Spotlight on LGBTQIA+ owned businesses – discover our brilliant Tide members

Image: Midnight Lettering Co

Every time we buy something, we’re making a choice. At Tide, we always recommend shopping local and with small businesses 😉

With the Covid pandemic, we’ve all changed our shopping habits. Many of us have rediscovered the joys of shopping locally and getting behind our communities. Why not show your support for diversity and inclusion too by choosing to buy from a diverse range of small businesses?

Here is a non-exhaustive list of Tide members, all small businesses, owned by people from the LGBTQIA+ community.


Lauren Hurley and Sophie Gorecki, Founders of Mabel’s Vegan Yorkshires

Photo from Mabel’s Vegan Yorkshires

Lauren and Sophie have created Mabel’s to share Lauren’s delicious vegan Yorkshire puddings with the whole country.

Mabel’s Vegan Yorkshires is a 100% vegan business, vegan founded and owned, committed to animal welfare and sustainability. Their products are palm oil-free, and they use compostable bio-plastic packaging!

Check out and order their ready-made, vegan Yorkshire puddings via the links below!

Read Lauren and Sophie’s Member Spotlight.

Art, design, entertainment

Photo from Gemma Priestley, Founder of Rain Bar 

Gemma Priestley, Founder of Rain Bar

Rain Bar is Huddersfield’s only LGBTQIA+ venue.

They opened in 2020 and you can find them on King Street! Owner Gemma told us that Rain provides a “safe space and a place to call home and be themselves” for the community and that they welcome everyone; community members and allies!

Jack Holden, Founder of Watersmeet Productions

Jack Holden is an actor, writer and producer.

Jack founded Watersmeet Productions in 2017 to start producing film and theatre with an LGBTQIA+ angle. They have since produced a wide range of things – Queer and not Queer – “but have always returned to their LGBTQIA+ roots”. 

Photo from Jack Holden, Founder of Watersmeet Productions (Photo by Ines Hachou)

Luke Hannam, Founder of Rise‘N’Design

Luke Hannam, Founder of Rise‘N’Design

Rise ‘N’ Design Ltd is a graphic design company that provides businesses with new imagery and marketing content. Luke designs logos, social media content, adverts, content for websites, posters and much more. 

What inspired him to start up the company was his passion for graphic design. Check out their services via the links below!


Nick Roberts, Founder of Manchester Camper Hire 

Nick started Manchester Camper Hire back in 2013 when he converted a former sandwich van into a cool campervan.

Check out Manchester Camper Hire vans and services below.

Photo from Nick Roberts, Founder of Manchester Camper Hire

Fashion, Lifestyle, Giftware and Plants

Matt, Founder of Bunny.Style

Matt, Founder of Bunny.Style

Bunny.Style is a fashion brand created by Matt in 2017.

Initially starting with caps with a rainbow print under the visor, Bunny.Style now offers a wide range of products from t-shirts to shorts, jeans and much more!

Check out all Bunny.Style’s collections via the links below!

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Read Matt’s Member Spotlight.

Vicki and Lucy, Founders of Two Girls Co.

Vicki and Lucy, Founders of Two Girls Co

Two Girls Co. are a wife and wife design team in Bristol and makers of products that celebrate and encourage creativity. Lucy and Vicki have been together 10+ years and founded the business in 2017.

They offer creative giftware including pins, stickers, prints and home accessories. Check out all their designs on their website and Instagram page!

Krishan Parmar, Fashion Stylist and Wardrobe Designer

Krishan Parmar, Fashion Stylist and Wardrobe Designer

Krishan works as a fashion stylist in the commercial, fashion and celebrity industry.

With almost 20 years of experience, he has worked with some amazing global brands and talent. Follow him on Instagram to see his work.

Bonny Rose, Founder of The Jungle Boat

Bonny Rose, Founder of The Jungle Boat and her team

Bonny is a professional dancer that graduated in the middle of the pandemic and an avid plant lover.

Owner of a vast collection, taking pride in rescuing the reduced plants in supermarkets or big garden centres, one day, she created a ‘stall’, put her plants out and gave it a go!

“People loved it and the rest is history!” The Jungle Boat now have multiple restaurants/cafes that sell their plants. They also offers workshops, plant hire and much more!

Amy and Kirsten, Founders of Midnight Lettering Co

Photo from Amy and Kirsten, Founders of Midnight Lettering Co

Since meeting in 2014, Amy and Kirsten have constantly been on the move, living and travelling to over 20 countries together!

Both incredibly creative, with a strong love for entertaining they launched Midnight Lettering Co when the pandemic hit last year. They create inclusive gifts and home decor. Check out all of their colourful designs on their website and Instagram page!

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Valentine Hutchings

Valentine Hutchings

Head of Community and small business enthusiast

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