Christmas Gifts for Her
With festive shop windows lining our high streets and glittering lights illuminating our towns, Christmas preparations are well underway across the If you’re still yet to finish (or start) your Christmas shopping, ignore the comments from those who claim to have bought, wrapped and labelled everything by Halloween; there’s still plenty of time to get the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest this December. For the most unique and personal gifts, shopping in local independent stores is ideal, and we at Buy-From Shropshire know of plenty to recommend. Here’s our ultimate guide of gifts for her. 1) Chilton Liqueurs Gift Pack Since the 1970s, the Shropshire-based drinks company Chilton Liqueurs have been perfecting their fruity products. Among some of their...
14/12/2018
Christmas Gifts for Him
If, like us, you are wondering how it is already December (did we blink in Autumn and miss something?) you may be sharing the all-too familiar worry of wondering what you are going to buy the men in your life this Don’t panic. Certain chain stores may be pushing their Christmas agenda with messages of the “must-have” and “last chance” products, but buying presents really doesn’t need to be as high-pressure as some companies would like you to think. If you shop locally this year, you not only get to avoid the commercial pressures of some big stores, but you can also buy really unique, special gifts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.  Buy-From Shropshire happens to know of some sellers with rather lovely gifts for men. Here’s our gift guide...
14/12/2018
Learning to love your High Street again: Guest Blog from Sally Themans, Love Bridgnorth
It’s true our High Streets are changing – and they are facing all sorts of challenges; a weak pound, an outdated Landlord and Tenant Act and absent landlords, unfair rates system, the ease and convenience of online shopping … And, this year to add to the woes I detect a bit of mood swing away from material things as people talk about giving ‘experiences’ and recycling a bit But are High Streets in as much trouble as the poor narrative in the press would have us believe?  IF – and it’s a big IF – we can adapt and change the focus of the High Street and town centre then these are places that can be re-energised and, in some places, re-purposed and we can begin to feel better about them. Research shows that people still crave that personal service and £8 out of...
13/12/2018
Meg Hawkins Art to open retail shop at Pride Hill Shopping Centre!
We are so proud of BFS member Meg Hawkins Art, who launches her new giftware shop on Wednesday 14th November from 9.30am with an celebratory drinks reception from 1- 2pm on the same day.   Meg Hawkins is a licensed, published British watercolour artist whose work features on greetings cards, prints, gifts and homeware. Meg’s unique style reflects the the movement and energy of the subjects she paints. As well as bringing her incredible stable of products and designs to Pride Hill, Meg is using her shop to support other local designer-makers whom she is looking to collaborate with as well as promote via her dynamic social media output. Meg has a passion for supporting small, independent producers and regularly mentors and advises artists and designers who are just starting on their...
13/11/2018
The Power of Collaboration
In business, there are two main ways in which you can view the business people around you: as competitors that you want to be more successful than, or as potential collaborators who you want to be more successful When you approach business with the mind-set that other people around you are your competitors, it suddenly begins to feel like quite a lonely, hostile field to work in, with no-one to trust or rely on outside of your company.  When you open up to the possibility of collaboration, however, you realise that the people around you are not necessarily out to steal your ideas or clients (or, in fact, anything of yours). Rather, there is the possibility of an exchanging of thoughts and business approaches which mutually benefits you both.  We all have individual...
23/10/2018
Half-term fun in Shropshire
As half term approaches, it brings with it the all-too-familiar question: ‘how will we keep our kids entertained and busy for an entire week?’ To answer this question and make half-term planning a little easier for you, we have found five things to do in Shropshire - one for each day of the working week.  1) Autumn tile decorating at Jackfield Tile Museum - Throughout half term, Jackfield Tile Museum will be putting on tile decorating workshops for £5 per person. And, for a small extra charge, the tiles can be fired and posted home afterwards.  2) Lilleshall Holiday Kids’ Club - For sporty children aged 7 – 14, the Lilleshall Kids’ Cub is perfect. It costs £15 per day; you can drop them off in the morning, Monday to Friday, and pick them up after a busy day of...
15/10/2018
In Conversation with: Home at No. 11
What is Home At Home At Nº11 is a small lifestyle shop, with all those little treats we all love to make our homes that extra bit special and unique What made you decide to open Home At Nº11?  We had opened At Nº11 for pop ups, but realised very quickly that the pop ups wanted only peak days, primarily the weekends, so therefore the rest of the time the door was shut. Local people didn’t quite know what was going on. Home At Nº11 was born, pop ups can now share the space with Home At Nº11 or take on the space themselves.   Where do you get your inspiration? I love home interiors, I also love different and unique products, not just the one that you know all your friends may have. I love homes that feel cosy and warm whatever the season, that feel like a...
12/10/2018
Spotlight on: Saloukee Jewellery
We caught up with Sarah Shakespeare, founder of Saloukee, this week! Read below, and then visit her website www.saloukee.co.uk to see her beautiful What advice would you give to a jeweller who is looking to sell their work commercially?   Get your pricing right, if you don't include a good enough profit margin, you are setting your company up for a fall from the outset. Also, something I have learnt in more recent times, set yourself a minimum AND maximum order if you are selling at wholesale. An understanding of how many pieces you need to make as a minimum as to make it worth your while, as well as how many as a maximum of your capacity within a certain time scale are so important.  Do you have a favourite piece in your collection? What is it and...
11/10/2018
We caught up with Val B to find out what inspires her and much more ...
Describe your style in three Unique hand-painted What advice would you give to a jeweller who is looking to sell their work commercially? Find your own unique style and build your brand around it. Do your homework to make sure your pricing is right.  Believe in yourself and don’t give up, it takes time to establish a Do you have a favourite piece in your collection? What is it and why? I love my seascapes because they were originally inspired by a hand-painted ring that my Grandmother used to wear when I was a child. I have this memory of a beautiful blue miniature seascape which suddenly came back to me as I was painting one day and the seascape design just seemed to Is there anything exciting coming up in your business that we can look...
05/10/2018
Top 10 things to do with kids in Shrewsbury
In the historic and picturesque town of Shrewsbury, there is a wonderful variety of things for the whole family to do and see. Whether you’re looking for a quiet sight-seeing trip or a jam-packed day out, we’ve got you covered with our selection of the top ten things to do with kids in Shrewsbury. 1) The The Hive has family events and workshops throughout the year, from music mornings for toddlers to pottery workshops for older It’s a brilliant organisation to support. As well as their creative workshops for families, The Hive run lots of great projects, many of which offer support to young people who are vulnerable or at risk. 2) Battlefield Falconry For animal-loving children, take them to the Battlefield Falconry Centre for a unique, memorable day out....
28/09/2018
Events in Shropshire this weekend!
EVENTS IN SHROPSHIRE THIS WEEKEND!   Wednesday 26th - Sunday 30th September  The Ginger & Spice Festival in Market Drayton is returning for it’s second year… expect talks, tastings and everything in between from local and national foodies alike. For more info visit their website here: www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk  Thursday 27th September  For all you wine buffs - The Ludlow Food Centre will be hosting an evening of Old World Wine Vs New World Wine this Thursday from 7pm for just £12.50pp. Make sure to prebook as spaces are limited… http://ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk/Content.aspx?ID=73&BlogID=1568  Another lovely treat for your Thursday evening… this time for the beer buffs! It is Oktoberfest with a Hobsons spin on the German Festival, with...
26/09/2018
An Interview with: Bennett & Dunn and Moyden's Cheese
At the heart of this year’s Ludlow Food Festival was collaboration. With local businesses working together on a variety of projects, there was an unmissable community spirit.  We chatted to Martin Moyden and Rupert Bennett at the festival to hear about their particularly successful collaboration; combining a new Moyden’s Cheese product with Bennett & Dunn oils led the pair to take home an incredible four awards.  After Moyden’s Cheese created their Fretta cheese (a feta-like product), Michel Nijsten from Flavours of Shropshire recommended that they try marinating it with Bennett & Dunn oils. This suggestion proved inspired, with the marinated cheeses catching the attention of Ludlow Food Festival’s award judges. With their new oak-smoked and naked (without...
19/09/2018
Looking back at Ludlow Food Festival: Tipsy Tart
At this year’s Ludlow Food Festival, a certain tilting-bottled brand caught our attention.   Catching up with Elizabeth Grinker from the Tipsy Tart, Buy-From Shropshire heard all about the place of Ludlow at the heart of the brand, and how collaboration with other local food and drink producers is helping to expand the business. Elizabeth, who lives in Ludlow, describes the food festival as her “favourite”. “I love it, I really do,” she tells us. “We are very lucky that we have the best festivals in Shropshire.”  The Tipsy Tart started around five years ago when Elizabeth made homemade liquors for friends and family at Christmas to save money. “Everybody loved them; they kept on asking for more so that’s how it started.” She added, “They...
14/09/2018
Looking back at Ludlow Food Festival: Champion and Reeves
Although Champion & Reeves was only established three years ago, their products are already being sold across the world and in major stockists such as Harrods and Partridges.  At this year’s Ludlow Food Festival, Buy-From Shropshire caught up with Jacqueline Champion from the confectionary brand about the rapidly growing business.  “We’ve had some wonderful beginnings,” says Jacqueline with warmth and excitement.  Jacqueline, along with Andrew Reeves, set up Champion & Reeves in the hopes of bringing back the types of sweet treats that Callard & Bowser had sold before being taken over by Wrigley.   While Jacqueline recalls receiving butterscotch sweets from her grandmother who always carried them, she tells us that Andrew can remember the...
13/09/2018
Looking back at Ludlow Food Festival: Kirkwood Distillery Launch
Launching at this year’s Ludlow Food Festival, Kirkwood Distillery is a new local spirts company based in Stanton Lacy. Buy-From Shropshire caught up with Scott Kirkwood at the festival to chat about the business launch.  “It’s been a wonderful morning,” Scott tells us. “People are very complimentary so far.”  From the initial planning of Kirkwood Distillery’s finances and products, as well as the building of the distillery, the business has been two and a half years in the making.  “It’s interesting, starting a spirits business. You plan for several years but you don’t quite know what you’re going to get until the first of it drops out of your still,” he says. “It’s a bit like planning a fancy dinner party for two years, but you can’t...
13/09/2018
How Buying Local Can Change Lives
In the age of immediacy, we often expect to buy what we want, how we want, when we want. Whether online or in store, large-scale chain shops promote themselves as selling all you could possibly need in one place. However, what these stores offer in convenience, they sorely lack in meaningful experience. Moving away from corporate chain brands to shop locally has a huge number of benefits. As vocal supporters of independent trade, we at Buy-From Shropshire consider three ways in which buying locally can change lives. 1) Closer connection to the origin of Part of the beauty of buying locally is the chance to know exactly where the products have come from. Often with local food sellers, you will be able to find out information in a level of detail which supermarkets would...
31/08/2018
Spotlight: Tina Corfield Photography
1. Describe your photography style in three Artistic, creative, 1. What advice would you give to a budding photographer who wants to turn their passion into a Invest in a good entry level camera with interchangeable lenses, go on a short course to learn the basics and have fun experimenting! Start selling your images/ services to friends and family initially, get honest feedback, be prepared to put in 7 days a week and to test the market and then go for a wider audience. Social media is essential to marketing your business and networking often leads to amazing and unexpected 1. Do you have a favourite photograph you’ve ever taken, and why? I have a few favourites, but I am probably most proud of this one. It’s called ‘Solstice...
31/08/2018
Champion & Reeves: Buy-From Shropshire at Ludlow Food Festival
1. You exhibited at last year’s Food Festival - what was the highlight and what are you looking forward to most at this year’s Festival?Meeting the visitors to the festival - so many real foodies who show real interest in our products and how they are made   2. What inspired you to turn your food/drink product into a business? To bring back much loved delicious, quality nougat, butterscotch and toffee inspired by the once famous Callard & Bowser.  3. Tell us about a typical working day in the life of your business. Dealing with orders both individuals and from retailers, marketing and product development.  4. Is there anything new & exciting happening within your business that we can look forward? We are developing a delicious and nutritious children's...
30/08/2018
Kirkwood Distillery: Buy-From Shropshire at Ludlow Food Festival
1. This is your first time exhibiting at the Ludlow Food Festival. What are you most excited about?  I’ll never be mistaken for a local Shropshire boy, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be proud of where I live. Shropshire is the most beautiful and abundant place I have ever inhabited, and I’m proud to call Ludlow home. I’ve attended the food festival every year, but this will be my first time exhibiting. I’m excited to interact with people and tell them about how my products are made.    I find people are eager to talk about food and drink, probably because it’s more relevant to our daily lives than most products. People attending the food festival are obviously interested in where their food comes from and the variety of local offerings. I think...
29/08/2018
MAWLEY MILK: Buy-From Shropshire Food & Drink Hub @ Ludlow Food Festival
What made you decide to turn your food or drink into a business?  Mawley Milk was established in 1982, to give locals to Cleobury a doorstep service fresh from the farm.  It gave us stability for the price of a proportion of milk we produced.  Gradually there was a decline in demand for the doorstep service when supermarkets grew in popularity, and the 3 milkmen we supplied to retired.  Fortunately we were able to keep Mawley Milk in business by responding to consumer demand and switched the packaging to the convenient plastic bottle, now sold through independent farm shops, village stores etc.     Tell us about a day in the life of your business: Our days start at 5am, when the pasturising in the dairy commences. 6 mornings a week we process an average of 3000 litres of...
28/08/2018
HOBSONS BREWERY: Buy-From Shropshire Food & Drink Hub @ Ludlow Food Festival
1. You exhibited at last year’s Food Festival - what was the highlight and what are you looking forward to most at this year’s Festival?  Hobsons has been exhibiting at the Ludlow Food Festival since the very beginning when it was a mere handful of exhibitors setting out their tables at the festival held in Ludlow College. I think this is our 24th festival! We are looking forward to launching the “reusable festival cup” at this year’s festival as part of our collaboration with the organisers to reduce waste and be more responsible in the way it deals with plastic.  It’s also our 25th Anniversary so we will be promoting our Hobsons 25 beer both in bottles and cask. Plus we are very excited to the showcasing our brand new airstream 24ft bar! This will be located...
27/08/2018
WHAT A PICKLE: Buy-From Shropshire Food & Drink Hub @ Ludlow Food Festival
1. You have exhibited before at LFF -  what was the highlight and what are you looking forward to most at this year’s Festival?  I have not exhibited at LFF for a few years, I am really thrilled to be there this year alongside the fabulous Shropshire Cheese Nibbles, I love the infectious atmosphere and intensity of the passionate foodie 2. What inspired you to turn your food/drink product into a business?I have always had a great love of food and flavours, for many years I made my Tomato Chilli Jam for my family and at an early age my children learnt the difference of something that was made with passion using delicious ingredients versus other more widely produced offerings, it was from here that I decided to take my home What A Pickle out for others to also enjoy......
25/08/2018
MOYDEN'S HANDMADE CHEESE: Buy-From Shropshire Food & Drink Hub @ Ludlow Food Festival
1. You exhibited at last year’s Food Festival - what was the highlight and what are you looking forward to most at this year’s Festival? We have exhibited for many years now and really love this original food festival that stays true to its roots. The highlight is the vast array of quality produce that is on display, where you can meet the people that actually make the produce. Also there are specialist talks and demonstrations that are thought provoking and really inspire! 2. What inspired you to turn your food/drink product into a business?People are very disconnected with where their food comes from with a certain lack of knowledge or understanding, but things are changing and people are growing ever more interested in how their food is produced. Cheese is a perfect example...
24/08/2018
AN INTERVIEW WITH: FLOWERDOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Describe your photography style in three words: Nature based images.   What advice would you give to a budding photographer who wants to turn their passion into a business? Use Social Media to gauge what photos people like and to help you ‘get out there’. Do you have a favourite photograph you’ve ever taken, and why? It’s always changing but the photo which makes me (and others) smile is my upside down duck - can be used for many different Is there anything exciting coming up in your business that we can look forward to? I will be looking to set up my online shop in the coming months.  Have you got a favourite spot in Shropshire that you like to photograph, and My favourite spot is Attingham Park because...
22/08/2018
AN INTERVIEW WITH: I AM SAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Describe your photography style in three words: I would say my style is very Natural, Emotive and Engaging  What advice would you give to a budding photographer who wants to turn their passion into a business?  I would say that it’s a hugely tough and competitive market to get into, but if you have tons of drive and ambition you can make a living from your passion and do what you love everyday. I still have tough days, as I’m sure all photographers do - but with a lot of motivation (and a tiny bit of luck!) you can create a successful business. Do you have a favourite photograph you’ve ever taken, and why?  That’s so hard!! I’ve been taking pictures for over 10 years and in that time I’ve taken 1000’s, each one special to me - but after a lot of thought,...
17/08/2018
IRONBRIDGE: OUR TOP PICKS
Are you thinking of visiting Ironbridge? It’s Shropshire’s very own World Heritage Site with ten family friendly museums, stunning industrial architecture and archaeology, and full to the brim with places to eat and drink. Make sure you get the most from your visit with our handy guide to the best of what the Ironbridge Gorge has to WHAT TO SEE AND DO  Maws Craft Centre Maws Craft Centre holds a special place in our hearts as a unique art, craft and design hub set within the Gorge and  just down the road from Ironbridge in Jackfield. It houses over 35 creative businesses in a beautifully converted  Victorian factory building, ranging from photographers and screen printers, to organic skincare specialists and artisan jewellers. And not forgetting their...
12/08/2018
Meg Hawkins Art has been shortlisted in the Midlands Best Rural Business Start Up Category of the Rural Business Awards 2018/19!
Shropshire lass, Meg Hawkins is a licensed, published watercolour artist whose work features on greetings cards, prints, gifts and homeware. Her unique style and prolific work rate have earnt Meg loyal fans and customers throughout the UK since her brand was launched. She is thrilled to have been shortlisted by the Rural Business Awards in recognition of her brand’s intimate relationship with the countryside in which it was The Rural Business Awards (RBAs) began in 2014 and are now in their 4th year.  The aim of the awards has not changed over the years and they aim to give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector, to acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as to celebrate the...
25/06/2018
Last minute gift ideas for your No1 Dad!
If you live life in the ‘last minute’ lane then panic not – we have plenty of gift ideas you can still get in time for Father’s Day on Sunday. If you are celebrating with your dad, dad-to-be or father figures in your life on Sunday but are still stuck for present ideas then browse through our suggestions below…  For the beer loving dad then how about a selection of Hop & Stagger beers. This small Shropshire based craft brewery has several beers to choose from; Bridgnorth First Gold, Bridgnorth Porter or Bridgnorth Indian Pale Ale. Or if you can’t decide then why not purchase one of their gift packs. To find out more, visit their website -  http://www.hopandstaggerbrewery.co.uk/  OR… if you he favours cider then look no further than The Special...
14/06/2018
SPRING INTO SUMMER - SPRING INTO ACTION
Shropshire is walking country – the finest there is, and during May and June there are so many opportunities to join in special walks and outdoor activities.  Here’s just a 28th May is the annual Bridgnorth Lions Walk, a challenging 22 mile walk through the Shropshire countryside starting from Bridgnorth High Street at 10.00am.  Over £100K is raised annually for charities chosen by individual walkers or walking teams.  There is a 7 mile Junior event as well.  There is lots to do for spectators and supporters on that day with fun for all the family in the lovely town of Bridgnorth. www.facebook.com/bridgnorthwalk Now something for anyone aged The Great Big Tree Climb at the National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate on the outskirts of Bridgnorth is a...
21/05/2018
Spring into Summer! Shropshire for Foodies 2018
Shropshire is a beautiful county – full of glorious countryside, glorious history and food, glorious food. The county is gaining a well earned reputation as a haven for foodies,  thanks to the number of truly gifted artisan craftsmen and women producing some of the finest food and drink in the If you come and visit some of our many food festivals in the county you’ll not only sample these goodies for yourself but you’ll be able to visit and experience some of our quaint, lively market towns,  our magnificent, ancient countryside, our varied wildlife and meet the interesting and proud people of Shropshire.  We love our county. So as Spring gives way to Summer, let’s introduce you to some of our finest and most interesting Food & Drink Festivals.  May...
08/05/2018
Phesantries
Here's something a little different from my hearts. Over the last few years I've started linocutting, I love it, it suits my textiles background as to me it's about colour and pattern. I'm based at The Maws in Shropshire. I've had this idea in my head for a while 'Pheasantries' a couple of pheasants tipping their hats to each other. There are so many pheasants around at the moment and the colours of them are just amazing. So I began on Friday night to get the image in my head down onto paper... Next I had to transfer it to the lino and remember to flip it. As when it's printed the image will be reversed. I find it best to use a permanent marker and just get the basic idea of a plan onto the lino. Then the cutting begins... This is going to be a reduction print, which means I...
03/05/2018
The Launch of Larch Barn
The exciting NEW café and garden centre, The Larch Barn, will be officially opening Saturday the 5th of May, open from 10am to 4pm! Described as the 'best view in Cleobury', the location of The Larch Barn is just a mile or two outside of the market town of Cleobury Mortimer, situated on the Bridgnorth road, B4363. This exciting new barn has been lovingly created by a local family business, Landscape Plants Ltd who have been running since 1999.  Over the past 19 years the business has grown and flourished into a professional yet friendly operation, supplying contractors across the UK with trees, shrubs and hardy plants. ​ Sophie (daughter of husband and wife team, Paul and Jenny) joined the business in 2010. Working hard together, a new...
02/05/2018
NEW Product Launch at Buy-From Shropshire Trade Show
With the Buy-From Shropshire Trade Show just one day away - we caught up with Bennett and Dunn to hear all about the new product they will be launching at the event!  The duo already have a successful range of Rapeseed oil and dressings but they are already keen to expand that range further. New to the line-up is a Lemon Infused Rapeseed Oil and we cant wait to try it. What inspired you to create the new lemon infused oil? At home we sometimes add lemon juice to dressings and to food in general to give some bitterness and freshness, we thought it would be a great idea to do this to the lovely oil we produce. We have created a subtle flavoured oil that enhances the flavour of food rather than taking it over, it’s good for you too, made with organic lemons and it...
25/04/2018
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