Small Business Breakfast – May 2017

We had a healthy increase in recent numbers for May’s Small Business Breakfast meeting, where we welcomed 21 local business owners to Blue-ginger gallery & café in Cradley. We started off with a delicious breakfast, prepared by Sue Lim, and even though there were more attendees this month, there was plenty to go round! New arrivals introduced themselves, and others shared their news and announcements.

A warm welcome to our new arrivals:

David Kitkat, Kitkat & Co Solicitors, a Malvern law firm specializing in wills, powers of attorney, probate and trusts.

Sarah Saleh, The Unity Brew House, which is a brewery and bar close by in Suckley. Sarah told us about Stocks Farm and The Unity Brew House Open Farm Sunday, on 11th June, 11am-2pm. For those interested in coming along, the tour begins promptly at 11am and is a tour of hop yards, processing shed and brewery.

John Mathias of Malvern Computers, is self employed and has worked in computer support for over ten years. He helps out at the Repair Café which is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Quakers Meeting House, Orchard Road.

And our fourth new arrival – Abigail Boughton-Thomas, a coach/trainer based in Malvern, who provides one-to-one coaching for personal and professional growth, providing workshops on a range of personal development themes.

And there was another new person called Lynne, but I missed her details as some of us arrived late while others had to leave early! More details to follow another month.

Announcements followed, starting off with Jeanie Faulkner, of Frome Valley Vineyard, who told the group that she is the Liberal Democrats candidate for North Hereford.

Sue Lim, Blue-ginger Gallery Cradley, was getting ready for a new exhibition for the Summer, ‘Out of the Quiet Places’, in which three artists explore nature in print (Annabelle Oppenheimer), glass (Rowan McOnegal) and paint (Pippa Meddings). She also told us of the future event the Marquee of Making Week planned for 8th-16th July, where various artists will be running workshops on mosaics, felting, silk painting, bear making, rag rugs and silver jewellery. Stuart Diplock has retired from Hidelow House Holiday Cottages, Acton Beauchamp, and is now based in Cradley where he is preparing to set up Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) at his new location. Julie Dent, Clover Mill Cradley announced she has a Yoga Day planned at her Ayurvedic spa retreat on June 21st.

Debs Turnbull, Structural Engineer as well as Director of Colwall Orchard Group, told us about the Orchard Group’s Bee Friendly Day in May.

Miles Meager, mi-frame picture framing told us about the development of a list of people who regularly attend the SBB. This list will go on the SBB website so that anyone who is hoping to come along can see who they are likely to meet at our meetings.

Carl Flint, author of walking guides to the Malvern hills gave us a very interesting talk about voluntary work that he does. He applied to be a lay member of various organizations and got in to the Royal College of Radiologists/Oncologists, as they wanted someone who knew about education and on-line learning. This involves travel to London a few times a year, attending interesting meetings, and going to hospitals to give support on accreditation. He is passionate about the NHS and feels it is nice to contribute to a different area from his usual work. Carl encouraged our group to consider or look for lay member roles.

Thanks to Carl for his interesting talk, and to Deb Turnbull for leading the meeting, and to Sue Lim for hosting and for the lovely breakfast.

Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month and our next meeting is on Friday 2nd June at 8am at Blue-Ginger gallery and coffee shop, Cradley (A4103).

If you would like to come along please contact Sue Lim on 01886 880240 or Miles Meager