Support your local businesses today!
After the great response we got to our Digital Businesses post, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on all the other entrepreneurial folks in the area who have built their businesses from the ground up.
Although we’re well aware that younger folks, who crave the bright lights of the city, are more attracted to getting investment in Birmingham, the dozens of wildly successful businesses in our backyard here prove that you don’t need to be based in a bustling metropolis to become the next Alan Sugar!
These local businesses prove that Hathern and the surrounding Charnwood area is positively buzzing with investment opportunities:
Starting off as a small nursery over 30 years ago, Hathern Nurseries has slowly expanded over the years, transforming into one of the most successful garden centres in the area. There’s everything here that a gardener would be looking for: plants, tools, bedding and at Christmas time you can even pick up a Christmas tree!
In addition to offering free local delivery within a twenty mile radius, you can also join their Shrub Club. For £15 per year you can get a 10% discount off all plants or products and more generous discounts throughout the year.
Oakley Grange Farm
Food doesn’t get much more natural or local than at Oakley Grange Farm. The Mee family have been farming their 600 acres of land since the 1940s and have been working towards gaining a complete organic status since 2001, no small challenge when you consider how much land they have to use!
The Mees use traditional farming methods to encourage natural ecosystems to co-exist with their herd and, best of all, they serve a selection of everything they grow and rear at their Cafe Kitchen – so you can taste their hard work for yourself.
Joey’s Cake Shop
Jo is based in Hathern and specialises in cakes of all kinds including: wedding cakes, cupcakes, sponges, lemon drizzles and cakes for every kind of celebration. Although she bakes out of Hathern she delivers her custom-crafted goodies as far out as Loughborough, Kegworth and even Sutton Bonington.
Just one look at her website is enough to see how much care and attention she puts into each of her bakes; the testimonials on her site attest to how good they taste too!
Browns Lane Restaurant & Bar
A solid choice for locals in the area and often touted as one of the best places to eat in the area, this is a classy restaurant that serves seasonal food from a British inspired menu that is sure to inspire the most curmudgeonly of foodies.
Their a la carte menu is a testament to their chef’s skills and versatility, choose from a wide range of starters including: cajun spiced calamari, braised ham hock and chicken liver parfait. Mains, starting from £11.95, include classic chicken kiev, pan-fried red mullet and a ‘lamb bun’.
You’re almost guaranteed to find something to pick up at Winged Ape, Loughborouh’s primo vintage store. Amongst the bric-a-brac and furniture you’ll find all sorts of treasure; action figures, rare vinyls and penny skateboards are just a few of the things you’ll bump into.
This shop holds regular record days a boosted selection of vinyl is set out; no matter what you end up leaving with it’s likely to be the only one for miles around.