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about us

alison  angela  carol  katie
l to r: Alison, Angela, Carol, Katie

With 13 children between us we have spent our fair share of time scouring the internet to find everything from activity classes and places to visit, to details of local facilities and services, and all had the same experience – the information we needed could be difficult to find! In fact, often a bit of luck and word-of-mouth seemed to be the best way to find things out. We felt there was a need for a single website to provide all this information in one place so we decided to do it ourselves, and in June 2012 we launched Mum’s guide to Harpenden covering Harpenden and the surrounding area.

The website has grown and gone from strength to strength since we launched, so we decided to spread our wings, and our guides, to other UK towns and villages in the hope that more families can benefit from knowing everything their area has to offer. 

Our philosophy for each local site is quite simple:

  • It covers children of all ages from bumps to teens.
  • It’s as comprehensive as possible for each town and area – covering activities and things to do, parties, local facilities, services and child-friendly businesses.
  • We are pro-active about seeking out new businesses and keeping the information up-to-date.
  • It is managed by a parent local to the area.

In the process of putting Mum’s guide to Harpenden together we have discovered so many things that we didn’t know about our own area and met some amazing local people, and we hope that others can enjoy the same experience.

In 2013 we were delighted to be selected as finalists for the Archant Herts Business Awards in the category of Best New Business as well as being short-listed for the Judge’s Award, and in 2014 we were finalists in the FSB Herts Business Awards for Best New Business and were finalists in the category of Best New Business in the St Albans Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards.

We were also very pleased to feature in the November 2014 edition of Hertfordshire Life Magazine in an article about women making a difference in the Harpenden Community!  You can read the article here.

Alison, Angela, Carol & Katie
The Mum’s guide To Team

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