Alex Lees and Jennie Holland

Two Nottingham-based business owners have launched Tale Talks; a video series of bite-sized video Q&As with business professionals, entrepreneurs and athletes from across the Midlands region, to share insight and inspire.

Tale Talks started as an idea born during the current lockdown period by Alex Lees of Tale Production and Jennie Holland of Jennie Holland PR. Having moved their operations and teams to home working in mid-March in line with government guidelines, the pair thought due to the limitations of the current situation that there was a lack of communication and sharing of personal experiences when it is needed most.

The two agreed that creating a new digital platform to share open, practical and timely conversations would be relevant and welcomed – not just during home working – but beyond, as professionals consider work life post-lockdown and the need to utilise digital technology to keep in touch and share content.

Launched Monday, the Tale Talks channel already has a number of interviews live and new videos will be added weekly.


First up is entrepreneur Ross Kemp – Ross is the founder and inventor of Asap Water Crafts; a first of its kind electric water craft that allows users to explore further on water than ever before. Ross beat the odds when his funding round flat lined due to the pandemic, and his predicted forecasts for his leisure based board had to be altered. Ross’s determination and approach meant that he ended up overfunding on Crowdcube and has a great story to tell.

Co-creator of the new platform, Alex Lees says: “I wanted to launch Tale Talks as there are so many great stories out there in the Midlands, yet it’s difficult for people to talk about them currently and some may be worried to share positive experiences during what is a very difficult time for many. However, Jennie and I felt that the more positivity and success we put out into the business sphere, the better morale and collective insight will be.

“In addition, there are a lot of individuals pivoting and altering the way they are operating and some of that shared knowledge will hopefully inspire others and provide confidence to do the same. I’m hoping that these videos can bring everyone together, in a time where digital is the only form of communication.”

Co-creator Jennie Holland adds: “There is so much good going on behind closed doors as people press on and adapt as much as possible during these challenging times, and I think we all naturally take inspiration from people willing to talk through their experiences and share ideas. It also helps to give confidence to people who are likely feeling frustrated or demotivated in the current climate.

“Now is the time to pull together – even if we can’t be together – and Tale Talks is really a vehicle to do that; providing positive communication flow in an informal, useful and most importantly accessible way. Alex and I hope professionals will find this an uplifting resource and will be willing to go in front of the camera themselves to share their story.”

Tale Talks will be open for business owners, entrepreneurs, athletes and more to share their stories and those wishing to get involved can make contact via the Tale Talks channel on YouTube.