We know well that when living in the countryside there’s a good chance your nearest neighbour won’t be directly next door, and you may not even be able to spot their home at all. According to national statistics, there are less than 50 people per square kilometre in districts such as Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Somerset, whereas in areas of London, for example, there are more than 15,000 people crammed into the same 1km!
So what does this mean for our local communities?
Our rural groups may be smaller and less busy than the city ones, but this means that they often come with a close-knit, genuine, caring interest in looking after the local community and providing mutual support for those living in the area. Integral to this, is the amount of support we are able to give one another; sharing news, promoting small businesses and encouraging local enterprises.
Here at The Hills, we are moving towards our first birthday and I am thrilled to see our own community steadily growing. My aim has always been to help small businesses to reach a larger community and to share my finds with my followers, and so feel incredibly lucky to be able to meet fantastic artists and creatives and bring their stories and wares to our little space on the internet.
This year I am not making many resolutions, but one that I will stand by is to offer our community more opportunities to purchase the quality products made by some of the best rural businesses. By bringing you our brand new shop, I am excited to be able to introduce you to more artisan creators. I will be handpicking gorgeous items that are ethically made and handcrafted with love and collaborating with selected brands that share our passion for rural communities. I hope the website will be your cosy country space on the internet, where we share crafts and products that we’d love to have in our homes too!
By welcoming our very favourite creatives to share their items in our store, I will provide them with a platform which feels as strongly about small business support as they do, and promote their businesses to all those who I know share this notion with me. 2019 is our year to further our involvement with rural communities and assist our valuable local makers and artisans, first stop - The Hills Shop!
So today I would love to know - what products would you like to see in our shop? Which industry would you like to know more about? Which products would you recommend we investigate?
Your ideas are important to me. Leave me a comment below, or tag us in posts on both Facebook and Instagram!