10 Wonderful Women-Led Independent Businesses In Birmingham

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


We’ve put a spotlight on some local, women-led businesses to support.

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.

1. Enki

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.

2. Watkin and Berry

Watkin and Berry not only offers luxury flowers for weddings and special occasions but also cute and elegantly-curated gift boxes. The Birmingham business can create boxes filled with either wooden, ceramic, porcelain or fabric gifts as well as candles, soaps and stationary. They also have an online plant shop coming soon to brighten up your WFH space.

3. Big Little Ideas

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?

4. Hard As Nails

Who else is counting down the days until they can get their nails done post-lockdown? 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.

5. Wonder and Wild

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.

6. Designed by Kate


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.

7. Atypical Thing

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.

8. Isherwood and Co

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 Stirchley, you’ll find a selection of houseplants and flowers to suit all living conditions, as well as pots, greeting cards and candles.

9. The Redditch Cakery

We’re all in need of a treat, especially when in a pandemic, so why not try some brilliant bakers 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 also offers larger cakes for special occasions.

10. Frances and Fortain

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.

[Feature Image: Hard As Nails, The Redditch Cakery]

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