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Why I plan to stick with small businesses, PLUS meet three of my treasured stockists

What a rollercoaster the last 3 years has been for, well, virtually everyone and every industry… But in a time when shop rental is so high and material and energy costs have been rocketing, it’s harder than ever for our independent shops to thrive. It was hard before the pandemic, but now it’s even harder. They need our support. 


Can you imagine if we didn’t have any independent shops in our towns and villages? They do such a necessary job of bringing some genuine character to our increasingly faceless high-streets. Aside from that, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p stays in the local economy? So by shopping small and local, you’re helping your community thrive. Small businesses also generally have a much smaller carbon footprint, and contribute a great big £1trillion to the UK economy each year.*

So for me, this wonderful, colourful and supportive community is where I plan to keep my trade. I used to dream of getting my products into big department stores, but now I fully understand the value of keeping it small, that’s what I’ll do.

*Stats courtesy of Holly & Co

Introducing three of my wonderful stockists

These shops have been stocking a chosen selection of my products for a while now and I wanted to share their brilliance with you.

Dot Homeware

3-4 Capuchin Yard, Church Street, Hereford, UK

dot homeware shop hereford
Dot is a colourful, design-led celebration of a shop, based in the independent quarter of Hereford. Its doors opened in 2021 with the aim of offering something different in the town in the form of celebrating the wealth of UK creative small businesses. I’m so proud to have my products stocked here, amongst some amazing brands. Dot also offers a selection of stock to buy online. Find out more here.  


Route des Mouresses 19, 1965 Savièse, Switzerland 

kitatori shop Switzerland

This is one of my European stockists, selling a wonderful array of brands and vintage pieces. Shop owners Matthieu and Amélie explain the existence of Kitatori perfectly: “Because small things can make life more beautiful and because we believe in creation, in craftsmanship, in beautiful stories and in passionate people, Kitatori was born. Browse the online shop and find out more here

Little Wren Collections

59a High St, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, UK

Little Wren Collections, Great Missenden
My most local stockist, based just down the road from the Roald Dahl Museum, this little gem of a shop stocks the work of artists and makers from the Chilterns and surrounding area. Run partly on a cooperative basis, you’ll find all manner of gifts and treats here! Find out more online.

Main image by Artem Gavrysh on Unsplash

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