Last Saturday (2 December), Cllr Mary Locke supported Small Business Saturday UK for the third year in the row by visiting small businesses and talking to the people who bring added variety and interest to our local shops.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
Helping local people
Mary started the day by helping residents with their concerns at her regular advice surgeries at Stirchley Baths. For full details of when Mary holds her advice surgeries, please visit her Birmingham City Council profile.
After finishing her advice surgery, Mary visited the site of the new Printigo print shop, which is due to open in March 2018. Mary spoke to the shop’s owner, Mr Withey, and encouraged him to consider taking on apprentices at the new shop.
Celebrating Stirchley food and drink culture
Next, Mary visited The Pie Shop, which is a pie shop with a difference. The shop sells exclusively vegan pies and is a helping to grow Stirchley’s already strong reputation for as a destination for serious foodies.
Mary also visited Krishan at Stirchley Wines & Spirits. Krishan has played an important role in promoting the craft beer boom and was part of the team which organised Birmingham Beer Bash food and drink festival in Digbeth between 2014 – 2016.
Supporting independent businesses
Mary spoke with sue at DJF Kitchens before stopping by to chat with Alan from The Vac Clinic, who Mary had met at last year’s Small Business Saturday.
Mary also made time to visit Birmingham Bike Foundry, which service bike and refurbish bikes for both children and adults, which they sell at affordable prices. Birmingham Bike Foundry is one of several co-operative businesses where all staff own and run the business, and has a strong social mission to promote cycling as an affordable form of transport.
Cllr Mary Locke recently attended an event organised by Bike Bike Foundry to help encourage the development of more co-operative businesses in South Birmingham. You can read a write-up of the event on Bournville Labour volunteer Francis Clarke’s personal blog.
Small business support for local people in need
At Noct Offs furniture shop, Mary spoke with Ian Seadman and Ash Hussein. As well as running the furniture shop, Ian and Ash have found the time to collect for B30 Foodbank.
Sadly, the harsh Tory austerity cuts and the current introduction of Universal Credit has meant more and more local people are relying on the foodbank. You can help by making a donation to B30 foodbank and by signing our petition demanding Theresa May pauses and fixes Universal Credit.