Smaller businesses are hugely important to both the social and economic fabric of our society. We all play a part in their survival. We want to help as many of these small businesses shine during these dark times. Whether you are looking for a new online fitness class, something to keep the kids entertained or a gift to send to a loved one that's unique, we have complied a list of some of our favourites here. Many of them are free to use, but it's the support that counts during these times!
Connie Rose Designs - Handmade Jewellery Brand
Designed and created by Alison Sinclair-Macsween, the brand specializes in statement necklaces of stunning colours across two ranges - Infinity and Classic. There are options for all ages, styles and budgets.
As an exclusive offer, all Sarah Haran customers have been treated to 25% off all sale items, as well as the newest product in the collection - the Infinity Cable Necklace (currently available in over 15 colourway options with more to be added). These new necklaces feature original artwork and are all unique, lightweight to wear and will make the perfect gift for yourself or someone special.
There is no minimum or maximum spend required, simply head over to the website here and enter code SH25 at the checkout. (offer expires 31/08/20 - one per customer - cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers).
Creative Box Club/Poponin
No idea how to keep the kids entertained during lockdown? Jessica over at Poponin has some wonderful kits & books bursting with creative ideas of how to use materials in the home to turn them into art & craft projects for adults and kids. Sarah loves the Mindful Creatives range where you can easily pass an hour colouring flowers on a cute sheep, dog, or penguin. Available by post they are perfect to keep the kids busy! Check it out online here or visit @poponin on Instagram & Facebook.
McTavish Collection - Jewellery Brand
Rachel McTavish, a TV newsreader and awards host, started this company back in 2008, selling beautiful and unique pieces of jewellery. Rachel started the company as she was finding it increasingly difficult to buy different, yet stylish, jewellery to wear on screen. With a strong family background in fashion & retail, the brand has grown bigger and now sells accessories too. All products are very reasonably priced, and the perfect gift to send a loved one during times of hardship to let them know you are thinking of them.
YogaWithVickiBFree - Online Yoga Classes
Vicki, Founder and Yogi of YogaWithVickiB,has introduced a free one hour online beginners yoga class – running every Tuesday 7-8pm to encourage those that have been putting off starting yoga to ‘give yoga a go’. “I felt it important, now more than ever, to continue to provide a space where those that have not practiced before, or those that need the provision of a free class, are able to join in a group, teacher-led yoga class,” said Vicki.
Two new attendees commented:
“I'm a beginner at yoga and doing a class remotely via Zoom with Vicki was just like having her in the room with me. I really enjoyed the lesson and can't wait for the next one!” Carole
“During the lockdown, Vicki has taken her classes online, and I just had a fantastic session. Vicki is a brilliant teacher, and her knowledge and expertise shines through even remotely. Recommended!”Natalie
If you want to join her free, or paid for classes, you can find out more on her website here or follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @yogawithvickib
Pound with Tina - Online Fitness Class
Our very own marketing manager, Martina, is a fully qualified Pound Fit instructor who has been uploading home videos to help the community keep fit whilst rocking out to amazing music! Instead of just listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. The workout uses lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, but any alternative such as kitchen utensils will do from your home! It's designed for all fitness levels - any age and any stage!
Check out her Youtube channel here or follow her on Instagram or Facebook @poundwithtina
Caroline Donaldson has just moved her one-to-one coaching for women in business online. The coaching from the Kynesis team is a combination of personal awareness, skill improvements, challenging perceptions and clarifying perspectives in an overall learning experience. Use this time wisely to plan how to break the glass ceiling when you get back to work by booking a session with her here or check out their Linkedin page.