Public Speaking

After its conception several ago, The Little Soap Company was founded by Emma Heathcote-James as a hobby distraction from her writing and Media PR Consultancy… it certainly met its aim and having started life on stalls at subzero farmers markets, within six months her bars were lining the shelves of Waitrose, before breaking into the national supermarkets, inadvertently becoming the first organic soap to line their shelves…

With many twists in the path, including legals that resulted in a name change, launching of The Little Soap School and the dilemma of growing pains and ethics when being taken on by the big boys, including a dilemma posed by a contract to go into a well known supermarket, the Little brand has a colourful story about its journey, how it’s growing, adding new products and ranges, yet trying hard to kept its feet firmly on the floor and retain its local and ‘Little’ ethos…

SPEAKING TOPICS: Depending on the occasion and audience, Emma can speak on a wide range of topics, all drawn from her own experience, including:

  • WOMEN IN BUSINESS
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • FROM LITTLE TO LARGE….THE ROLLERCOASTER JOURNEY OF LITTLE SOAP COMPANY
  • THINGS I’VE LEARNT TAKING A PRODUCT FROM KITCHEN TABLE TO SUPERMARKET SHELF
  • THE LEARNING CURVE WITH BRANDING: FROM KITCHEN TABLE TO SUPERMARKET SHELF
  • THE ICEBERG OF SUCCESS – WHAT HAPPENS BENEATH THE WATER!
  • TOP 10 REASONS TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS
  • WHO WANTS TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?! THE HIGHS AND LOWS…

Each presentation is tailored specifically for your audience and your timescale – from a 30-minute visual laser talk to an informal chat with Sixth formers at school to a two-hour interactive demo seminar or inspirational talks at conferences.

What audiences gain from Emma’s plain-speaking, practical advice, plus the inspiration and motivation of hearing from someone who has achieved the goals they are pursuing.

Her aim as a speaker is to add direct, tangible value to your event. As well as providing true inspirational anecdotes, she will give your audience real-world lessons that they can take away and apply in their own careers and personal lives.

Past speaking engagements have included The Houses of Parliament, European Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Edgbaston High School Speech Day, Scary Women, Women in Business, Women in Management, University of Birmingham, University of Gloucestershire, Growing Gloucestershire Conference, Young Enterprise Awards Night, Enterprising Women Conference, WiRE National Conference and various WI events.

Enquiries & bookings: 01386 853 025 or email the office to check Emma’s availability.

I first witnessed Emma’s outstanding speaker skills when I attended the first Women Who Awards in 2016 – Emma was the headline speaker that day, and what a speaker! She captivated the entire room of some 200 guests; we were literally in the palm of her hand…. spell bound! She spoke with passion, enthusiasm, excitement and above all honesty. On that day, I went on a mission! I had a personal vision of Emma speaking at one of my Athena meetings, I did wonder if this was something she would be willing to do. And of course, Emma being Emma, was delighted to accept my invitation. Once again she was just magical, the Athena Ladies literally loved her. The feedback was utterly magnificent and I was asked ‘how I managed to get her at one of our meetings’.   Emma is also one of the Judges for the Woman Who Awards – she is so dedicated to helping others develop their business skills and, as a nominee, I was interviewed by Emma and once again found being in her company a total pleasure.  If you are looking for an amazing guest speaker, with gusto, integrity and oodles of passion, you’ve found her here!  Ann Burton, Region Director at the Athena Network, August 2017

I have had the pleasure of working with Emma twice in the last year.  She has spoken at two of my events; a female only business conference and a Find It In Worcestershire breakfast meeting.  On both occasions Emma was truly inspiring.  She talks so openly and honestly about her business journey; the good, the bad and the ugly – our business owners could really relate to her and her story.  And she does it with such energy and enthusiasm.  Emma did a great job tailoring her approach to the two very different audiences and was always professional in my dealings with her when organising the events.  Lorna Jeynes, Business Growth Manger, Worcestershire County Council, August 2017

When I asked Emma to speak about her business journey at the launch of the Woman Who… Awards, I knew she would be well received. However, the audience was so inspired by her story, that we have asked her to return again in 2018 as our keynote.  Emma’s journey is not only inspiring and motivating but she shares her challenges in an open and honest manner and tells us exactly how she overcame them.  Emma is an excellent speaker and captures the audience, not only with the content she delivers, but with her engaging and humorous account of her personal and business journey to date.  Sandra Garlick, Woman Who, July 2017

We had Emma speak at our annual Women2Web Conference in May 2017. She was both an inspirational and emotive speaker and we would thoroughly recommend her to anyone thinking of inviting her to speak. Emma has the ability to capture the audience’s attention and allow them to really relate to her journey. Thank you Emma. Katie Ainsworth,LEADER Programme Manager – Economic Growth and Investment, Worcestershire County Council, May 2017

Emma was the key note speaker at FSB’s annual B2B Expo in 2017. She absolutely wowed the audience with her honesty and determination to succeed in business. An excellent speaker, Emma confidently told her story, warts and all, and took the audience through her emotional journey to success. Emma’s approach very much reflected her business ethos of honesty and sincerity and everyone in the audience was enthralled to hear how she overcame personal and business challenges and how she tackled them head on.  Linsey Luke, Development Manager Federation of Small Business, January 2017

Emma was the keynote speaker at a flagship event for business leaders from across North Worcestershire, hosted by North Worcestershire Economic Development and regeneration (NWeDR). Her story was both captivating and inspiring, and resonated with so many of the people there. Emma couldn’t have been more supportive, speaking passionately about her subject and giving an honest appraisal of how she’d got her company so far in such a short space of time.  We (Clarke Associates) generated significant media coverage, of which she was an integral part, and many people who attended the event made a point afterwards of commenting how good they thought Emma’s speech was. Can’t recommend her highly enough!  Mark Whitehouse, Deputy Managing Director, Clarke Associates – North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration Group Conference, November 2016 

Thanks for the feedback and glad that you enjoyed it – in return I can say that, without exception, your talk went down very well – “inspirational” was one word used often & “the best speaker we’ve ever had” was another phrase. Thanks once again and we look forward to working with you again.  Dave Barker, Young Enterprise

Thank you for acting as Guest Speaker at Speech Day on Friday. They certainly had you working hard for us on the night! This weekend, Dr Weeks has received several emails from parents sending their compliments about the evening and saying how much they enjoyed listening to you. I really appreciate you taking the time out to be with us so thank you again for everything. Annelle Rowlands, Head of Development,Edgbaston High School for Girls

WOW! Is the best way to sum Emma up. Not only is she an inspirational business-woman leading the way for all women in business who want to “do it differently” but she is open, tenacious, packed to the brim with integrity and a fabulous speaker. At the last WiRE Conference she used humour and honesty to illustrate her business journey; which certainly has its peaks and troughs, and left the delegates with an overwhelming sense of “yes – I can do it”. It is with great pleasure that we share news of her recent successes, as a trailblazer for all rural businesswomen – her success is richly deserved.  Fiona Davies – WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)

Thank you so much for your fantastic talk last night. Everybody really enjoyed themselves and I’ve had wonderful feedback already about the soap!  Louise Dorr, The W.I

During the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities (12th-15th October 2015) the Emma contributed to a panel discussion and workshops at the European Commission in Brussels on the ‘Dynamics of Micro-Enterprise and Job Creation’ which included presentations from the OECD, the UK’s Enterprise Research Centre and another micro-enterprise from Denmark.  Emma provided an insight into the challenges entrepreneurs face in growing their businesses or ‘breaking out’ from a home-based activity.  Her contribution was seen as particularly valuable by the OECD who are currently conducting international research on how to grow micro-enterprise – a problem which is proving very challenging in the UK.  Her participation in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme indicated the role such interventions can play in developing a growth ambition among entrepreneurs. Professor Mark Hart – Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Programme Director and Academic Lead, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) and Associate Director, Aston Centre for Growth

Just a note to say a big thank you for such an enjoyable and inspiring talk last night …  Everyone said how much they enjoyed it and what a great speaker you are!  We wish you continued success with your business and who knows, you may see some of us on one of your workshops in the future – lots of people expressed an interest!  I shall certainly enjoy  using your soap that I bought last night and will look out for it in the future. Many thanks again and it was great to meet you at last.  Adrienne Dimon, Benhill WI

As mentioned this was one of the most enjoyable meetings I had in the last few months. Seeing the whole chain: from numbers to real success stories via policy really made it extremely lively and interesting. A special thank you to Emma for also pointing us to the pictures:  you could see people were listening (or at least not checking their ipads/iphones nor yawning…!) which is always a good sign!  Chiara Criscuolo, Senior Economist, Structural Policy Division – Science Technology and Innovation Directorate, OECD, France.

Just  a note to say thank you so much for an entertaining and inspiring presentation talk at BING the other week. I really enjoyed hearing your story. I hope to gather a few students and/or women friends for one of your workshop’s in due course. I sought and found one of your angel books on Waterstone’s shelves too this week …. Lovely work.  Sue Friston, BING