Mayor discovers Lowesmoor’s hidden gems on Small Business Saturday

The Mayor of Worcester and Deputy Leader of Worcester City Council have headed to Lowesmoor to support some of Worcester’s great independent traders as part of the national Small Business Saturday event.

“Worcester has a deserved reputation for being home to many small, innovative and unique businesses, so it was fantastic to see how many great local firms Lowesmoor is home to,” said the Mayor, Councillor Jabba Riaz.

“With Christmas just round the corner, now is the time to discover some of the standout goods and services our local small businesses can offer you and the benefits of face-to-face conversations with a trader who can go the extra mile to meet your individual needs.”

The Mayor and Cllr Adrian Gregson enjoyed a hearty start to the day with croissants and coffee at The Bake House (29-31 Lowesmoor). 

Set up in summer 2017 by former champion body builder Maz Daisley, The Bake House offers a remarkable range of bread, pastries, pasties and much more.

The Mayor, Wotahoot director Kirsty Broadbent and Cllr Adrian Gregson

The Mayor, Wotahoot director Kirsty Broadbent and Cllr Adrian Gregson

At Wotahoot (56 Lowesmoor) the Mayor and Cllr Gregson learnt about how company director Kirsty Broadbent and her team run a business that is far more than just a wool and yarn shop. 

The company specialise in supporting adults with learning difficulties. They run workshops that show people how to reuse yarn and to “knit and knatter”, and Kirsty is also about to convert part of the premises into a tea shop.

A very different experience awaited the Mayor and Deputy Leader round the corner at Cyber Q (3 Lowesmoor Wharf). The company, founded by Sergei Kirtchu, operates a series of “escape rooms”.

These are interactive gaming rooms, bursting with puzzles and challenges. Participants – often families or work colleagues on team-building exercises – have to solve the puzzles and complete the games in order to work out how to escape from the room. CyberQ attracts customers from across the country, and Sergei is hoping to expand the business soon.

There is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats, so the next call was ABC Leisure Group (Worcester Marina, Lowesmoor Wharf). 

The Mayor, ABC Lesisure Group manager Carl Onens, and Cllr Adrian Gregson

The Mayor, ABC Lesisure Group manager Carl Onens,  and Cllr Adrian Gregson

Based in Worcester since 2005, the company hires canal boats to people all over the world so that they can enjoy a relaxing break on our local waterways. Weekends spent exploring the Droitwich or Stourport Rings are especially popular with visitors to the city.

And finally, what better way to end the tour than a spot of lunch at Lowesmoor Fish Bar (25-27 Lowesmoor)? 

There has been a fish and chip shop on this site for 50 years, and the current owners have run it for the last 20. Manager Serkan Savas is proud of the quality and reasonable pricing of his food, and he’s one of only a handful of city chippies to offer home delivery.

Cllr Gregson said: “One of Worcester’s big attractions is the uniqueness of its many small businesses, and Lowesmoor really proves this – there’s a remarkable variety in this small area and some real hidden gems.

“With the Christmas shopping season in full swing I want to really encourage people to come along and explore Lowesmoor – you can eat, drink, shop, relax and do so much more here.”

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