Sophie Cornish

Co-Founder of

Sophie Cornish

Sophie Cornish MBE is a British businesswoman and entrepreneur who is best known for being the co-founder of

Created in 2006 with her business partner Holly Tucker, the site has grown exponentially from its initial network of 95 of Britain’s most creative small businesses – it now works with 5,000 small business partners selling over 100,000 products and employs over 200 staff at their offices in Richmond, West London.

Previously both a journalist and marketer, Sophie began her career at Hearst Magazines on the staff of Cosmopolitan and later Good Housekeeping as a beauty writer and editor. Her marketing and advertising career, built on her fashion and beauty market experience, included creative brand development for Boots No 7 and 17 cosmetics, and the management of advertising campaigns for L’Oreal brands, George at Asda and Monsoon fragrances.

In the lead up to the launch of, she worked as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of print titles, including the direct-shopping title PS Magazine, Boots Health & Beauty Magazine, Woman & Home, Brides Magazine, and the Evening Standard, as well as writing a wedding planning book, Your Wedding Your Way. At the same time, she ran her own small business offering corporate event styling and floristry.

Sophie has won a plethora of industry awards including Investor Allstars Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Lloyds Bank First Women Award 2012, Media Momentum Woman of the Year 2011, Barclays Startups Women In Business Award 2008 and HSBC Startup Stars Regional Winner 2008.

Also a published author, Sophie believes that successful kitchen table businesses are created through a balance of creativity, teamwork and focus, stating in both her book and her work as a speaker that business owners must: “Stay focused on the original plan, and ensure everyone involved understands the priorities, expectations and goals.”

To book Sophie Cornish as the retail and marketing speaker for your event or conference contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or by telephone on: +44 1509 85 29 27.

  • Small Business Management
  • Kitchen Table Businesses
  • Online Business

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