In the Spotlight: Lesley Palmer Art
Lesley is an extremely talented artist and illustrator who lives in beautiful Shropshire with her two border collies, Bunty and Mabel. She loves to draw and paint the intricate details of a horse, dog and other animals which really gives her the chance to capture their individual character and soul which is perfectly shown in the artwork she produces.   Lesley's real passion lies with horses and you can really see this in her equestrian artwork! Lesley was first put on a horse at the age of two and since then hasn’t looked back. She has trained thoroughbreds, driving ponies, polo ponies and event/dressage horses using mainly Monty Roberts techniques, and was happiest with her own horse, Murphy, pictured below. Horses really are in Lesley's blood and it takes someone...
29/03/2018
Shropshire Fun This Easter
Easter is fast approaching and if you haven’t already made plans for the family, then we can help. Shropshire being the beautiful and scenic and imaginative county that it is, it has an abundance of Easter activities for all the family to enjoy. Tucked away in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the wonderful Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, near Church Stretton, which demonstrates life on a Shropshire upland farm at the turn of the 19th century. It opens to the public this Friday. With practical demonstrations of historic farming methods, using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines, it really is not to be missed.  Children adore feeding the chickens, milling the grain, collecting the eggs, visiting the school house and so much more....
27/03/2018
Exciting Product Launch from Hawthorn House
Hawthorn House was started 5 years ago when business owner Tami Murray was making candles as a hobby - fell in love with the process and filled every vessel in her home with products. Today she is renowned for her ability to create and capture a beautiful bouquet, by combining interesting and often unusual ingredients which are blended to create unique scents. Handcrafted in Shropshire, England. Inspiration comes from Tami’s love of travelling and absorbing cultures. Her adventures and experiences have formed memories that have greatly influenced her individual creations. Blends of orange blossom are taken from her time spent in California where the fragrant scent perfumes the air, whilst Eastern travels have inspired more earthy tones and rich spices. Taking such...
05/03/2018
In the Spotlight: Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Interview with Luke Neal – Shropshire Wildlife Trust Name: Luke!   Occupation:  River Projects officer – Delivering Slow the Flow, natural flood management, in the Corve Dale   In three words describe Shropshire Wildlife Trust:  protecting local wildlife How did Shropshire Wildlife Trust start? What is the Shropshire Wildlife Trust story? Founded in 1962 by local naturalists in order to take action around loss of habitats and biodiversity observed through extensive plant surveys of the county. Now we are the county's leading environmental charity, supported by 11,000 members. Shropshire Wildlife Trust protects wildlife where you live What are the aims of Shropshire Wildlife Trust? Our mission To protect and enhance the wildlife...
05/03/2018
Mothers Day Inspiration courtesy of Shropshire's finest producers & creatives!
“A Mother can take the place of all others but whose place no one can We have endless options for fantastic Mother’s Day gifts with just a few highlighted in this article. Each Mum is special and unique in their own way so to make sure they are truly spoilt on Sunday 11th March, check out what Buy-From Shropshire has to offer!  Looking for jewellery that is different and affordable – then look no further than the beautiful work of Sarah Hill Glass. Her gorgeous glass earrings are vibrant and contemporary. A set of earrings, like the styles below are just £12.95. See more pieces here - Sarah Hill Glass  You can’t go wrong with Chocolate and Hannah's designs from Chocolaty Choices are very special. All her...
01/03/2018
Spring Fair 2018 Experience: Anne Reeves
What has been your highlight of Spring Fair 2018?  Meeting and getting to know other members of the Buy-From Shropshire group, both producers and the Buy-From team  and indeed the GA staff. We all really ‘bonded’ and it made the whole experiences much more fun and enjoyable.  It was also lovely to see the stand taking shape after all the preparation and planning.  How has being a part of Buy-From Shropshire and the Giftware Association stand helped your presence at the show?  Being part of the group at the show meant that we were much more visible to potential customers. It is such a large show and it is easy to get lost and overwhelmed amongst the other stands when you are a small company. It was easier for the customers as well – they could visit the...
12/02/2018
Spring Fair 2018 Experience: Champion and Reeves
What has been your highlight of Spring Fair 2018?  Meeting other Shropshire producers and networking. Meeting gift buyers - our confectionery is gift orientated.  Meeting buyers from Condor Ferries.   How has being a part of Buy-From Shropshire and the Giftware Association stand helped your presence at the show?  The stand looked very professional and stood out. I believe we attracted more attention as a group than had we had individual stands. The show was cost effective allowing us to reach a new audience. The stand was very professionally put together, allowing us to showcase our products in a very professional way.   What are your thoughts on future trade shows like Spring Fair?  It was interesting to do a 'gift show' as we have...
12/02/2018
Spring Fair 2018 Experience: Emma Lawrence
What has been your highlight of Spring Fair 2018?  The highlight for me was attending the Gift of the Year awards evening where I was awarded Highly Commended in the Children’s Gift category for my Little Nature Explorers® range.  The range includes, notepads, stickers, wildflower seed paper, colour-in cards, badges and bug mugs.  At the awards dinner I was introduced to a fantastic British company who are keen to license some of my designs so by the end of the evening I felt like I was the winner!  It’s going to lead to lots of exciting developments.   How has being a part of Buy-From Shropshire and the Giftware Association stand helped your presence at the show?  Being part of the stand meant that we stood out and the GA always...
12/02/2018
Spring Fair 2018 Experience: Lish d'Lish
What has been your highlight of Spring Fair 2018?  Spring Fair has really helped me to decide which direction my business should be going in and has highlighted who my core trade customers are. Talking to customers, colleagues and other business owners I have been able to share ideas and gain lots of advice to help me steer my business in the right direction for me.   How has being a part of Buy-From Shropshire and the Giftware Association stand helped your presence at the show?  As a small start-up, firstly I would not have been business able to afford a stand on my own at the fair but in addition to this as I was linked to other stands from Buy-From and The Giftware Association customers were attracted to the stand as a whole, creating interest that would...
12/02/2018
Spring Fair 2018 Experience: Risdon & Risdon
What has been your highlight of Spring Fair 2018?  Getting my very first retail stockist in the How has being a part of Buy From Shropshire and the Giftware Association stand helped your presence at the It helped immensely! The stand was a great destination for people – also the overall look of the stand was really appealing. It also meant we were introduced to some very useful contacts, as well as amazing support and social media exposure – all of which was invaluable.  What are your thoughts on future trade shows like Spring Fair?  Trade shows are vital opportunities for buyers and sellers to get together. An important part being that buyers sometimes come across businesses that they weren’t expecting to and that’s the...
12/02/2018
Discover Risdon & Risdon at the International Spring Fair
How did Risdon & Risdon start? Risdon & Risdon started through wanting to design a tough but stylish utility apron. Having seen heavier weight aprons abroad I wanted to create a traditional but design-led apron for a British market. Describe Risdon & Risdon for us? Risdon & Risdon is the family - and each one of us spending time and attention creating something we want the wearer to be as proud of as we are.    What will you be bringing to the International Spring Fair with you? Our canvas aprons are what we are known for but we will also be bringing some leather aprons, our very handy market bags and some of the beautiful knife rolls.   What can you tell us about the opportunity being given to you by Buy-From Shropshire and...
31/01/2018
Discover Cherie Did This at the International Spring Fair
How did CHERIE DID THIS start? Having freelanced and worked under pseudonyms for many years I felt it was time to stamp my mark.   Describe CHERIE DID THIS for us? A range of illustrated products.   What or who influences your work? City breaks. I like to go back to my old Neighbourhood in London and check out the street art.   Describe the product range that will you be bringing to the International Spring Fair with you? Cards, prints, pins & patches. Bags and t-shirts.   With all that you have achieved so far in your business, what are you most proud of? To be Urban Outfitters artist of the week a few months after our launch.   What are your plans for your business in the...
30/01/2018
Discover Lesley Palmer at the International Spring Fair
How did LESLEY PALMER ART start?  It started with me deciding to follow my dream of turning professional and painting for a living, as it’s what I’ve loved to do all my life, turning beautiful real life animals, into paintings which are equally as beautiful, to have on my wall.  Describe LESLEY PALMER ART for us?  I create images of beautiful things, mainly horse, wildlife and other animals into paintings. I paint in contemporary or traditional styles, and use oils, watercolours, acrylics or pastels to recreate the animals I see beauty in.   What will you be bringing to the International Spring Fair with you?  I will be bringing 7 original, framed paintings with me, including ‘Stormy Stag’, ‘Hell for Leather’, ‘Race like the Wind’...
29/01/2018
Discover Champion & Reeves at the International Spring Fair
How did CHAMPION & REEVES start? Andrew Reeves, as a child, fondly remembered, being give a precious treat of a piece of Callard & Bowser Nougat at Christmas. Andrew remembers the excitement of unwrapping the silver paper and savoring the nougat inside. Although family and friends bought him nougat over the years from far and wide Andrew would always say thank you but sigh that it wasn’t the same.  Jacqueline Champion equally has similar memories about her Grandmother giving Butterscotch – not available until we bought it back for over 30 Describe CHAMPION & REEVES for us? Champion & Reeves carefully make nougat, nougat with cherries, butterscotch and cream toffee with the finest...
26/01/2018
Discover Emma Lawrence Designs at the International Spring Fair
How did Emma Lawrence Designs start?   It began as a hobby, designing and making cards and gifts for friends and family.  I have always loved drawing and been inspired by nature so as a child I was always outside collecting or making things.  Nearly every design I do features a little bird somewhere which reflects this passion.   Describe Emma Lawrence Designs for us?   A small business producing a range of greetings cards, gifts and stationery with a fresh, fun and appealing style.  In addition, Emma is available for commissions as she loves the whole process of translating a written brief into a bespoke, delightful, eye-catching design.  Clients include the NHS, Field Studies Council, charities, Council and a...
26/01/2018
Discover Lish d'lish at the International Spring Fair
How did LISH I’ve always wanted my own business and love creating new product ideas. I had been talking to a friend of mine who used to create products for Claire’s Accessories and I mentioned my idea for scented bangles for children aged 8-13. The scented bangles would be created as an alternative to children’s perfume. He told me he thought I should give it a go and gave me his contacts in China. Over the last year and a half I have worked on the design, colours and scents and launched the brand Lish d’lish in October 2017.  Describe LISH D’LISH for Lish d’lish is a young, colourful, fun but cool brand of fashion accessories aimed at little girls between 8-13 years of age. My tag line...
26/01/2018
Discover Ruth Gibson Ceramics at International Spring Fair
How did RUTH GIBSON CERAMICS start? After completing my degree in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2003 I was offered all sorts of exciting opportunities in sculpture, and large arts projects, often working collaboratively, but these meant I didn’t have time to develop my own ceramic practice. Not until I moved house with a garden big enough to build a studio, and then had to build that studio….and then when my daughter was settled into primary school, I finally had a few hours each day to work on my designs. The business has evolved gradually over a number of years, as I responded to comments initially from friends and then customers and galleries Describe RUTH GIBSON CERAMICS for us? I am a designer-maker...
26/01/2018
Discover The Tipsy Tart at the International Spring Fair
How did THE TIPSY TART start? We started approx 5 years ago making homemade liqueurs for friends at Xmas and was so popular that we started selling at the Ludlow market and just expanded from there due to the popularity of our products.    Describe THE TIPSY TART for Our vodka and gin liqueurs are the foundation of our homemade artisan products A love of life and living is our motto and enjoying drinks with friends and family.   What will you be bringing to the International Spring Fair with We will have samples of all our products and we hope that you will all come and have a taste of our vodkas and   What can you tell us about the opportunity being given to you by Buy-From Shropshire...
26/01/2018
In the spotlight: Elizabeth Beckett
This week we spoke to Elizabeth Beckett, of Elizabeth Beckett Skincare, about her business journey and some advice for other small business How long have you been running your 5 years.  How did Elizabeth Beckett start?   Having worked for many years in air conditioned offices doing long hours my skin had become dull and dehydrated. I tried all sorts of lotions and creams spending hundreds of pounds yet still had problem skin.  I decided if high street products weren’t helping then I would go back to basics and make my own.  My brother grew rapeseed oil on his farm so it seemed a perfect ingredient to start with and after some experimenting a cream was born.    Describe EB skincare? Skin needs basic moisture which we feel should come from a...
19/12/2017
Celebrate the festive season with Moyden's Handmade Cheese!
Moyden’s Hand Made Cheese was established in 2005 by Martin Moyden and has fast become a well-respected artisan cheese-making business. This stems from a passion for quality, attention to detail and a lust for perfection. This Christmas Martin and Beth Moyden are celebrating in style with the launch of their new website and a a festive event which will see them opening their creamery to the public for the first   As well as a tour of the Moyden’s Hand Made Cheese Creamery you will be treated to mulled wine, mince pies and free entry into the prize draw to win a luxury Christmas hamper packed full of the local producers Martin Moyden both champions and collaborates with. These well established and well respected local producers include Paso-Primero, Shropshire Salumi and...
09/12/2017
Festive December Events in Shropshire 2017
We can't believe it's December already. We've compiled a list of what's on in Shropshire this month to get you ready for the festivities - from Christmas Fairs to Christmas Carols, it's jam packed with good stuff!  SATURDAY 2ND Saturday Late Nights at Shrewsbury Market Christmas Afternoon Tea with Santa, Apley Farm Shop Victorian Christmas Fair, Shrewsbury Santa Steam Specials, Severn Valley Railway KidderminsterMuch Wenlock Christmas Fayre Shropshire Cruelty Free Christmas Fair, Shrewsbury Shropshire Festive Gift Fair, Telford International Centre (2nd/3rd) TUESDAY 5TH DECEMBER  Tinsel Tuesdays Ludlow  WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER 'There's Some Dead Good People in Shropshire' - St Mary's Place, Dogpole, Shrewsbury - legendary town crier...
01/12/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Anne Reeves
In honour of Small Business Saturday UK on Saturday 2nd December, we have been speaking to the small businesses that we have the honour of working with. Here we have Anne Reeves of Anne Reeves Jewellery:  How long have you been running your jewellery business?   I set up my business 13 years ago.     How did Anne Reeves Jewellery start?   I attended a couple of short silver jewellery making courses locally (westhope college) and initially, my interest in silversmithing started as a hobby.  Before I had my children, I was a sales rep for a local stationery company - a difficult and demanding job to with a young family - so after a career break when the boys were born, I decided to turn my jewellery making into a small business, which I felt...
30/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Emma Lawrence Designs
In honour of Small Business Saturday UK this weekend we've been chatting to some of the Small Businesses we have the pleasure of working with. This time round it's Emma Lawrence Designs, an artist inspired by the natural world.  How long have you been running your Approximately 18 How did Emma Lawrence Designs start? I have always had a love of drawing and was creative from a young age.  Nature has also always been an interest.  I started to design and make cards for friends and family and then created my first children’s book as I felt there was a gap in the market to educate children about nature and help them value all the little creatures. At the time I was working full time as a Consultant Neuropsychologist, having had...
30/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Tipsy Tart
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we've been speaking  to those small businesses we have the honour of working with. Here we have Elizabeth Grinker of Tipsy Tart - the fruity, funky and fun infused liqueur company.  How long have you been running your We started in 2013 on Easter day on our local matket stall in Ludlow which we still have today.  The idea came from liqueurs which I made as Christmas presents and everyone loving them. Tell us a bit more about Tipsy Tart we love what we do. We are a small family business making and selling luscious liqueurs at festivals around the country and from our website. We are in a few a few delis and, pubs and growing steadily. It is so rewarding and we just love the praise and love we get from...
30/11/2017
Moyden's Cheese: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Martin Moyden of Moyden's Handmade Cheese, who is an integral part of the Shropshire foodie scene.  How long have you been running your cheese business?  13 years, lucky for   How did Moyden’s Cheese start? I was inspired by my grandmother and her tales of how together with my grandfather they delivered milk by horse and cart to the locals of Newport. I felt that people in general are very disconnected with where their food comes from and I longed to change this. I researched how cheese was made and it captured my imagination as...
29/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Lajina Masala
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Lajina Masala, the 'curry queen' of Shropshire, and an integral part of the Shropshire foodie scene:  How long have you been running your business? 4 years   How did Lajina Masala  start?  I was being made redundant from an  accountancy post and my friends thought this is what I should do, we were sitting in an Indian restaurant at the time.   Describe Lajina Masala for us? I teach Indian cooking and design the classes around you. There are 6 blends of handmade spices, curry masala, cardamom kick, garam masala, chaat...
29/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Saloukee
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Sarah Shakespeare of Saloukee How long have you been running your business?   I’m in my 9th official year, so will be celebrating the big 10 next year.    How did Saloukee start?   After graduating from my degree in Jewellery & Silversmithing I went about getting some 'real-life' experience in the fashion industry. I spent time working in Amsterdam, Paris and London, doing unpaid internships and working many very unglamourous jobs along the way to fund them. Then in 2008, I set up alone, founding Saloukee in a shared workshop in...
29/11/2017
Hollie Childe: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their individual Small Businesses, and what the movement means for them. Here we have HOLLIE CHILDE ART, a young artist whose work is inspired by the stunning Shropshire landscape and wildlife.  How long have you been running your I have been running my business as a full time self employed artist for a year and a half. After graduating from University in July 2015 I spent the summer getting stuck back into painting animals. Once I had accumulated some paintings, I started selling my work online and completing my first pet portraits in November 2015 alongside working full time at John Lewis. After my business started to take off, I left John Lewis to commit to...
28/11/2017
Jenny Tyler Artist: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their individual Small Businesses, and what the movement means for them. First up is JENNY TYLER ARTIST, an established watercolour portraitist and wire work sculptor based in Much Wenlock. How long have you been running your creative business? I have been painting and sculpting for approximately six years. <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> How did Jenny Tyler Art start? I joined an art group here in Much Wenlock, after retiring from my bridalwear designing business, and very soon realised just how much I enjoyed painting. <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> Describe your art work for us? I paint portraits of both humans and...
28/11/2017
Christmas Events in Shropshire this Weekend 25/11/17
It's a busy one this weekend for Christmas Events in Shropshire - check them out below. Can you believe it's only 33 days until Christmas 1. Shropshire RCC Christmas Fair / 25th November 2017 / St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury - Come along and enjoy Christmas shipping in the heart of Shrewsbury and browse the various crafty stalls whilst enjoying cost hot chocolates, cake and mulled wine to get you into the Christmas spirit. There's fun for all the family too, with various children's craft activities, entertainment, a raffle and a tombola. The fun begins at 10:30am - 3:30pm and supports the work of the Shropshire RCC. 2. Customise Your Christmas Weekend / 25th - 26th November / Mustard, Bridgnorth - Get creative this weekend with some fantastic festive workshops at the...
22/11/2017
Christmas Events This Weekend 18/11/17
Christmas Season is officially here! There's plenty of festive fun happening this weekend in the county - check out our top 4 picks of Christmas events in Shropshire this weekend.  1. Dudmaston Christmas Craft Fair - This weekend the Orchard and Courtyards will play host to over 70 local artists, food producers and contemporary craftspeople who will be selling a selection of THE perfect gifts. If you're not into the festive spirit yet, then the Dudmaston Christmas Fair will certainly change that! Also, if you're a National Trust member, admission is free! £5 for all non-members. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.  2. Gorgeous Christmas Craft Fair at Enginuity - It's the 13th annual Festive Fair held at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale. Over 40 designer makers from Shropshire and beyond...
16/11/2017
Bonfire Night Top Picks in Shropshire 2017
Bonfire Night will be here before we know it, and Firework season is definitely just around the corner. We've rounded up the best pick of Firework displays in Shropshire this Autumn. Wrap up, stay safe and enjoy the fireworks! October 28th 2017 - Haughton Hall Annual Halloween, Bonfire and Firework Night Get down to Haughton Hall from 5pm to enjoy several amusement park rides for children to enjoy, as well as some great BBQ food and drinks.  November 4th 2017 - Brogyntyn Park Annual Bonfire and Firework Display A huge, free event for all the family to enjoy at Brogyntyn Park from 6:30pm.    <br style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(55, 47, 44); font-family: filson-pro; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Alderford Lake Big Bonfire Spectacular ...
10/10/2017
Exciting business opportunities with the Shropshire Youth Support Trust
In the Spotlight:  Shropshire Youth Support Trust  SYST is dedicated to supporting young people in starting a business – whatever your age. They completely understand the obstacles that stand in every entrepreneur’s path and aim to help you overcome them. What can they help you with?  Writing a business plan. • Finding and applying for funding. • Structuring your new organisation.  • Business premises. • Planning a marketing strategy. • Making your business sustainable Our Enterprise Centre is located in Brodie House at Telford Town Centre, which means it is easily accessible via bus, train or car. Within the centre are 14 offices available to be rented at subsidised costs on a monthly basis. In addition to this we have a shared workspace area which...
04/10/2017
In the Spotlight: Hollie Childe Art
Our latest guest blog is brought to you by the wonderful Hollie Childe Art, talking about her amazing summer of fantastic shows all around the country!  ___________ One year ago I set up my very first little Hollie Childe Art stall at a Charity Horse Show. Fast forward a year, and I have had the most incredible summer taking Hollie Childe Art around the country exhibiting a range of events and country shows! From really wonderful small local shows, such as Chorley Show, all the way down to Blenheim Palace to exhibit as a craft hero at Countryfile I began the summer at Shrewsbury Food Festival where the warmth and kindness from the organisers and customers overwhelmed me. The event was a fantastic showcase of all that Shropshire has to offer. During the event...
20/09/2017
10 things you didn't know about Shropshire: part 2!
The summer holidays have officially begun in the most part of Shropshire, and what a wonderful place to spend them. We’re beginning the week with 10 more facts about our wonderful county.     1.        Shropshire's first inhabitant   One of Shropshire's first inhabitants was the Rynchosaur 240 million years ago! It is described as lizard-like, but it’s teeth are very beaver-esque…   2.        Old Tom Parr    A portrait of Thomas Parr, known as Old Tom Parr, hangs at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription that reads “Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months”. This makes him Shropshire’s oldest person when he died.   3.        Royal roots...
24/07/2017
Let's talk about: Bishop's Castle
Bishops Castle is our pick of the week.   Castle Hotel The Three tuns Brewery Six Bells Yarbourgh house 
18/07/2017
10 things you didn't know about Shropshire!
Shropshire is a place all of the BFS team call home, whether born and bred or only recently having made the move from city life. We all reside here for reasons many of you probably understand - the rolling hills, picture perfect streets and a collection of seriously beautiful towns! The county is also full of rich history - we’ve spent this morning researching and rounding up a list of 10 things you may not already know about Shropshire!       1.     Home to the Brown Bomber Boxer Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, was stationed in north Shropshire while serving as a US Army PT instructor during World War Two. It is rumoured that people in the local pubs used to pay money to punch him in the stomach, but he was so strong that the punches had no effect.     ...
17/07/2017
In the Spotlight: Ruth Gibson’s Latest Brick Sculpture
International ceramic artist, Ruth Gibson, has just completed a stunning new brick sculpture, which is about to make its way the lucky owner in London. Ruth has been working on this stunning life size work for the last few months from her workshop in Shrewsbury. Ruth says, "It’s been such a pleasure to return to my love of brick carving and to work closely with clients in designing a sculpture specifically to meet their personal taste and their London courtyard garden. It's such a physical way of working and a great contrast to my regular studio practice of working in fine and delicate porcelain. I'm indebted to Ibstock Brick Lodge Lane factory who have sponsored this project and continue to support my brick work.”  
26/06/2017
Launch of the Buy-From Shropshire Pop-Up Gift Shop in Shrewsbury
We're so excited to announce our latest venture: the first Buy-From Shropshire Pop Up In our latest venture, we have collaborated with Anne Reeves Jewellery in Frankwell to turn Anne's shop into a Pop Up Artisan Co-Operative featuring 15 incredible designer-makers. The ethos of the Pop Up is to bring art, contemporary jewellery, accessories, art, cards, homewares and gifts  all under one roof, and what makes it so special is that they're all Shropshire-based. If you're looking for something special, then the Buy-From Shropshire Pop-Up has it all. The artists and designer-makers can also make something totally unique and bespoke just for you.  The featured designers we have helping us to make this happen are: Anne Reeves Jewellery, Lyn Evans Designs, Sue Chadwick...
21/06/2017
Events in Shropshire this weekend - w/c 19th June
We've rounded off our pick of the best events happening around the county this week, so you don't have Keep a look out every Monday for a rundown of our favourite events happening that week. If you have any that you'd like us to know about and feature in our post, email us at events@buy-from.com! 1. Wine Tasting Cruise with Tanners - Tuesday 20th Join Tanners Wines on this relaxing 3 hour cruise on board the Sabrina boat in Shrewsbury. Setting off from Victoria Quay, Cheese and chutney will be served throughout the evening along with knowledge and history on the wines served.  Tickets are just £29.50, and if you cannot make it they have 2 more evenings planned on Wednesday 12th July and Thursday 31st August! 2. Shrewsbury Food Festival - 24th-25th June...
19/06/2017
Our top 4 things to do in Shropshire for Father's Day!
So this weekend is Father's Day! If you haven't already made plans, we've picked our favourite events that are happening over the weekend that we think your dad will 1. Father's Day @ Hawkstone Follies If he's fond of countryside pursuits, take him along to Hawkstone Park Follies on Sunday for an action packed day of events, including an archery competition, segway experience and a 4x4 off-road taster day. The park is open as normal for you and your Dad to explore the many cliffs, caves and monuments within the woodlands that were built over 200 years ago. Entry fee is £7 for adults and £4.50 for children, plus any additional costs the activities.  2. Ludlow Starting this weekend is the Ludlow Fringe at Castle Square. There's plenty of fun, comedy,...
15/06/2017
Our faves at Shrewsbury Food Festival!
In just a couple of weeks is the Shrewsbury Food Festival, taking place at Shrewsbury Quarry on the 24th & 25th of June. Being in it's 5th year, it's promising to be the most entertaining it's ever been with loads more crafts, food, talks and demos for all the family to If you are headed down to the festival, don't forget to pop by and support our producers from the Buy-From Shropshire network that are taking part this year. We couldn't be more honoured to work so closely with such talented people and support them at events like the Food Festival. The producers you need to look out for are Heather's Harvest, Hollie Childe Art, Maynard's Farm, Press De Cuba, The Tipsy Tart and Tiger Gin.  Chris Burt and Martin Moyden, alongside Lajina Masala, will also be...
09/06/2017
Meg Hawkins Teams Up With Giftwrap Entrepreneur
Revolutionary Giftwrap Entrepreneur Teams Up with Shropshire Artist Keep your eyes out for this new and exciting collaboration from Giftwrap Entrepreneur Craig Morfett and Watercolour Artist Meg Hawkins! Through their mutual connection with The Giftware Association, they’re bringing the designs of Meg Hawkins Artist to Craig’s revolutionary Instawrap®.   Launched in February 2017, Instawrap®’s innovative and 100% recyclable LICK & STICK giftwrap means there is no longer a use for sticky tape when wrapping gifts – helping to eradicate the immense amount of gift-wrap waste currently sent to landfill sites every day. They’ll also look extra beautiful without the unsightly tape and Meg’s designs featured on the giftwrap!   Instawrap® is the first company to...
07/06/2017
Your Father's Day Gift Inspiration: Sorted.
We have your Father's Day Gift Inspiration Sorted here at Buy-From Shropshire. All of our producers produce and create something totally unique, and we have compiled only some of the products that we feel will really show your Dad you care this Fathers Day. From photographic prints by Shropshire and Beyond to Moyden's Wrekin Blue cheese, and all handmade in Shropshire! Have a browse through our wonderfully wide range of local producers and be inspired by all they have to offer.  Simply click HERE to see our latest Father's Day newsletter.  Fun Fact: Father's day wasn't made an official holiday until 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an official declaration on permanence.   
06/06/2017
Incredible Art, Stunning Views and a Memorable Experience: The Secret Severn Art Trail
I have just had the absolute pleasure of walking the Secret Severn Art Trail and what an experience it was. With the stunning Ironbridge Gorge basking in the sun, we started at Maws Craft Centre where three new galleries were hosting 10 diverse and renowned artists and designers. We began our journey at Two for Joy, the gallery of artists Hazel McNab and Jenny Newall. This stunning gallery has only recently been renovated and it is a treat for the senses. Hazel's linocuts sit alongside the stained glass art of Jenny Newall, the delicate and striking pottery of Suki White and the unique and emotive work of Katherine Souter. The gallery has been really well curated and is a feast for the eyes. I only wish I had enough money to spend the hundreds I wanted to spend in Our next...
05/05/2017
Press de Cuba: The Best Sandwich in Shropshire
Why start Press De Cuba?    On a personal note I've always wanted to start my own business. There have been many ideas that have come and gone over time, almost all surrounding food. When Hannah and I discussed and developed this one, it stuck.    I've loved cooking and tasting food from a young age. I would say I am the happiest when in the kitchen developing recipes and feeding friends and family. I met Hannah who shared my passion for food. I'd been developing sauces and marinades at home for years and we fell in love with the traditional Cuban mojo. After developing an authentic recipe for the mojo marinade and using it in Cuban sandwiches, we realised we had something pretty special that should be shared! We also took a...
31/03/2017
‘Tea Ceremony’ | Ceramicist Ruth Gibson’s Korean Exhibition
Shrewsbury based ceramic artist, Ruth Gibson, is well known throughout the UK for her stunning screen printed ceramic and porcelain art work. Ruth sells and exhibits her work throughout the UK and regular creates bespoke and community art projects. Her latest exhibition is particularly exciting as it takes her work to the Far East. Ruth finds creative parallels between Korean and English culture in her clay work. Her impressive range of work has caught the attention of Dr. David Jones master of Raku and senior academic at the University of Wolverhampton UK, and Professor Lee, Boo-Yun of Hanyand University in Seoul in South Korea, who are co-curating an exhibition of ceramics.  The curators were looking for international ceramic artists to draw parallels, as well as...
19/03/2017
Raw, Unique, Unconventional | In Conversation with Saloukee
In Conversation with Sarah Name: Sarah Occupation: In three words describe Saloukee: Raw. Unique. How did your business start?  I studied jewellery at college and university. After graduating in 2005, I worked for others and spent time traveling. By 2008, I knew working for myself—on my own terms—was the only way to take the steps to reach my goals and so Saloukee was born! Have you got a favourite design? What do you love about it? Hmm, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one piece, but I would say I have a favourite...
14/03/2017