Interview Features and Guest Blogs for Handmade by Tinni

Updated: Apr 25

Interviews/ Features / Guest Blogs

We belong to this incredible creative community and have been blessed with some amazing interviews and features that covers our journey. Grateful and truly humbled.

Many of these interviews cover my design journey so far and they love that our brand is all about sustainability and vibrant, bold colour. Some also find it inspiring that I founded my brand, in 2020 just before the pandemic hit!

Handmade by Tinni was launched to address the lack of colourful, fun biodegradable jewellery for fashionistas who love expressing their personality with unusual, statement jewellery pieces. We want our designs to bring joy, inspire confidence and encourage ethical living.

Some if these features focus on the traditional art-form of our designs that is the art of traditional rope knotting crafts and processes like macramé which we specilise to create colourful, unique and bold designs.

Here are some of the highlights:

(in order of published dates)

Dated: April 6th, 2022

By Dan Adair Wright, Head of community, Enterprise Nation

''Whether it’s winning awards, generating media coverage, gaining new clients, or seeing your products on the shelves, we think it’s important to pause, celebrate your successes, and recognise how far you’ve come in your entrepreneurial journey.

Here’s 10 members of the Enterprise Nation community with something to celebrate.''

Enterprise Nation kindly share our success at f:Entrepreneur and winning the 'Small Business Sunday' award on their featured blog. How awesome to see our founder, Paulomi featuring on the headline image as above.

Read Here.

Employee Spotlight: Paulomi Debnath Named One of UK’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs

Dated: March 22nd, 2022

Paulomi Debnath is an accomplished meeting, event, and travel professional. She also owns her own business, Handmade by Tinni, and was recently named one of the UK’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs for 2022 by the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, we are delighted to share Paulomi’s journey and congratulate her on such an amazing achievement.

M&IW Highlights

Tell us about your role with M&IW. When did you start and what is your current role?

I joined M&IW in September 2016, and my first day at work was at the all-company meeting at the time named Campus Week, now called the M&IW Summit. I was greeted with a strong bear hug from Jean and Tina, our two owners. I can never forget that warm welcome!

As a Senior Event Sourcing Manager, I am part of the Event Sourcing Team, and I am based in London. I am an international sourcing expert and work with various clients for our company.

How long have you been in the events and travel industry?

Can I share that without sharing my age? In all honesty, it has been 20+ wonderful years. I am fortunate to have worked with some of the top brands in the industry, including Corinthia, Starwood (now Marriott), Carlson Rezidor, Hilton, Thistle, and Guoman. Specifically in the last seven years, I have only worked in 5-star luxury travel, and that has changed my whole outlook of the travel industry. The goal is not just to find a hotel or venue but to provide a unique setting for the best experience for my clients. For me, luxury travel sales represents the most unique experiences that create lifelong memories.

Continue reading the blog - Here

Dated: March 21st, 2022

London entrepreneur named one of 2022’s most inspiring female founders

Read the full Interview here:

Paulomi Debnath, Founder & Designer at Handmade by Tinni has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational and dynamic female entrepreneurs by the f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.

Paulomi who founded Handmade by Tinni, Sustainable Textile Jewellery & Home Decor in 2022, is being profiled alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the country, as part of the campaign to celebrate the multi- achievements of women running businesses in the UK today. Now in its fifth year, the growing campaign attracted a record number of applications for this year’s ‘#ialso100’ line-up. Delivered by Small Business Britain – the leading champion of small businesses in the UK – f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight the stories of amazing female business owners and help provide inspiration and role models across the wider small business community. Now in its fifth year, the campaign offers a host of events and training and networking opportunities to boost skills, capability and confidence.

Dated: March 8th, 2022

Blog Topic: International Women's Day puts focus on equality at work

More women plan to start a business

Also this week, a survey conducted by Small Business Britain has found that nearly a fifth (17%) of women in the UK are considering starting a business following the pandemic, with 48% citing a desire for more money as the biggest driver and 46% wanting the freedom of being their own boss.

The research, commissioned to mark International Women's Day, signals a "major shift in attitudes towards entrepreneurship among women" according to Small Business Britain. Women from ethnic minority backgrounds were also found to be much more likely to start a business; 7% of women who started businesses in the past year are from ethnic minority backgrounds, compared to just 1% three years ago.

Small Business Britain runs the ƒ:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign, which features an annual line-up of 100 of the UK's most inspiring female-led founders. Paulomi Debnath started her jewellery and home décor business, Handmade by Tinni, in early 2020. "My business is heavily influenced by my rich Indian heritage and champions vibrancy, confidence and diversity, which I think are all elements that we should endeavour to celebrate in female entrepreneurship as well."

Read Here.

Dated: March 7th, 2022


This trend is reflected in Small Business Britain’s ƒ:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign, which features an annual line-up of 100 of the UK’s most inspiring female-led founders, to celebrate the growing tide of multi-achieving female entrepreneurs that lead businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support.

This year the campaign received a record number of applications since it first launched in 2017 and has seen an increase in the number of mission-driven female-led businesses keen to use the platform to grow, especially businesses committed to championing sustainability.

One such example is Paulomi Debnath, who started her textile jewellery and home décor business ‘Handmade by Tinni’ with the aim to grow a sustainable brand and support her community.

“I founded my creative business in 2020 just before the pandemic hit, and although running a new design-led brand in such difficult time, whilst also juggling a busy family life, has been a challenge, I have always had confidence that my ethical brand values and entrepreneurial spirit would get me through. My business is heavily influenced by my rich Indian heritage and champions vibrancy, confidence, and diversity, which I think are all elements that we should endeavour to celebrate in female entrepreneurship as well.”

Delivered by Small Business Britain – the leading champion of small businesses in the UK - the f:Entrepreneur campaign offers a host of events, training, and networking opportunities to boost skills, capability, and confidence among female founders.

Boots, Shoes and Fashion

Dated: February 25th, 2022

Boots, Shoes and Fashion is a personal blog, curated by Linda Hobden. If you love boots, shoes and fashion, you will love Linda's blog.

Linda approached Paulomi, our founder and artist for "An Interview With" blog-post series.

She focused particularly in knowing about our handmade sustainable jewellery, as well as about the London-based brand, Handmade By Tinni, Although billed as a shoe and fashion site, Linda do cover a lot of in depth and lifestyle issues too.

Read the Interview Here:

They have interviewed a great variety of people such as shoe designers (e.g. Natacha Marro ), models (e.g. Laura Cherry), burlesque dancers (e.g. Sukki Singapora), performers (e.g. Cyanide Girls), photographers (e.g. Marie GC Photography), TV hosts & celebs (e.g. Bret "Hollywood" Freeman, Celia Sawyer), singers (e.g. Jazz Singer Nicole Peach) through to fashion designers, cake makers, company CEOs, shops, make up artists, and small cottage industries…. as well as musicians, authors, fellow bloggers and other people not connected to the fashion industry but are nevertheless interesting and inspirational!

Dated: February 21st, 2022

The story of our founder Paulomi and her creative journey to launch Handmade by Tinni as a sustainable handmade statement jewellery brand is covered by Gramersi.

Read the blog here

Gramersi is a digital publisher – specialising in consumer and retail startup news, content, insights and events.

For Consumers:

They make it easy for you to discover the latest products, and learn about them through high quality news and video content.

For Startups:

They support startups and provide them with a PR platform, by featuring them on the Gramersi news channel, as well hosting a range of meet-ups, seminars and conferences.

Our Successes:

Since launching, Gramersi is proud to have worked with the likes of War Paint For Men, Jecca Blac, Wear My Freedom, smol, Iasha Masood (Insu Beauty), OLIO, Posey Yoga, Tropic, M+LK PLUS, Barenaked, Dr Tara Lalvani (Beautifect), COVEX, and more.

Date: February 18th, 2022

Handmade by Tinni was selected as top 30 Jewellery Companies to Watch in 2022!

We were placed at number four from top.

Read the blog here.

TechRound helps startups, entrepreneurs and established businesses from the UK and around the world to receive the exposure they need to tell their stories. With a captive, engaged and startup and tech-driven audience and readership, we are ideally placed to get both startups and established businesses of any nature in front of key stakeholders in the startup sector. We regularly provide comments and expert insights into the startup and tech spheres of the UK and the wider world.

Dated - January 28th, 2022

Our Founder Paulomi is born and brought up in India and living in London for past 15+ years.

i:Entrepreneur is a campaign celebrating, championing and shining a light on small businesses founded by entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds. It exists to raise the profile of these businesses and to ensure success is celebrated not as a minority, but for the incredible value they bring in their own right. We are so proud to be part of this campaign and read the blog here.

The i:Entrepreneur campaign is brought to you by Small Business Britain - the UK’s leading champion of small businesses, supporting all 5.8 million small businesses in the UK no matter their location, sector or ambition.

Through a series of reports, events and campaigns, Small Business Britain champions, inspires, recognises and accelerates small businesses to foster growth and increase confidence and is dedicated to highlighting all small businesses across the UK.

So proud to be included here - Read Paulomi's interview

Dated: January 10th, 2022

Blog Topic: 2022’s most inspiring female founders revealed

100 of the UK’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs have been named by Small Business Britain, in a line-up that reflects the phenomenal contribution to society, economy and communities that many female founders are making across the UK.

From a quantum computer entrepreneurs, and vegan fruit farm owners, to sustainability start-ups and inclusive fashion founders, this year’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign celebrates the growing tide of inspiring, resilient and multi-achieving female entrepreneurs that lead businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support.

Now in its fifth year, the growing campaign attracted a record number of applications for this year’s ‘#ialso100’ line-up, reflecting how mission-driven female entrepreneurs continue to flourish despite the challenges of the past years, with many scaling or starting new ventures.

Read Here.

Dated: December 2021

Guest Podcast with We are PEAC

Fleur and Lucia are passionate about bringing the best out of us. Whether this is by making teams soar or infusing a zest for life back in their clients, their framework provides a safe space to explore and grow. They engage, educate and empower, resulting in better quality of work and life.

Welcome to Life Made Better! - A podcast hosted by Fleur and Lucia

They both truly believe that everyone can live a happy fulfilled life and are on a quest to shift mindsets and perspectives to make this happen.

Listen to the Podcast here - It is all about our Founder Paulomi's passion of having two careers and still rocking them both!

''As we bring you our final guests for the year, we do it with a bit of passion! Which Paulomi has plenty of! Paulomi has a very varied background, she is an Engagement Specialist, Luxury Travel and Event Specialist with more than 15Y ears’ experience in Hotel Sales in Luxury Sector and quite a creative soul! And she is also the founder and maker of Handmade by Tinni.''

The Home of British Craft

Date: October 26th, 2021

Our founder Paulomi Debnath has been on Folksy from the start of her journey being a Featured Maker on Folksy has been a huge highlight of our business journey.

Interview on Folksy Blog: Read Here

Folksy is the home of British Craft. On our pages you will find thousands of pieces created by artists, designers and makers, knitting, stitching, painting, printing, soldering, sketching, whittling, carving and crocheting in studios and at kitchen tables across the UK.

So if you’re looking for that perfect original gift or you want to shop small, shop independent and give handmade, we suggest sitting down with a cuppa and having a look through the amazing creations on Folksy - all made by clever hands crafting away across the British Isles.

Our founder Paulomi Debnath was selected as a Featured Maker on Folksy in the Month of October 2021. She was interviewed on her dreams, creative inspiration, design process, inspiration behind the brand name and a lot more.

Featured Maker Interview on Folksy Blog: Read Here

Dated: August 11th, 2021

Guest Podcast with Indie Roller

Indie Roller is a supportive and inspiring environment where independent business owners can rise up and work their business. This means allocating time to learn skills, create strategy and get coached on your mindset. Leona's mission is to help creatives grow sustainable businesses free from comparison, imposter syndrome and burn out.

It is an amazing community for creatives like ours and proud to be a member.

The Indie Roller podcast peeks into the everyday lives of Indie Biz owners. We’ll explore a myriad of myths, truths and secrets to empower you to play by your own rules.

Here, our founder, Paulomi Debnath has been a guest speaker and talked about our wholesale journey. In this episode Paulomi talks us though her wholesale journey focusing on setting up marketplaces. We discussed pricing, making it work for a handmade business and the pricing strategy learnt from the Indie Roller Process.

Hear the Podcast here:

Selling on Wholesale Platforms with Handmade by Tinni

Dated: July 28th, 2021

An interview by The Bristol Market: Read Here

Bristol Market showcases brilliant makers, producers and creatives via its lovingly-curated Makers Marketplace directory and Online Market. Bristol Market was founded by Géraldine Wise, a self-confessed market addict, long-time champion of all things independent and supporter of shopping small.

With a focus on ethical practice, quality, community and inclusivity, promoting the idea of ‘buying better’ is at the core of Bristol Market and all that it does. Géraldine handpicks each maker she works with, finding great pleasure in bringing together small businesses and shoppers whose values align.

Dated: March 2021

Handmade by Tinni was a Featured Maker on Pedddle:

Pedddle - ''We promote markets and their stallholders and help people locate markets near them, wherever they are in the UK. Whether you’re at home or on holiday, you can easily find events and markets near you, using Pedddle. You can also find a past event and see which of our stallholders sold there, so if you’ve seen that perfect gift at a market or an item you just can’t get out of your head, we can help you find it again!''

Read our interview here:

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