A cosy gathering for the first Small Business Breakfast (SBB)meeting of the year, when ten local business owners met at Blue-Ginger gallery on Friday 5th January. Even though the gallery is closed for Winter, there was just enough artwork keeping the walls bright and jolly, the room was warm and a delicious breakfast very welcoming.
The meeting was facilitated by Debs Turnbull, green architect from Colwall. Debs is now Director of the Colwall Orchard Group too. Plans for the year were discussed, starting off with Debs who will be working on building treehouses and composting loos.
Sue Lim, Blue Ginger Gallery told us she is going to be more aware of her health this year and how it can affect your business. The gallery is closed for its usual winter break and will reopen in March 2018 with an exhibition coordinated by local stain glass artist Tamsin Abbot.
Chris Hardy of Elf and Safety is also focussing on personal well being too this year and will be trying to reduce distant travel, aiming to become more centralised. He talked about the major fire incidents (Grenfell and Liverpool) and the regulatory authority.
Fran Doidge, from Cradley, is focussing on Coaching for Well-being and will be concentrating on communications including blogs on her website.
Carl Flint, writer of Malvern hills walking guides, has 3 books on the go at the start of this year; countryside books, dog-friendly walks in Worcestershire and a Pictoral guide to Worcestershire and is carrying out research in Local Walks. He also told us about the HCFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) website and stress levels in students with higher qualifications.
Stuart Diplock, of Cradley (formerly Hidelow House cottages) hopes to have his Bed & Breakfast business up and running by Easter. He is in a consortium of 17 Malvern B&Bs. Stuart has kindly offered to host February’s SBB (please see details below)
Richard Agnew, acupuncturist and Qi Gong specialist from Cradley would like to focus his time on the children as well as on working this year.
Stuart Callister, of Bright and Beautiful Malvern, an eco friendly house cleaning service, will be kept busy with a move into shop-based premises in Malvern Link and employing more people this year.
David Kitcat, local solicitor, has been in business a year now. He will continue focussing on wills, and fed back to the group that his offer of free wills and related donations to St Richard’s hospice at the end of last year had generated a lot of goodwill.
Barbara Palmer, of Access Consciousness, Cradley, is also an accountant, and is looking at using holistic work in both. Her business has had a good start to the year.
Miles Meager, Mi-frame picture framing is hoping to manage workload better this year to reduce stress when work is busy for long periods. He also told us about the forthcoming Parish Council elections which he was standing for on 11th January – no stress there then!!
The SBB will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in June, and having run it for ten years Sue Lim and Miles told the group they are looking into getting new people to run the small business breakfast as well as moving it on from Blue-Ginger’s location from July onwards.
Meetings are usually held on the first Friday of each month at 8am, and the next meeting will be held on Friday 2nd February 2018. Please note the change of venue to Queenswood, (opposite the entrance to Buryfields), Cradley WR13 5NF. If you would like to come along please contact Sue Lim on 01886 880240 or Miles Meager MilesMeager@mi-frame.co.uk
Next meetings for calendar:
2nd Feb – 8am Small Business Breakfast. NB: Change of Venue to Queenswood, Cradley, WR13 5NF.