SmallBizPod #81 – interview with Laura Tenison founder of JoJo Maman Bebe

Interview with Laura Tenison founder of JoJo Maman Bébé on her business journey, organic growth to £20 million, avoiding debt, retaining equity & advice for retail entrepreneurs in recession.

By Alex Bellinger
27th March 2009 at 4:43 pm

This week SmallBizPod #81, the small business podcast, includes a great interview with Laura Tenison, the female entrepreneur behind maternity and toddler retail fashion business JoJo Maman Bébé. There’s also a round-up of listener comments, an interview with a Scottish entrepreneur who is big in Japan and some great music thanks to Monotonik.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex introduces what’s coming up in this episode and thanks this month’s sponsors of SmallBizPod, Rackspace – superb small business web hosting.


• 3.50 Interview with Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bébé, the maternity and toddler fashion brand. Alex and Laura talk about business in the playground, her terrible car crash, building a business with no debt, organic growth vs giving away equity, the cash flow challenges facing all high street retailers, and how her business plans to continue to expand and grow over the next few years.

• 25:17 Many thanks for comments, advice and free books from SmallBizPod listeners Ryan Wood, Roy Husselby and Ed Surgeon.

• 28:33 Interview with Denice Purdie of Purdies Scottish Soap Company as part of the sponsorship. Full interview available here.

• 31.17 Music – Winds of Change by Jap Jap with many thanks to netlabel Monotonik.

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  1. Nathan Hall says:

    It’s good to know there are other businesses who do not want investors, or to borrow heavily to start their business.

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