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Back to school cool: Small businesses to brighten up your desk

notebooks and pencil on the pink surface

If you’re anything like us, apart from getting some peace and quiet back into the house after the chaos of the summer holidays, back to school season is a great excuse to bring some new life to your desk. No matter if you WFH or you just want to add some pizazz to your office cubicle, these small business finds are perfect for easing you back into the last quarter of the year in style.

Random thoughts memo pad’ – Bittersweet Apathy, £5.50

Ever find yourself scrambling for a pen and paper only to write that all important note on an envelope which you promptly loose…us too! No more thanks to this stylish desk pad from Bittersweet Apathy complete with tick boxes so you can get that dopamine hit of saying ‘completed it mate’!

‘Personalised calligraphy print’ £35, Letters From Mae

Add some style to your walls with a personalised print that’ll give you all the feels when you look up from your emails. This keepsake piece is a beautiful reminder of when your little ones came and brightened up your life whilst adding some contemporary style to your interiors all at the same time.

Stickers and Washi tape, from £2.50, MLTYUniverse

Is there anything more satisfying than using stickers in your notebook as an adult? No, no there isn’t which is why we’re obsessed with the collection from colourful indie brand MLTY Universe. From Kawaii cats to fruits and other adorable shapes, level up your notebook with these stylish stickers – it’s a must!

Blue Kente inspired coaster, £16, FNIC Designs

Stay hydrated in style thanks to these Kente inspired coasters. Not only are they a geometric dream but they come as a solo coaster or in a handy pack of four, if like us you end up with one of every type of drink on your desk by the end of any given working day.

Sunflower notebook, £4.99, Let Go To Hold On

Make note taking a fun task with this gorgeous notebook full of sunshine! Featuring hand illustrated sunflowers and and cute, calligraphy ‘notes’ on the front, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find yourself scribbling with a smile when you crack this beauty open

Colourful key chains, £7, Jammy Weekend

And something we loved, which could be great for little ones or big ones going back to school! Add a little colour to any bag, lunch bag or set of keys with these gorgeous colourful keychains. There are a few options to choose from Jammy Weekend’s colourful range too.

For more gorgeous desk-worthy treats for your or a loved one, why not visit one of our events which is often jam-packed with small business treats that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Who are we?

I’m Becky, a 30 something mama of two, from West London and I run this creative little business together with my mum Wendy.

When covid landed on our doorstep in 2020, one thing we did to help encourage sales of our craft kits, was create the Shop Small Christmas Gift Catalogue. We posted it out to thousands of homes, advertising gift ideas, all sold from small businesses, including my own, encouraging people to shop small at Christmas.

I loved helping other companies, I wondered about converting our catalogue into an in-person event.

So in summer 2022, we hosted out first ever pop-up market in Westfield shopping centre, encouraging the nation to shop from small businesses. I absolutely loved meeting so many inspiring business owners and helping them increase exposure and sales, it’s made me want to organise more events. It’s naturally turned into a business itself, hosting in person shopping events, helping diversify the high street with products from small businesses.

As a product selling business owner myself selling a range of craft kits, I know full well how hard it can be to generate a regular income and to keep the business going especially with big brands dominating the high street

From my own experience I’ve found if you have a good product, selling in person can be such a beneficial way to get your stock off the shelves and into the hands of your ideal customer. I’m passionate about helping small businesses thrive and the I Do Handmade Pop-Ups will hopefully do exactly that.

Want to find out more about our business journey? Click here

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