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Autumn has arrived and it’s time to get the woolly jumpers out, watch the colours of nature change and embrace all it has to offer! Read one for a pick of just some of the exciting things our members have to offer this Autumn.

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The Autumn Edit

22

Sep

I met up with local businessman Jeremy Chapman for a coffee recently to chat to him about radio, podcasting and his current top 11 status in the global radio competition, RadioStar ‘22.

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Meet Jeremy… RadioStar Finalist!

11

Aug

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If you (or anyone you know) grows courgettes I’m guessing you have a LOT available right now. Here’s five of my favourite recipes (include 2 sweet ones because you really can make cake with courgettes!).

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Five Ways with Courgettes

01

Aug

With the current hot weather what better recipe than an iced coffee cocktail, from our member the Cocktailmaker. Read on for the full recipe & enjoy!

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Nuts About Coffee Recipe

17

Jul

Our member Creative Collective is ready to help you to celebrate a summer of sustainable living & fashion in Berkhamsted and at Wild Raven Farm. Read on to find out more.

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Celebrating a Summer of Sustainable Living & Fashion with our ‘Creative Collective’

03

Jul

What comes to mind when you think of Summer? Is it sand, sea and sunshine? In this guest blog, our member Resolve To Play, is fully embracing the season and using it as a way to stimulate your child’s play! Read on for some fun play ideas.

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Summer Play

01

Jul

It’s time to get the hamper packed and enjoy a picnic with friends & family – where better than in Herts, Beds & Bucks! Here’s a pick of 5 of our favourite local picnic spots.

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Local Picnic Spots

19

Jun

Up until about a year ago if you invited me to a networking event I would have tried to find an excuse not to go. But I’ve reframed what ‘networking’ is and now am loving it!

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Why I’ve learned to love networking

05

Jun

If you’re looking to treat the dad in your life this Father’s Day (19th June by the way!) then look no further than local business!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2022

22

May

The country is buzzing with Platinum Jubilee fever; this is certainly an historic occasion and am sure many of you already have plans for how you will be celebrating. It feels particularly special after so many celebrations being restricted over the past 2 years; this is a true opportunity for the community to come together […]

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Platinum Jubilee Local Guide

22

May

After 2 years with many events being scaled down, or cancelled completely, this summer festivals are definitely back! Check out our pick of the festivals that Herts, Beds & Bucks have to offer.

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Local Summer Festivals 2022

04

May

To mark Earth Day, this guest blog features six sustainable swaps for families to consider to help toward building a sustainable future for our children.

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Six Sustainable Swaps for Families

22

Apr

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In our local area we are blessed with many refill stores stocking wide varieties of products. Here is a pick of some of our favourite stores helping to make living sustainably easier, whilst also supporting the local economy.

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Local Refill Stores

21

Apr

Do you know where your food and drink comes from? Do you know who makes and grows the products you buy? This guest blog tells you more about how you can shop locally and reduce your food miles at Tring Farmer’s Market.

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Shop Local with Tring Farmers Market

08

Apr

With the Easter holidays upon some of us (and just around the corner for others), we’ve rounded up some activities to help keep you entertained.

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Things to Do This Easter

01

Apr

Read our guest blog from Rebecca, from Chiltern’s Recipe Book, with a pick of the best spring walks in Herts, Beds and Bucks plus where to refuel afterwards. 

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Spring Walks in Herts, Beds & Bucks

25

Mar

Time for an introduction and to tell you about why I felt passionately about carrying on The Buzz Hub Co and supporting the many local businesses involved. 

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Why I Love Local

18

Mar

Mother’s Day is fast approaching on 27th March 2022! Here’s a pick of gifts from some of our local independents that are sure to please mum this year!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

09

Mar

For all of you who love local, independent, and unique for Xmas, here’s a pick of our favourite member items. Check out the #SHOPLOCAL Directory for more great makers, producers, and great gifting. Hello Ruth Handmade paper angel Xmas tree decoration Puddingstone Distillery Pud Pud Gin Apothaka skincare SOS recovery skincare duo Vida Eco Recycled […]

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Xmas gift guide 2021

14

Nov

I launched the Creative Collective gifts and lifestyle pop up shop in Berkhamsted in November 2019, to offer an opportunity for my own and other small sustainable brands & start-ups to have a presence on the High Street. We have a lovely shop in the middle of town, which is home to an exclusive selection […]

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Sourcing local, ethical, handmade and vintage this Xmas

14

Nov

Here’s a selection of the Halloween Activities we’ve seen happening across the Three Counties. We hope you enjoy them – if you do, tag us on Instagram and we’ll share your fun Halloween pics to our Stories! Ashridge House Halloween trail Ashridge House is depraved to present The Gruesome Gardens, a spooky Halloween adventure this […]

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Great Halloween activities in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire

23

Oct

Aiming to introduce a new way to relax, recharge and enjoy time together for individuals across the UK and NZ, Haylee Benton is passionate about providing access to the very best in personal care experiences.  This passion led to her founding The Silver Fern Group, a portfolio of four brands: Alchemy & I, Cecily Spa, […]

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Meet Haylee Benton – owner of Alchemy & I, Cecily Day Spa, Hanako, & Koha

23

Oct

There’s a lot to love about Tring, it’s a town of just the right size to have life and colour, not to mention a flurry of wonderful independent businesses to support every need whilst retaining the feeling of intimacy. In recent years it’s developed its foodie credentials with more and more culinary businesses appearing, meaning you don’t have to travel out for great food. Of course, the real jewel in the crown of Tring is its location, right among the Chiltern Hills, so the countryside is quite literally on your doorstep. With the trainline to London a short distance from the town centre, it’s no wonder this is an increasingly popular commuter town.

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Top things to see and do in Tring, Hertfordshire

17

Sep

I am Jemma Palmer, owner of Halo & Wren Bridal. Halo & Wren is a modern bridal store located in Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Halo & Wren has a small team of stylists and an in house seamstress. It’s very much for the non traditional bride or the brides who doesn’t want to look like all of her friends. H&W is a nationally renowned boutique for its welcoming and relaxed bridal shopping experience, independent designers and doing bridal the modern way.

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Meet Jemma from Halo & Wren

17

Sep

It will be five years in October since I started The Buzz Hub Co. – originally a blog based in Tring about local businesses. If you’ve been with me for a while (I’m so grateful every day for the familiar faces I see and connect with on Instagram), you will know that the blog started as part of my social media training that I undertook as a way to leave my commute and corporate life behind. In the end it took 4 years and a pandemic to finally say goodbye to my corporate life and move away from running businesses as side hustles and, in the place of PAYE, I’ve seen some rather radical personal and business change.

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Uncovering us – my story from corporate to Coaching

27

Jun

If you’re looking for something special to buy for the men in your life, we’ve put together a selection of great gifts from some of our members for you to choose from.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

11

Jun

How you run your week affects your mindset & your productivity. It may sound obvious but it really does make a difference! As we’re nearing the halfway point of 2021 and with the world reopening I’m hearing lots of people say they are busy busy busy and starting to feel a little overwhelmed about what […]

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5 steps to plan for a positive & productive week

11

Jun

Situated in the heart of beautiful, historic Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ‘Creative Collective’ is a gifts and lifestyle pop up shop that brings together small, independent businesses, sharing space under one roof. Founded by Sinéad Bernhauser of lifestyle brand ‘Hot Haveli’, we’re home to an ever-changing selection of around 45 sustainable makers, designers and artists. We provide an opportunity for start-up and small brands to have a presence on the High Street in a bustling, supportive and friendly space.

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Sustainable Living & Vintage Fashion is closer than you think!

21

May

The sun has been shining brightly (well for the most part anyway), blue skies have reappeared (let’s ignore the temperature) and peonies and sweet peas have started to bloom. Bojo announced that we will be able to sit indoors in pubs and restaurants soon and travel and holidays are on the horizon- hooray! Which means one thing……YOU NEED TO LOOK GREAT!

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Spring-summer fashion trends

07

May

Over the last year, many of us have come to embrace living in a more virtual world, sometimes that’s opened doors or connection that would of otherwise been shut and other times it’s the source of a wealth of frustration in awkward family quizes or difficult work meetings at the kitchen table. When it comes to Jackson & Seddon and their idea for creating a virtual wine bar

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Jackson & Seddon’s virtual wine bar – a wild night in

26

Apr

Let me start by saying that I am not here to preach. Often I see eco-living articles and ultimately end up feeling guilty that I’m not doing enough. Now more than ever, life is busy and stressful and full of anxiety, so worrying about the environment and the future of the planet can feel more than a little overwhelming.

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How to plan a low-waste children’s party in six easy steps

26

Apr

Lockdown really has given us a chance to up our skincare game. While we’ve had the opportunity to ditch the heavy makeup and let our skin breathe, we’ve also been able to reflect on how much time we used to spend in the mirror attempting to achieve often unrealistic beauty standards. Step forward, the “new […]

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The Rise of ‘Skinimalism’

12

Mar

Read our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Here is a small selection of some of our favourite items from our local businesses that might inspire you when sourcing gifts for the ladies in your life this Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day gift guide

28

Feb

The daily walk has become A THING in lockdown and we’re all looking for ways to liven up the experience with our kids. We asked Dan Johnson, who created Treasure Map Trails as a way of relieving the lockdown boredom for his children, for his tips on getting the kids outside and having fun.

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Great ways to have fun with the kids outside

15

Feb

We have lost count of the times we have written “what a year 2020 was!”. In fact, we hardly need to continue as that phrase conveys so much in itself as we have all suffered from the impact of COVID-19. At Castaway, we had some struggles of our own that began even before the pandemic hit…

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Growing a cottage business

15

Feb

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With 2020 taking away our favourite form of glow up, we’re all looking to 2021 with anticipation for the return of the hair cut, colour and style. Able to transform our mood and confidence, nothing compares to that fresh out of the salon feeling.

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The Hairstyles taking 2021 by storm

15

Feb

Taste Treats is a monthly food festival in a box that is delivered directly to the doorsteps of foodies nationwide. Each month we select an exciting, surprise assortment of crackers and snacks, soups and sauces, sweets and treats, wine, deli and dips – handpicked from independent makers, artisan creators and up and coming brands – just like you’d find at a food festival.

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Hello, we’re Taste Treats – the food festival on your doorstep experience.

02

Feb

Being a teenager is difficult at the best of times but right now it’s harder than ever. The Covid pandemic has created huge uncertainty for young people, and we know that many are really struggling to cope with everything that’s going on.

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Parenting teens in a pandemic

17

Jan

With lockdown continuing for most of us it feels as though we are caught in a never ending cycle of being stuck at home working/ not working, child care, home schooling and zooming, with the dishwasher being loaded and unloaded several times a day and social interactions (IF we have time) being conducted through video conferencing and Whatsapp.

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Find your inner glam in lockdown

17

Jan

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and social media is full of beautiful festive images. Taking photos of Christmas lights can be tricky, and there is no single group of settings that will guarantee great photos in any situation. Read on for tips on how to improve your Christmas photos.

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5 Tips For Photographing Christmas Lights

15

Dec

Small Businesses Time To Shine

Lisa is the stylist behind Style with Wisdom, offering a number of services from how to make the most of your existing wardrobe, personal shopping to avoid impulse buys, building your style and body confidence and how to rework your style after a lifestyle or body shape change.

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Small Businesses Time To Shine

15

Dec

How to have a greener Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and we can already smell the mince pies and mulled wine. In all the festive excitement, let’s make sure we love the planet, as well as our friends and families this Christmas. The best way we can do this is by reducing the phenomenal amount of waste that has become as synonymous with Christmas as Santa.

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How to have a greener Christmas

15

Dec

Christmas Gift Guide

We love a local Xmas, so we thought we’d make it super easy for you all, by sharing a few highlights from our #SHOPLOCAL Directory. From fab food and drink, beautiful candles and thoughtful vouchers, we have a bit of everything to make your gift choices easier. Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you like what see here, don’t forget to visit our Directory for more local fabulousness.

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Christmas Gift Guide

23

Nov

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We understand how much sourcing food safely can cause anxiety during lockdown but also how having meals delivered can be a great source of joy. We’ve therefore put together a list of businesses offering grocery & food supply, takeaway, delivery, or in-home dining.

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Food sourcing, delivery, takeaway, click & collect

23

Nov

In January 2020 I officially gave up the day job and took Aldcroft Photography full time. I had wedding bookings and was looking forward to meeting lots of families for outdoor shoots, especially the bluebells in spring, and getting cuddles with newborn babies. A new year, a new decade – this was my time to […]

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My Lockdown Photography Journey

20

Sep

Hello, I’m Natasha, founder of Eco Bonobo.  I set up my company in 2019 to help people make easy transitions to plastic free products.  Everything is zero waste, cruelty free, ethical and Vegan friendly.  I also sell liquid refills (everything from washing up liquid to white vinegar for cleaning) and wholefoods too (you can then […]

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Meet Eco Bonobo

20

Sep

As the new school term fast approaches, anxiety levels of students, parents and teachers are rising. Here are some straightforward suggestions from ‘Nip in the Bud’ on how to deal with any potential anxiety children may experience upon returning to school. Uncertainty This is a very uncertain time and although it would be great if […]

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How to Support Children Returning to School After Lockdown

04

Sep

As a small business owner with over 15 years of running my own business building it from my bedroom, I can safely say that dealing with the COVID pandemic has been the single most stressful and hardest thing I have had to do. Having rebuilt in the 2008 economy crash and dealt with many other […]

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Transforming a business in a pandemic

21

Aug

by Sarah Cooke Right now we are obviously going through some strange & uncertain times, but I don’t believe that means you have to compromise your business – it IS possible to have a business that you love and that works for you on your terms. Even if you’ve had to temporarily close your doors […]

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Future-proofing your business

08

Aug

“You have two choices: You can make a living, or you can design a life” (Jim Rohn)    I’d love to write about the mindset for success, without mentioning #COVID-19. However, I fear that if l ignored such a large elephant in the room, that has no doubt impacted most of our lives in some […]

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Mindset is everything & now is no different

08

Aug