About Us

Emily Whitehead, founder of Simply StaffordshireAre you a small business owner looking for your tribe of fellow business owners or customers? Do you need inspiration, support & ideas? Do you want to get connected to your people? You are in the right place….

We are an award winning handpicked  business network of amazing small and micro business owners and sole traders. We celebrate, support & inspire you to make life beautiful – whether you are in business or if you simply want to buy from one!

Find out more about how we roll & about joining our network to find your tribe, to get inspired and supported to make your life shine. 

A bit about Emily – founder of Simply HQ.

The Simply handpicked business network was founded by Emily Whitehead in the Autumn of 2012 after Emily had run a successful eco holiday accommodation in North Staffordshire for 7 years. Emily lives in the beautiful countryside of Staffordshire and works from her garden office. Her daily inspirations are her children, nature and her daily walks with the Simply HQ dog, Stan. Follow Emily & her daily posts on Instagram.
Realising that there was a whole community of stand out, inspiring, independent businesses in the county that didn’t have a voice or good visibility to potential customers, Emily simply added her favourites to a website to share. This quickly evolved and came a formal directory and business network to provide support and to celebrate micro business, sole traders, organisations and family enterprises that form such a significant sector in any local economy. Emily’s passion for local, community, people & places has meant she works day to day with amazing, but often under rated, small and local business who might need an injection of support, marketing and and are looking for opportunities to network with like minded businesses.
Visitors looking for handpicked, local businesses, can enjoy the Simply website, blog and social media channels to find out more.

Emily has a corporate career background in marketing and training management as well as experience working with large organisations on funded projects, in advisory roles and providing training and marketing. Simply Staffordshire was the first company to be awarded a Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark and as such Emily has become a passionate advocate for the scheme, mentoring applicants and now as a member of the awards panel.  Emily specialises in Social Marketing for small business as well as supporting small business to become green in their practices and marketing.

Emily also runs workshops for small businesses, specializing in green and social media marketing. To find out more, please visit her sister website: emilywhitehead.co.uk