Small Biz 100


Applications are now closed!

A huge thank you to everyone who applied. Successful applicants will be notified by email in August.

This year Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2018.

For the last five years, the 100 have not only received exposure on Small Business Saturday's social media channels and in the local and national press, but also joined the Small Business Saturday team in London at receptions in both Downing Street and The Treasury Drum with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Small Biz 100 Calendar

Aug 24
Sauce and Brown

The first of our #SmallBiz100 for 2018 is Sauce & Brown, an incredible small business based in the former mining town of Annesley Woodhouse in North Nottinghamshire. The owners of Sauce and Brown wanted to create a unique approach to menswear, with - aptly enough - all products limited to just 100 pieces, combining style, exclusivity, and affordability.

Aug 25

Yummikeys design and manufacture beautiful, stylish stainless steel baby toys, which stimulate sensory play and cool hot gums, and which make a wonderful keepsake, to be treasured for a lifetime.

Aug 26
Katie Abey Design

Based in Alfreton in Derbyshire, Katie Abey Design sells a fabulous range of cards and giftware from mugs to pins to totes, featuring Katie’s colourful, quirky artwork, motivation and puns. Wherever possible, the products are produced in the UK, with many made in-house by the studio’s own staff. Don’t forget to follow Katie on Facebook and Instagram for her “daily doodles”!

Aug 27
The Nautical Company (UK) Ltd

The Nautical Company is a Basingstoke-based online boutique for nautical lifestyle clothing and décor which sells classic wardrobe staples you can rely on. Established in 2010, the business has developed an excellent reputation for customer service, achieved several press successes (Vogue, Coast, The Times, etc) and won three awards including Hampshire New Business of the Year Inspire Business Award.

Aug 28
Musical Moments

Established in 2011, Musical Moments is a social enterprise which delivers interactive music-based activities for all ages across the community, using music as a way to help improve general well-being and happiness, working mostly with older people in care homes living with dementia.

Aug 29
UK Bid Writer

If you’re a UK-based SME who wants to find and win public and private sector contracts, look no further than Lyndsey Michaels - Bid Writer for UK SMEs, who offers expert advice and guidance, bid writing and tender-ready services.

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Aug 30

Described as AirBnB for cars, hiyacar is changing car ownership and usage forever through peer to peer car hire. Hiyacar’s community of 50,000 members allows car owners to generate income to offset the costs of car ownership by renting out their cars (which are on average unused 95% of the time) to a vetted community of drivers, saving time, money and hassle.

Aug 31

This impressive small business is called KUKShades. An online beachwear and holiday accessories store. All the summer essentials in one place from the best UK boutique designer brands. With free delivery on all orders over £20 what more could you want?


Sep 01
Artie Craftie

Artie Craftie is a quirky and unique art and craft supplies shop based in the Post Office of the World Heritage town of Blaenavon, South Wales, which also offers a craft room on the premises where they offer a variety of activities throughout the year.

Sep 02
Boatman Admin Services

Boatman Admin Services is a virtual assistant business which offers friendly, flexible and cost-effective admin support service to small businesses who might not want the commitment of in-house or permanent resource.

Sep 03
Monkey Park CIC

Monkey Park CIC is a volunteer led non-profit community enterprise that runs a hub for the local community containing meeting spaces, a community garden, a cycle workshop, a community cafe & a shared office workspace to help local people start their own business. We've also created three paid part time jobs for local unemployed residents.

Sep 04
Mum Bub Hub

Mum Bub Hub is a social enterprise offering products made for mums by mums, which are designed to ease discomfort and encourage healing after childbirth, while changing the narrative on how women think about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. The profits from each product contribute to providing recovery care kits, antenatal workshops and support groups to vulnerable women and parents, to offer physical, practical and emotional care and support for mums before and after birth.

Sep 05
Alexander Byron

Alexander Byron is a family run independent baby shop in Grimsby town centre offering a friendly service in a comfortable and relaxed environment, and providing everything from tiny baby clothes to special occasion wear, traditional clothing, Spanish wear, shoes and all sorts of accessories.

Sep 06
Button & Bear Children's Bookshop

Introducing a unique storybook experience from Button and Bear Children's Bookshop. Based in Shrewsbury they have created a children’s book store with a difference. You can shop for books, grab a coffee and a slice of cake and join in with story time activities and events in their Hidden Woodland Storytime room. Just the perfect place to have fun and learn with your little ones.

Sep 07
Grandad's Front Room

We are privileged to feature yet another fantastic community enterprise as today’s #SmallBiz100! Grandad’s Front Room is run entirely by volunteers – Grandadders – and combines a safe space with a not for profit shop selling vintage, upcycled and recycled items. They also furnish, for free, the residences of those escaping domestic abuse, those re-entering society that are recovering from addiction or those that are just struggling due to austerity and the present economic climate. Grandadders, we salute you!


Sep 08
The Little Black & White Book Project

The Little Black & White Book Project brings to life animals from around the world as black and white illustrations for babies and toddlers, through books, flash cards and prints. Research has shown that black and white, which is high contrast, registers the strongest on a baby’s retina, in turn stimulating the brain. These books are something all little people should have to welcome them into our amazing world.


Sep 09
Artwork By Emily Tull

Emily Tull is one the most talented artist we’ve come across. She creates portraits and wildlife art works by hand stitching onto vintage/recycled materials. Such a contemporary versatile style of embroidery that she has recreated her artwork imagery onto cards, limited edition prints, tote bags and cushion covers – perfect for that special gift.

Sep 10
All for Dance

All For Dance is a dance wear store with a difference. They are there to make their customers feel special. In this modern world of online shopping with a few clicks of the mouse you’ve can purchase new shoes, it’s so easy. However, with dance shoes All For Dance know it isn’t as simple as that. The right fit is important and is very individual for each dancer – making sure they look after their feet with the right fit can make or break a dance routine or exam. With over 20 years of experience this dance store in Hampshire is breaking the mould.

Sep 11
More Organised Ltd

Mel Carruthers is the founder of More Organised based in the south of Scotland. Mel and her team are here to de-clutter and organise your house, your photos, your documents, your finances and even your life. Just the perfect assistant. Mel will do the tasks that overwhelm you, so you’ll feel in control and happy knowing that those tasks that you’re always putting off are finally completed. Tick.

Sep 12

Enlighten is a technology business with a purpose. They use Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to help institutions and organisations with e-learning solutions. Not only that, but their mental health campaign is saving lives and they’re influencing multi-national companies by using immersive technologies to solve problems and streamline processes.


Sep 13
Dog and Hat Ltd

Dog and Hat is subscription-based coffee business with an edge. They ship from small & independent roasters across the UK to their subscribers, delivering the best coffee from local brands directly to your front door. If you are a coffee fanatic then you’ll know that a good cup in the morning can make or break your day. This service can be paused, skipped or cancelled at anytime but subscribers can sign up to 2,3 or 4 x 250g bags of coffee. If you’re tired of big brands, now is the time to try a Dog and Hat brand of coffee.

Sep 14

Beeze’s is no ordinary giftshop. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift for someone special. Now entering its second year, Beese’s is working to support other small businesses by selling their hand made products and gifts. They aim to offer a carefully selected range of products that are eco friendly with no nasties while still offering excellent quality.


Sep 15
Floating Point Float Centre

The Floating Point Float Centre is dedicated to treating chronic pain, stress and anxiety through floatation therapy. Michael & Tina are transforming people’s lives with the practice of lying back effortlessly in one of their world leading i-sopod floatation tanks and drifting into a blissful, deep, meditative state aiming to rejuvenate and revive your mind and body.

Sep 16
Thornton Community News & Business Directory

The Thornton Directory is a business that is truly supporting their local community. Nearly 6000 copies are produced and delivered free to homes and businesses in the Thornton and surrounding areas. The directory provides local news and community group updates as well as ‘what’s on’ event information.

Sep 17
Kemps General Store Ltd

Kemps is an emporium of beautiful and unusual gifts, based in Malton, North Yorkshire. Many of the suppliers are small businesses who do not have a high street profile. This independent gift shop is the ideal place to purchase a unique and special present for every occasion.

Sep 18
La Belle Cake Company

La Belle Cake Company specialises in creating bespoke wedding & celebration cakes that ooze luxury & style. Michelle, proud owner and founder is taking her knowledge and expertise to the next level with her sugar craft and cake academy where cake makers can learn business skills alongside cake skills.

Sep 19
InSync Technology Ltd

InSync Technology Ltd supplies products used by major broadcasters, such as the BBC, for conversion of TV content from international sources into pictures which can be watched on domestic TV sets.
Although viewers expect to watch international programmes, such as US TV series and international sports events, most do not realise that production standards are different around the world. A programme produced for US TV cannot be directly shown on a UK TV set as there are major differences in the formats between the US and UK.
InSync's "standards converters" are used by broadcasters around the world to seamlessly convert the content between these different formats. The process is highly complex and InSync is one of just a tiny handful of companies worldwide producing these products.

Sep 20
Bean & Boy

Bean & Boy is an award-winning all-natural soap making business. The soaps are made by hand and use responsibly sourced vegan ingredients, pure essential oils and traditional methods. No SLS, no parabens and great for anyone suffering from sensitive skin or allergies.

Sep 21
Automation Ninjas

Automation Ninjas is an automated marketing company that uses behaviourally intelligent marketing to build long term relationships between businesses and consumers. They focus on buyer psychology and build systems, processes and content that will build trust with your customers, which will get them buying from you again and again.

Sep 22
Sodo Pizza

Michael, the proud owner and founder of Sodo Pizza, makes sourdough pizzas from the base up. He then takes produce grown locally in Buckinghamshire to make tasty, fresh pizzas. Using seasonal, local produce and suppliers means that the pizzas are always changing depending on the availability of ingredients.

He includes heritage grains in his flour, fior di latte mozzarella made fresh from local milk, meat reared in Yorkshire and veggies from growing communities and local gardens in Buckinghamshire.

Sep 23
Hay Hampers

Elisabeth and the team at Hay Hampers Ltd, a family-run business, produce wonderfully exquisite, affordable fresh food hampers. From delicious foodstuffs, to independent wines, these artisan hampers are fast becoming a market leader.
Hay Hampers offer an extensive collection of gourmet, fresh food hampers celebrating artisan and independent food and wine production from all over the world. Traditional and innovative tastes intermingle to offer great gifts for every occasion, budget and recipient all year around.

Sep 24
Single Variety Co

Nicola, owner and founder of Single Variety Co, specialises in making great tasting single variety preserves. They work directly with farmers to identify the ideal variety for each of their products to deliver the very best flavour possible. All their products are made in small batches, with more fruit and less sugar than traditional jams.

Sep 25
Fair Trade Scotland Ltd.

Fair Trade Scotland is Scotland's only Guaranteed Fair Trade member of the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Set up as a Company Limited by Guarantee, without shareholders and without charitable status, we aim to grow a Social Business that puts the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit, within the private sector - Trade not Aid.

Fair Trade Scotland are currently working with partners in Malawi and Cambodia to bring valued added coffee - roasted and packaged in Malawi - to the market. They are also working with artisan weavers/sewers in Cambodia to create a range of WFTO Fair Trade Tartan accessories to compliment the Scottish woven kilts that are made in Scotland.

Sep 26
Fitness Freedom Ltd

Rafael, founder of Fitness Freedom, first came up with the idea of a "portable" gym whilst backpacking around Australia and Asia. He wanted to keep fit whilst travelling but found it hard to stay motivated doing just push-ups and running. And so the inspiration for Fitness Freedom was born.
Designed in London and inspired by a passion for fitness and travel, the ultimate portable gym was developed. A compact and high-quality pack which has everything you need to get a full body workout anytime, anywhere!

Sep 27

ROLI music technology is changing the way music is made. These electronic music keyboards enable music makers to use touch to create any sound. This breakthrough technology is one of the fastest growing startups in recent years.

Sep 28
AMD Promotions

‘If you can dream it, we can print it’ – is the motto of AMD Promotions. A fabulous small business in Shropshire which prints everything from product labels and stickers to vinyl promotional banners and branded workwear.

Sep 29
Tea Traders (Wales) Ltd

Tea Traders is a specialist tea room and shop in the charming town of Carmarthen, West Wales. They offer a range of over 100 specialist and fine loose teas from around the world. They work closely with specialist importers and source fine quality teas from some of the world’s best tea estates, small firm holder farms and artisan growers. We cannot wait to take a visit to Wales and taste the fine teas and fantastic cakes.

Sep 30
Heart Of Wax: Vintage & Vinyl

Heart Of Wax: Vintage and Vinyl sell both records and vintage clothing to appeal to music lovers of all ages. Having recently opened their first shop in Spark:York, a boxpark situated in York city centre, they trade from a 20 foot shipping container.
All the vintage clothing and vinyl is handpicked from carboot sales, charity shops, private collections and bought from customers. Vintage clothing is reworked to create unique pieces, alongside repairing garments destined for landfill.

Oct 01
Never A Wasted Journey

Daniel Salmon is MD of 'Never A Wasted Journey,' a niche travel consultancy specialising in luxury tailor-made holidays worldwide.

Having personally had over ten years experience in the travel industry he is able to offer exclusive special offers through contacts worldwide and also add incredible added value at no extra cost, such as a romantic beach dinner or a couples spa treatment for example. Through his little black book of contacts Daniel is also able to offer wow factor experiences, which have previously included a private samurai sword lesson with the lead choreographer from the Kill Bill Movies in Japan and a private submarine charter in the Maldives.


Oct 02
INFUSE Artisan Tea

Trailblazers INFUSE Artisan Tea launched the first Tea Bar in Northern Ireland last August and it has gone from strength to strength. With over 40 teas on offer, each one is brewed to exacting standards. Recent additions to the menu have been the launch of tea mocktails and more recently tea infused ice creams and sorbets.
In April 2018 INFUSE Wellness was launched, in a designated space above the Tea Bar. As trained practitioners it offers a range of complementary therapies from herbal medicine, deep tissue massage and cupping therapy.

Oct 03
Natural Weigh Ltd

Natural Weigh is a zero waste shop based in Crickhowell, Powys. They sell high quality, natural dried foods free from plastic packaging as well as a number of oils, vinegars and cleaning products. The aim is to provide customers with a zero waste shopping experience, where they can bring their own reusable containers to fill up. They also sell a range of zero waste lifestyle products to help people reduce the amount of waste they produce. These include metal straws, bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars and much more.

Oct 04
Fur Babies

Fur Babies specialises in handmade pet products and freshly baked dog treats. All the products are handmade in the UK. Custom made to measure and personalised collars & leashes, toys, accessories and freshly baked dog treats & biscuits for the four-legged family member. Orders can be placed online or visit them at one of the popular market events in the Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas.

Oct 05
Wilkinson Construction Consultants

Wilkinson Construction Consultants are multi award winning Approved Inspectors providing Building Control services across London & South East England as an alternative to Local Authority Building Control. Thery also offer associated services such as Fire Risk Assessments and CPD training

Oct 06
Morgan Innovation and Technology Ltd

Morgan Innovation and Technology is a family-run innovation company based at a modern factory facility in Petersfield. They are passionate about innovations that will have a positive impact on society, and design, develop and manufacture new products in the medical, defence and commercial industries.

They have a unique approach to funding where 20% of our turnover is reinvested into the R&D department to support individuals, companies and organisations in bringing their ideas or products to market.

Oct 07
Simply Devine Hat Shop

Simply Devine are a specialist hat, hatinator and fascinator shop supplying fabulous headwear for special occasions such as weddings, christenings, Bar and Bat Mizvahs and race days.
They offer so many different colour shades, shapes and sizes that in such a specialist business, one size definitely does not fit all! Ensuring you have exactly the right hat to go with your outfit is all part of the service.

Oct 08
Rock Follies Vintage

Lynda is passionate about vintage. Her shop in Worcester sells original vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories including hats and handbags and even some homeware.
However there is much more to the business than the previous sentence may suggest, as they also offer a complete styling service, putting outfits together for customers and guiding them to the right tie to go with their original 1940s suit or the right shape and style of hat and accessories go with a 1950s dress.

Oct 09
Masala Masters

Based in Brigsley, Grimsby, Masala Masters is aimed at introducing guests to fantastic Indian cuisine and traditional cooking methods in the comfort of their own kitchen, making it a truly unique cooking experience.
They cater for groups of 2 - 75 guests, customising their services and dishes to their needs. A typical cooking experience is designed for parties of 2 - 12. They arrive at the venue with all the ingredients (pots, pans, and hob if needed!) and provide a fully comprehensive Indian cooking demonstration, followed by a three-course meal.

Oct 10

JimJams provides a full range of healthier spreads including the Great Taste Award Winning No Added Sugar Chocolate Spreads. The Chocolate Spreads are 83% less sugar than any other chocolate spread on the market. They use a naturally sourced sweetener which means they are kinder to your teeth, diabetic friendly and nearly half the calories. Products are sold in Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Booths, Ocado, Wholefoods and Holland & Barrett.

Oct 11

Launched in May 2017, Marketti is an app and online platform that focuses on the 40,000 market, street food & festival traders in the UK & Ireland and how we can reinvent the way communities & visitors discover, shop & experience markets.

They offer the industry all the tools they need to compete with big business including free listings for markets & traders, mobile payments, e-commerce, click & collect, loyalty & rewards, information on logistics, business services & additional savings on fuel, insurance, vehicle hire & public WiFi through unique partnerships.

Oct 12
Wonder Adventures

Wonder Adventures are in the business of bringing imaginative and immersive parties and events to children. Using their own original material, children are transported on fun, action-packed, make believe adventures and inspire them through creative play, characters, interactive games and challenges! The uniqueness of Wonder Adventures is that they create their own themes, characters and performances, telling a story and bringing the children into the story.

Oct 13
Ridgefield Consulting

Ridgefield Consulting is an Independent Firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors specialising in start-ups. Co-founders father and son Simon and Brian Thomas have over 50 years shared experience between them. Based in Oxford, Ridgefield Consulting are more than just an accountancy firm, they are also a key networking point for the local community, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Oct 14
Brocante of Devon Limited - The Gift Experts

Brocante of Devon The Gift Experts is a family-owned and run, up-market, independent Gift Shop located in the heart of Tavistock, a World Heritage Site market town in South Devon. Known for their wide range of products which are carefully sourced to suit every occasion and budget, in-depth product knowledge, and especially for superb customer service.

Oct 15
Business Success South West

Business Success SW is a Business Coaching firm based in Plymouth, Devon that offers 1:1 Business Coaching, training and Marketing Coaching across the South West. They are a listed school supplier for EDFirst, and work alongside the Government providing Digital Marketing apprenticeships.
Using proven strategies, tailored programmes and combined expertise they can guarantee positive results and re-motivation to business owners that they work with. Their mission is to use business re-education - they don't do all of the work... they teach and guide, coaching business owners to success in the most efficient, effective and fun way!


Oct 16
Wadsworths Solicitors

Wadsworths Solicitors have been based in the heart of Shirley, Solihull for over 30 years and have been trusted legal advisors to generations of local families. Family run since 1986, they cover a multitude of legal areas including residential conveyancing, wills, probate, family, litigation, employment and immigration. They’re down to earth approach and understanding ear, together with consistent and transparent communication, shows their commitment to their clients.

Oct 17
Osbourne Lodge Nursery

Osbourne Lodge Nursery is celebrating its 20th year in business in 2018. Independently run, this day care nursery offers daily care for up to 53 local children every day. Providing a nurturing environment for children from birth to 5 and early years education for 3 and 4 year olds, the nursery operates in a great town centre location in Pontypool, Torfaen.

Oct 18
Local Link Magazine

Local Link Magazine is a local community magazine, aimed at the residents and businesses of Cardiff and Newport. Four magazines are distributed free of charge to 17,000 homes across South Wales. The glossy magazine is filled with community news, reviews, puzzles and local advertising. Alongside this, Local Link also offer several services to local businesses; from social media management services to ladies' networking events.

Oct 19
HydroVeg Kits

Sue Tonks is the enthusiastic entrepreneur who created HydroVeg Kits in her back garden in the Midlands. HydroVeg Kits are Hydroponic gardens for homes and schools. This is gardening of the future. Veg grows 365 days a year with no digging, weeding, slugs, snails and waters itself.
Because of its design it is fabulous for schools, people with mobility difficulties and people who can’t manage gardens anymore. For schools it allows veg to be grown ALL through the school year.
The BIG plan is to develop the Kits to work in the developing world as the yield and speed of growth is amazing and needs little water.

Oct 20
Red Dragon Manufacturing

Red Dragon Manufacturing are a micro manufacturing business producing quality traditional sewn flags, printed flags, banners and bunting under their registered trademark Red Dragon Flag makers.
They are a sewing business, a manufacturer, a social mission enterprise and a forward thinking dynamic product design company, all rolled into one, plus their products are 100% made in the UK.
The business is unique in what it does on two fronts.... one, they make custom flags every day and two, they are the only social enterprise flag maker in the world. They do make the generic national flags but there are so many other companies out there importing the cheap stuff from south east Asia that they leave the economy stuff to them and focus on the high end in their UK workshop.

Oct 21
Smart Turnout

Smart Turnout is a watches and accessories brand run by a small team of 6 from their head office and their incredible shop staff at 169 Piccadilly. They specialise in a range of accessories, from watches to cufflinks, braces and cricket sweaters all inspired by the glorious colours of Regiments, Schools and Universities from around the globe. With their roots in the British Military, they aim to provide a product that is not only fashion forward and quintessentially British, but also that people can wear with pride and nostalgia.

Oct 22
The Stress Less Clinic

The Stress Less Clinic is run by Sharon Jones and offers counselling and therapy to children, families, couples and individuals. Also provides support to small businesses by helping them create a mentally healthy business and offer stress management support to small business owners.
In addition Sharon runs free support groups for Seniors such as "Positive Aging" and mindfulness and meditation lessons.

Oct 23
Shop Local Club Card

Shop Local Club Card enables businesses of all sizes to digitally connect with their customers through a completely customised rewards program tailored to the personality of each business. Their innovative solution allows businesses to drive customers back more often, establish social connections to increase engagement, encourage customer feedback, target new customers in their local area and gain valuable analytics on local trends.


Oct 24
Hulme Comminity Garden Centre

We are delighted to introduce a community garden centre based in the heart of Hulme, Manchester that sells a range of plants and gardening accessories. Established for over 20 years the local community is central to what they believe in and they provide unique volunteer and training opportunities not available elsewhere locally.

Oct 25
The Old School BBQ Bus

The Old School BBQ bus in Oldham offers an eating experience with a difference. The converted American school bus houses the kitchen offering a varied menu full of delicious barbecue food and a fully licensed saloon bar. Sitting alongside the bus is a covered outdoor seating area: the best place to go for low and slow cooked barbecue food, live country music, moonshine and a welcoming atmosphere! They are family friendly with an outdoor play area for the kids and live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Oct 26

Helpmeorganics is a family run business based in Cheshire. They have combined pure essential oils and natural ingredients to create ethical lifestyle products that promote health and happiness. Their primary focus is ensuring that their products don’t negatively affect the planet, therefore every single one is vegan, organic and cruelty free. They have even been approved by the Vegetarian Society! Their product range currently consists of candles, room sprays, essential oil blends and massage oils.

Oct 27

Unique ethical retailer Goodfayre is run as a social enterprise and is an active part of the local community in Salisbury. It has been 100% vegan since January 2018.

Goodfayre may be a small shop but they’re making a big impact and providing people with an ethical way to shop. Encouraging customers to seek environmentally friendly everyday alternatives, and to ask, “Where does it come from?”

Keen supporters of small businesses they are often one of the first to launch new products, the vast majority from artisan and local producers. Their packaging-free wholefoods section is a winner with customers, selling a range of organic wholefoods helping consumers to reduce their plastic waste.

Oct 28
Serenity Loves

Serenity Loves is a salon in Peterborough that provides affordable hair and beauty treatments in a friendly, relaxing, well-equipped salon and for extra peace of mind for parents there is an onsite playroom for their little ones. The onsite playroom is supervised by a fully-qualified, DBS checked child care professional. So whilst clients are in the salon, their children are under a watchful eye in an educational and stimulating environment.

Oct 29
Forum Books

Forum Books is an award-winning independent bookshop situated in a beautiful listed chapel in the heart of Corbridge, Northumberland. Stocking an eye-popping, original handpicked selection of books - almost 10,000! - and can order up to 750,000 other titles often for next day, it is a go to destination for all book lovers.

Signed copies, blind date books and friendly knowledgeable recommendations are amongst their signature bestsellers.

They also hold regular story times for children, school visits to the bookshop & author visits to schools. The pulpit doubles as a reading den for children during the day and is perfect for our author events in the evening." target="_blank">" target="_blank">/" target="_blank">

Oct 30
Trade Right International

Today we want to highlight a fair trade and social business natural skincare manufacturer under the brand name Carishea. Products are packed with lashings of wild harvested Shea Butter.

Carishea work with communities in Ghana where women harvest shea nuts to produce shea butter which is then handcrafted into luxurious skincare products by recovering addicts and ex-offenders in Scotland. They trade ethically, pay Living Wage, and return surplus profits into valuable education and community development projects.

Oct 31
Bill Baber Knitwear

Nestled in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Bill Baber have been producing a boutique collection of handmade Scottish knitwear since opening their doors in 1977. At Bill Baber Knitwear the focus is on natural fibres including Linen, Cotton, Silk & Merino Wool, crafting a range of styles for men and women. On any given day you’ll most likely see them knitting away in the workshop at the back of the retail store!

Nov 01
Wardens of Newtownards

Wardens have been helping to create beautiful homes since 1877. They have been trading on the same site in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. It has grown from a family run hardware shop supplying farmers and townspeople with ironmongery and related goods to a leading home furnishing retailer with top brands from around the world. Traditional value allied to the most up to date merchandise draws customers back year after year.


Nov 02
Aly Harte

Aly Harte is an artist, educator and writer. As a creative entrepreneur she is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.

She is also committed to helping women love themselves for who they are and in sharing her health and fitness journey via her lifestyle blog.

Nov 03

t4Local are in the business of connecting communities. Their AdNozzles are on thousands of petrol pumps all over the country. These help lots of businesses and organisations take a hands-on approach to getting their message in front of local people.


Nov 04
Flood Protection Solutions Ltd

Flood Protection Solutions Ltd was founded in 2012 by award winning engineer, Simon Crowther and has since grown into one of the UK's leading flood defence companies. Flood Protection Solutions is the Sole UK distributor of the Water-Gate barrier, which is unique in the way that once rolled out, it self deploys. They are also a leading supplier of water pumps with a large e-commerce store, and trusted providers of flood consultancy.

Nov 05
Od Designs

Od Designs specialises in the design, manufacture, sales and hire of cycling support systems. This ranges from individual bike stands used for cleaning and minor maintenance, to event cycle racking as used at triathlons and cycling events.

Nov 06
Millers Music Centre

Millers Music Centre is a traditional music store located in the heart of Cambridge city centre for over 160 years. With a showroom full of instruments from resplendent grand pianos, upright and digital pianos to guitars, drums, ukuleles, violins, saxophones and sheet music there is something for everyone. Their team of experts are dedicated to providing honest and trustworthy advice to customers who are looking for an instrument for themselves or family.

Nov 07

Sophie Skipper Photography is all about creative, fun, vibrant, attention-grabbing photography for businesses. Her commercial services include head-shots, product photography, food photography, interiors/architectural photography and general website imagery. She also teaches between 10 and 20, 1-day Beginners Photography Courses a year in Colchester, along with Photoshop Courses, Workshops for Business Owners.

Nov 08
The Pavilion at the Park

The Pavilion at the Park is an all-day casual coffee bar café destination - the jewel in the crown of Bedford Park, open all year round. Serving deliciously simple British cuisine from locally sourced fresh ingredients, including many options for people with food allergies. Fresh direct-trade coffee and homemade cakes are always on offer, many of them dairy and gluten-free. They also run a series of classes and events throughout the year. Relaxed, remarkable, refreshing, community and collaboration are their keywords.

As mentioned in the 2017 Good Food Guide and winner of The Bedfordshire on Sunday Small Business of the Year 2016/17.

Nov 09
Lisa Satchwell Energetics

Lisa Satchwell Energetics offers a unique approach to pain relief. She is one of the top clinical massage therapists in the country and has worked internationally. Lisa specialises in soft tissue conditions and injuries, such as back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, jaw and face disorders and stress-related conditions and work holistically to get to the root of the problem.

Nov 10

Not.Corn are going #AgainstTheGrain by introducing popped sorghum (eaten in Africa & India for decades) to the UK. Where popcorn uses corn, they use an alternative grain called sorghum, which is set to be the next big super-food according to Mintel & Women's Health Magazine.

Not.Corn is innovative in 3 key ways:
1. It is an absolute nutritional powerhouse - it has more protein than a large egg, fewer calories than a bowl of blueberries & 1/5 of your daily fibre intake.
2. Harvesting sorghum uses a massive 50% less water than corn to grow, helping to preserve water!
3. 72% of 180 UK shoppers asked said that they do not eat popcorn during the day as they are conscious of the hulls getting stuck in their teeth. Not.Corn solves this problem as it contains no hulls!

Nov 11
Enamel Shades

As well as providing lighting componentry and bespoke cordsets to trade customers, Enamel Shades carry out lamp repair work, as well as supplying the general public with one off, bespoke light fittings.
They are also approved resellers for some of the UK’s most sought after design lighting brands!

Nov 12
Tylers Department Store

Tylers Department Store is a third generation family run independent department store founded in 1922. They are located in Carillon Court in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire. Featuring luxury gift items, furniture, interior decor & bedding men's and women's fashion, including Masai, White Stuff , First Avenue & Thought Clothing. Ranges also include Katie Loxton, Swarovski, Thomas Sabo Coeur De Lion, Guess & Links Of London fine jewellery, Heathcote & Ivory toiletries , fashion accessories, Fiorelli , David Jones, Jennifer Lopez handbags and a range of food gifts and housewares. Located on their second floor in Tylers Café; serving serve breakfast, lunch, cappuccino, tea, Reads Coffee Roasters coffee, cocktails, home made scones, cakes & afternoon tea by reservation. Quality as well as good customer service is paramount to their business.

Nov 13
Rachel Whitehead Jewellery

Rachel Whitehead Jewellery is a British jewellery brand inspired by the flora and fauna of the Great British summertime. All jewellery is designed and made by Rachel in her small studio based in Birmingham.

Nov 14
The DM Lab

The DM Lab is a design and digital marketing agency covering all aspects of both online and offline marketing, from PPC and AdWords campaigns (which we are recognised as Google Partners), to inbound and email marketing. In an ever-changing digital landscape they are constantly reading and learning new techniques to ensure they are always top of our game. The DM Lab help clients grow their online presence, website traffic, social media following and most importantly their leads.


Nov 15

Spiffy is dedicated to your happiness, fulfilment and positivity, and to help people with issues like low confidence, self-esteem, negative thoughts and stress, to name a few. They have many books, journals, affirmation cards, essential oils and aromatherapy, and treats that brighten your day. Spiffy also has a section for children to help them understand their emotions and feelings and grow up to be emotionally intelligent. They want to break the stigma of mental health and encourage people to talk about, and explore, their feelings. Spiffy also run a number of workshops with a local start up coaching company 'How You Think Ltd' on confidence, resilience and positive thinking.

Nov 16
Twin Made

Twin Made host creative workshops, sell craft supplies and equipment hire and much, much more. Their Creative Workshops are designed for people to come in for 2-3 hours to learn or develop a craft skill, which they will then be able to create an item and take it home with the confidence to make more.

Nov 17
Work for Good

Work for Good is a social enterprise creating a major new channel of charitable funding, by making business-giving easy and good for businesses. Their online platform integrates giving into a business and in doing so enhances its reputation with both clients and employees. It connects businesses to charities and takes away all the problems (legal, tax, admin etc.) that businesses encounter in the giving process. Participating businesses also have access to a distinctive mark that creates a point of difference and a connection to a movement that is transforming the world of corporate giving.

Nov 18
Apples & Pips

Apples & Pips is a unique online parent and baby gift shop, born through the darkness of my postnatal depression. Unique in offering completely bespoke create-your-own hampers with every single product available on one page, unique in being the only shop to offer a carefully curated IVF Care Set amongst their range of gift boxes, unique in not only donating money from every sale to incredible charities, but also running a Random Acts of Kindness scheme across the UK to support everyday parents facing the everyday struggles as well as the unseen battles.

Nov 19
The Boathouse

A licensed freehold pub for over 300 years, The Boathouse is one of Falmouth's favourite pubs and one of only a handful of independent, free houses remaining in the town. With stunning views over Falmouth Harbour, the Penryn River and Flushing, and out to the Carrick Roads, the pub specialises in expertly made, locally sourced and seasonal food, accompanied by hand-chosen speciality ales and wines.

Nov 20
Bookbarn International

Bookbarn International (BBI) is a small independent business with big ideas. Physically they are one of the largest second hand bookshops in the UK. Visitors can browse rows upon rows of preloved books from their warehouse in the heart of Somerset. And their wonderful Full Stop Cafe serves delicious, freshly prepared vegetarian food all homemade in our open kitchen.


Nov 21

Addiscotts is an E-commerce business specialising in 100% Grain Free dog food kibble with a fresh human grade meat content, fully hypoallergenic and gentle on sensitive tums. Their passion is creating awareness about what is contained in dog foods and encouraging pet parents to look at the ingredients in their food so they can make informed choices about what is good for their pet.

Nov 22
Present in the Laine

Present Laine is a gift and accessories boutique selling colourful and beautiful products out of a shop in the North Laine, Brighton and also online. They curate and source gorgeous things in a number of categories from homewares, jewellery, men and women's accessories, gifts for a new baby, prints, cards and pretty Brighton souvenirs. In recent years, they have had a pop up at Stylist Live, joined the Trouva community of independent shops, are currently joining and are growing their online business to keep expanding the business and reaching out to more customers.

Nov 23

Felt + Fings is a handcrafting business. They make flowers from felt that are beautiful gifts for loved ones for birthdays, special days and are ideal as hospital gifts. They help brides create their ideal wedding day with bespoke wedding flowers and many customers just buy flowers for themselves as a personal treat. Their flowers are becoming more and more popular, specialising in recreating real flowers and succulents in felt as well as designing their own fun flower types.


Nov 24
Josie Dom Ltd

Josie Dom is a children's author creating picture books to inspire children. Her books help charities and community initiatives by donating 15% of profits.

Nov 25
Ask the Chameleon

Ask the Chameleon offers a bid writing, tender and coaching service to ambitious growing SME's in the East Midlands and beyond. They provide a bespoke service helping businesses navigate the minefield of bidding and tendering, preparing them to be tender ready and taking the growing pains out of business growth. They also support many local vibrant charities who regularly submit funding applications to continue their work with people in need. Also, Ask the Chameleon writes business awards and promotional content to shine a light on the amazing diversity among our businesses and their communities.

Nov 26

Exseed helps young people to grow beyond expectations by providing Leadership Development Workshops and Personal Development Programmes. They deliver interactive, fun workshops for 8-18 year olds focused on developing leadership and communication skills. The workshops have been developed from a foundation of psychology and from first-hand experience of delivering leadership development programmes in the workplace. The workshops form part of a 30-session development programme covering everything from Awesome Assertiveness, Confident Communication, Powerful Presenting, Proactive Problem Solving, Fabulous Flexibility and 24 other key skills that will help young people to navigate life now and in the future.

Nov 27
From Babies with Love

From Babies with Love is the baby brand that donates 100% of its profit to orphaned and abandoned children. Our brand speaks to the powerful emotions parents feel for the welfare of children: both customer and gift recipient enjoy a beautiful purchase, and enjoy knowing they’re helping a vulnerable child.


Nov 28
Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Wave BJJ is a school teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in London,they have schools in West London and South East London. Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on technique and helping each other learn.


Nov 29
Design Jessica

Design Jessica is a graphic designer, online community leader and podcast host. She designs bespoke and on-brand marketing materials for small businesses, who are mainly connected to the Armed Forces community. She has recently launched a podcast to showcase military spouses running their own business, also runs the Forces Enterprise Network Business Community that has over 270 members. Clients include the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Military Wives Choirs and the Officers' Association.

Nov 30
Street Factory CIC

Street Factory CIC share a belief in young people, their capabilities and the possibilities for their growth and development. They work hard in helping them develop not just as individuals, but also as a group. Street Factory CIC encourages them to grow into strong individual’s, questioning the status quo and doing all they can do to change injustices they find in their communities. For Street factory being truly creative in a society that wants everyone to fit in, to be the same and to shy away from standing out isn’t easy.

Dec 01
Archery Fit

Based in London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich, open 365 days a year, 8-12 hours a day, Archery Fit is a truly unique indoor archery club combining top quality and convenience. On a daily basis they introduce new people to archery as well as support experienced archers in reaching their goals. One-off taster sessions for all levels of archer (from complete beginners to experienced athletes), full beginner courses, dedicated children sessions running, corporate events for up to 30 people - these are just a few of many services Archery Fit offer.