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Updated by Catherine Williams on Oct 09, 2014
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Nice People to do Business With

A collection of businesses I've come across that not only provide great quality products and services but are also really nice people to deal with. Most of the businesses are based in Surrey and Hampshire but many also operate online. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

The Ginger Piggery

What a find! Slightly off the beaten track between Warminster and Salisbury, this has something for everyone! A farm shop, restaurant, and various artists' studios specialising in various arts, crafts, clothing and furniture. There is also the Thatched Barn, available for meeting or private functions. Well worth a visit!

Stone and Chrome

For beautiful bathrooms look no further! This is a lovely family business with 25 years' experience in the design, supply and installation of wetrooms, steamrooms, bathrooms and natural stone. Based in Camberley in Surrey, they have a showroom featuring many of their stunning and luxurious products and are always willing to help with any aspect of bathroom design, supply or installation.

Lily's Kitchen

Fantastic pet food company who are rapidly gaining in popularity - not least amongst the labradoodle community of which I am one :) They do a wonderful range of high quality food for cats and dogs using natural ingredients. Highly recommended!

First Choice Lighting

This is a gem of a lighting company! A newcomer to the lighting world in the UK yet run by a team with years of experience in the industry. First Choice Lighting offers a range of lighting with a choice of contemporary and traditional styles for the bathroom, kitchen, lounge and garden. Their expansive collection has been carefully chosen by lighting design experts, electricians and interior stylists to offer an unrivalled range of top quality products that you can trust to do the job.

Chartley Bedrooms

This company do the most beautiful handmade and hand painted furniture! They are ideal for children's bedrooms and will delight your fussiest little prince or princess. However their appeal is by no means limited to children. If you are refurbishing your bedroom and want something a bit special then look no further!

Planen Kitchens

Planen Kitchens provide high quality kitchens at affordable prices. You'll be surprised at just how achievable a true luxury kitchen is. If you’re looking for top of the range at a competitive price then look no further! Planen take a personalised approach towards each customer and their needs, and make the process of purchasing a new kitchen as smooth as possible. Your dream kitchen needn’t be a dream for much longer with Planen Kitchens.

Anderton's Music

Anderton's is a musician's dream! Based in Guildford, Surrey, the store is full of nooks and crannies, each with its own little area of expertise. Help and advice is readily available from the helpful and enthusiastic staff, but you are given all the time you need just to browse if that is your wont - or you can shop online!

Joe Brown's

I just love Joe Brown's! Though a large thriving company, they still give the impression of a small family business, both in terms of their personalised communication and their outright enthusiasm for every item in their product range! Lovely clothes and lovely people.

Home - Elphicks

This delightful independent department store is located in Farnham Surrey. I think their buyers read my mind as I can always find exactly what I want in their rather eclectic mix of fashion, cosmetics, stationery, gifts and homeware. The atmosphere is unhurried and rather quaint, making for a delightful shopping experience - followed of course by a visit to their quintessentially English tea room!




Lush's strap line is "Fresh Handmade Products : Exclusive products made in our Kitchen, sent straight to your bathroom". This pretty much sums it up! If you have never smelt the glorious fragrances of Lush then get down to your nearest store now. You will smell it before you see it! The staff are happy and enthusiastic and shopping there is always a delightful experience (though if you can't make it to a store you can shop online).