On Saturday Cllr Mary Locke and Bournville Labour Party volunteers supported Small Business Saturday UK 2016 by shopping at local small businesses in Bournville, Cotteridge, Stirchley and the Masefield estate.
Supporting Stirchley businesses
Mary kicked off Small Business Saturday in Stirchley after completing her regular advice surgery at Stirchley Baths. We first visited Loaf where we Mary bought a delicious freshly baked bun and talked to staff about how the bakery is doing.
Next up, Mary chatted with Ian (pictured), the owner of The Vac Clinic. Mary likes to buy her vacuum spares locally rather than online.
After talking to Ian Mary headed to meet Krishan at Stirchley Wines, which she had visited on last year’s Small Business Saturday with Steve McCabe MP. Krishan told Mary about how Stirchley Wines won second place in the British Beer Awards for the Midlands Retail category in October.
Great to meet with Krishan of Stirchley Wines at British Beer awards.2nd place in Mids retail section deserved to win pic.twitter.com/o2q8aDaJh7
— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) October 17, 2016
Mary and the team then headed to the Birmingham Bike Foundry, a local bike shop, to meet Chris (pictured). Interestingly, the Birmingham Bike Foundry is run as worker cooperative. This means the business is both owned and managed by all the people who work there. This represents a different way of running a business. Mary had met recently met Chris at a Stirchley community meeting. Chris is very committed to improving Stirchley and talked to Mary about how she and the council can create the right conditions to support new and existing small businesses.
Mary selects and saves on the Masefield estate
After talking to Chris it was approaching lunchtime but we still had another visit to make before we could rest. Mary used local taxi firm A Cars (pictured) to travel to the Masefield estate, where she met with the team at Select & Save. Mary bought a newspaper and about business. The team said that business has been boosted by the arrival of new residents following the building of new housing.
Celebrating Coffee Residence’s first year in business
For lunch, Mary and the team visited Coffee Residence in Cotteridge, who recently celebrated their first year in business. Mary congratulated the team on their successful first year, which has allowed them to take on new employees.
Bournville Green is buzzing
After lunch, Mary walked to Bournville Green. Mary bought a Christmas plant from Louise’s of Bournville then popped in the Bread Basket bakery and her photo taken with Sally and an epic yule log. Sally told Mary about how she feels it’s important that small businesses are active in their local community. In recent months the Bread Basket has hosted charity fundraisers and will be taking part in the Christmas carol service on Bournville Green this Christmas Eve.
View our photos on Facebook
You can see more photos from Mary’s Small Business Saturday on our Bournville Labour Party Facebook Page.
Supporting local small businesses all year round
Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support local small businesses but if we want to enjoy the choice, convenience and quality small businesses at their best can offer we need to support them all year round. As a local councillor, Mary is always looking for ways to support local small businesses. Please contact Mary if you’d like to share your ideas for how we can do more to support small businesses in Bournville ward.