Championing Community This World Entrepreneur's Day

Championing Community This World Entrepreneur's Day

After a year of pandemic-induced lockdowns and those who sought to rebuild their careers or had the ability to pursue their side-hustle, World Entrepreneurs Day 2021 has never felt more pertinent. An astonishing 835,494 new businesses were registered in the UK during the last year, according to Reboot SEO Agency, and there are estimated to be 582 million entrepreneurs in the world. Falling on August 21st this year, World Entrepreneur Day’s purpose is to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership; championing these very people that pursue doing their own thing. 

HOW HIBANA STARTED 

We celebrate our community of entrepreneurs every day at Hibana — but did you know how we came about? The short answer is over a beer, in a pub. After years building his own businesses, our Co-Founder Peter Dakin had always had the entrepreneurial spirit, but also an itch to start something that ultimately had meaning, stories and community at its heart.

Similarly, Co-Founder Nick O’Quinn had also got a bug — the travelling kind. Unfortunately - or fortunately in our case - his trip was cut short when COVID-19 hit. Facing the reality of coming home, and wondering where to put his marketing and advertising skills to best use, they were both reminded of a conversation they had over a few beers the year before: to start a business that connected like-minded consumers and brands together, telling the stories of brands who were forces for change and the founders that started them. As the pandemic struck, it was the catalyst they both didn't know they needed to turn this thought into a business. 

IT ONLY TAKES ONE CONVERSATION 

 Entrepreneurship is not only a tongue twister, but is often reminiscent of something huge, daunting and mountain-moving — which, of course, in practice it is. But the theory? We like to think it’s something more simple than that: it’s about conversation. It’s about the support group you have around you when something goes wrong, the ears who will listen to your grand plans for months on end and never get bored (or keep it to themselves if they do). Ultimately, it’s about people. Which circles back to our raison d’être: that really good things can happen when you connect like-minded people together — whether that’s sparking a next purchase or indeed your next business venture. 

As Co-Founder of Hiut Denim Co. David Hieatt shared recently on his LinkedIn (yes, where we get all of our inspirational quotes from) “Community is where the true magic lies...It’s in the conversations had over dinner each evening. And where they will one day lead.” 

Looking to listen to something inspiring? Our #TheHibanaRoadTrip podcast series ‘Four Wheels and a Founder’ interviews some of the founders behind our brands all hosted in our VW California camper van. Not to toot our own Hibana-branded horn, but if you are looking for something to get your entrepreneurial juices flowing these make the ultimate commute stories (and do let us know if they inspired you to start your own thing — we love a full circle moment). 

WORLD ENTREPRENEURS DAY: FIVE FOUNDERS SHARE THEIR LESSONS

From quitting their long-term careers to starting out as university students with a grand plan, our Hibana collective of brands is bursting at the seams with people who had something sparked within them. In order to celebrate them this World Entrepreneurs Day, we sat down with Young Goat, Nolii, Amie Wines, Dook and AAKS to find out what being an entrepreneur means to them (plus we wanted to steal some playlist inspiration for ourselves). 


ARTHUR LEVENTHORPE - YOUNG GOAT


Being an entrepreneur means…
Taking risks to push forward with something you believe in. 

If I wasn't doing this I'd…
Probably be a small cog in a big machine somewhere. 

I'd tell my younger self that...
Confidence comes from you and not what people think of you. 

My biggest lesson was…
To be welcoming and kind — you never know when you might make someone's day. 

If I could give a budding entrepreneur one piece of advice it'd be…
That you're going to make so many mistakes — it's impossible not to! As long as you learn from them, there's nothing to worry about. 

On my work playlist is…
Dave ‘Location’ 

 
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WILL SANDBACH - AMIE WINES 


Being an entrepreneur means…
Freedom, excitement and nerves!

If I wasn't doing this I'd…
Working in commercial property, like before. Although, I'm not sure how successfully!

I'd tell my younger self...
Say yes, do everything, talk to everyone and keep learning.

My biggest lesson was…
Never to rest on my laurels.

If I could give a budding entrepreneur one piece of advice it'd be…
Go for it, work hard, adapt and evolve.

On my work playlist is…
Lots of podcasts! 

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 AKOSUA AFRIYIE-KUMI - AAKS


Being an entrepreneur means…
Having a kaleidoscope of influences and inspirations that are unique to me and of which I can tap into for my work. 

If I wasn't doing this I'd…
Be an athlete.

I'd tell my younger self...
To have fun!

My biggest lesson was…
To always follow my instincts.

If I could give a budding entrepreneur one piece of advice it'd be…
There is magic in just doing it and having very little fear.

On my work playlist is…
Burna Boy


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ASAD HAMIR - NOLII


Being an entrepreneur means…
I have the special privilege and responsibility of being able to improve people’s lives — be that in the products and services we create to solve problems, the jobs, growth and environment we can create for people in our business, or how we can give back to society and help others with the wealth we create or time we can give.

If I wasn't doing this I'd…
Be an Optometrist. I actually qualified as one back in 2007 (but only worked as one for nine months!) and a scary fact — I come from a family of 45 optometrists: my mum, sister and the rest are all first cousins.

I'd tell my younger self...
Dream big, work bloody hard, look after your people and make sure you have a good balance in life.

My biggest lesson was…
Losing a lot of money with a business I started that failed. We got comfortable having made money in a previous venture — don’t EVER forget the importance of the hustle no matter how much money you make or how big you get.

If I could give a budding entrepreneur one piece of advice it'd be…
Speed is everything and perfection is not possible. Get your product out there as quickly as possible and improve it over time. Bring your customer on the journey and they will love you for it.

On my work playlist is…
Tycho! Nothing beats this for creativity!


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HELEN ATHERTON  - DOOK 


Being an entrepreneur means…
Looking forward to every single work day.

If I wasn't doing this I'd…
Teaching – I’m a qualified teacher. 

I'd tell my younger self...
You can carve out a living from what you love. 

My biggest lesson was…
Plan ahead — expect everything to take twice as long as it should! 

If I could give a budding entrepreneur one piece of advice it'd be…
You don't have to sacrifice your homelife to create a career that can work for you. 

On my work playlist is…
All sorts of podcasts — my current favourite is Ear Hustle. 

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ESTHER KNIGHT - FANFARE LABEL 

Being an entrepreneur means…
Taking a stand and offering people an alternative. Using my business to make a positive impact to fashion & bring about change.

If I wasn't doing this I'd…
Still be probably either working for a charity that I am passionate about or working for another ethical brand.

I'd tell my younger self... 
Not to worry so much. Things happen beyond your control and to give things a go.

My biggest lesson was…
To understand that failure is part of the journey and that sometimes unfortunate things do happen that are out of your control. However there are really high highs and to celebrate the little wins, learning quickly from any mistakes. 

If I could give a budding entrepreneur one piece of advice it'd be…
it'd be to never stop networking, research your customers and listen to them! It is so important to do your research & be sure of your idea. 

On my work playlist is…
Probably classic fm if I am honest. Sounds strange but it helps me concentrate and blocks out all the distractions from working from home & in the studio.

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Working 9-something? Whether you're a 'no lyrics' type or want to feel like you're in the 02 arena, here's our playlist of songs to work to, as suggested by some of our Hibana collective founders (plus a few thrown in by us for good measure).