Autumn at Holly Farm Garden Centre

Autumn at Holly Farm Garden Centre September sees the final few warm summery days and the dawn of Autumn as the leaves turn from summer green to shades of russet and bronze, heralding cooler evenings and misty mornings. Dahlias, asters and Michaelmas daisies decorate the flower beds, adorned with misty dewdrops in the autumn mornings; […]

Holly Farm Garden Centre

Holly Farm – a family run garden centre on the A49 at Prees, Whitchurch I absolutely love strolling around a garden centre, finding the flowers I can name and trying to learn new ones.  My favourites this year are salvias – there are so many different ones – purples, pinks, reds, whites, blues, and yellows […]

Quality Chimney Sweep – Jamie Downes

Jamie Downes – not just a chimney sweep When we had our log burner fitted (to give it its correct name – dual fuel stove) I realised, a little to my surprise, that we would need to find a chimney sweep.  My dad used to sweep our chimney and I remember my mum covering all […]

FSB, Business, the Budget, and Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire

Business, the Budget, Brussels and Breakfast with Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire The Federation of Small Businesses is the largest business support organisation in the UK with over 160,000 members.  Formed in 1974, it is the UK’s leading business organisation representing small and medium-sized businesses. As SME’s contribute some £1,500 billion to the UK […]

Midcounties Co-operative

Midcounties Co-operative Community Owned, Community Led, Community Rewarding What comes to mind when you think of a co-op? At a recent meeting, the answers I got were: Co-op Bank, Rochdale Pioneers, food, funerals and – sometimes – fundraising for charities. The media always tend to focus on the negative – bad news makes the headlines […]

FSB Experts in Business

FSB Experts in Business The Federation of Small Businesses provides free networking opportunities for businesses in Shropshire. This is just one of the benefits of FSB membership.   Many small business owners find that they actually save money by joining the FSB. If you take credit card payments, FSB offer discounted card payment processing and […]

Nova Chocolates

Nova Chocolates Jacqueline Smith has always loved chocolate. As a child it was all she wanted to eat – her parents were told she would grow out of it – but she hasn’t – and she loves everything about chocolate. One day she saw a brochure about luxury chocolates and was so enthralled her husband […]

Your Personal Travel Agent

Your Personal Travel Agent Lively Business Club member, Amanda Pritchard, offers a personal travel service for private and business travel, organising holidays and itineraries all over the world. Amanda has 28 years experience in travel, starting work as a YTS at a travel agency in Whitchurch and working her way up to branch manager. Then […]

Sachets Direct

Sachets Direct At the November meeting of the Lively Business Club, Clive Lewin of Sachets Direct gave an illustrated talk about how his sugar sachets and sticks are made. Traditionally sugar sachets were printed using various means which necessitated making different colour plates to create colour pictures which made it a very expensive process. Sachets […]