This month marks my 5th year in business, as owner of thebestof Sudbury; a business that promotes and shouts about all the brilliant businesses and events that take place in and around Sudbury and surrounding villages. thebestof Sudbury is all about local and supporting those businesses in our local communities, that help our local economy flourish.
To celebrate my Business Birthday, rather than sitting in my office, scoffing cake, I thought I’d share some of birthday love and try and get to see as many local businesses and organisations as possible, give them a I Love To Buy Local sticker for their shop, office or car and take a photo to promote on social media at the end of the day.
Week 1 was a busy one and even though Friday was spent at Thomas Gainsborough School helping with Year 10 mock interviews, I have managed to photograph 24 businesses. This is the first of 2 blogs about Week 1 (I tried to write just one piece, but it ended up like War & Peace!)
Here’s a bit more about them….
Rebecca and Meg started Stour Valley Creative a couple of years ago after they realised they had virtually no photos of them with their babies, so specialised breastfeeding & family photography. Their website can be found here. Rebecca used to be an astrophysicist & Meg a marine biologist. How cool is that?
Abbie founded Polyspiral back in 2010 and has over 20 years experience creating websites. She’s one myriad awards since being part of thebestof Sudbury and created loads of websites for local businesses. You can read some of her reviews HERE
Mandy moved to her larger shop on Station Road a couple of years ago and hasn’t looked back. She runs jewellery making classes for all ages and abilities, as part of a group or on a one to one basis. The shop has a fantastic selection of affordable gifts and so many beads. A must for any budding jewellery maker. You can read her reviews HERE. Mandy was thebestof Sudbury’s Business of The Year 2019, as well as winning loads of other awards. Click here for more
Lee Parker is one of the co-founders of Coversure Sudbury and started the business back in 2006. Last year, Lee was joined by his son, George who’s whizzing through the exams to become a qualified insurance broker. Coversure is the main sponsor of LeeStock, which takes place a Melford Hall on 25th and 26th May this year.
Goslings have been trading for over 45 years and sell a wide range of art and craft supplies, as well as offering a framing service. Tracy & Wendy have owned the business for over 25 years with Wendy first starting in the business as a Saturday girl!
Pickles & Lillies have been in Lavenham for a year and in their high street shop since September. They sell beautiful organic cotton clothes for children from newborn to the age of 10. And they have a great selection of wooden and plastic free toys and craft boxes. You can take a look at their website here and read their profile on thebestof Sudbury here
Beauty Gallery has had a pretty exciting 12 months. They’ve moved to a larger salon on Lavenham High Street, won Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday competition and beat the other Beauty Salons in the country in this year’s thebestof Business of The Year Awards. Read more here
Lavenham Butchers are a family run business that have been run by Jen, Greg and Gareth since October 2014. They are passionate about locally sourced meat and offer plastic free packaging. They’ve also won a whole heap of awards including the EADT Food & Drink Awards. Their website can be found here
Luthfur opened India Sudbury in 2014 and has become one of Sudbury’s most popular Indian restaurants. As well as offering wonderful Indian cuisine, Luthfur hosts sell out tribute nights. Click here to read about the forthcoming Prince Tribute Night in April
Thank you to all the businesses that have taken part. If you or a business you know would like a bit of a Buy Local Birthday Shout out, please get in touch!
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Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens