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    Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 28/03/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments


    Have you set up a small country business? Or perhaps you have a great idea you’d like to get off the ground? If so, now is your chance to enter the 2016 Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards in association with Notonthehighstreet.com. Six entrepreneurs will win a money-can’t-buy package of advice and support from the UK’s most talented business advisers and owners.

    The My Country Business Awards are celebrating their seventh fantastic year and aim to promote and empower country-based start-ups. Setting up your own business is no mean feat – you need to find the funds, write a business plan, buy a domain name, learn the finer points of marketing through social media, ensure your company complies with current legislation, and much more. Finding the right people to guide you through this process is crucial, so enter now and take the first steps on your journey to success.

    The Awards categories are…

    Notonthehighstreet.com Emerging Creative Talent Award
    Have you graduated or left college within the past two years? We’re looking for a new creative talent who makes things that we’d like to sell – from art and jewellery to homewares and food.

    Home Accessory Crafters and Makers
    This category recognises nearly everything that goes in the home. From unique door-stoppers to stunning cushions, we love it all! Craft is a
    seemingly vast category focusing on textiles, ceramic, wood, glass and more. If you make it by hand, we’d love to see it.

    Fabric, Furniture and Wallpaper Designers
    If you’re creating the key pieces that decorate and furnish the surfaces and rooms in our homes, this one’s for you.

    Retailers are companies selling multiple brands. If you’re a bricks-and-mortar store or an online platform, we’d love to see the work you do.

    Food Producers
    If you can eat it, we want to know about it. From baked goods to jams, beverages to pâtés, we’d love to taste your wares and learn about your brand.

    Hospitality and Leisure
    This category celebrates everything from B&Bs, hotels, campsites, pubs

    The prizes
    The 2016 winners will receive an invaluable package of mentoring, as well as promotion in Country Homes & Interiors. Starting up your own
    business can often be a daunting experience, but our expert panel of Awards mentors will guide and support the winners, allowing them to learn new skills and perspectives, while also providing priceless advice and insight. The package includes:
    * Three mentoring sessions with one of our leading industry category partners.
    * Coverage in the My Country Business 2016 winners feature in the November 2016 issue of Country Homes & Interiors.
    * Coverage in a Country Days blog feature.

    To enter
    Visit housetohome.co.uk/business for more details of this competition, as well as an entry form for you to complete and return by the closing date of Friday 10th June 2016.

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    Meet a woodland hero

    by  • 19/10/2015 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments

    Grown in BritainLast week, saw Grown in Britain celebrating and promoting our native woods and forestry; the people who work in them and use the wood from them.

    Furniture designer, Ted Jefferis, is one of these people. Ted lives and works in an ancient oak woodland in West Sussex and in 2013 he set up his own furniture making business, TedWood, using beautiful British hardwoods to create bespoke tables (see the TipToe table, above), benches and storage.

    Grown in Britain‘When I pick out a dusty board of British timber,’ says Ted. ‘I know that beneath the surface will be wood that is full of character and intrinsic beauty. I also know that by choosing British timber one is supporting a sustainable future for our priceless British woodlands.’

    Check out Ted’s beautiful designs here.

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    Meet the Shepherdess

    by  • 29/07/2015 • Country business • 0 Comments

    Ready_groupAlison O’Neill lives and farms the fells and dales in Cumbria as a working shepherdess, having learnt the traditional dog and stick skills from her father. A lifelong love affair for tweed and a passion for British wool resulted in the birth of her country business, aptly named Shepherdess; designing and selling her stunning range of tweed clothing and bags handmade using British wool.

    How did Shepherdess come about?

    I have always loved tweed and a trip to the Isle of Harris opened by eyes to the beauty of Harris tweed. Every time I visited I’d come back with material. I ran up a skirt in a Rowan red check, and the first time I wore it out I was asked where I had bought it from. I answered “I made it myself, would you like one?” And so Shepherdess was born!

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    Video! My Country Business: Sarah Hardaker

    by  • 27/07/2015 • Country business, Country style, My Country Business Videos • 2 Comments

    Welcome to the second short film in our My Country Business video series that tells the stories of a new and savvy generation of country entrepreneurs – who do what they love and love what they do!

    We headed to Gloucestershire to meet leading fabric and wallpaper designer, Sarah Hardaker, and discovered her love of roses, campervans and the inspiration behind her beautifully-drawn country-style collection.

    Watch and be inspired…

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    Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards 2015 shortlist

    by  • 14/07/2015 • Country business • 4 Comments

    My Country Business Awards 2015 ShortlisWe’re delighted to announce the shortlist for the Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards 2015. This year we had an unprecedented number of entries all of an extremely high standard so thank you to everyone who entered. After much deliberation we decided on a shortlist for each category, below. Congratulations to all those shortlisted! The winners will be announced on Friday… Good Luck!


    Creature Candy
    Helen Round
    Karen Walshe
    Love Olli
    Zoe Glencross Fabric & Home

    Retail & Services
    Designer Flora
    Doris & Co
    Midgley Green
    Pippa Blacker Interiors
    Plain Useful
    The Letter Loft

    Hospitality & Leisure
    Cotswold Village Rooms
    Drover’s Rest
    Made on Holiday
    North Shire Ltd
    The Lewis Longhouse
    Virginias Vintage Hire

    Charlie’s Aunt
    Handmade Wales
    Marna Lunt Textile Art
    Sian O’Doherty
    StephieAnn Designs
    The Woodee

    Caroline’s Dairy
    Eat my Flowers
    Roxy’s Sauces
    The Bridge Lodge
    The Good Granola Company
    The Little Red Berry Co.

    British Wool award for emerging talent using British Wool
    The Shepherdess
    Hilary Grant
    Home is an island
    Rowena Scotney Feltings
    Warped Textiles


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    Love a woolly bag

    by  • 02/07/2015 • Country business • 0 Comments

    Kim Stead

    A reusable shopping bag with a difference has gone on sale in Waitrose – it’s made from 100% British wool! This revolutionary idea came from Kim Stead, the talented lady behind Twool – a wool alternative to imported jute. She chats us through her journey from Britain’s fields to the supermarket aisles…

    Tell us a little bit about Twool. As an avid gardener, I was fed up with jute rotting so quickly and I also questioned its environmental credentials. I began to wonder about alternatives and, being Devon-based, found myself surrounded by sheep! Working with a textile designer, it took about four months to develop our yarn and produce our first spool of twine. I then began to think about other uses for the yarn. Weaving cloth for an ethical bag was my next challenge!

    What makes you so passionate about British wool? There’s nothing quite like its sustainability, beauty and diversity. It grows well here in the UK and is currently an under-used natural resource. I hope to change that.

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    New video series: My Country Business

    by  • 08/06/2015 • Country business, Country style, My Country Business Videos • 0 Comments

    Brought to you by the makers of Country Homes & Interiors, we’re delighted to launch a series of evocative short films. My Country Business tells the stories of a new and savvy generation of country entrepreneurs – who do what they love and love what they do!

    Lancashire textile company, Ian Mankin, has a world-renowned reputation for classic country tickings, stripes, checks and plains. This mini-movie reveals Managing Director David Collinge’s drive and passion for producing natural and organic British fabrics; the highs and lows of running the business day to day; and what living and working in the Lancashire countryside means to his quality of life and his family.

    Watch and be inspired!

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    Catch up with 2014’s My Country Business Awards winners…

    by  • 01/04/2015 • Country business • 0 Comments

    To celebrate  Country Homes & Interiors’ 2015 My Country Business Awards, we’re catching up with last year’s winners to find out how the award has helped them progress their amazing businesses and realise their dreams.

    Ready_Gabrielle Vary group

    Last year’s Craft category winner, Gabrielle Vary, creates beautifully soft, patterned wares at home on a knitting machine…

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    Enter the My Country Business Awards 2015

    by  • 09/03/2015 • Country business • 0 Comments

    My Country Business Awards 2015 | Country Days | Country Homes & Interiors

    Do you have a small country business? Or the nugget of a great business idea that you want to turn into a reality? Now’s your chance to win the advice and support you need from the UK’s most talented business advisors and owners.

    Now in its sixth fantastic year, the Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards have teamed up with British Wool in an aim to promote and empower country-based entrepreneurs. Starting up your own business is no mean feat; you need to know how to write a business plan, keep on top of book keeping, learn how to market your company, how to ensure you comply with the relevant law and much, much more.

    In this year’s awards, we will be looking for a winner in each of our six categories: Interiors, Retail and Services, Hospitality and Leisure, Craft, Food and the British Wool Award for Emerging Talent using British Wool. 

    Starting and running your own business can often be a daunting experience, but our expert panel of award mentors will guide and support six winners, providing priceless support and insight. This money-can’t-buy prize includes:

    • Three mentoring sessions with one of the expert Awards mentors.
    • Coverage in the My Country Business Awards 2015 winners feature in an autumn 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors.
    • Country Days blog feature covering the winners in autumn 2015.

    To enter: 
    click here for more details of the competition and an entry form to complete and return by the closing date of Wednesday 10 June 2015.

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    Meet Melanie Porter

    by  • 15/10/2014 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments

    Melanie Porter Style Setter | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors  Melanie Porter uses traditional craft techniques such as spinning and lino weaving to create her signature hand-knitted homewares. She undertakes the entire process by hand, from upholstering furniture to crocheting individual buttons. We love the little hand spun lampshades from her latest collection; 100% British wool is individually dyed before being knitted on giant needles to create a custom-made heirlooms for your home.

    What made you want to become a designer?
    My family was exceptionally creative. My grandfather was an architect who upholstered on the side, my grandmother made lampshades and tapestries and my mother taught spinning and weaving – you could say craft is in my blood! I spent 10 years working in the fashion industry before giving into my urge to start making things for myself again. That’s when I started to work on my hand-knitted chair range.

    Where do you work?
    I work on my large scale pieces in a converted chapel in Buckingham. It has a little living space in the vestry, so I can stay for several days at a time and focus on a project. I also work from home quite a bit as I spend many hours knitting.

    What inspires you? 
    Vintage craft is my main source of inspiration. I love to consider a traditional craft and find a way to put a modern twist on it. I spend many hours on every piece that I make, I couldn’t do this work if I didn’t love every minute.

    What’s next?
    I have recently started selling my fat bubba wool to give knitters the chance to create their own super chunky knits. Learning to spin has also opened up new lines of experimentation for me. At the moment I’m working on hand-spun fairy lights wrapped in pompoms and different coloured fibres.

    Describe your creative style in three words.
    Surprising, slow and handmade.

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