With Small Business Saturday around the corner, it’s a perfect opportunity to show some love to your favourite makers and support the creative community!
Since 2017, we’ve been on a mission to support all forms of making – from the cosy kitchen table to the bustling factory floor. We take pride in championing the act of making every single day. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, we’ve asked our team to share their top picks for the year. Check out our recommendations and discover some incredible makers from across the UK.
Now in its Eleventh year in the UK, the Small Biz Saturday campaign has grown significantly year on year encouraging millions to shop small. Small Biz Saturday will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2023.
Ambitious and fun Manchester-based artist Nicola Fernandes creates illustrative treats for you, your friends and the cat! Playful revenge advocator, creative coach and overall comedic girl boss – friendzoning the world to bring you fun original colourful art. Products range from greeting cards, postcards, and notebooks to cushions plus much more! Nicola’s latest venture is Flock and Gaggle – Manchester’s Award Winning Indie Gift Shop filled with small businesses.
Venture Arts is an award-winning visual arts organisation working with learning disabled artists. Through their studio programmes, exhibitions and collaborative projects, they remove barriers to the arts, put artists in the lead, champion neurodiversity and provide pathways for every individual to develop their creative identity. You can now purchase some of the artist’s work in their online shop!
Nestled in the heart of Lancaster, TUCK is a cosy and inviting independent cafe that prides itself on serving only the freshest and most wholesome food and baked goods. From artisanal sandwiches and hearty soups to delectable pastries and cakes, every item on the menu is carefully crafted with the finest ingredients and a passion for great taste.
Night Time Holiday
Night Time Holiday is a small independent jewellery brand founded by Brooke Robson. The brand has grown from Brooke’s love for colour, fun and personality within style. All Night Time Holiday jewellery is handmade from start to finish by one pair of hands in Brooke’s home studio in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Each piece from Night Time Holiday is carefully considered and all their products are made in small batches or made-to-order with sustainable materials.
FR pattern + Textiles
FR Pattern + Textiles are a surface pattern and textiles design studio based in the North West of England. Specialising as an artisan arts and crafts business; owned and operated by one woman; producing unique quality surface pattern designs full of colour and patterns for soft furnishings, stationery, fashion, jewellery and art. All lovingly handmade since 2016.
Scotty Gillespie is an illustrator based in the Southwest of England, UK. Scotty’s work consists of bright and optimistic imagery that celebrates inclusivity, playfulness, and tenderness. Their practice spans digital illustration, ceramics, animation, and design.
Cheryl Tully Ceramics
Working from their space at Ceder Farm in Lancashire Cheryl runs a studio and gallery shop. Working in porcelain or white stoneware clay, Cheryl creates functional ware and sculptural work. Each piece is made by hand without using the potter’s wheel and is made with minimal tools creating beautiful and functional pieces.
SOCK OF A KIND
It started as a simple need. Peter was invited to a wedding and wanted to find high quality socks that spoke to his African heritage. When he couldn’t find any he decided to create his own, as an homage to Africa’s bold, distinctive character and cultural abundance a SOCK OF A KIND was born. Because these aren’t just socks that you slip on and then they slip your mind. They’re colour-blocking, loud, proud. They’re Peter’s way of celebrating the vibrancy of Africa – turning an everyday fashion staple into a statement.
FOLKA specialises in objects of modern craft, folklore and one-of-a-kind pieces with a focus on handmade, authentic folk art from Poland. Folka source and sell a range of unique ceramics, textiles, glassware, jewellery and stationery, as well as more unusual items. The name ‘folka’ is a portmanteau of Polka (Polish girl) and folk. The shop is run by Karolina Merska, an art historian.
Sofia Salazar is a self-taught Designer from Argentina and has been living in Norwich for the past 8 years. Coming from a family of makers Sofia explores and experiments with almost every technique they learn about and works with textiles, cyanotypes, linocut, woodcuts, screenprinting, pochoir and sculpture.