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A BIT ABOUT US

We are Steve Linford and Anne Beamish – the founders of Indie Cambridge.

 

As both long-term residents of the city and avid independent (indie) supporters, you can imagine our dismay and anger when, in 2010, a think tank voted Cambridge ‘number one clone town’. In its report Reimagining the High Street, The New Economics Foundation called the city centre a ‘clone zone’ – with a ‘bland and homogenous offering’. Although this may be true in some areas of Cambridge, we wanted to prove that this is only part of the story. Alongside the usual chain stores and overbearing corporates there are fantastic indies – doing things their own way and doing them extremely well.

 

So, in 2012 we formed our own independent company, to celebrate the diversity and individuality unique to the local indie scene and create a community of indie people who could share their journey together. We are a membership organisation and all our members are independently-owned businesses or individuals in the Cambridgeshire area. We publish The Indie magazine and have set up the Indie Academy to share skills and knowledge to help indie businesses grow.

 

In our travels we have discovered many fantastic indie people and businesses right across the city and beyond. In addition to shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries and hotels, we have found an incredible number of crafts people, artists, courses, indies on the web and individuals offering trade and professional services.

 

Starting out as avid indie supporters, we’ve become just a little bit obsessed! 

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Anne and her team are tirelessly championing local Cambridge businesses - and have done for years. They provide support and training for their members, helping them to get the knowledge they need. There is so much care and love put into the magazine too.

 

NEIL BHARADWA, CAMBRIDGE FRUIT COMPANY