All posts by ssemily

Otter’s Tears, Beers & an Inspirational Indie Business Story

Otter's Tears Beer Company

We have so many stunning independent businesses in our Member network & community and many of them have inspirational stories abut how they came to be. I think this is one of my favourites. It ties in brilliantly with a Member programme we are running this month about the benefits Read More &raq...Read more »

Make this Weekend Fiercely Independent

As you know, we are all about celebrating, supporting & inspiring independent business in Staffordshire and beyond. Most independents in the UK are small (around 93% of all business in the UK) and of those businesses over 60% don’t employ anyone. So, you can see that small, independent bus...Read more »

A Magic May Weekend in Staffordshire

This weekend is a big one in so many ways. Firstly it is our first May bank holiday weekend…a time to celebrate life itself as nature all around us is a riot of colour, hope and magic. However, Staffordshire is taking the weekend to a whole new level of magic Read More »...Read more »

Creative Space in the Cathedral City

Lichfield is a truly historic and beautiful Cathedral City in Staffordshire with not only a wealth of historic buildings and places but a vibrant independent business community. One independent gem and Simply member is Dolly & Joe’s. A stunning little shop for the country home, packed full...Read more »

A Vintage Tea for a Vintage Village

Simply member – Lily’s Secret Vintage Tearoom will again be attending and providing a fabulous pop up tearoom at this fabulous annual event….read about how this year is all about the 60’s in our guest Blog! Visitors to this year’s RAF Cosford Air Show can once again be tran...Read more »

A Delicious Easter Treat

Chocolate nests are about the easiest and most delicious treats you can make – and they’re not just for the kids! Prepare a 12 muffin tin with paper cases of your choice 200g plain or milk chocolate (or a mix) 1 tbsp Golden Syrup 50g salted butter 50g corn flakes, Read More »...Read more »

Easter is here with Time to Spare

Easter is a favourite time of year for many, ranking high in the calendar for it’s peace and quiet, extra few days off and the joy of Spring and good weather. Easter brings hope, sunshine (sometimes!) and a sense of time to spare. To make Easter particularly special this year, Read More »...Read more »

A Stunning Textile Exhibition with Jo Hill

Jo Hill, textile artist and designer and Simply Staffordshire member, based at the amazing Gallery at 12 in Eccleshall, is launching a fabulous new British Wildlife inspired range in her exhibition. Gallery at 12 (also a Simply member) is an artist’s cooperative that hosts monthly exhibitions...Read more »

5 Chemical Free Spring Clean Ideas

The sun has shone for many of us over the last few days and Spring is certainly here after the Equinox on Monday. In the new bright light many of us will have noticed cobwebs in corners and the grubby edges of our winter homes and will have started to Read More »...Read more »

Simple Half Term Traditions

Here in Staffordshire, Half Term starts today! Welcome is an understatement as we have sneezed, coughed and limped through the first 7 weeks of the year. There have been high points, don’t get me wrong, but it is always the toughest half term at Simply HQ  – too many football Read More ...Read more »

Imperfect Valentine Baking Recipes for Everyday Love….

Valentine Baking Blog

Nothing says love like food & baking. Food is the universal language of love. Not necessarily the oysters and chocolate ice cream passion fest type of love, but the every day, run of the mill, ordinary, vital love that we all need. We use food to say I love you Read More »...Read more »

For the Love of February

For the Love of February

The New Year starts with so many plans and ideas, in the glow of Christmas celebrations and is full of hope, plans, resolutions and dreams. We dream of health, wealth and holidays. Often, however, the long grey days of January with no more twinkly lights and not so much health and Read More »...Read more »

The Power of Small in a Big World

  This week has been a real challenge for many – a perfect storm of very grey weather, little or no sunlight, the third week of January, pressing facts and figures from daily inauguration updates, terrible sadness and despair from war zones and snow zones…the list goes on. Running ...Read more »

Hygge Ways for Snowy Days

Pizza Recipe

I know, I know, I have simply jumped on the snow bandwagon as a way of writing this blog post…but bear with me! It is a perfectly valid (if overblown) reason to re discover some hygge into our lives….the art of slowing down, enjoying the company of loved ones, going Read More »...Read more »

New Year, New Commitments….

Stay in Staffordshire

2017 is finally here and many are welcoming it with open arms after, what many perceive. as a challenging 2016. For many of you it will be a time of resolutions, new starts, new regimes and new diets. It is certainly a great point in the diary to set some Read More »...Read more »

How about a Simply Christmas?

simply staffordshire

We have been thoroughly enjoying our #SimplyFestive Christmas campaign this year – sharing lots of stuff about hand made, local magic. We wanted to share our version of Christmas, the version that makes us happy – and it isn’t really the same version that we see on the telly –...Read more »

Tearoom opens it’s doors to combat loneliness this Christmas

A Simply Member business with a tearoom near Gnosall in Staffordshire is to throw open its doors to people who face a Christmas alone. Lily’s Secret Vintage Tea Room will provide free coffee, mince pies, Christmas music and a fun festive quiz on Friday, December 23. The tea room, which is tucked...Read more »

Small Business – Big Weekend

This weekend is a big one in so many ways. It is the first weekend of advent and the first after the big November payday. It is also, though, Small Business Saturday and a weekend packed full of amazing events and markets in Staffordshire. This weekend is the weekend to Read More »...Read more »

Not Black Friday but Local Friday

Today is that slightly stomach churning day – Black Friday – an affectation of big corporates looking to make the most of the last pay day before Christmas. We are bombarded with offers, deals and one off discounts to help us part with our hard earned cash in a frenzy Read More »...Read more »

Make 2016 Simply Festive


We have been busy little elves at Simply HQ this week adding the final touches to our Christmas Campaign for 2016. We support & celebrate stand out independent business all year round but Christmas is a special time and we love to share the real magic of the season – gathering Read More &...Read more »