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Back in 2012, as four mums with 12 children between us (now 13) we had spent our fair share of time scouring the internet and coffee shop noticeboards to find everything from children’s activities and places to visit, to details of local facilities and services, and found that information was difficult to find. In fact, often a bit of luck and word-of-mouth seemed to be the best way.

We decided to fix this ourselves and create a single, free comprehensive website to provide all family-related information for our town in one place. After many late nights of researching, designing & website-building Mum’s guide to Harpenden covering Harpenden and the surrounding launched in June 2012.

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.

The website has grown and gone from strength to strength since we launched, so in 2017 we decided to expand and enable other parents to run sites for their towns in the hope that more families can benefit from knowing everything their area has to offer. We now have sites running in St Albans, Hertford, Romford, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn and St Neots.

We were very pleased to be named ‘Family Help Directory of the Year 2020/21’ in the Corporate Livewire London & South East Prestige Awards.

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.
  • Our site managers are are pro-active about seeking out new businesses and keeping the information up-to-date.
  • Each site manager is a parent local to the area.

If you think your town needs a Mum’s Guide To site and you are passionate about your community then get in touch to find out more.

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