Help the UK economy by supporting small and independent UK businesses and purchasing unique handmade crafts like bags, accessories, and much more.
When you purchase from a small or independent UK business, it really does make a difference.
Whether it be a small or large purchase, you can be sure that the money you spend will go to the artist or maker of the item you have purchased, rather than the bank of big business.
There are so many people that make, create and sell a whole variety of products. So before you buy that bag, shirt, phone charger, piece of jewellery, card, homeware, gift, and so much more, be sure to seek out your local independents that may have the item you were looking for all along.
Search hashtags such as #shopindie or #shopsmall on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc and you will see loads of people selling their handmade items, you could get lost in all the loveliness you see. And if you see something you love from a small business, or have purchased from one, share it with others on social media. I takes a moment of your time to make the day of a small business so much brighter. They may even do a happy dance when you do.
Here is a list of some, but not all, of the UK based small business that I think are fabulous and well worth a visit.
Sea Glass Jewellery and Gifts
Found and made by Sarah, who is a personal friend of Nessie so I'm told.
Indoor and Outdoor crafts
Spratt's designs, run by the spectacular designer Saz in Nottinghamshire, has a wonderful and eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor crafts, from Stationary to sun-catchers, to make your world fun and sunny all year round, wherever you are.
Fabrics and Haberdashery
Looking for Fabric? Head to The Little Fabric Shop run by Jane and Warren in sunny Suffolk. An amazing collection of Beautiful Fabric, Haberdashery, Ribbons, Buttons, Fat Quarter Bundles & Sew much more. Take your wallet with you on this journey.
Sue from Cambridge is a fabulous bookbinder who uses a variety of materials, including eco friendly cork and sustainable papers, to create the most amazing handcrafted books and photo albums that are beautiful to look at and hold, yet practical and easy to use.