International Women’s Day (March 8) has arrived and Women’s History Month is well underway so we thought we’d share some of the best women-owned businesses in Birmingham. And, who better to tell us the best spots but YOU. We took to Instagram to find out your favourite women-led businesses, and you did not disappoint, giving us some truly boss places to shout out. From nail studios and hair salons to florists and jewellery makers, here’s what you recommended.
This cute Birmingham store stocks an array of items that are perfect as gifts. From handcrafted jewellery and pottery to recycled candles and funky stationary, Enki in Kings Heath offers unique pieces to suit all tastes. The woman-owned shop also offers a jewellery services such as custom creations as well as jewellery-making classes.
Tricia of Big Little Ideas creates gorgeous art and prints, mainly hand lettering and lino pieces. If you’re in search of a more personal card to give to someone or simply what to add an eye-catching motivational quote or affirmation, then why not have one designed by this small, women-owned Birmingham business?
Nails in need of some TLC? Well, this women-owned nail studio in the Jewellery Quarter is definitely worth a visit. Offering a wide selection of nail designs to suit your style, Hard As Nails will provide you with eye-catching nails that’ll have you leaving the salon feeling like a boss if you didn’t already.
This independent, women-led business began towards the end of 2020 with handmade, personalised stockings but it has now grown to offer cute wall hanging banners. These are not only suitable for children’s’ rooms but look rather cute hung up an at-home work space, thanks to some of the motivating messages owner Lesley has designed. The pom-poms on the corners of the wall hangings are a fun touch too.
Based in Walsall, Designed by Kate creates jewellery from resin, and some even feature real pressed flowers too. You’ll find necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, trinket dishes, coasters and hair clips all beautifully-crafted and located on her Etsy store. If flowers aren’t your bag, Designed by Kate has a few designs featuring repurposed buttons.
Another handmade jewellery company based in the Birmingham area, however Atypical Thing, which is located in The Spectacle Works in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, creates jewellery with a difference. Atypical Thing creates minimalist jewellery designs using recycled gold and silver, so not only are you helping to support local, women-led businesses, you are also doing good for the planet. Win-win.
Looking to feed your plant obsession? For all the avid and wannabe Birmingham plant mums and dads out there, this women-led Birmingham business is the perfect go-to if you want to decorate your home with plants. Based in Bournville, you’ll find a selection of houseplants and flowers to suit all living conditions, as well as pots, greeting cards and candles.
We’re all in need of a treat, so why not try some brilliant bakes from an independent, woman-owned bakery? The Redditch Cakery menu features seasonal bakes as well as whole sponge cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, brownies, tarts and even Portuguese custard tarts. The small business in Redditch also offers larger cakes for special occasions.
Owned by Chloe Frances and Natalie Fortain, this Walsall hair salon is one of the women-led businesses chosen by you that is run by two women. Frances and Fortain is a haven for those lockdown tresses that may have seen better days. The salon mainly specialises in balayage but also offer great cuts and blow dries that will have you wanting to show off your brand new do.