"We started the happy pear as a veg shop in 2004 age 24 to try to create a happier, healthier world and build community. We have over 1 million followers across all our social channels including nearly 30 million views on our youtube channel. We have a farm, coffee roastery, studio for filming and love what we do!"
Read our interview with Health & Beauty Writer Camilla Hewitt. She shares some amazing images caught whilst being an incredible open water swimmer. Discover how Camilla is coping with lockdown on the Isle of Wight.
Rosamund de la Hey was formerly children’s marketing director at Bloomsbury Publishing where she worked from 1994-2007 and was fortunate to work on the Harry Potter series from the very beginning.
Bill de la Hey worked as a freelance photographer in London from 1992-2004, working for publications ranging from The Telegraph to Car Magazine.
Rosamund was brought up in Scotland and returned with her family in 2003 to live in the Borders. On moving north, Bill retrained as a chef, and together they opened The Mainstreet Trading Company in June 2008. Originally a bookshop & café, the shop was extended in 2012 to create a deli and homeware department. Mainstreet has won various awards over the years, most recently Britain’s Best Small Shop 2018.
Rosamund was a member of the Booksellers Association Council 2011-2018 and served as President 2016-2018.
Read our interview with Rosamund and Bill De La Hey and learn about their journey and get some expert book recommendations for all ages.
Head Chef at Spring Restaurant, Somerset House and born in London, raised in South Africa, Rose trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine. The opportunity soon arose to join Michelin-starred restaurant Petersham Nurseries where she thrived under the tutorage of Skye Gyngell and, later, Greg Malouf. Read more to find out about how Rose is staying positive during this time.
Friends of BEGG & CO – Chiara Giovanacci, Bunnahabhain & Deanston
"As my colleagues on Islay can attest, living on Islay has its challenges at times due to the remote location, in fact Bunnahabhain was only accessible by sea until the 1960s and now the road down to the distillery can be quite hair-raising, so we're used to adapting - whether that be from stormy weather to something more unusual like this virus. What really helps do this is the great community feeling that exists on the island - it's so important to us and whilst there may be 9 distilleries on the island, there's no feeling of great competition - we like to think of them as our extended family!"
Friends of BEGG & CO - Andrew Russell Sales & Marketing Director of ARRAN Sense of Scotland
We spoke with our neighbour at Arran Aromatics about life on the Isle of Arran during this time and what they are doing to help. Andrew gave us an insight into his daily routine as we adjust to this temporary way of living.
Working From Home Tips - Lorraine Acornley, Creative Director
Today we interviewed our Creative Director here at Begg & Co, Lorraine Acornley. We discussed everything working at home related from scottish soup-making habits to Bon Iver. It was amazing to get an insight into Lorraine's daily work habits.