Fiona Clark, Founder of Inspired Mums – who is passionate about helping mums find flexible careers that fit around their families, shares some of her favourite local hangouts.

Fiona Clark photo 20131A break from my desk:
When I need to get away from my kitchen table or study, I grab my laptop and head to the Buckinghamshire Business First hub in The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton.
Buckinghamshire Business First is a great organisation offering free meeting space, networking events and top tips for small business owners in the area. The best bit is that the membership is free.

clarecharityAfter school run coffee:
For chilling out in a café with a friend over a posh latte, my favourite place is a little authentic coffee shop, The Pantry, in Park Parade in Hazlemere (Park Parade is affectionately known as Cosy Corner by the locals). The Pantry is right on my doorstep and perfect for a networking coffee or grabbing a quick cuppa after the school run and before tackling the day’s tasks.

PantryPosh meal:
Romance flies out the door when you have kids and work for yourself – as you know – but my other half has learned that an evening out for a special birthday or anniversary at The Artichoke in Old Amersham is guaranteed to put me in a good mood. The food is beautifully presented and delicious and the service is immaculate.

ArtichokeFavourite day out with the kids:
We’re spoilt for choice for local woods to go exploring, cycling and den building and love venturing into Berkshire to The Look Out in Bracknell. This amazing centre surrounded by more than 1,000 hectares of Crown Estate woodland also has a fantastic indoor science centre with lots of hands-on experiments for the kids to try.

LookoutMums night out:
You can’t beat the Old Queens Head in Penn for a hearty meal and a drink or two with the girls. It has a real buzz and you don’t feel like you’re 20 years older than everyone else!

OldQueensHeadIndulging my weakness for chocolate:
There is nothing that can’t be fixed by chocolate and I just love the heavenly cake, hot chocolate and other treats in the old-fashioned chocolate shop, Auberge du Chocolat, in Gerrards Cross. They’ve won several awards and also offer chocolate workshops for kids and adults, as well as parties. Chocolately fun and you take home what you make!
AubergeIf you’re thinking of going back to work after a break, setting up your own business or wanting to grow your existing business, contact Fiona today for a free consultation about how to get started or grow your business on or 07789 597209 or visit
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