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Wondering what to buy for your loved ones this Christmas? Look no further, our local, independent businesses have totally got you sorted! In this Christmas Gift Guide I’ve rounded up a few of our members’ offerings.

Christmas Gift Guide 2022

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News & Reviews

Louise with teenager Jack

Celebrating Christmas when you have young children is hard work but so very rewarding. All those magical moments with your little ones… So what happens when your children get older and hit the teenage years? In this guest blog Louise & Anna from Equipp share their tips for making Christmas as magical as ever during the teenage years.

How to have a happy, stress-free Christmas with teenagers

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Berko Lashes & Friends is a collection of small independent business that were looking for a home on the Berkhamsted High Street. Set up by Becky of Berko Lashes, who has been a lash technician doing eyelash extensions and other treatments for over 10 years.

Berko Lashes & Friends

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Hair & Beauty, Health, Wellbeing & Fitness

We are a narrowboat hire company based in Stoke Hammond, Bucks with one brand new luxury canal boat called Kings Landing. Whether you’ve been canal boating before, or are a complete novice, a holiday on the Grand Union Canal is a unique experience for all. 

The Epic Boating Company

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Camping & Glamping, Holiday Lets & Rentals, Hotels & B&Bs, Transport & Vehicle Hire, Travel

We provide Vintage China Hire for Weddings, Celebrations & Events, bringing charm & elegance to your special occasion. Based in Tring, serving Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire we offer a delivery & collection service & washing up is complimentary.

Little Vintage Teacup

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Eco-friendly & Sustainable, Events & Event suppliers, Vintage, Wedding suppliers

Meet our member Lee from Tring Design. Find out about what services he offers and why he enjoys working with small businesses. He also answers our Local Biz Quick Fire!

Meet the Member: Tring Design

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As always we’re championing small, local, independent business this Black Friday and have two things we want you to do this year. Read on to find out more (including whether Black Friday is good for independent business and some alternatives to it).

How can you support Local Business this Black Friday?

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News & Reviews

Chilterns Recipe Book

With more than 50 recipes, the Chilterns Recipe Book showcases the best independent food and drink from across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire and the people who lovingly make it.

Chilterns Recipe Book

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Food & Drink Producers, Food and Drink, News, Media & Blogs, Shopping & Retail

Tanya from Aldcroft Photography recently joined me live on Instagram to tell us about her business and share her tips for choosing a photographer & how to get your kids to smile.

Meet the Member – Aldcroft Photography

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Handmade with the utmost care all Vari Cosmetics products are created to love you and your skin. Our focus is on the little touches and creating natural Bath bombs, Soaps, Bubble Scoops, Shower Steamers & Bath Melts.

Vari Cosmetics Ltd

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Hair & Beauty, Health, Wellbeing & Fitness, Homewares & Gifts, Shopping & Retail, The Makers Market

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.

The Autumn Edit

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News & Reviews

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.

Meet Jeremy… RadioStar Finalist!

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BLOG, News & Reviews

courgettes

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!).

Five Ways with Courgettes

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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!

Why I’ve learned to love networking

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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 […]

Platinum Jubilee Local Guide

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BLOG, News & Reviews

Chiltern Groomers are a friendly , independent, City & Guilds Qualified Dog Groomers. Established for 12 years on the High Street right in the heart of Tring. We provide a full range of services whether your four-legged friend needs a bath and quick up or Full Groom. All dogs are welcome! 

Chiltern Groomers

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Pet Services & Supplies

Guiding women to deepen their relationship to self. I work with women who think and feel deeply, to help them make sense of where they are, connect to self, and to build a bold, bright future. ACC Coach | Somatic Coach | Healing Guide VISIT WEBSITE > Email: katy@collabcreative.co.uk

Katy Murray Coaching

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Business Coaching & Mentoring, Health, Wellbeing & Fitness

I love to tell stories through photographs, whether for business owners, families or all lovers of life. My brand photography will help you stand out online to attract your dream clients.

Lisa McGill Photography

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Business Services, Photography & Videography

Are you a busy parent of busy kids? At Resolve to Play you can find quick and easy play ideas that support your child’s development, emotional wellbeing and learning! These fun activities are suitable from babies to KS2.

Resolve to Play

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Arts & Crafts, Birthing & Baby, Childcare & Children’s Services, Children & Teens, Education

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.

Shop Local with Tring Farmers Market

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BLOG, News & Reviews

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 […]

Xmas gift guide 2021

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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 […]

Sourcing local, ethical, handmade and vintage this Xmas

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Hello, my name’s Emma and I’m an illustrator, embroiderer and maker! I’ve spent the past 24 years working in the design industry and my work has been stocked in many places including Liberty, Fenwick, JoJo Maman Bebe and John Lewis. Over the last few years, I’ve combined my two passions for illustrating and making into one with the embroidery technique called Punch Needle. […]

Meet Emma Talbot from The Little Cloth Rabbit

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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, […]

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

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News & Reviews

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.

Top things to see and do in Tring, Hertfordshire

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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.

Meet Jemma from Halo & Wren

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Have you ever tried Temple Spa products? I’m always amazed by how beautiful they are – such potent and sensual aromas. Once you open the cap, you find yourself immediately transported to the feeling of being in an exclusive spa. They smell so incredibly good…and it’s that kind of smell that comes from essential oils and active ingredients that you know are going to do amazing things for your skin too.

A virtual spa evening with Temple Spa by Sarah Higgins

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Health & Wellbeing

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.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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News & Reviews

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.

Sustainable Living & Vintage Fashion is closer than you think!

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Give a brief Introduction to you and what it is you do.  Who is involved in the business? We are a husband and wife team (Sarah & Wayne) running a small batch speciality coffee roastery in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire. Speciality coffee has to be graded 80+ points and above on the Speciality Coffee Association’s grading […]

Meet the Maker – Roast Lab Coffee Roasters

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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 […]

Transforming a business in a pandemic

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Castaway Cottage is a family-run business offering beautiful hand-crafted products for the bath and home. From colourful bath bombs and crumbles to a range of natural wax melts and soaps; all made with care for skin and the environment using essential oils or carefully selected fragrances.   The packaging is compostable, recyclable or upcycled. We […]

Meet the Maker – Castaway Cottage

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“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 […]

Mindset is everything & now is no different

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KIN Training debunk myths surrounding HIIT and yoga and provide tips on overcoming your fitness fears. Persistence. Patience. Strength. Adaptability. Kindness. If the last three months have taught us anything, it’s certainly recognising the importance of these qualities in ourselves when overcoming uncomfortable and uncertain situations. What if we could use these skills and qualities […]

Fight the fear! HIIT and Yoga Truths

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Health & Wellbeing

It seems everyone (in the skincare world!) these days is talking about the importance of the skin barrier, which whilst a good thing, many brands have jumped on this in terms of products which promise to repair the skin barrier. It’s a classic case of treat rather than prevent – the same conundrum seen in […]

Skin health – gently does it!

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Health & Wellbeing

I’ve heard talk of 4th July parties and planning of big days out to mark the occasion.  Whilst many businesses are still not able to open and others are open with adjustments, there is no denying that seeing hairdressers, pubs, cafes and restaurants will bring both excitement and a greater sense of normality to our […]

The great 4th July re-opening

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News & Reviews

The last few months have been “challenging” to say the least, whether you’ve been home schooling, full-time parenting little ones, or juggling a bit of everything. I think we can all agree it’s certainly taken its toll. For many of you (myself included), this probably means your business has taken a back seat. With the […]

Level up your business after lockdown

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by Amanda Badger ‘This is the Royal Free Hospital, you recently came in for a chest x-ray’ said the voice on the phone. ‘Yes,’ I replied. ‘Can you come back in right away? We think you may have TB.’ I began to see stars as the information sunk in. What do I tell my fiancé? […]

How Moving to Apsley Saved My Health

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I’m sure I’m not the only person who wishes they’d bought shares in Zoom back in February…whether chatting with family and friends, conducting meetings or joining a fitness class, the demand for, and use of, this online meeting platform has been huge. In the past week, with shops reopening, social bubbles expanding and some children […]

Who’s Zooming Who?

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This week sees the re-opening of many of our favourite high street and retail businesses.  Whilst many businesses have adapted to offer online, postal, or adapted services, re-opening of physical stores is probably the biggest step towards normality we’ve seen since lockdown started. We are thrilled at the boost it will give these businesses and […]

Our high-streets re-open

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Meet Hannah and Oli from Home County Candle Co. and hear about their passion for making their beautiful UK inspired scented candles and reed diffusers.   MEET OLI WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU STARTED THE HOME COUNTY CANDLE CO.? My background is in sales management and just before we started the business I was […]

Meet the maker: Home County Candle Co.

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