Sharing the very best in independent shops online

About us

Do you love shopping online?  Would you like to easily find lots of unique independent shops?

Love Our Shops UK is a shopping directory and blog, sharing lots of lovely, unique, British and truly wonderful independent online shops

I am on a mission to find all the UK shops online that are; independently owned, have bags of personality, lovely customer service and sell great products.

As a nation, our online shopping is increasing at a rapid rate year on year.  As a result, there are lots of fabulous, independent, online shops being run in the UK.

Small, friendly, personable and all-round lovely little shops, owned by very passionate shop keepers.  Shopping with them is a very enjoyable shopping experience.

But they are so hard to find.

I aim to solve that with Love Our Shops UK.

 

My mission

My mission is easy – help shoppers find British independent online shops.

Allowing you (the visitor to my website), to browse the shops on Love Our Shops UK.  When you see one you like, just click on the link to the shop and off you pop to their online store.  My job is then done.  Until you want to browse for the next shop to visit.  Easy!  And very enjoyable too.

 

Love Our Shops UK includes a wide range of shop categories; food, hobbies, sports, gifts, homeware, fashion, beauty and lots more.  And I am continually adding new shops and categories all the time.  I am always (I am a bit obsessive) on the lookout for more and more shops.  There are so many brilliant ones out there.  I have found some real gems.

I hope you enjoy Love Our Shops UK, I made it for you (and selfishly for me too!).

 

The second part of my mission is to help UK independent online shops be successful.

Shopping Local – is really, really important

Love Our Shops UK is a directory and a blog, it is not a market place.  So every penny you spend with these shops goes to them and not us.  Which in turn goes directly into their local economy, whether that be a pretty village, a lovely town or a vibrant city.  The money goes into the UK and goes into the local communities of the UK.  Whichever way you look at it, that is definitely a good thing.  And you would be surprised how many of these shops are being run from someone’s converted garage or belong to a lovely independent store being run on a local high street.

 

Are you a shop owner?

For a bit of Shop Talk head over to my shop talk blog page.

Written especially for independent online shop owners.  Lots of tips and advice from my 9 years experience of running an independent online shop and my many years in business.

 

 

Want to be a VIP?

I send out regular updates (emails) about the shops and products I find, great offers from all the shops and giveaways!!

 

Want to know more about the founder of Love Our Shops UK?

Barbara Steadman Owner of Love Our Shops UK

Barbara Steadman Owner of Love Our Shops UK

Barbara’s Story….

Love Our Shops UK has been created by Barbara Steadman following the failure of a Christmas shopping mission.  She set herself the challenge of doing all her online Christmas gift shopping at only independently owned online stores.  She wanted to shop local i.e. in the UK, but online.  This meant no giving money to the big market places who cream off a big percentage before the seller gets what’s left.  Or buying from any big online store whose income may or may not stay in the UK.

Sadly, apart from a few purchases, Barbara failed.  Not because the shops aren’t out there but because she could not easily find them.  After many searches online and no other easy way to find them she gave up.

This led to the idea of creating an online directory which will showcase these wonderful stores, and so Love Our Shops UK was born.

Barbara ran her own successful online store for 9 years .  So looking from the shop owner’s perspective, she thought a directory would be a fabulous idea. Developing a community of online store shop keepers is a key element of Love Our Shops UK.  One that is sharing advice and being supportive.  Bringing them all together benefits both the shoppers and the shops.

Barbara lives in a small village in Shropshire, a beautiful part of the country.

She is a qualified accountant working in the business world.  She lived a number of years in London having spent the majority of her working career in senior roles in the corporate and exciting world of Gillette.  Her last role in a “proper job” was as a Finance Director and left there to pursue her love of online retail.

Her family, and very big doggy (he is always being featured on her instagram stories), keep her company and she is often heard saying “That is so lovely” about pretty much most things. She is always busy (aren’t we all) and dreams of having a place by the sea one day!!

She can’t wait to share her passion for the independent online shopping world.

 

 

Best Wishes

Barbara