The top 6 small businesses you should be supporting this festive season

As lockdown 2.0 ends and retailers re-open their doors to the rush of Christmas shopping, small businesses are eager to rebuild what they have lost.

It is more important now than ever that we give as much of support as we can to small businesses. After fighting through two lockdowns and the toughest year for businesses yet, it is crucial we give them the love they deserve this season.

We spoke with Laura Armstrong from the Instagram account @support.small.20, who started her account to promote small businesses after struggling to find them easily when looking to support more small and local businesses herself. “Small businesses are such an incredible thing to support because you get to have an impact on someone’s life and fuel their passion. I get incredibly thankful messages from everyone I share, and you actually get to feel that connection with the person you are buying from” Laura told Fashion North. “You get a real satisfaction from knowing you’ve done something good.”

Here at Fashion North we have put together our own list of the top six small businesses you should watch out for this Christmas:

1. @can_to_candle

Can to Candle is an award winning, hand poured soy candle company, based in Edinburgh. Their candles are uniquely hand crafted and packaged in upcycled tins, jars and even yoghurt pots. They offer personalised candles, wax melts, candle making workshops and kits. As all of their products are made from 100% soy wax, are paraben free and finished with cotton core wicks they give a pure and long-lasting burn. They really are the perfect Christmas gift for the candle lover in your life! Click here to shop now.

Image credit: @can_to_candle/

2. Corner 93

Corner 93 is the ultimate pre-loved designer clothing boutique. Based in Sunderland, they offer a buy and sell service, so whether you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to some second-hand fashion must-haves this Christmas, Corner 93 is the place to visit. You can enquire online to reserve your favourite pieces or head into store now to try them in person. Be sure to follow their Instagram @corner93 to keep up-to date with all their new in pieces!

Image credit: @corner93/

3. @Bymiaeloisa

Did you miss out on getting that nail appointment booked in for your festive nails? Then we have the small business for you! Mia Eloisa is based at @robynandersonmakeupstudio in Sunderland and offers the most intricate and aesthetically perfect nail designs you can find. Get booked in for your nails now or purchase her press on nails to stick on and re-use at home, until you can book in with her in with the new year using your @bymiaeloisa gift voucher. This is the ideal present for the ladies that need a little post-lockdown pamper. Follow her Instagram @bymiaeloisa to see her latest seasonal designs.

Image credit: @bymiaeloisa/

4. Coco by Chloe Cosmetics UK

The makeup lover in your life needs this! After being a makeup artist for over four years, based in Barrow in Furness, Chloe decided to venture into creating her very own cosmetics company and so Chloe Cosmetics UK was born. Coco by Chloe Cosmetics UK is a small business offering everything from strip lashes, lip glosses, lipliners, highlighters and cosmetic bags. You really can’t go wrong with new makeup! You can shop her collection here.

image credit: @cococosmeticsbychloe/

5. @sea_la_vie_crafts

Sea La Vie Crafts offers the perfect personal gift idea for any loved one this Christmas. Everyone loves a personalised gift, whether you’re buying for a girlfriend, mother or even mother-in-law, @sea_la_vie_crafts are the small business for you. The frames contain hand collected sea glass from Crimdon, Horden and Seaham Beach which is crafted into ‘sea glass art’ to your preference and design. They are sure to set off the water works this Christmas as the perfect gift for a long-distance reminder that you are thinking of your loved ones. Send in your orders now to @sea_la_vie_crafts on Instagram.

Image credit: @sea_la_vie_crafts/

6. @paigemckaydesigns

If you are looking for the perfect New Years Eve outfit or just love a bit of Christmas sparkle, then @paigemckaydesigns is going to be your new favourite small business. Based in the North-East, she offers luxury, handmade womenswear that will catch everyone’s eye. Her designs are simply stunning and would make the perfect gift for any fashion addict this season. If you know someone that loves to be a little bit extra, then why not purchase one of her bespoke, made to measure designs or even a monthly mystery box for the ultimate luxury surprise. This is a small business you cannot ignore. Follow her Instagram @paigemckaydesigns to make your order in time for the New Year!

Image credit: @paigemckaydesigns/

Check out the info map below to find all of the small businesses we mentioned:

We wish we could include every small business on our list, but regardless of who you choose to shop from this Christmas, it is sure to be appreciated more than you realise.

Let us know your favourite small businesses over on our Twitter @Fashion_North!


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