About B&F

Brigg & Foss is a personal blog exploring life in glorious Yorkshire.

Living in Yorkshire

Discovering craftspeople and artisan makers in the North

Living more mindfully

Local makers, manufacturers and artisans

Making Better Consumer Choices

Championing Craftsmanship in the North of England

We live in a consumer society, but we can make better choices as consumers. There are many reasons to shop locally. Think of it as choosing to invest your money. Would you choose to invest in a product that is mass produced and likely to break or become worthless very quickly? Would you choose to invest your money in a company which exploits its workers or pollutes the environment? What sort of return will you get on that investment?

Every time you buy something, you are investing in that product and the company that makes it. For a long time consumers have been making poor investment decisions, resulting in homes cluttered with stuff that we don’t use, charity shops full of stuff they can’t sell, landfill full of stuff that doesn’t biodegrade.

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped us to understand the importance of local suppliers and retailers. How we source our food and shopping matters. Brigg & Foss champions local independent businesses and craftspeople in the north of England.


Why Brigg & Foss?

“Brigg” comes from an old Norse word meaning bridge, and “foss” is also from the old Norse meaning waterfall. The two words are simply two dialect words particular to Yorkshire, used mostly in place names. They were chosen as this blogs name as they refer to the landscape features, and history of Yorkshire.

Why the North of England?

Rebecca Oliver moved to Yorkshire in 1992, to study at the University of Leeds. Since then she has been based in “God’s own county”, running her own online publishing business for 12 years before becoming a part-time freelance copywriter and full time Mum of three kids. She is proud to describe her children as “Yorkshire born and bred”, and defies any of her southern friends and family to say a bad word against the north of England.


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