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March 12, 2019

Get inspired at the Mama Meet and Market

By: Luke

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There’s nothing like a good scroll through Instagram to spark inspiration and encourage those feel-good community vibes. But what if we told you there’s a place where all those indie makers and small businesses you love online come together under one roof?



Introducing the Mama Meet and Market

The brainchild of lifestyle influencer Ainsley Gray, the Mama Meet and Market exists to celebrate the creativity and diversity of small businesses and makers across the country. Packed with activities, workshops and exciting displays, it’s the ideal place to soak up some design inspiration.

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Good morning! There has been a lovely flurry of new followers over here after I made an announcement over on my personal account @life_with_oaksandolive ☺️ But in case you missed it I will share the news here too! From next next week I will be taking these events on as my full time job! Eeeeek! I’m leaving my current job as a Visual Merchandiser after over 7 years to pursue what has over the past year and a half become my dream. . . . . These events have given hundreds of small businesses a platform to sell and be supported, they create a real sense of community for all involved and have made a huge impact when trying to get your business of the ground. Not only that but they have become a social hub for lots of local families, they have meant that virtual friendships can become real life ones as I’ve watched lots of like minded people from around the UK use my event as a meeting spot. . . . . I try my best to design a stylish event that showcases initiative and the most unique products for parents (and more) Where you can find all the things you need and want for your little ones under one roof, your able to see it, touch it and comit to shopping small because you can meet the maker and have a more personal shopping experience. All whilst in an environment that makes it fun for everyone, including the kids! . . . April’s event will be all of the above, but it’s my first event where the endless ideas can become a reality as we have the perfect space to expand. I can’t wait to dedicate more time over the next few months and show you why the #mamameetandmarket events are worth your journey! ✨

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Support the small biz community

If you’re passionate about buying from independent brands or your New Year’s Resolution is to ‘shop small’, make sure you bring plenty of pocket money. From stocking up on family essentials to home ware and snacks you just can’t resist, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Mama Meet and Market. And the best thing is? Everything is handmade by a small British business. Nice.


Learn some new tricks

When you’re a designer or maker, it’s vital to keep your creativity levels topped up. So if you don’t fancy a shopping spree, pop along to the Mama Meet and Market to up-skill at a workshop. Choose from activities such as cake decorating, wooden toy making and sensory activities. All you need to do is book online and you may discover a hidden talent…


Meet some familiar faces

We were delighted to find the Mama Meet and Market is right on our doorstep in Derby. And we were even more ecstatic to discover many GB Labels customers will be stallholders on the day.


It’s incredibly rewarding to see our customers spread the word about their work to a bustling audience and we couldn’t be prouder. Make sure you head over to give them some support.


Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting news…

Not only is Ainsley planning to take the Mama Meet and Market nationwide (hello, Birmingham) she also has some surprises up her sleeve. These surprises may just involve a team of friendly branding experts. Yep, you guessed it. Us.

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BIG NEWS ✨ We are bringing the @mamameetandmarket_ to Digbeth, BIRMINGHAM! I am thrilled to be taking this stylish shopping & social event on the road for the first time, and opening up a brand new bracket to meet more businesses and families. @ticketybooevents and I can’t wait to start planning. TAG your favourite Birmingham brands or any that might be close by. #mamameetandmarket mamameetandmarket

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We’re teaming up with the Mama Meet and Market to bring our knowledge to makers across Britain. To be the first to hear our awesome plans, make sure you’re following Mama Meet and Market on Instagram and stay tuned…
The next Mama Meet and Market is on the 14th April in Derby. Find out more information here. And if you fancy becoming a stallholder, apply online.

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