Our mission

Create a unique marketplace to empower and support small businesses

Our ethos

Showcase the importance of small businesses in our community

Our promise

Make independent businesses more accessible to everyone



Featured On

Our efforts to support independent businesses have been recognised by

The Guardian
ITV Meridian
BBC Radio
Jack FM
LinkedIn

Where it all began

We launched as The Big Small Shop in September of 2019, and just in time it seemed


A message from our founder

Hello, my name is Darren. I have a wonderful business partner, also known as Charlie, my wife, and the boss. Together, we have two beautiful boys, Bobby and Charlie. Yes, he’s Charlie too, named after Mum, I thought she did most of the work in bringing these boys into the world, so it was nice to be able to name one of them after her. We grew up in a small Town in Oxfordshire, met at School, and well, the rest is history. Charlie – the older one – has a background in banking (booooo). Myself, a background in managing a small family business, and that’s sort of how this all began. Many local businesses offer great products, with a great service, at competitive prices, but at times they still get forgotten. The ease and convenience of online shopping suits busy lifestyles which can make it difficult for small businesses to compete. We wanted to create a platform that offered all the convenience of online shopping, whilst championing small businesses and connecting them to their community. We want to make sure our boys grow up in a society full of unique and diverse businesses, rather than turning to the online giants. The type where the owners know your name. That is what I am afraid they will miss out on. If our platform can aid in the slightest toward the voice of the independent business owner, all the late nights have been worth it! Thanks for being part of our journey!


Fighting the good cause

We’ve teamed up with “Just a Card” to help spread the word for independents

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