Posted: Wed 3rd May 2023
How are small businesses marking the Coronation of the new monarch on 6 May? Here are some related products, events and more from brilliant entrepreneurs.
We encourage you to support independent businesses this Coronation bank holiday weekend and beyond.
"Our cross stitch community love the royal family, so we leapt at the opportunity to create a limited edition cross stitch kit and needle minder to mark this historic event.
"This beautiful needlecraft project features delicate flowers from the official Coronation emblem including the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. Once stitched it could be used to decorate the home and then kept as an heirloom. The pattern was great fun to design and sales have far exceeded our expectations!"
"The Coronation has turned what is traditionally a quieter time for us after Easter into one of our busiest this year!
"I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion and it seemed particularly fitting since our products are handmade from British wool, a material advocated for by the King himself in his previous role of Prince of Wales as patron of the Campaign for Wool.
"Our Coronation themed laundry balls are both practical and collectable. We are running a special promotion on this range; a half price laundry fragrance (RRP £9.50) when you purchase this set (a saving of £4.75)."
"We're flying the flag for shame-free pleasure and self love over the Coronation!
Our 'Best of British' box is a collection of the best home-grown brands making waves in the women's sexual wellness space - from Scottish start-up GLORIAH, to London-based, market leading sex toy brand, Je Joue.
"We launched this limited edition box to showcase some of our favourite products at a fraction of their usual price. In doing so we hope to provide customers with an accessible entry point into our new sexual wellness marketplace."
"With so many events to choose from, to mark the crowing of His Majesty, we wanted to mark the historic milestone with our own celebration on 8 May, right in the heart of the kingdom, the Ribble Valley.
"We are therefore delighted to cordially invite you to an incredibly special occasion, to extend the celebration that is Coronation of King Charles III.
"Join us for the additional bank holiday, when Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band will be performing a special celebration concert in honour of the newly crowned King, with well-known classics and festivity favourites to have you proudly standing to rejoice and wave those union flags.
"We'll be pouring the Pimm's and raising a toast to the man who visited the village of Chipping and met our proprietor Janet (84) when we provided the catering for his attendance at the village hall.
"Be part of this historic event, take in the scenery that forms part of the crown estate, and create cherished memories."
"Over the last year I have been working on a collaborative project with a theatre company called Tale To Be Told. It's a project celebrating the local community and their efforts over the last few years. It also celebrates the lasting legacy of the Queen and the Coronation of the King.
"I have made a table piece inspired by a crown, showing different aspects of how the local community have come together. The piece will be exhibited locally. I will be gaining exposure from the exhibition, in terms of PR and marketing which will lead to more collaborative projects in the future."
Alison Kenward, Enterprise Nation member and founder of Equestrian Heroes:
"I'm an equestrian coach with an online dressage school and a membership programme.
"I'm collaborating with Anna at Online Dressage International on a special Coronation offer for riders who would like a little extra support. Perhaps they would like to try an online competition for the first time or they might want extra help from a coach to improve their performance.
"Through the Coronation Challenge, riders get a competition debrief online with me to look at the feedback from the judge before competing again when they have had a chance to practice. I offer additional email support during the process to help them maximise their performance."
"We have some fabulous print-at-home Coronation bunting that we are giving away to our readers, as well as downloadable colouring pages for kids and adults to do together on the big day. The pages have been designed by a fabulous 16-year old who has autism/ADHD.
"We hope that the resources we have created will mean more people discover us and use what we provide for other times they need to entertain kids at home or school. We have loads of wonderful free ideas and activities, with a focus on kids' wellbeing.
"Teaching our children about their own mental health from as young an age as possible helps them to grow into resilient adults. We've also got a free book club, Shelf Care.
"I have ADHD and kids' wellbeing is really important to me. I am a trainee counsellor, and have volunteered with kids, both at Childline and Place2Be. KiddyCharts is a social business too, giving 51%+ profits to charity."
"We will be running Instagram competitions via @berealwear which will help us increase brand awareness and sales.
"Royal trivia questions related to the coronation event will be shared and we will select a winner based on the most correct answers. Prizes includes a gift card.
"The best coronation-themed outfits or looks tagged to our account will win a free outfit from our store.
"We are also offering up to 30% off with free shipping on our website."
"It's no secret King Charles III is a nature lover and environmentalist, so we encourage you to inspire your own budding wildlife lovers to make a nature crown in celebration of the Coronation, or just in celebration of the beautiful flora, fauna and wildlife we have here in the UK!
"Head to this blog post to find out how and grab a copy of our free download to add a few wildlife crown jewels in the mix."
"We're hosting an exciting week of Coronation specials to celebrate the crowning of our King. Children will create their own Coronation March, learn to play Zadok the Priest (one of the Coronation anthems) on the piano, write a silly song for King Charles, and strengthen their fine-motor muscles by decorating crowns with sparkly gems.
"As a small business, it is important to us to embrace fun and memorable occasions like this. It creates awesome memories for our young students, and ensures that we stay a top talking-point within our community. Our business thrives when parents and children are excited to learn with us - and this only continues when we stay current and innovative!"
"I'm delighted to support the DorKing BID Community Spirit Awards. I'm a judge and I'll be awarding the prize to the 'Sustainability Champion' on 8 May.
"There has never been a more important time to showcase the quality, diversity and creativity of local enterprise. Dorking and its BID area serve as a great example of what's on offer in our fabulous county of Surrey. To have the business awards as part of the King's Coronation local celebrations is something all businesses should be proud of."
We're an eco-friendly corporate gifting service and we're sending celebratory snack boxes out to teams both in the office and at home. Sharing treat boxes are being sent to office based teams to tuck into on Friday, and individual snack boxes are being sent home to remote workers.
"All of the products are delicious, allergen-friendly and in compostable packaging. The boxes are completely bespoke and can include afternoon tea packs, sweets, chocolate, tea, coffee, biscuits, soft drinks, beer, wine, to name a few."
"We have launched a Royal Jewellery Collection with 15% off everything online using code CROWN15 from 5 May.
There is 20% off selected Coronation charms, including our Magical Crown, Carriage and Castle. We have launched a new limited-edition charm featuring the King's Coronation Mark, a special commemorative hallmark. The charm is expected to be a bestseller.
"Customers will also receive free shipping on orders of £75 or more, a complimentary jewellery care kit worth £20 with every order, free photo personalisation with all lockets and complimentary luxury gift wrap for the Coronation weekend."
"As a British brand with a focus on diversity and travel, we are excited to share our Britain Collection. The unique and stylish pieces incorporate British culture into our designs, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles in style.
"The Coronation is a significant event for Britain, and as a British brand, we take great pride in playing our part in commemorating this momentous occasion.
"Our Britain Collection features sustainable accessories that are not only stylish but also environmentally friendly, reflecting our commitment to promoting sustainability. For example, our Britain Necklace is made of recycled coffee pods.
"We believe that our Britain Collection is not only a celebration of British culture but also a reflection of our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity through fashion."
"The Coronation is a special event and we want to encourage people to share the experience together at independent pubs. Most of the local pubs we work with will be broadcasting the ceremony and some will be preparing special meals for the occasion."
Alex Burnside, founder of Phonics with Robot Reg:
"Phonics with Robert Reg is passionate about early years education, phonics, speech and language development. We are running a special Coronation event that unites the class community and commemorates a significant event in our children's lives.
"The Coronation class will combine singing and dancing. The children will make their own crowns, take part in a royal parade, share royal-themed nursery rhymes and play games."
"We understand the importance of this historic occasion and want to make sure our customers can commemorate it in a special way. To mark the occasion, KNatureCare and Modistyle London has launched a social media campaign using the hashtags #KNatureCareCoronation and #ModistyleCoronation.
"We encourage our customers to share how they're celebrating the coronation using our products. Whether you're watching the ceremony from home or hosting a coronation-themed party, we want to see how you're commemorating this historic event.
In addition to the social media campaign, we're also offering a special loyalty programme during the Coronation period by offering a 10% discount."
"We are attending the artisan market as part of the Coronation Fair in St Margarets, Richmond upon Thames on 7 May. Celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III in a beautiful and historic area is the ideal platform to showcase our artisan cakes and bakes.
"The event will increase brand visibility and provide exposure to a large and diverse customer base. We have designed our Coronation treats to be memorable and leave an impression among attendees."
Katie Robertson, founder of Outlandish Creations:
"I design and make personalised tea cups and saucers and other bespoke ceramic items. I have made some beautiful ceramic pieces for the Coronation. I made a set for the King and the Queen Consort. I got a lovely letter back from the King's representative saying thank you.
"I also made some pieces for the Queen's Jubilee which I sent to HRH The Queen and I received the most lovely thank you response."
Enter the King's Awards for Enterprise
Applications open for the 2024 King's Awards for Enterprise on 6 May. The awards celebrate the achievements of UK businesses in the four categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.
Two recipients of the King's Awards for Enterprise joined Cate Hilton, who leads on the scheme's communications, to discuss how to enter the awards and the benefits of a successful application. Replay the webinar here.