Easter opening hours

Fresh Flowers from Birmingham Wholesale Market

Please be aware that the coming Easter Bank Holiday market Trading Hours will be as follows:

Good Friday                        2nd April 2021                     OPEN

Saturday                              3rd April 2021                      OPEN

Easter Sunday                   4th April 2021                     CLOSED

Easter Monday                 5th April 2021                      CLOSED

Tuesday                               6th April 2021                     CLOSED

Get Ready…The Clean Air Zone charge is coming on 1 June

Birmingham Clean Air Zone Charge

Get Ready …..The Clean Air Zone charge is coming on 1 June,  where high polluting vehicles will be charged to enter Birmingham City Centre.

(all roads within the A4540 Ring Road but not the ring road itself).

For cars, taxis and vans the charge is £8 per day, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 per day and the onus will be on the driver to pay the charge.

BCC has said most petrol vehicles from 2006 onwards and diesel vehicles from 2015 will be compliant and there will be exemptions for some vehicles. More information and a series of webinars is available at https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk

Tier 3 Decision will ‘weigh heavy’ – Birmingham Chamber

Local authorities across Greater Birmingham will stay at tier 3, health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed today.

Only Bristol and North Somerset (tier 3 to 2) and Herefordshire (tier 2 to 1) had their levels reduced. Areas in the south east and east had their ratings increased.

Under tier 3 restrictions, indoor entertainment, hotels (with limited exemptions) and hospitality businesses must remain closes, only operating takeaway, delivery and drive-through services.

The next review will take place on the 30 December with the announcement expected the day after.Henrietta Brealey

Business leaders are urging the Government to find solutions to enable businesses to reopen safely and #BackOurBusinesses with a realistic level of support.

Henrietta Brealey (pictured), director of policy and strategic relationships, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said:

“While the news is not unexpected, it will weigh heavy on the hospitality, visitor economy, accommodation and events businesses in our region – and the many thousands more that supply them.

“We are deeply concerned that the so called “Christmas rules” will lead to a spike in cases in the new year and a continuation or even enhancement of these measures.

“The latest round of government support is spectacularly inadequate for many of our members, not even covering the rent.

“Furlough won’t protect jobs if their employer goes out of business. Bounce Back and Coronavirus Business Interruption loans could cost the government more if the company fails and cannot repay it than if the business is just supported through this time.

“We are urging the government to #BackOurBusinesses, use the c.£2bn in COVID-19 reliefs being returned by major high street retailers to increase the support available for impacted businesses and take action across key policy areas – and do it urgently.

“If we lose these businesses, it will take years for them, and the communities they employ, serve and contribute to, to recover.”

The GBCC’s #BackOurBusinesses campaign calls on the Government to:

  • Utilise the c.£2bn in business rates relief funds returned by major retailers (and from other COVID-19 support) for directly supporting businesses impacted by the tiers system
  • Take action on reliefs such as:business rates relief, NI contributions to furlough payments for closed businesses and VAT reliefs and deferral
  • Deliver greater transparency on the evidence based for targeting restrictions at certain sectors, the economic impact of key measures and the criteria by which tiers will be reduced to allow businesses time to plan effectively

Read more here.

More business reaction to the tier news

Keith Smith, Director, Caterfish LTD, a tenant of the Birmingham Wholesale Markets

“December is ours and our catering customers busiest and most profitable month in the calendar and yet here we are with our customers closed down , with many of them not knowing when or if they’ll reopen again. All in all it’s an extremely frustrating and concerning time for our business and our employees…when and how will it all end, and how many businesses will survive what is going to be a long torturous winter?

“The government and local council helped our business and most of the hospitality industry get through the first lockdown. The hospitality industry is the worst hit sector and we now hope that as we’re all forced to be closed down or severely restricted again that similar levels of grant support is given to help us get through the next six months when it looks as though the hospitality industry will be forcibly kept on its knees for a long, long time.

“Our restaurant customers feel they are the ‘forgotten and picked on sector ‘. After spending thousands of pounds making their premises Covid safe, training staff and  having to social distance tables, they then frustratingly see many crowded areas carry on as normal.”

Tony Elvin, General Manager, Touchwood

“It is hugely disappointing to learn that despite the significant efforts and sacrifices of Solihull people, we remain in Tier 3. Here at Touchwood, the management team and occupiers have demonstrated robust Covid secure measures, done everything asked of us and collectively communities and businesses have helped to bring the infection rate down.

“With no evidence to show that hospitality has materially impacted on the rise in Covid cases it is frustrating and disappointing that our well run restaurants, bars and coffee shops will not have had the chance to trade this December, a month so critical to the success of many hospitality businesses.”

Robert Elliot, President, Solihull Chamber of Commerce

“While it is disappointing that Solihull remains in Tier 3, there is a sense of inevitability that this would be the case.  Hospitality businesses and their supply chain have already suffered in terms of lost revenue and jobs, particularly in December. What is crucial now is that support is easily found, and delivered in a timely fashion. Solihull as a borough is blessed with great people, great locations, and fantastic hospitality businesses, venues and attractions.  It is vital that these are supported and can bounce back in 2021.”

November Lockdown Statement

Birmingham Wholesale Market

Firstly, on behalf of our tenants, I would like to express my thanks to all customers and visitors of the market for your support through this very tough period. Throughout this time we have continued to supply the freshest produce to the West Midlands and beyond without the need to close our doors.

We have previously had to adopt a policy of not allowing private buyers on to the market until such time that we were able to have mitigation in place to accept those customers who were not legitimate food businesses, however, now that we have better control measures in place we believe that this can continue during the latest lockdown. One caution on this would be if we found there to be a major outbreak of ‘panic buying’ whereby we would always give precedence to those businesses over any private/public purchasers.

All customers and visitors must wear a face covering which covers their nose and mouth at all times whilst upon the estate. Any customer or visitor without face coverings will not be allowed into the estate and if found not be wearing such around the market, they will be asked to leave until such time that they are prepared to adhere to Government Guidelines.

Please note that the use of a face-covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing whilst on the market estate.

For further information please see our face-covering guidance by clicking the link below. Once again, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Pedalling Pantry films with BBC at the market

Pedalling Pantry owner Jas at the Birmingham Wholesale Market

It was great to see Jas from Pedalling Pantry at the market today being filmed by BBC West Midlands for a piece which will show soon. Pedalling Pantry is a zero-waste sustainable green shop on two wheels that delivers fresh Fruit and Veg to customers across Birmingham City Centre. A lot of the produce is sourced from the Wholesale Market too which is great @bbcmtd @pedalling_pantry

#eatfreshinbrum

COVID-19 UPDATE

Stay 2m apart when on site at the Birmingham Wholesale Market

Despite concern over the Covid-19 pandemic, the market continues to operate as normal for BUSINESS USERS ONLY. The Market is not open to the General Public and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Birmingham Wholesale Market Company Ltd understands the high importance of keeping the fresh produce supply chain open to the West Midlands and wider public

We continue to monitor available guidance and working with our partners to ensure the market continues to operate safely, allowing businesses here to trade effectively.

We thank you for your continued custom at this difficult time.

Coronavirus – General Hygiene

Birmingham Wholesale Market continue to work closely with Birmingham City Council to monitor the global Coronavirus situation and prepare for any escalation.

Initial tests suggest the virus can be passed from human to human. In the same way you’d protect against flu and other nasty bugs, it’s important to practise good hygiene. Make sure you:

  • Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap, especially before handling and consuming food.
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues, then put them in the bin. Don’t leave them lying around. If you haven’t got a tissue, cover your mouth when you cough.
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth, as these areas are prime gateways for germs to enter the body.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.

Please contact us if you have any queries.

Director of Asian Business Chamber of Commerce visits market

Head of Asian Business at the Chamber of Commerce visits the Birmingham Wholesale Market
From Left to Right- Charles Brant, Eddie Price, Anjum Khan and Rob Nixon at the Birmingham Wholesale Market

The Director of Asian Business at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce visited the Market this week. Anjum Khan was taken on a tour of the market and spoke to many traders about business in the second city and how the transition has gone from the old market too new.  The team from the chamber very impressed with the new market and look forward do doing more promotional work with the Wholesale Market.

Tenant supports two Homeless Charities in Birmingham

One of our tenants at the Market, Mr Muhammad Loonat of Bidwalla (Fruit and vegetables) Ltd is a generous supporter of several charities and projects in the Birmingham area and we thought we should give a mention to his fantastic work.

Notably he has supported the AS-SUFFA Institute Outreach initiative for over 6 years which includes assisting the homeless in the city.

https://www.as-suffa.org/

He also supports the SIFA Fireside. SIFA Fireside works with homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Birmingham to provide immediate help and achieve lasting change. It is our vision that all homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Birmingham can access the services they need to achieve a more stable, healthier life.

https://www.sifafireside.co.uk

It’s always fantastic to hear stories of tenants helping these wonderful causes.