We’re very proud to be a local, small business based in sunny Sheffield. Natural Bed Company has been here for a number of years and we make all our beds to order from our Sheffield workshop. It’s also where you’ll find our showroom, and where both our office and workshop team work! Sheffield is also an epicentre of local and artisan trade, and boasts a wealth of other crafters and makers. In this article, we take a look at our favourite local small businesses and share their wonderful wares.
Of course, the first on our list is chocolate. It just makes sense. Founded right here in Sheffield, Bullion is the first craft chocolatier in our city. Pioneering a modern, “bean-to-bar” concept, Bullion import their own cocoa beans and make their chocolate from scratch. They offer factory tours and events where you can learn more about their process. Plus, you can sample their chocolate and a whole host of chocolate cakes, baked goods and cocktails at their stand in the ever-popular Cutlery Works.
Treat yourself to a new kind of chocolate – www.bullionchocolate.com
We love CAST and everything that they’re about. Founded in 2017, CAST is a modern business offering bespoke jewellery you can design yourself with easy-to-use wax mould kits. They also offer specialist packs for creating your own heirloom necklaces. These allow you to cast fingerprints, paw prints or treasured items such as antique coins or wedding flowers. To top it off, they also host events and workshops where you can make your own jewellery. Plus, there are special packages for couples looking to make their own wedding rings.
Take a look at and get creative over on their website – www.experiencecast.com
Love your city and want to show its colours? Look no further than Colours Of Sheffield. Condensing your favourite hotspots and locations into Pantone colour swatches, this small business celebrates cities, tea and even Harry Styles with their unique designs. Choose from prints, bags and other merchandise, all designed with your favourite places in mind.
Find all Colours Of wares and show your colours here – coloursof.co.uk
Essence & Alchemy candles and wellbeing products are not only made in the UK and crafted with sustainably sourced essential oils, they’re also absolutely gorgeous. Made with a minimal, modern and reusable design, these are sure to be your new favourites. Plus, thanks to a plethora of scents to suit your home, and quality, refillable vessels, you can change your fragrance any time you like, and reduce waste in the process.
Have a nose around and find your favourite here – www.essenceandalchemy.co.uk
Based in one of Sheffield’s hotspots for independent retailers, you’ll find the Framery on Sharrow Vale Road. Right at home amongst a whole host of other wonderful small business, The Framery offers bespoke, handmade framing services, often working with local artists and galleries. They also offer a wide range of events. They collaborate with other local business to offer unique evening experiences in their dedicated venue space.
Find all they have to offer over on their website – www.theframerygroup.co.uk
Offering a wonderful selection of plants, pots and botanical supplies, Gravel Pit is a fun, modern small business with heaps of personality. Though specialising in indoor houseplants and handmade and internationally sourced plant pots, you’ll also find a selection of other treasures on offer in their Sheffield store. Expect to see art prints, records, books, curios and homeware in amongst the leaves. They’ve also recently started offering workshops where you can make your own plant-based creations.
Have a gander at all the lovely things just here – gravelpitshop.com
One of of Sheffield-based photography duo, Haarkon, India works with small businesses, individuals and big brands alike, telling their story through her photos. Her shots are beautifully composed, expressive and natural. She gets to the heart of what her subject is all about. We’ve posted a selection of her work below, but we recommend taking a look at her website to get a real sense of her talent.
You can find India’s full portfolio just here – www.indiahobson.co.uk
Another local plant palace (we love houseplants…) is the fabulous Plantology. Boasting multiple locations in Sheffield, Plantology offers a wonderfully calm vibe in each of their shops. Something of a sanctuary amidst city life. The staff are super knowledgeable about plants and plant care, so if you’re ever unsure, go in for a chat with them! They also offer bespoke floristry services for special occasions and wedding decor.
Pop into one of their stores or take a look at their website – www.plantologyflorist.co.uk
Built on a foundational love for food, functionality and firing clay, Pottery West specialises in creating beautiful, practical tableware. Self-taught potters Matt & Catherine West craft stunningly simple, elegant pieces that are ideal for the modern home. They perfectly pair form and function, and offer both made-to-order tableware alongside experimental, one-off collections.
Feast your eyes on all they have to offer – potterywest.co.uk
A patron saint of slow-living, Sam Binstead focuses capturing natural, honest images in both digital and analogue formats. With a particular focus on craft, creation and process, he’s often found photographing small business’ work, whilst also being one himself. “The cultural value of traditional crafts bring me immense joy, and it is my pleasure to work with likeminded people on telling their story through images.”
Wander through his beautiful photography and get in touch – www.samuelbinstead.co.uk
We’ve mentioned them before on our blog, because we love them so! Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens create stunning, bespoke kitchens with sustainability and the environment in mind. They work with materials that are sustainably sourced and have a high recycled content. Plus, they’re a local business in every sense of the word. SSK often use locally sourced timber, recycle or repurpose their wood chipping and sawdust, and can even be found litter picking out in the community.
Find out more and drool over stunning kitchen inspiration just here – ssk.uk.com
If you’re thinking of coming to visit us in sunny Sheffield, we think you’ll agree that the city has lots to offer in the way of local makers and artisans. But whilst you’re here, why not sample the local delicacies? We love Steam Yard, Gaard and Tamper for coffee & cake, or even Eve Kitchen (the best donuts) or Birdhouse Tea Co (for tea-lovers). Once you’re full, why not relax with a movie at the local independent Showroom Cinema, or treat yourself to a wander around the Millennium Galleries.