Sep

06

Coffee Birmingham Needs You! Volunteers wanted for September 29th

Coffee Birmingham Needs You! Volunteers wanted for September 29th

Coffee Birmingham day on September is approaching and we are looking for volunteers to help us with a range of activities.

In the e run up to and on Saturday 29th September, we are looking for volunteers who can help out to support the smooth delivery of the event and drive cusomters to the coffee shop venues.

If you are passionate for independents or coffee or quality produce and being involved in fabulous events, then Coffee Birmingham is for you.

You will have:

  • creative ideas and input into marketing and events
  • good customer facing skills
  • experience of working on live events
  • a desire to work in marketing, events, hospitality or the coffee industry.

Our aim is to give you the best experience to flex your creative muscles. We have good links to industry and we would ensure that if you are serious about a career in events, hospitality or the coffee industry, we will do our best to help you further your career ambitions.

Interested? Email tim@coffeebirmingham.co.uk with a few lines on what relevant experience you have, what you want to gain from the opportunity, and your availability for up to and on Saturday September 29th.

Hashtags: #indielove #coffeebrum.

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Aug
29

Vodcast: Coffee Birmingham meets Urban Coffee Company

In the build up to September 29th, we will be doing a series of videos to celebrate Birmingham’s independent scene. First up, the guys at Urban Coffee Company invited me over to film. Armed with the power cameras on my tab and my phone, I made the best use of the footage I had to put this together.

Please excuse my meagre creative skills. I am not a filmmaker. In fact, I used Windows Live Movie Maker to do this.

What I want to do though these films is to capture an appreciation for indies across the city. Thanks to Peter for using his drama school training to good effect (!) and to the team of Urbanistas who were happy to commit their talents to film.

To those whose faces appear in the videos, please let me know so we can credit you as an #indielove person. It would be good to know who your name beyond being Urban customers.

More to come next week.

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Aug

29

Birmingham’s indies come to the rescue ….

Last week, we had a situation where we found ourselves with an urgent requirement after a print supplier we had been talking to for a few weeks could not work with us on this project.

Between a few of us, we tweeted out our urgent need, and within an hour, between 10 and 15 recommendations arrived.

In need of a short term fix. we were lucky to have such an on the ball and responsive twitter base, especially from Brum’s indies. Thanks especially to Gary from the fabulous Anderson and Hill who recommended us to approach to Set and Match. There were a few excellent recommendations but Set and Match went above and beyond our expectation by becoming our print sponsor.

It goes to show how tight-knit and supportive Birmingham’s independent community is and we are extremely grateful to Gary for his recommendation and to Phil and the team at Set and Match for being so brilliant and professional.

http://coffeebirmingham.co.uk/flyers/

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Aug

24

Our new flyers have arrived … with thanks to Set and Match

Our new flyers are now available and being distributed in independent locations across the city. Look out for them and be sure to spread the #indielove especially in the lead up to Coffee Birmingham 2012.

If you are an independent shop and would like some delivered then please drop me an email – tim@coffeebirmingham.co.uk.

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Tim with a pair of scissors = dangerous


 
Quick word of thanks to Phil and the excellent team at Set and Match who supported us by sponsoring the production of these flyers and to Enterprise Nation for their continued belief in our goal to promote and support small independent businesses across the city.

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The new flyers

About Set and Match
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Set and Match are an independent company focussing on all aspects of graphic design, pre-press origination and print. They offer an “all under one roof” service staffed by talented professionals who cherish clients’ printing projects from concept to delivery. Their “yes we can” approach led to our association with them and the delivery of our new flyers.

More info: www.setandmatch.net.

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Aug

20

Announcing Damian Brown Photography as a supporter of Coffee Birmingham

We are delighted to announce that Coffee Birmingham will be working with Damian Brown, a Birmingham based professional portrait photographer to showcase some of his brilliant photography work.

In his own words, Damien “shoots relaxed portraits and captures natural images” and we are delighted to be putting on an upcoming exhibition of his work which highlights some of the best of what Birmingham has to offer in independent culture.

… And as Damian is a fan of independent coffee shops, we will be exhibiting his work in an indie too.

More to come on the exhibition imminently.

Share the #indielove!

Follow Damian: www.damianbrownphotography.co.uk / twitter: @damianbrown / facebook:

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Aug

14

Square Mile and the Roaster Phenomenon in Birmingham

Great to hear that James Hoffmann from Square Mile is coming up to Urban Coffee Company on Wednesday to provide training and advice (link)

Square Mile supplies a who’s who of many of London’s best coffee shops including Kaffeine, Prufrock, Dose, Store St, Flat White and Look Mum No Hands to name but a few.

James was World Barista Champion in 1997 and are innovators especially in their single origins and brewed coffee. In 2010, their Penny University pop-up concept shop served an entirely filter coffee menu via syphons, drip filters and glass beakers.

Indeed, last week, I was served two Square Mile single origins at the awesome coffee shop The Barn in Berlin (Kenya -Ngunguru via a Woodneck and Ethiopia Wote via a Syphon),

London-based roasters are recognising Birmingham’s burgeoning independent coffee scene. Having James up from London to comes fresh from the opening of Yorks Bakery Cafe and that fellow London roasters Caravan (based in Exmouth Market and now with their new Kings Cross branch) are supplying beans to Yorks, the first outside London that Caravan are supplying.

With the likes of Extract (supplying Saints), Union (supplying Urban), Has Bean (supplying Six Eight and The Plough) and Caravan supplying Yorks Bakery Cafe, amongst others, Birmingham is becoming a playground for the very best roasters! Exciting times to be in Birmingham.

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Aug

10

Coffee, Jelly and my love of independent businesses (blog piece for Enterprise Nation)

I have just written an article for Coffee Birmingham sponsors, Enterprise Nation here.

Here’s the text below … Enjoy!

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Earlier this week, we posted about our support for the inaugural Coffee Birmingham SuperJelly co-working event for solo workers in Birmingham. Here, Coffee Birmingham founder Tim Wilson explains why he thinks solo workers, freelancers and mobile workers should spend a little more time together – while supporting their local independent cafes.

Tim Wilson, founder of Coffee Birmingham In a previous article for Enterprise Nation, I extolled the many virtues of being a coffee loving freelancer, writes Tim (left). So you will be unsurprised to hear that I sat in an independent coffee shop for the large proportion of writing this blog piece. What you may not know is that I am not alone and have shared a coffee table with other freelancers doing their thing. I am not alone in the freelance universe…

In fact, in Birmingham, you will find many of us who share in the desire to live, work and play out of coffee shops. There is a fervent community of small business owners who are mobile and don’t want to just work in an office (or from home) and want to be around others. In fact, I don’t have a desk at home! I have a sofa or a nice chair.

You might be thinking that this is the caffeine talking, and several flat whites later (during the editing process), there is an element of truth regarding my state of caffeination, but the caffeine isn’t fuelling my excitement to tell you about Coffee Birmingham and the global Jelly network which exists all over the world.

The birth of Coffee Birmingham

Coffee Birmingham logo Enthused by a desire to unite small independent businesses across Birmingham, I set up Coffee Birmingham with a primary aim to unite them, to help them grow and to shout about the incredible things that they do … and yes, the coffee shops and the independents that supply and frequent them are an important part of this ecology.

Coffee shops have become one of the ‘go to’ places for small businesses to forge their own identities. What goes on in the shops helps businesses to shape business practice. The quality of product is matched by the communities that exist within them – two things that define independent coffee shops – and the latter, in particular, is one of the reasons why small businesses return to the coffee shops to work, time and time again,

With this in mind, the Jelly co-working movement exists all over the world giving freelancers, soloworkers and people who want to get out of the office for the day an opportunity to meet with like-minded people.

There are Jellies all over the UK, and I am often to be found at the official Birmingham Jelly and have recently launched the Jelly meet-up in Lincoln, too. This month, Coffee Birmingham has joined forces with the official Birmingham Jelly and Enterprise Nation to run a Superjelly (it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a jelly) at three coffee shop locations (instead of the usual one) across the city.

We are doing this because the official Birmingham Jelly is popular and we want to give other small businesses and freelancers the opportunity to come and find out what all the fuss is about regarding this Jelly thing.

Ten reasons to go to your local Jelly

UK Jelly logo 1. Get out of the office
I still know many freelancers and small business owners who don’t escape the office or the home unless it is for domestic chores, or to pick up the kids or purely for leisure. Get out of the office and enjoy a Jelly and it could be one of the best business decisions you make.

2. Got a problem, find a solution
I have regularly always come away from a Jelly having had a few questions and having learnt new things – often it is “geeky” stuff such as digital tools or apps which make my business efficiency greater. Otherwise it is basic – meeting new people.

3. New ideas
Do something different! Don’t just show up with your laptop and your mobile! Ever considered bringing a pen and a simple notepad, some crayons, your knitting. I’ve even known someone bring a ukelele. Be creative!! For many, #jelly represents the ideal opportunity for new personal as well as business ideas.

4. Be Inspired
Isn’t it great to meet with likeminded freelancers, solo workers? Jelly is also about collaboration swapping ideas and mutual support.

5. Real live #Watercoolermoment moment
Much like Enterprise Nation’s daily #Watercoolermoment on Twitter, one of the benefits of Jelly is that it is a place to chat about anything you like but it is also an opportunity to play and to share your knowledge and expertise.

6. Treat yourself.
Eat something nice. Drink a new coffee. Buy a cake. Support locally sourced produce. Whatever it is that you want on the day, this is an opportunity to treat your mind and senses …. and let those diet fads go!

7. Dress for the occasion.
You may work naked at home, but at jelly you should never exposed. Obviously, wearing clothes is a requirement – but unlike going to a business office environment, you can wear what you like (within reason!). Casual is fine.

8. Support local independent business.
By going to Jelly you are supporting the local independent business ecology. This is not just the small business owners you will be talking to but possibly also the venue that you are in!

9. Something to look forward to 
Put Jelly in your calendar safe in the knowledge that you will be coming to an event in which to do something fresh and different and to be around people who think the same thing.

10. Flexible to your business day… come and go as you please!
One of the principle differences between #jelly and other co-working, or indeed networking events, is that there are no formal timings or requirements. If you want to go early, or indeed you need disappear off to other commitments throughout the day (and come back), you can do that. Jelly is flexible to your needs! Much like Jelly – it is wobbly and moulds around the shape of your day (tenuous analogy!)

If these reasons have whetted your appetite for Jelly, and you are in Birmingham, please come along on Friday August 10th for come along on Friday for the SuperJelly or find out where your UK Jelly is here.

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Aug

09

#Superjelly is almost here… tomorrow from 9am.

Tomorrow (Friday 10th) is #Superjelly. Sponsored by Small Business Community, Enterprise Nation, if you are a small business or freelancer, come to #Superjelly and meet other business-owners, work, collaborate and share ideas and have a fantastic day.

Remember you can come and go as you please! If you can, please also take advantage of visiting one or more of the three locations on the day.

Where we will be?

We will be at the following locations from 9am

On the day
Exclusive Offers for Jellyheads (mention you are a Jellyhead to a barista):

  • Cafe Ezra at Hotel LaTour: free first drink.
  • Six Eight Kafe, Temple Row: coffee and cake for £4.
  • Urban Coffee Company, Jewellery Quarter: 20% off brunch.

 

Sign the Declaration of Independents
Show your support for Birmingham independents by signing Coffee Birmingham’s Declaration of Independents.

Free Treats from Coco Meli Bakery
In addition, local bakers Coco Meli Bakery will be offering a range of sweet and savoury samples for Jellyheads to enjoy – on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch.

In the meantime, we really look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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Aug

06

Enterprise Nation confirmed as an Official Sponsor of Coffee Birmingham

We are delighted to confirm Enterprise Nation as an official sponsor of Coffee Birmingham.

Enterprise Nation helps people to start and grow their businesses by putting them in touch with other business owners – providing access to the best tools and resources, and by sharing their own knowledge online through their blog, guides and twitter chats online, their books and at live events.

 

 

 

 

Coffee Birmingham founder Tim Wilson is a big advocate of Enterprise Nation and how it supports small businesses. “What EN does completely complements Coffee Birmingham’s aim to build Birmingham’s independent business community and to give small independent businesses opportunities to showcase what they do.”

As San Sharma, Community Manager at Enterprise Nation says, “Enterprise Nation is supporting #SuperJelly and Coffee Birmingham as a fan of both coffee and coworking. EN actually started life in the West Midlands, and we hope to make new friends through this fun initiative.”

With the #Superjelly event in particular, the opportunity for individuals and businesses to chat, exchange ideas and work together is of particular excitement to EN. As San states, “Jelly is a great excuse for hardworking home-grown business owners to get out of the house and work with new people. We’re really happy to be involved.”

www.enterprisenation.com / tw. @e_nation / facebook here

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Aug

05

Coffee Birmingham working with the Coffee Club Collective

We are delighted to confirm the Coffee Club Collective as a supporter and will be working with them throughout September.

The story of the Coffee Club Collective is simple: a group of young and ambitious artists decided to meet up regularly at Urban Coffee Company one afternoon a week and create together! What a great advert to demonstrate how coffee shops are natural hives of community and creative activities.

Tris Holliday, one of the artists from the Coffee Club Collective, takes up the story, “The independent coffee houses of Birmingham have been a second home for all of Coffee Club.” He goes to onto say, “in them, many prints and ideas have been created, and countless meetings have been had. So it feels very fitting that we should support them, as with out good coffee in Birmingham, there would be no Coffee Club.”

So, loving this natural association between the indie coffee shops and creativity, Coffee Birmingham are all too delighted to be working with the Coffee Club Collective.

With this in mind, in September we will be running a few very special events with the Collective in the lead up to and on the 29th September itself.

Watch this space for more news imminently.

For more on the Coffee Club Collective visit: http://www.coffeeclubcollective.com or say hello to them on twitter: @wearecoffeeclub

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