We were thrilled to welcome Mark Constantine, co-founder of Lush, to Manchester Cathedral to record this episode of Conversations of Inspiration in front of a live audience of 300 people.

Mark’s story began with a very difficult start in life, after being abandoned by his father at a very young age, Mark found himself living on the streets at 16 and with very little prospects. However his sheer hard work, determination and following his passion, he founded his first cosmetic brand for his kitchen table, supplying to the infamous Body Shop.

Today Mark and his team are forging the future for retail, with Lush now boasting 928 stores globally, with newest concept stores in Berlin, Milan, Tokyo and most recently Manchester, along with opening the world’s largest Lush store in Liverpool. A highly innovative, creative and conscious brand, Lush is using its power to change the world to be a better place.


About Conversations of Inspiration

As founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, Holly has spent the last 16 years growing and empowering small businesses across the UK.

In each episode of Conversations of Inspiration, Holly speaks to incredible founders and top entrepreneurs who share their business journeys and recount some of the biggest lessons they’ve learnt along the way.

Past guests include Richard Reed CBE, Jo Malone CBE, and Joe Wicks, The Body Coach.

The Venue

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral has been center stage in the city’s history for nearly 600 years.

Set in the very heart of the city, this beautiful Grade I listed building is just a short walk from Manchester Victoria station and a a 15 min bus journey from Manchester Piccadilly.

Victoria St, Manchester M3 1SX

In partnership with

We are so proud to have partnered with NatWest, who have supported Conversations of Inspiration from the very beginning, and who are now helping us bring you our podcast, Conversations of Inspiration Live around the country this year.

Throughout Series 3 we have run the Independent Ad Breaks competition, where each week NatWest have graciously donated their ad space to a different small business; sharing their platform with the independents.

At each Conversations Live recording NatWest will be running a short Ignition session, which brings to life their Pre-Accelerator programme, tailored to empower and support aspiring start-ups to take their first steps on their incredible business journey. NatWest are committed to supporting small businesses, both in person and online. And they’ve just launched Back Her Business, which will help more women raise the money they need to get started.

NatWest are committed to supporting small businesses by providing support both in store or online. Visit NatWest Business Hub for information, tips and advice to help you on your small business journey.