Walkley Ward Cllr Ben Curran is supporting Small Business Saturday and explains why it is important.
Cllr Ben Curran says: It’s important to remember that Small Business Saturday isn’t just about supporting small retailers. It’s also about supporting small businesses that make excellent products and provide excellent services.
Below are some of the small businesses that Cllr Curran has visited over the past few weeks.
Cllr Ben Curran with Yee & Anthony from Yee Kwan Ice Cream, Unit 2, 90 Wellington Street, Sheffield S1 4HX
Ben says: “Yee Kwan is a company with big ambitions. It started in Sheffield 6 years ago and is now exporting to different parts of the world. The company made headlines by winning investment from the Dragons Den – and for good reason. The Chocolate and Misu flavour is the most wonderful, rich ice cream I can remember eating.
Cllr Ben Curran with Gareth from Gerry’s Bakery, 283 South Road, Walkley, S6 3TA
Ben said: “Gerry’s bakery is brilliant. You’d be hard pressed to find better bread in the city. Better yet, they have Walkley themed names to stress the local community feel of the bakery. Gerry’s has really become a part of the community since it opened. It’s a real hub and have underlined their commitment to community projects by donating bread for charitable events – like the fundraiser Walkley Labour Party organised to support Syrian refugees.”
Cllr Ben Curran with Scott from Tonearm Vinyl 381 South Rd, Sheffield S6 3TD
Ben says: “Tonearm Vinyl is a great shop to visit. Scott always greats visitors with a smiley, cheerful welcome… and some good tunes too! He brought a ‘cool’ factor to South Road when he opened Tonearm in late 2013. They have just relocated to larger premises which shows the local community have really responded to their offer. Tomearm is quickly becoming Sheffield premier record shop.”
Ben says: “Sheffield Yoga Centre is based in a lovely building with Ruskin Park across the road. It’s a lovely setting. I’ll be honest, I haven’t taken a yoga class at Sheffield Yoga Centre (yet). However, I found Frances’ engaging personality and the relaxed nature of the space to be very inviting.
It’s an inclusive place. Of course, Sheffield Yoga Centre run a range of yoga classes for different levels of ability. Frances’ passion really becomes evident when she talks about the specialist therapeutic classes for people with health conditions or disabilities (including wheelchair users). It’s part of a clear ambitions to make yoga accessible to everyone.
Small Business Saturday is about more than just shopping in local retailers. There are many small businesses like Sheffield Yoga Centre who offer great services that local people could enjoy. A voucher for activities like Yoga can make an excellent gift.”
Cllr Ben Curran with Ken Hepplestone from Criterion Packaging, 3c Nunnery Drive, Parkway Industrial Estate, Sheffield, S2 1TA.
Ben says: “I first met Ken at a feedback session for the Council’s Export Development Programme, which led to Criterion Packaging and other companies taking an export focussed visit to the Netherlands. Criterion Packaging make a really high quality product & it’s fantastic to see them selling it abroad.
They took on their first apprentice this year which is fantastic!”