25 Local Businesses

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful businesses in and around the BR6 Postcode area, here is a little round up of some, you may recognise some of them as they featured in the BR6Life social advent calendar.  You can also find plenty more over on our Business Directory on our website.

Introducing you to author Allison Parkinson who writes stories that celebrate diversity for children. Not only does she write the books she also illustrates them too, Allison is also a writer and proofreader for companies, charities and organisations.

Looking to connect with other local business owners then why not visit one of the 12.30 Woman’s Company meetings, with various locations in and around the area to choose from as well as online.  Jackie Groundsell the lady behind 1230WC also hosts a weekly radio show, why not tune in.

Maybe as its the new year you are looking for a ‘new you’, a way to shed the excess pounds, maybe you are making fitness a priority, perhaps you need some motivation and support?  Louise Maloney is a qualified personal trainer, nutritionalist and motivational coach, she will get you leaner, fitter and motivated in no time at all.

Looking for a way to entertain the children during the cold winter months, then take a look at Anika the lady who created the play tablecloth. Slip over a table and watch the children’s imagination play start.  This cloth is also ideal for hot summer days as it can be used as shelter from the sun. I bought this last year for my nieces and they absolutely love it. There are more fun creative products on Anika’s website.

Let me introduce you to Megan Blake Photography.  Megan is a friendly and very talented local photographer putting both children and adults at ease whilst photographing them. Megan has a huge talent for equine photography as well as pets, (she has taken some beautiful ones of our dog). She has recently just branched into event photography too. For more details please contact Megan.

It maybe January but we still like to pop out for a bite to eat and maybe a glass of wine or two?  Where better to visit than our local vineyard, The Mount Vineyard, and even better still they are have a special offer on until the end of the month (Wednesday – Sunday) where all pizzas are 40% off – BUT you do need to mention the deal and the phrase Cellar Key when ordering to qualify for the discount – if you say you read the deal via BR6Life thats even better (thanks!)

Are you trying to save money this year? Keep the bills down? Then Kay from UW is the lady to speak to, she has saved 100’s for people locally on their utilities. Plus she shares ways to save more on her instagram account, take a look here.

This is my ‘go to’ present for the year! Bespoke spray painting for clothing, luggage, canvas and even interiors by MoonChild Spray. Ruby now has a website so you can order from there but for more bespoke gifts please contact her direct. The suitcase I had designed was a total hit!

Dreaming of some sun, perhaps you have a family celebration, a birthday or want a weekend away with friends, then why not contact Liz Engel an independent travel advisor who specialises in Safari! Liz has found us some incredible holidays over the years and has always common under budget!

Have you ever been to the lovely TenAcres shop?  The beautiful gift shop nestled in the heart of Shoreham. Its a perfect place to grab yourselves a treat or to pick a unique gift for that someone special from candles, local produce, wine and vouchers, there is something for everyone.

 Is it time you treated yourself, indulged in some self care?  Emma owner of Chai Karma Massage Therapy specialises in deep tissue, holistic and oncology cancer massage. A wonderful treat for you or someone else.

So Christmas is over, is it time to give your house a spring clean, a declutter, perhaps you are moving and are having a good old clear out? Clear Away Dave can help you by taking your bits and pieces to either local charity stores or by taking rubbish away and recycling it. They also do specialise in house clearances too.

Cole Family butchers, a wonderful friendly butchery in BR6.  From household favourites – Chicken Kiev’s, to an assortment of sausage flavours, marinated meats, to their very reasonably priced family packs and winter packs.  Plus an array of meat cuts and local produce to purchase. They also have a range of homemade gluten free products too.

For those of you who have or know of teenage girls, this is a great book written by local teenage coach and author Faye Cox. The book Making Sense Of Me is to help teen girls navigate the modern world, so that each teenage girl knows that she is enough – no matter what!

Winter time can be tough on the body with colds, coughs and other ailments especially those that flair up in the winter months, Neela from Homeopathic Harmony has an assortment of remedies.  She helps people of all ages with skin complaints, menstural cycles, arthritis and many other health issues.

Are you looking for sporting events, concerts or theatre tickets? Perhaps a cheeky weekend away! Liz from LizTayloreHolidays can help you in this department and save you oodles of time by finding you the perfect seats, locations/arenas, travel and parking.

Are you looking to join a local gym with a community spirit, somewhere that is friendly and not intimidating?   Can I recommend The Fitness Link – based in Orpington High Street, TFL offers an assortment of classes, group and personal training sessions.  Plus theres the option to  train at Open Gym.  Its not just the adults, TFL also offer childrens fitness classes and baby and parent classes too. External talks and wellbeing events along with some fun socials and competitions throughout the year.  There is free parking and the chance to take part in their infamous and very successful 28 day challenge.

Let’s not forget our furry, scaly and feathery friends!  Pet Perfection is our local friendly family run pet shop.  Full of the necessities for our pets along with plenty of treats and accessories. Pet Perfection is more than just a pet shop, they also offer pet nutrition advice, homemade pet products and in their Pets Wood store they have a DIY grooming room, and also a perfect grooming room to hire out to any groomer out there – please contact them direct if you are interested.

For the business owners out there, let me introduce you to Jane Rogers, Jane is a content writer and copywriter.  Jane helps businesses with their content marketing and has a wonderful and very useful planner for 2023.  Jane also runs a local networking group based over in Beckenham, for more details please contact Jane direct.

https://www.thebankrestaurant.com/  Another great place to dine out is The Bank (Locksbottom), a great place for brunch – it can be bottomless! But a great place to go with family or catch up with friends.  Live music at the weekends it is a buzzing place for a night out.

We can’t forget the children, and there is a fantastic sale on at the moment at The baby Rack – a gorgeous baby boutique in the heart of Hayes. From new born to 12 years, the clothes are beautiful.  There are also some gifts for mum in there too!

Our list would not be complete with another of our local favourites – Sweet Pea Florist.  Sweet Pea can be found in Farnborough Village, a beautiful florist shop with unique designs for weddings, funerals, christenings and other occasions. All the flowers are fresh from the markets and of high quality. Sweet Pea are huge supporters of BR6Life and sponsor our monthly Flower Friday feature where we surprise a local resident as a thank you for their love, support and hard work for the local area – unsung heroes.

Thinking about changing job, career direction, perhaps you are thinking about setting up your own business, if so then Densie Meade Hill is a highly regarded local career coach and can help you with your transitions and goals.

As its January are you stocking up on your fruits and vegetables?  Local green grocer Porters Produce has a vast variety of seasonal fruit and veg in daily, fresh from the London markets.  They also sell local produce and fresh local eggs.  My favourite at the moment are the baby Haas Avocados, have you seen them?

The last day in the advent calendar was a big thank you from me for all your love and support over they year – so again I thank you and if you are a local business owner and would like to get involved and join BR6Life then please do get in touch.  If you are a local resident and would like to know more about how you could run your own ‘BR6Life’ business then please do get in touch and we can have a chat.

I hope you enjoyed the read.