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.

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

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