To Gather & Stitch

To Gather & Stitch

Regular readers of this blog will know that telling the stories of micro business in Britain is where my heart is. Sharing the inspiration, innovation and sheer magic of their journeys, stories and process is the most rewarding part of my week. Sarah Shortt trained in Couture in the 1990s Read More ...Read more »

10 Top Tips for a Perfect UK Holiday in 2020

Troutsdale Farm

Today, we have officially learnt that we can take a holiday in the UK from the 4th of July. After months of lockdown, many of you will be dreaming of a British break to help your relax, recoup and recover. Although some of you may be online right now booking Read More »...Read more »

It’s time to write a new story

Simply Great Britain

How we respond to the new ‘open’ will be a vote for our future…. The last few weeks have been wholeheartedly focused on supporting small, micro businesses to stay afloat, recover, rebuild, make new plans, pivot & cope. We have been sharing free webinars, free training programme...Read more »

New Beginnings…

How we can use our purses & voices to vote for the new beginning we really want. Supporting and working with small micro businesses over the last few months has been a privilege and inspiration. Facing some of the worst financial and emotional days of their lives, they have been Read More »...Read more »

Family Photo Shoot for a well deserving family…

Amanda White Photography

The micro business owners in our Member’s Club frankly make up one of the best communities I have ever known. I knew this before and feel hugely excited about the future as we grow it across Britain. However, the last month or so has opened my eyes a little wider. Read More »...Read more »

A close shave for the NHS

Bernie Webbe, founder of Urban8Create and member of the Member’s Club, is shaving her head for her local hospital to offer her support during the pandemic to say a special thank you. This is not a one off for Bernie who has been raising money for the NHS for a Read More »...Read more »

Glorious Cracks

Simply Great Britain Stories

How are you doing? Have you been feeling the pressure to be ‘lockdown perfect’? There’s tons of content out there encouraging us to use this time to be fitter, more perfect, happy, meditated out and eating exciting new recipes. But it doesn’t really feel like that for most of...Read more »

What small business does when it’s in crisis…

Pencil Me In Workshops

Over the last few weeks, we have been working hard to support small, micro, freelance and indie businesses to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, to find ways to stay safe, calm and going. Many of them have been devastated by a sudden and complete halt in turnover for an unknown period Read More »...Read more »

Imperfection is Sexy

Liz Abram Coaching

Right now life is less perfect than it has ever been. There is a lot that is difficult about that but the collective experience finally gives us permission to let go of perfection, facade, barriers & pretending. Phew. Here are the words of Liz Abram, coach, resilience expert and all Read More &r...Read more »

Holding the hope…

Simply Great Britain

Holding the hope is a concept that my Mum taught me years ago. You may have heard of it or have your own family version. The idea is that when you know someone who has lost all hope or is without hope, you can hold it for them until they Read More »...Read more »

Sowing seeds…

Simply Great Britain

Liz Abram is part of our Member’s Club and an outstanding coach with a nose for uncovering, a heart for nurturing and a straight forward voice to get stuff done. With a military career as a resistance trainer and linguist followed by work with Channel 4 & the BBC, Liz Read More »...Read more »

10 things to remember when things are uncertain…

Troutsdale Farm Holiday Cottages

This is a slimmed down version fo a bonus How To Guide I sent out to the Member’s Club earlier today. When times are uncertain, it is clear that practical tips, community and staying connected is crucial. Here are some reminders for micro business owners. There is only now. Bloody obvious...Read more »

The business of self care

Pencil Me In Workshops

We have often the heard the phrase ‘self-care’ and I often talk to the Member’s Club about it as an essential skill and habit for micro business owners. However, how many of us excel at it? Aimee from Pencil Me In is part of the Member’s Club and is hugely Read More »...Read more »

The Future is Bright for Independent British Tourism

My first steps into business ownership were into the tourism sector. My first business was running a self catering holiday house in the Staffordshire Peak District. We won awards and became the 1st accredited eco holiday business in the county. Since then, I have worked extensively with independent ...Read more »

A TURN for the better…

TURN Education

Today I met with the inspiring Caroline from TURN Education CIC who is dedicated to tackling underachievement in kids and helping them realise new beginnings. I knew that Caroline had a long teaching career and I knew that she works with children and animals (isn’t that an issue?!) but I Read ...Read more »

Why Community Matters in Micro Business

The powers of Community for Small Business in Britain

In a study by Epson UK in 2018 it was found that out of the 1000 freelancers and micro businesses they interviewed a staggering 48% admitted to feeling lonely in their work and 46% admitted to feeling isolated. One might assume that this figure may be even higher. When meeting Read More »...Read more »

Small business charging towards a greener future.

96% of all private business in Britain is micro in size – that is 0-9 employees size. But do we really know what impact they are having on our lives and the lives of future generations? Alex and Rob from Beechenhill Farm in the Peak District are at the forefront Read More »...Read more »

A Whole New Decade…

Simply Great Britain's 14 Day Challenge

When I kicked off running my first small business my main challenge was the isolation. I felt alone and coming from the corporate world I had little understanding about how small businesses hung out. I am now 18 years on from starting that first business and community, working together and Read More...Read more »

Welcome to the Club – Julie-Anne Craig from Not Just Travel!

Not Just Travel - Julie-Anne Craig

We recently welcomed Julie-Anne Craig to the Member’s Club from the business Not Just Travel. Julie-Anne is a personal travel consultant who’s every day mission to plan your perfect holiday that is completely tailored to you. This fabulous personal service is designed to create a stress ...Read more »