Welcome to SNA Max. I remember Wiltshire with fondness, going to a nearby uni and gliding from RAF Keevil, too long ago now!
I recommend the iFi iPhono2 or later units - the company is based in Southport. It's a very capable and flexible unit with MM and MC cartridge capability and various loadings selectable by dip-switches. It's also very compact, about the height of two smart phones and about the same width.
I have just noticed your reply above. I had a Rega Fono mini before the iPhono2 and the difference is dramatic. I started with a Dual CS503-2 and the extra resolution and impact from the iPhono2 was clear even with that entry-level Dual. I am now running a Rega P3.
There are far more knowledgeable people on here who can best advise about turntable choices and value for money. Having said that, no doubt my limited knowledge of phono stages can also easily be bettered!
A worthwhile upgrade is to buy an Ikea Aptitlig bamboo chopping board as a support for your TT. ( https://www.ikea.com/au/en/p/aptitlig-chopping-board-bamboo-20233428/ )