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Independent Thinking - Exploring a new era for the high street

Verdant Forrest Productions

A podcast all about celebrating small, independent businesses who are doing wonderful, creative things in the most difficult of circumstances. Join me as we go behind the scenes of inspiring businesses and shops you love, hearing their stories about how they started, how they continue to evolve and why they believe in their local high street. We look forward to having you along!

Recent Episodes

East Coast Cured on the power of local: resilience, optimism and community spirit July 26, 2021 Episode artwork Summer special: Putting quality at the heart of your business with Joe from gelato makers, JoelatoJuly 19, 2021 Episode artwork New beginnings in business with Jo & Georgina of Jeffrey's Interiors July 12, 2021 Episode artwork What next for empty department stores? with the Twentieth Century Society July 05, 2021 Episode artwork At the heart of the High Street - chatting charity retail with Chest, Heart & Stroke ScotlandJune 28, 2021 Episode artwork Pop ups and polar expeditions: Adventures in retail with sustainable clothing brand, Meander June 21, 2021 Episode artwork Opening Aeble, Scotland's first cider shop and taking the leap into retail with Grant & Jaye Hutchison June 14, 2021 Episode artwork From Century General Store with love - care packages, paying it forward and putting compassion at the heart of your businessJune 07, 2021 Episode artwork Trusting your instinct, Instagram vs reality and tales from the rural high street with Flora Shedden, of ARAN Bakery and LON Store May 31, 2021 Episode artwork Experiential retail, predicting consumer trends and the rise of Phygital with Dr Sarah Montano, University of BirminghamMarch 15, 2021 Episode artwork Colour, collaboration and community: Designing a future-ready high street with Annie Marrs, UNESCO City of Design Dundee March 08, 2021 Episode artwork Putting people at the heart of your business and leaning into the unknown, with Stag hairdressers March 01, 2021 Episode artwork Reflecting on the changing face of retail and how Instagram is revolutionising the way shopowners relate to their customers with Sarah from Pencil Me InFebruary 22, 2021 Episode artwork How online communities can help foster real connection on our high streets with Curate.GlasgowFebruary 15, 2021 Episode artwork The story of how Dumfries are reclaiming their high street - with Midsteeple QuarterFebruary 08, 2021 Episode artwork Pivoting to retail overnight and the joys of pop-up shops with florist and interior stylist Style Your Spaces, Edinburgh ( A St Stephen Street Christmas Special) December 21, 2020 Episode artwork Running a family business, adapting to new trends in food and serious Christmas planning with I. J. Mellis CheesemongersDecember 14, 2020 Episode artwork Helping others to build their brands and the role of pop up spaces on our high streets with Space at Seventeen, Edinburgh (St Stephen Street Series) December 07, 2020 Episode artwork The power of resilience in retail and why coffee shops are the cornerstones of our communities with Lovecrumbs, Edinburgh (St Stephen Street Series) November 30, 2020 Episode artwork Independent bookshops as 'anchors of authenticity' and how lockdown affected our reading habits with Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh (St Stephen Street Series) November 23, 2020 Episode artwork Building an ethical brand & the wonders of immersive retail spaces with Treen, Edinburgh (St Stephen Street Series) November 16, 2020 Episode artwork Leading authentically in business, the evolving world of retail and cheerleading your fellow independents with Bon Tot, Edinburgh (St Stephen Street Series)October 26, 2020 Episode artwork The joys of slow shopping and buying thoughtfully with zero-waste shop The Good Store, Edinburgh October 19, 2020 Episode artwork Taking a punt on a family recipe, grown-up soft drinks and getting a product to market (in lockdown) with Nuisance Drinks, Edinburgh October 16, 2020 Episode artwork Opening your first business and following your passions with plant shop, Holly Grows October 12, 2020 Episode artwork