A view from the top: Seep

We chatted to Laura, founder of The Seep Company, about her career journey and how she believes hiring young people keeps things fresh and relevant....

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What was it like finding your first-ever job?

My first proper job was as an assistant buyer for a food company. I just remember thinking I was so grown up and couldn't quite believe someone was willing to pay me to do something! At the time I really didn't know anything. I'd never really written a professional email or been to a proper meeting or answered the phone for a company so I had a lot to learn but I soaked it all in quickly.

Starting your own business sounds tough! What advice would you give to someone who would like to start their own business one day?

It's really tough starting your own business but it can be so rewarding. A few tips would be to ask for as much help as you can from friends, family and anyone else you come across if you need something like an introduction or some advice. It's amazing how helpful it can be and many will go above and beyond to help you. The other bit of advice would be to make sure you focus on what is most important. As a small business owner you get sucked into every little task and emergency and sometimes never get round to the most important things that will really drive your business forward. Prioritise 3 things each week that will make a difference that you have to get done.

Why is it important for you to hire young people into Seep?

It's so important to get a good diverse cross-section of people for our team that reflect our customers. We have many younger customers and we need people who think like them so that we can create appealing products and marketing that resonate with them. Having a diverse tem also means we get a wide range of views and ideas which means we keep ourselves fresh and relevant.

What are you most proud of achieving at Seep so far?

Two things 1) having our products listed in Selfridges. It's my favourite store and is well known for being at the forefront of fashion and sustainability. 2) Winning a grant from the Mayor of London to support some new product development.

Where do you see Seep evolving over the next 5 years?

I'd love to see Seep in major supermarkets and for eco cleaning products to be a lot more mainstream than they are now. I'd also love to have a bunch of products that are really innovative and that are using materials in an amazing way without harming the planet. We have big plans and we need an amazing team to help us get there!

How can someone impress you in a job interview, do they need to have a degree?

They definitely don't need to have a degree but we are looking for people with lots of drive and want to learn. We also love working with people who care about the planet and know some of the eco brands out there like Oddbox, Upcircle, Wild and Depop but that doesn't mean that you need to be an eco warrior!