Micro businesses join forces in Camelsdale

FIVE women-owned micro businesses in Camelsdale celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

The businesses are all owned by mothers of children who attend Camelsdale Primary School.

Friends Lisa Twidell and Rachel Philips co-founded Olive & Bloom Grazing in 2020 during the first lockdown.

The duo – who have a background in marketing and advertising – create pasture boxes and trays for parties, celebrations, corporate events and date nights.

Supporting independent UK food producers is important to them.

Benedicte Ross founded Bene Bikes, which offers mountain bike guides in the stunning countryside around Haslemere.

Bene comes from a cycling-loving family and has always ridden a bike. When her youngest child started school, Bene decided to take time off from her career in online marketing to focus on sharing her passion for riding by becoming a Mountain Bike Leader Award qualified guide.

Bene knew she wanted her rides to be inclusive, supportive and fun. She also wanted to encourage more women to ride bikes and to feel welcome in cycling. Currently, rides take place twice a week and some weekends, both in groups and one-on-one.

Calligrapher and artist Hannah Mackie founded the Neon Nib in 2019. Hannah’s passion for lettering began after attending a calligraphy workshop at a friend’s house. Having pursued this as a hobby, Hannah’s love for modern calligraphy and her natural artistry led her to start her business.

Hannah undertakes calligraphic commissions, both private and commercial, including wedding stationery, written poems, signage, greeting cards and illustrations, as well as commercial projects including company logos. company and brand orders. All of her designs are individually hand painted in her studio in Camelsdale.

Caroline Pearce founded Venture Out in 2021.

Caroline has experience organizing global adventures and a passion for an active outdoor lifestyle.

It organizes luxury adventure weekends in and around Surrey.

Krissy Roe started Sow Good Microgreens Farm with her kids during lockdown, with the goal of bringing fresh, sustainable food to her friends and family.

She now sells to pubs, restaurants and shops, as well as private chefs and local customers who collect fresh greens in reusable glass jars from the farm every week.

Krissy has spent 15 years campaigning on sustainability issues in the travel industry.

She is passionate about nature and finding alternatives to conventional agriculture and food production.

His farm donates a portion of profits to rewilding initiatives, delivers by electric vehicle, and uses organic compost that’s free of peat, pesticides, and chemicals.

Olive & Bloom Grazing co-founder Lisa Twidell said: “We feel incredibly lucky to work alongside such a talented group of women, all of whom are successfully running their own small businesses, juggling parenting responsibilities. and the very important work-life balance.

“We all experience similar obstacles and challenges that running a small business can present, and it’s great that we can not only share them with other women in the same position, but also benefit from their experience and services and products they offer. We love supporting local, and you can’t be more local than that.”

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