“Research thoroughly, be confident, when you put your money where your mouth is, you are going to get some back” Gavin from cutiesandpals.co.uk

CutiesandPals‘ Gavin’s wife and himself were looking to start a business together, it was mainly due to having had an apartment in Spain which they flew to quite regularly that they found that hand luggage was very boring, so Gavin and his wife came up with their own idea of making more colourful luggage with pretty designs, and through doing research they found that there was very little in the children’s market for luggage, and from there that’s where the started the brand cuties and pals!

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We were invited on BBC DragonsDen and we had a good reception from the dragons

“Research thoroughly, be confident, when you put your money where your mouth is, you are going to get some back”

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“The job of an entrepreneur is to solve problems, if you focus on solving problems you’ll be successful” Brendan from Ok Kimonos

Ok Kimonos was started by Brendan, who has spent 8 years of his life dedicating himself to Jujitsu, started a Brazilian Jujitsu company that specifically focuses on the niche of children’s Jujitsu wear, but also goes into adult clothing, ranging from shorts, uniforms and other apparel, pretty much everything that you need to compete and train Brazilian jujitsu.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“They are highly stylised colours, everything about it, I see this gap in the industry

“I see this gap in the industry, I know I’m passionate about it, I love streetwear, I love design, I’m going to go for this!”

“I built my brand entirely through sweat equity, just hustling, engaging, I wrote blog posts, I made podcasts, I made a bunch of media around my company and just kept putting it out there, I engaged in every forum, I engaged on every Facebook group, linked in groups, anywhere I could find jujitsu I engaged in it”

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“If you worry about everything being perfect to begin with then you’ll never start” Trevor from HelloBabyDirect

HelloBabyDirect was founded by Trevor Ginn in 2007 in London’s East End, Truman Brewery. Trevor had started Hellobabydirect as he had just became a father, and only then had he realised how much there was out there that he actually had to buy! HelloBabyDirect has since moved to St Albans in 2011 and currently operate out of a 2000 sq ft warehouse and handle over 200 orders every day.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We turnover 1.5 million a year mainly on eBay and Amazon

“None of it is perfect and also I think they are trying to integrate with systems which themselves are deeply imperfect”

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“Do something you’re passionately interested in” Phillip from Badlands.co.uk


Badlands has been established since 1986 and is one of the largest independent music stores in the South West of England. They have a worldwide reputation for excellent service! And as you can see from their feedback – they have over 40,000 happy eBay customers. They also run a Bruce Springsteen fan club and have, for many years, been running trips to see him in concert in Europe and the U.S.A. Initially they did this in conjunction with other travel agents but in 2002 they set up their own travel agency (Jump Travel Ltd.) in order to improve their quality of service. They seem to have succeeded as they take 1000’s of people away each year and have many regular customers who travel with them to many shows. As well as Bruce they have also organised trips to see Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, U2, Morrissey, Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Tom Waits, The Who and many more in recent years.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“Just try it, dip your toe in the water and try it.”

“The one thing you can do these days is to start a business relatively easily”

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