded Green & Black’s Chocolate, now a $100 million a year brand. Our conversation was recorded during lockdown via a live recording. https://www.josephinefairley.com/ https://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/
Lisa Snowdon is an English television and radio presenter and fashion model. She was the host of the Living TV reality television show Britain’s Next Top Model from 2006 until 2009. She also co-presented Capital Breakfast on Capital London from August 2008 until 18 December 2015. This episode was recorded online during COVID-19 Lockdown.
Very excited to speak with Daisy Hoppen who is also my beloved niece. Daisy has built an incredible PR agency http://www.dh-pr.com. Having previously worked with a number of London based luxury PR Agencies, Daisy founded DH-PR to provide representation within the Art world, Fashion, Luxury and Design Creative. In this podcast which was recorded during Covid-19 (4th May 2020) lockdown, Daisy offers her insights into what businesses should be doing to help reopen and bounce back. Very proud Auntie! http://www.dh-pr.com/
TV celebrity and founder of TRINNY LONDON. After ten years working in marketing, Woodall met Susannah Constantine whom she joined to write a weekly fashion column for The Daily Telegraph. This led to the launch of their own internet fashion-advice business and the release of their first fashion-advice book. Trinny co-wrote 11 fashion advice books, several of which became best-sellers in the United Kingdom and the United States, and have now sold over 3 million copies worldwide. In 2003 they launched their shapewear range Trinny & Susannah’s Original Magic Knickers, which are sold in 30 countries around the world. After co-hosting What Not to Wear for five series and appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show as style and makeover advisors, Woodall and Constantine moved to ITV to host Trinny & Susannah Undress… in 2006, and Undress the Nation. After becoming the faces of Littlewoods Direct, they released their own Littlewoods clothing range along with their 5th fashion advice book, The Body Shape Bible, in 2007. In 2009, they launched their International Makeover Mission series. They have filmed over 20 series in nine countries. They have been viewed by over 30 million women in over 31 countries. Trinny started her own makeup company TRINNY LONDON in October 2017. Her brand focuses on providing women with a personalised selection of makeup all tailored to their unique combination of skin, hair and eye colourings using the diagnosis tool ‘Match2Me’. The majority of her cream-based makeup has a unique stacking feature which allows the user to carry around their makeup easily. It is sold mainly online and shipped to 65 countries around the world
Ruth Chapman co-founded MATCHESFASHION.COM as a single brick-and-mortar fashion store in Wimbledon, London in 1987. The couple expanded the luxury fashion chain to 14 stores in London, including launching franchise stores for MaxMara and Diane von Furstenberg. It went on to become the largest independent luxury fashion retailer in London. Ruth was known in the industry for working with new and up-and-coming talent, and has said that “discovering” new designers was key to the business’ early success. Ruth was credited with bringing designers including Versace, Prada and Bottega Veneta to the UK. Ruth supported The Telegraph’s Women Mean Business campaign which aimed to close the finance gap between female and male entrepreneurs. Ruth is a Patron of The Prince’s Trust’s Women Supporting Women campaign. In 2017, Ruth and her husband Tom received the Drapers Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2018, Chapman was shortlisted for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award.