The Made in Shropshire group came into existence in August 2005.
The original concept for a Made in Shropshire brand came from Sarah
Franklin of Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) who had a vision of a shop
dedicated to selling arts and crafts designed, and created locally.
Following a meeting with Victoria Jones, Shropshire Rural Hub, in
July 2005, and after a few telephone calls had been exchanged between
the Hub Chairman and his contacts, the suggestion was made that we hold a
monthly market in The Square, Shrewsbury.
An open meeting was held on 18 August 2005 at which there were 30
local producers, it was decided unanimously to give the monthly markets a
try and thus on 23 September 2005, the first Made in Shropshire market
31 months later, and with the inclusion of food producers too, the
markets continue and the group has evolved; forming its own management
committee and becoming a formal membership organisation in May 2007.
Membership currently stands at 50 and some 100 small, local
businesses have been given the opportunity to showcase their goods in a
prime retail location over the last two years. Made in Shropshire is
often invited to take part in other events around the County too.
The Group has benefited from the generosity of local accountants
Whittingham Riddell, the Shrewsbury Branch of NFU Mutual, Shropshire
County Council and Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council.