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Community counts, now more than ever. So here is a collection of stories, tips and insights from fellow great independents. Do get in touch if you have a story you'd like to share

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Gardners' Bags

After 150 years, trading in the same area, Gardners’ Bags had to move. Founded in 1870, originally manufacturing and repairing grocer’s scales, ...

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Plant One On Me

With 250 houseplants, accessories, home decor and gifts, Plant One On Me in Bradford is an oasis in the city centre. Owner Ursula Sutcliffe talk...

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Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop

Pear drops, cola cubes, flying saucers, chocolate covered limes, sherbet pips. This shop in North Yorkshire sells nostalgia and joy in striped p...

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Dolcino

Selling home-made gelato and other specialities, this café in the centre of Loughborough has been operating since 2015. With a large student pop...

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Jules and Gems

Julie Ashton’s boutique sells jewellery and accessories. Unique and individual pieces are designed and handmade by Julie and other British desig...

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Treasure Chest Books

Proudly located in the centre of Felixstowe, Treasure Chest Books is East Anglia’s largest second-hand bookshop. It has been trading in the town...

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The Umbrella Cafe CIC

Based within a community centre in the heart of Whitstable, by the sea in East Kent, is The Umbrella Cafe. Launched at the end of 2015, the cafe...

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Shop SE19

Crystal Palace, south London has an established community of independent shops and services. ShopSE19 was set up as a limited company in 2019 to...

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The Refillery

In January 2019, Kelly Wright opened The Refillery, a plastic-free and ethical grocery store in Edinburgh. In five years-time she wants there to...

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Pop London

Pop London is a boutique, online store and fashion label. It produces beautiful, feminine and glamorous fashion for women who value original des...

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Happy & Glorious

Happy & Glorious sells British-made gifts, art and homeware online and from its location in Cranbrook, Kent since 2016. Owner Kate Tompsett told...

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