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Welcome to the independent mk blog where you can read the latest news and posts about local independent businesses in Milton Keynes and the local area.
The independent mk blog also offers information about independent business support which helps any businesses looking for help.
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5 ways to support small businesses during coronavirus

5 ways to support independent businesses during coronavirus It’s a very scary time for small businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Business owners and workers are entering the unknown as they see a huge decline in customers. It’s more important than ever to support them and shop local. We wanted to provide some positivity for those business owners and workers in the small business industry by sharing some ways we can all help our local shops...

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5 Independent Coffee Shops in Milton Keynes to try

5 Independent Coffee Shops in Milton Keynes We are always on the lookout for an independent coffee shop to try when we are out and about in Milton Keynes. Whether it’s when we’re having family time or if we are meeting friends, the search for an independent cafe is a must for us. The five coffee shops included in this article are based upon personal experiences of working in Central Milton Keynes and a couple...

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Real Christmas Trees in Milton Keynes

Can we put up the Christmas tree mum? Can we go and pick out our real Christmas tree? Those are common questions asked this time of year by many kids. Personally, I love putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it. In fact, for the past decade it’s been a tradition to go over to my sister’s house a couple of weeks before Christmas, usually a Sunday and help decorate theirs. Unfortunately, we will have...

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Shop Local in Milton Keynes: Christmas Guide

The festive season is upon us and now is a good time to give you some inspiration for all things Christmas. We are very pleased to introduce our Shop Local in Milton Keynes: Christmas Guide which features wonderful independent businesses from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Before you jump straight into the guide we wanted to say a few words about ‘supporting local’ this Christmas. The most important thing here is the support we...

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The House Of Dough in Stony Stratford

The House Of Dough is a doughnut shop in Stony Stratford offering freshly baked doughnuts Wednesday to Saturday. We heard that a doughnut shop was opening in Stony Stratford a few weeks back and were instantly excited about the opening and of course to try some of the creations. It’s awesome to see another independent business on the high street. About The House Of Dough Situated in Swinfens Yard in Stony, The House Of Dough...

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The Patch MK – Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Milton Keynes

Do you remember Halloween as a kid? It was all about trick or treating – getting dressed up and heading out after school with your parents or friends and knocking on doors hoping someone would answer. The excitement of being given some goodies to put in your bucket and then discovering what you had when you got home was the best part of the year, apart from Christmas and birthdays, of course. This year, because...

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In the spotlight: Bar Bar Black Sheep

Who has missed their favourite cup of coffee from their favourite independent coffee shop? Yes, me too. Before lockdown, we were spoilt for choice in Milton Keynes with so many hidden gems serving great coffee. I did manage to find the coffee beans my local coffee shop use to brew at home but it’s not quite the same experience. It’s not just the coffee I miss, it’s the interaction with the people there and the...