When classic cars meet classic catering

Lily's Pop Up Tearoom & Catering

For regular readers of our small business stories, you will know that we love to share great news. Sarah Lewis Enterprises in run by the super talented and dedicated entrepreneur Sarah who has a passion creating food for all occasions as well as hosting her own events. Sarah has announced Read More ...Read more »

Gold standard access to your dream holiday

Hoegrange Access Day 2019

Simply members and truly dedicated owners Felicity and David of Hoe Grange Holidays in the Peak District are opening their doors  to the public to celebrate Access Day on Friday the 15th March from 12.30-3.30pm.  Felicity and David are superheroes in the world of accessible holidays providing exce...Read more »

Creative artist travels to Turkey to learn new skills


Barbara is a super talented felt maker who hosts stunning workshops for all skills levels, making a huge variety of felt items. You won’t be surprised to learn that she, like so many other makers, artists and designers Barbara is always looking to extend her skills and learn something new Read...Read more »

The Member Interview – Giles Metcalfe Digital

Giles Metcalfe Digital

We started this at the end of last year – helping you get to know some of our members a little better. Meet Giles from Giles Metcalfe Digital, based in Staffordshire. Tell us who you are and what your business is. Giles Metcalfe, Giles Metcalfe Digital – freelance, self-employed Digital ...Read more »

National celebration for family Farm Shop with a difference

Denstone Hall FarmShop

We love sharing good news and this is particularly special for one of our members, Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Cafe. This week they have been recognised (again!) at the Farma awards, winning Farm Shop of the Year and Farm Shop Restaurant of the Year. This amazing accolade is much Read More »...Read more »

A Friday night out at the Fox & Crow

Fox & Crow Gallery Leek

Last week we were invited to the opening of a new gallery space and shop called the Fox & Crow Gallery in the beautiful & historic town of Leek in Staffordshire. This was not only a treat but also a real moment to celebrate for Simply Member and artist designer Read More »...Read more »

Yesterday was emotional – My Indie Business Day

My Indie Business Day

You may have seen on our social feeds & on the website that yesterday we hosted our first ever Indie Business Day for small, independent businesses to dig deep into their marketing and business. Yesterday was about providing the opportunity for small business owners and sole traders to gather, c...Read more »

#BookDirect is all about the love

The Parlour

For regular readers of our stories, you will have noticed our piece a few weeks ago about the pleasures of staying somewhere independent for your leisure or business trip. We talked about our members who provide a second to none service with dedication at the heart… Well, we are loving Read Mo...Read more »

An Allotment Course with a difference!

Aromatic Allotment

We have recently welcomed a new member, Anita from The Aromatic Allotment who is not only a world renowned aromatherapist and teacher but also a very experienced allotment gardener. Anita has created this new business to help you learn the wisdom of plants and natural cycles.  Discover how to grow ...Read more »

Creating authentic UK short break experiences

Trouts dale Farm Holidays

After the gloom of yesterday you may well be thinking about taking a break and filling your 2019 with new experiences. We don’t do conventional but we do have a stunning groups of stand out indie businesses who know exactly how to create some magic. When we first started our Read More »...Read more »

Member profile: Why Vic went Vegan!

Energy Ball Recipes

We do small business and big love. Our members are stand out, inspirational and innovative. Victoria from Energy Ball Recipes is no exception. She set up Energy ball Recipes in July 2018 and has already won several accolades and awards. The success of her brand is not just down to Read More »...Read more »

New Year, new adventures, more love

We have had a break at Simply HQ over Christmas and New Year to attempt to recharge batteries and settle heads. We have also been blessed that my husband was called in for his knee replacement surgery at short notice during the holidays – all is well but it has Read More »...Read more »

When Charity & Business meet at Christmas

Gallery at 12 Eccleshall

There are so many things that we are totally loving this Christmas build up about how independent business does things differently from the big corporates that often leads to a truly magical festive experiences – and this story is a fine example! Gallery at 12 is a stunning cooperative of Read...Read more »

Awards galore for independent tourism.

Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2018

We have been meaning to share this gem of a story for a week – but were did that go!? For this of you who didn’t know, our story started in Staffordshire, the county in which we are still based and our much loved home. Although our special community is Read More »...Read more »

A Celebration of British Makers

Tonight on the BBC is the programme ‘Made in Britain’ travels to Stoke on Trent to take a look at the still world class pottery industry. An industry very close to my heart and one that inspired me to do what I do with Simply Great Britain. On top of Read More »...Read more »

Independent Event Management with Seventeen43


We are thrilled to be profiling Seventeen43, an indie events management business headed by Gary Williams as recent additions to the Simply membership family. Gary has years of experience developing, planning and executing bespoke events from large public celebrations to small charitable or family ba...Read more »

Pretty Handy Bags – Member intro!

Pretty Handy Bags

We are so pleased to be welcoming Pretty Handy Bags to our membership – run by the super talented Lesley who makes bespoke bags for your pets, babies and you. Lesley hand picks bespoke fabric for each bag to suit each client and her customers return again and again. You Read More »...Read more »