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Meet Emily, founder of Simply Great Britain and Simply Business School, how she came to build this business and the story of  Simply HQ. Today Simply Great Britain tells the stories of independent businesses across the country.

We celebrate, support & connect stand out indie business across Great Britain from Simply HQ in the heart of Staffordshire. Emily and her family still live in the county where Simply HQ started back in 2012.

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A bit about Emily…

The Simply handpicked business network was founded by Emily Whitehead in the Autumn of 2012 (as Simply Staffordshire) after Emily had left her corporate 9-5 to run a successful eco holiday accommodation in North Staffordshire for 7 years. Emily lives with her family in the beautiful countryside of Staffordshire and works from her garden office with a remote team of Simply HQ helpers. Her daily inspirations are her two children, nature and her daily walks with the Simply HQ terrier, Stan. Sign up to news from Simply HQ  & follow slices of life at Simply HQ on Instagram.

Understanding that there was a whole community of stand out, inspiring, independent businesses in the county and beyond, that didn’t have a voice or good visibility to potential customers, Emily simply added her favourites to a website to share. These independent businesses are what make life beautiful for all (owners and customers alike!) and, as an indie business owner herself, Emily understood the value of support & connecting for indie business owners. Simply Staffordshire quickly http://healthsavy.com/product/lexapro/ evolved to become a formal directory and business network to provide support and to celebrate micro business, sole traders, organisations and family enterprises across Staffordshire. Simply Staffordshire became Simply Great Britain in Autumn 2017 after Emily had requests from across the country to join the membership.

Independent business is a significant sector in any local economy and accounts for 93% of all business in Great Britain. Emily’s passion for local, community, people & places has meant she works day to day with amazing, but often under rated, independent business who might need an injection of support, marketing and who are looking for opportunities to network with like minded businesses.
People looking for handpicked, indie businesses, can enjoy the Simply website, blog and social media channels to find out how engaging with indie makes life just a little more beautiful. #MakeLifeBeautiful

Emily has over 20 years of experience including a corporate career background in marketing and training management to extensive experience working with large organisations on funded projects, in mentoring roles and providing training and marketing support for a large range of businesses, organisations & entrepreneurs. Simply Staffordshire was the first company to be awarded a Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark and as such Emily has become a passionate advocate for the scheme, mentoring applicants and now as a member of the awards panel.  Emily specialises in digital Marketing for small business as well as supporting small business to become green in their practices and marketing. These skills are brought together to support the membership through the Simply Business School.

A word from Emily… “I am privileged to spend my working life working with amazing independent business owners while benefitting from their ability to make life beautiful. I now spend my time supporting & connecting our members while telling the stories of stand out indie business from across Great Britain. I left the world of traditional, corporate business to create a new model of working that provides balance, nourishes community and creates real beauty in life.”

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