Small Business Guide
It's never been more important to shop small, independent and local. There are so many wonderful home-grown businesses out there and as a small business we want to focus on community, not competition. Let's celebrate each other. Let's share one another's posts, and sing each other's names from the rooftops.
Below you'll find lots of small businesses from across the UK all offering various products and services. Share this link with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbours and encourage them to shop with a small business. Amazon makes over £13 million an hour which is more than 99.9% of small businesses will see in a lifetime. Let's take some of that money and put it back into the businesses run by our friends, families, neighbours and colleagues and make this year a meaningful one.
Rocco & The Fox
Baby/Children's Clothing + Accessories
Adorable Precious Handmade offers handmade, soft and beautifully matched accessories for your little ones. The super stylish bows, turbans and bibs are all handcrafted by mother and business owner, Jenna.
Bella Nouvele Boutique specialises in handmade children’s hair accessories. Lovingly made and always with a little sparkle. They have a variety of Christmas accessories on offer this year and all can be found using the link above.
Forever Frances is a brand for children and babies that offers stylish clothing, footwear & accessories. Making the sassy Instagram fashion affordable.
A shop full of lovely things for children that you secretly want for yourself. They work hard to source toys that are good for kids and the planet, and that don’t reinforce harmful stereotypes. They range from inclusive, handmade dolls and sustainable wooden toys to books that teach children about compassion and acceptance.
Born in 2020, mama-ran NEU//mini hope to create NEUtral minimalist designs for your kids to laugh, play and grow in. Sourcing robust natural fabrics in timeless designs that are built to last, they strive to be an ethical and sustainable brand.
Paddy & Lou offers beautiful handmade clothing for everyone, from newborn sizes to 5XL. They have a vast choice of stunning fabric to choose from and are able to offer matching sets - perfect for matching siblings!
RUJO brings you clothing that suits both baby and parent. Handpicked garments with your family in mind to allow baby to move 'n' groove, whilst making changing times simpler with fewer poppers, easy zips and stretchy fabrics. Leaving you more time to do the fun stuff, play and cuddle!
With stylish, affordable and bespoke clothing, Stoosh Kids are the epitome of what makes a small business the best place to buy from; with the customer and individual needs and style at the forefront. Founded in 2019 by busy mother of 3, Chantelle, the business has gone from strength to strength and now offers bespoke personalised designs and customer requests.
Sunflowerposies is a handmade hair accessories shop. They stock beautiful scrunchies and headbands from newborn to adult, elegant and simple bows on headbands or clips and have even expanded into personalised T-shirt’s. Each piece handcrafted, unique and beautiful.
Colourful, fun and functional clothes that allow children to run, jump, explore and be children. Simply beautiful, brightly coloured clothes for children up to the age of 6. Lovingly handmade by a mother-of-two in South Devon.
WTWKids - also known as Worth The Wait Kids - is a kid's clothing company offering personalised items and slogan pieces. Ages start from newborn up to 10 years, however adults and older teens are available as custom orders.
Blue Barkes Jewellery create handcrafted, personalised bespoke jewellery for people to gift and treasure. Their range includes silver and gold jewellery that can be personalised with custom engraving, bespoke commissions and diamond engagement rings and wedding bands.
Clustylysau Sara is based on North Wales and specialises in beautiful handmade polymer clay earrings. Launched during lockdown, founder, Sara, started experimenting with clay earrings for friends and family which eventually expanded into the business it is today.
Edie's Beads is a handmade personalised jewellery page, specialising in customised beaded bracelets, anklets and sunglasses chains for adults and children that make an ideal gift for a new mama or loved one. Bespoke orders are available.
Elektra & Co. is home to dainty & minimal jewellery. They have a wide range of huggie hoops, studs & necklaces that are all a little bit different to what you would normally find on the high street.
Katrina is the mother behind Katrina Lucas Jewellery Designs. Katrina makes eco-friendly jewellery using recycled silver as much as possible. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings and adventures with her family. Katrina also takes inspiration from old Hollywood glamour which you will find in some of her classic pieces.
Myleti Jewellery is handmade and eco-conscious. With feminine timeless styles, as well as contemporary trend pieces, Myleti offers unique but affordable jewellery. To be worn, loved and treasured for many years to come. Handcrafted in Warwickshire, using a selection of precious materials and ethically sourced gemstones from independent British businesses.
PlantyPip make jewellery and art using sea glass collected from the beaches of the North East of England. The business was launched during lockdown and each piece is 100% unique as no piece of sea glass is the same.
The Shiny Things offers a beautiful selection of handmade jewellery, available in a variety of shapes and styles to suit. Choose to customise your own piece or look through our unique designs, plus everything is posted direct to your door.
White Dog Jewellery is a Cheshire-based business run by an award-winning jewellery designer and a small white dog. Each piece is individually made plus they're open to customisation and special requests. You'll find light, airy designs with ethically sourced gemstones and wire woven elements to offer something not available on the High Street.
Annie is an independent artist specialising in beautiful watercolour pet portraits and animal paintings. Her unique paintings range from anniversary, birthday, Christmas and memorial gifts, to name a few. For £40 including a frame, they’re a perfect gift for any animal lover!
B Leigh Creations designs, prints and assembles custom stationery and accessories for special events and celebrations. In addition to invitations, they offer thank you cards, greeting cards, bridal proposal cards, Christmas cards, and wax seals.
Creative brand Blodyn Lelog is a lockdown baby. While on furlough, owner Chloe started watercolour painting. Since then Chloe has painted a variety of paintings which are for sale, including commissions and have recently released a hand-painted Christmas card collection.
Bumble Crafts is a Kent-based embroidery and cross stitch created by someone with a passion for crafts and conservation. They create bespoke pieces to suit any event in your life, and are always open to trying new things!
chw.INC design stunning, stylish Welsh prints, most of which contain Welsh proverbs and idioms.
HZ Prints was started in June 2020 by artist Hannah, who designs and draws personalised digital prints, working from the customer’s own photographs. The beautiful prints are all digital drawings which Hannah works closely with the customer to create, and are then professionally printed, packaged and posted.
Leibyls was born during lockdown and is a small family business situated in the heart of North Wales. They primarily supply branded label goods for small businesses. They also have a home section and offer bespoke gifts as well as labels for organising and keeping all those home items in check.
Max Rocks is a unique Welsh lifestyle brand based just below the Brecon Beacons specialising in Welsh learning resources, prints, greetings cards and gifts for the Welsh gift industry. Max Rocks now supplies 180 stockists around the country as well as selling to the public online.
Miss Papercut is a Kent-based papercut artist who creates a range of gift, homeware and personalised art using her original papercut illustrations. Featuring animals, nautical themes and lovely phrases, these gifts are sure to brighten anyone’s day.
Pesky Robin Co is a family run business, run by Daniel and Shelley, couple duo. They're a small custom made business that specialises in vinyl decals, wall art and personalised products.
The Crafty Little Fox offer beautiful string-art, perfect for gifts or to decorate your own home. Their wood is cut, sanded and waxed in their home studio then your design is brought to life by hammering decorative nails into the wood, and weaving thread or twine around them. Perfect for those looking for bespoke and unique gifts!
Stephanie is the graphic designer & illustrator behind The Visual Narrator which offers beautiful artwork and illustrations using rotring pens, loose ink, bristol boards and an iPad Pro, with a lot of artwork being inspired by animals. Available for freelance commissions and wholesale enquiries.
Together We Create is a small business run by two friends from London. The business was launched in March 2020 and what started as beautiful art prints soon moved to cards, earrings, keyrings and much more.
Charlene, owner of Wee Bounty Boxes, designs and makes stationery, paper goods & pretty gifts for all those special moments. Wee Bounty Boxes has a range of designs from fun, cute and a wee bit cheeky whilst always keeping the positive vibes plus always a wee bit of humour to lighten the mood.
Home, Accessories + Gifts
Arcane By Design is a home-décor and accessories company run by co-owners Becky and Bob, specialising in bespoke laser-cut products perfect for gifting. They also offer a bespoke option if they don’t have the ideal location available. Arcane also provides a completely bespoke service, for any laser cutting needs, no matter the size of your project.
JJPrints make nursery, home decor and keepsake prints. They'll also soon be able to offer handmade cards, room signs and placemats. All their prints can be personalised and they also do custom orders.
Jodd Ceramic offers beautiful small batch and one-of wheel thrown pottery pieces. Stunning flecked stoneware clay pieces, all treadle wheel-thrown or hand-built in studio. Lovingly created in Essex. Available for commissions and wholesale orders.
Mark My Words is a personalised poetry writing service which offers personalised poems which make the perfect gift. They can be written including any names, dates and memories you like and can be worded to convey any message. As well as personalised poetry they also offer personalised prints which make the perfect gifts.
Möki Studios creates personalised home decor such as body statues and faux kintsugi Jewellery trays. Specialising in bespoke body statues, these can be custom made with whatever stretchmarks/scars/design you request. Each piece is completely handmade and is a wonderful gift for anyone’s home!
The Little Rainbow Room was born in lockdown and offers handmade rainbow wall hangings and pom pom garlands lovingly created in West Yorkshire. The garlands are available in all colours and designs - including a great favourite with the public: the Raindrop Rainbows. Each rainbow is made to order and bespoke to the customer.
The Mug Place is a small family run business offering cool and unique high quality mugs. Their collection includes personalised mugs, movie/TV-inspired mugs, superhero mugs, memes inspired mugs, fully customisable mugs and much more. All their mugs can be gift wrapped, include a personal message and or include a homemade cookie.
Thank Frank is a eco-conscious gifting brand based in Kent. Run by future husband and wife team Francesca and Richard, they design and make everything in their Greenhithe home studio. Specialising in original art prints, eco-friendly jewellery and super cute nursery decorations this small but mighty brand is affordable, fashion forward and family orientated.
Cosmetics + Skincare
Little Victory is a family run ethical cosmetics business. The core principle at Little Victory is to create the worlds most effective, transparent ethical skincare range. They're an environmentally conscious brand and predominantly use aluminium, glass and cardboard for all packaging instead of plastic.
Seamoss By Genevieve specialises in making and selling seamoss which allows people to optimise their health from day to day usage. We don’t always get the right amount of magnesium, zinc, potassium or calcium we need everyday through food or supplements but seamoss contains this in just one jar - plus more!
Nido offers furniture and activities to support your growing family for 0-3 year olds. Made in the UK and designed by education, every item is sustainably sourced and tested by parents so you know you’ve done everything you can to prepare your nest. Their most popular gift ideas include a plywood kitchen helper, classic practical life gift sets and age-appropriate wooden toy bundles, making preparing your home for Christmas easy.
Pippy & Co. is a small mum-run business. They believe in open-ended, imaginative and mindful play and want to set an example for children and adults alike that screen time is nowhere near as fun as play time. Their mission is to bring you a carefully curated selection of the very best in sustainable, beautifully designed children's toys.
Squidge and Squish Play Doughs are hand made from completely natural, food grade ingredients and coloured using plants. All doughs are vegan friendly, compostable, independently CE tested and make perfect eco gifts for the little people in your life. They believe in putting our planet before profit, so use aluminium tins to package their play doughs and don't sell plastic toys or parts.
Food + Drink
Established during lockdown Bloc delivers hand-cut cheese and artisan grazing boxes/boards. Bloc caters for veggies, vegans & gluten free so an ideal gift for a cheese loving foodie!
Serendipity Chocolate is a small batch luxury chocolate shop based in Herne Bay, Kent. Co-owners Lizzey Gregory & Lauren Wood are well experienced who want to provide an experience that starts conversations, about food and flavour. They like to mix flavours that you may not necessarily think should work and marry them inside shiny little chocolate bonbons.
Local Kent-Based Services
Established during lockdown, Bloc delivers hand-cut cheese and artisan grazing boxes/boards in and around Folkestone. Bloc caters for veggies, vegans & gluten free so an ideal gift for a cheese loving foodie!
Folkestone-based Flo & The Foxglove is a sustainable florist creating beautiful & fun designs using British flowers wherever possible. They have an ever-growing selection of dried flowers and this year they're thrilled to offer their stunning Christmas Wreaths.