Sophie Cornish MBE co-founded notonthehighstreet.com in 2006.
From its initial network of 95 of Britain’s most creative small businesses, the company now works with 5,000 small business partners selling over 100,000 products and employs over 250 staff at it’s offices in Richmond, London.
The business has secured several rounds of venture capital funding and after ten years of consistently past-paced growth, achieved a turnover of £158million in 2015.
Previously both a journalist and marketer, Sophie Cornish began her career at Hearst Magazines on the staff of Cosmopolitan, then 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 marketing campaigns in top ten advertising agencies.
Her early digital career saw Sophie work on the launch of a number of internet start-ups, and as a channel editor for then IPC Media’s first online women’s magazine, BEME.com.
Sophie has continued to be a journalist and writer throughout her career, contributing to a number of publications, as ‘Business Ambassador’ and ‘Columnist’ for Stylist magazine from 2011 to 2012, and as The Times and The Sunday Times ‘Ready Business Mentor’ from 2015 to 2016.
Sophie now works as a consultant, angel investor and mentor to a number of fast growth businesses, and continues her role at notonthehighstreet.com as founder and ambassador.
Sophie has won a number of awards and recognitions, including most recently Evening Standard ‘Progress 1000 Business Brains’, and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013.
She lives with her husband and two teenage children in South West London.
As a guest speaker, Sophie Cornish MBE talks about her incredible entrepreneurial journey of how she co-founded and built a multi-million pound business from scratch.