We are a thriving community of people who run, shop at, and passionately support independent businesses.
Run your own business? Then we’d love for you to join us!
BECOME A MEMBER
Do you run an independent business in Oxfordshire? Do you believe in the value of shopping locally, sustainably and independently? Are you, like us, invested in building a community of people who share these values and want to reach them through authentic marketing? Then you’ve come to the right place!
We have an affordable membership package for independent businesses that not only provides genuine and engaging marketing for your business, but also welcomes you into a supportive, active community.
Still need some tempting? Then read what some of our members have recently said about us… Then hit the email us button.
Claire Gaskell, Co-Owner of The Jam Factory, (a wonderful restaurant, cafe and art gallery in the heart of Oxford, just a stones throw from the train station):
We are very proud to be part of Oxford’s wonderful Independent Community – in these tough times it’s important to support each other. It’s not a competition but a collaboration of like minded businesses. // Summer 2021
Jacqui Thorndyke, Owner of Bitten Digital (a digital agency creating awesome websites & digital content for indies):
We’ve made so many wonderful connections through Independent Oxford, Anna and Rosie do an amazing job of keeping the indie community connected! It’s a privilege to be part of the community. // Summer 2021
Philip Marston, Co-Owner of Sanders of Oxford (a city centre gem of an indie in the 17th centuary Salutation Inn):
it is great to know that there is a wealth of ideas and business knowledge/experience that can be tapped into based on our common ground as independent businesses. Alongside the collective promotion of indie businesses with the city and county. // Summer 2021
Sarah, Owner of Mostly Books (a fab community orientated bookshop in the heart of Abingdon):
It’s great to hear about other independent businesses and to share ideas through the network. // Summer 2021
Claire, Owner of Open Stage Arts (organising brilliant no pressure, zero stress drama, and singing workshops):
I love meeting other indies at online and IRL meetups, and having a community I can turn to if I have a question. // Summer 2021
Tess, Co-Founder of Tap Social Movement (an amazing Oxford brewery helping people who have been through the criminal justice system):
Indie Oxford is such a fantastic community of supportive, helpful and inspiring businesses and people. Having so many like minded people that are eager to collaborate, promote others and celebrate each other is really empowering and we are really proud to be part of it! // Summer 2021
Siobhan, Owner of Celia’s Cafe (an awesome Dutch pop up cafe! Find Siobhan at Harcourt Arboretum & East Oxford Farmer’s Market):
It’s great being part of a community that truly supports small local business. // Summer 2021
Daniella, Manager of Fairtrade at St Michaels (the best kept secret shop in the basement of St Michaels Church right in the centre of Oxford on Cornmarket Street):
I like being part of the Indie Oxford community as you get to discover and meet fantastic businesses and interesting people who you might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet, through a range of meet ups/ workshops that are on offer. It helps to join the dots in a city where Independents are not always that visible or easy to find. The Indie Ox team have a great enthusiasm and energy behind all that they do and have a genuine love for helping independents which makes being part of the community something I feel proud to be a part of. // Summer 2021
Sarah, Owner of the Sarah Wiseman Gallery (a gorgeous gallery in Summertown, showcasing the best contemporary artists):
Indie Oxford is a great community. I love meeting people from other business sectors, sharing ideas and learning about what they do. Indie Oxford brings us all together, supporting and encouraging us all to grow together to keep the Oxford independent business community fresh and exciting for the city. // Summer 2021
Sarah, Owner of Indigo (a beautiful & ethical indie shop on Cowley Road):
We have been with IO since they began. Rosie and Anna are extremely passionate about what they do and have been a huge support to us. Running a business can be a very lonely thing, my experience is that support is vital for the sustainability of both your businesses and yourself. Especially in the current climate. Through IO we have a platform to communicate with other local businesses, in person and online. We have access to many resources to help us sustain and grow our business. And we are well marketed locally. Rosie and Anne are both very personable and go out of their way to support. This includes a listening ear when things feel tough. I feel we get way more than the return on our membership fee, financially. And the rewards go way beyond the money. This is why we renew our membership each year, with out question. // Summer 2020.
Hannah of Hello Hann (widely travelled portraiture, event and product photographer):
The Indie Oxford team have been a guiding light through my first year of self-employment; a safe space to meet and engage with fellow independent businesses of all shapes and sizes. The wisdom and encouragement from both the founders and the community – for both my business and wellbeing – has been invaluable. Cannot recommend them enough. // Spring 2020.
Bethany of Bethany Joy (Brand voice crafter and wordsmith extraordinaire):
Independent Oxford is the most vibrant, kind, helpful, and just plain fun network I’ve ever been part of! The community are all so supportive and Rosie and Anna go above and beyond to champion each and every indie business. Becoming a member is one of the best investments you could make in your business – and yourself! // Spring 2020.
Julia, Owner of Happy Cakes (mouthwatering cupcake creator):
I absolutely love being a member of the Independent Oxford community. Rosie and Anna are hugely inspirational and enthusiastic champions of the small independent businesses in Oxford. I’ve had great advice from them, made useful contacts and shared fun social events. // Spring 2020.
Jake, Owner of House of Fun (fun-filled, family-run holiday camp for little ones):
Being a member of Independent Oxford has been very beneficial in helping to begin to build a community of other small business owners facing similar challenges and choices to make about the future. Through their communications, Rosie and Anna have signposted me to a number of useful events and projects going on that have supported business strategy planning, and have forged links with others. As a small business in our sector, supporting the local community is key to our aims, and Independent Oxford really helps us to do so. // Spring 2020.
Claire, Director of Open Stage Arts ( pressure free and fun singing and drama classes for adults):
I greatly value the support I receive from Independent Oxford – for my business but also for me personally. Being a member of Indie Oxford has opened doors to opportunities, knowledge, and connections. I have met some truly lovely people at actual and virtual meetups, and gained tips and ideas for moving my business forward. It is also great to find out about other independent businesses in Oxford and be able to support them, whether through sales, social media shares, or kind words. Thank you Rosie and Anna. // Spring 2020
Vicky Troth, Owner, The Missing Bean:
“Independent Oxford have been a great support and really quite inspirational for us – as an independent coffee business operating in an increasingly difficult climate Rosie and Anna have been real champions for what is special about small indie businesses and raising awareness about buying local. They have created a real community of Oxford independent businesses which has been very supportive, we regularly meet up to share ideas, talk about initiatives that they are working on, or looking at how to turn challenges to our advantage.” // Autumn 2018
Harriet Peacock, Shop Coordinator at the Old Fire Station:
“It’s been really helpful to have the Independent Oxford community over the last few years to support us as an independent business. From a chance to have a chat with other local businesses, to sell our wares and market ourselves to a different audience at the Christmas market, it’s all contributed to a greater sense of involvement and awareness in the local business scene. Anna and Rosie do an amazing job promoting indies through the website and their social media and it’s lovely to have that boost when you’ve got loads to do!” // Winter 2018
Graphic Designer? Small Oxfordshire based HR company? Or local accountant? We’d love to welcome you too.
Last year we also began offering membership packages for business to business, service based independents. We found that just because B2Bs aren’t B2C focused, it doesn’t mean their values aren’t centred around being independent, family run or community orientated.
Our Business Services Package gives your business a visible marketing platform and access to our community of 100+ independents who love to know the services they need are also provided by indies.
If you would like more information about our Business Services Package, please send us an email and we’ll be in touch with all the details.