MerseyMade is calling on the region to support small businesses ahead of Christmas, speaking on behalf of independents across Liverpool, Wirral and the surrounding areas.
Celebrating its first business anniversary this November, MerseyMade works with more than 100 North West makers, artists and suppliers and is urging the public to join the quest to support local.
Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, the venue houses artists’ studios, an events space, and retail shop alongside the Gordon Smith Café led by chef Yasmin Limbert. The café is currently selling MerseyMade’s ‘Meals at Home’, which include delicious homemade dishes and treat boxes, and will soon be introducing its very own MerseyMade Christmas Puddings.
Founder of MerseyMade Vicky Gawith said: “MerseyMade has now been open for a little over 12 months, but it hasn’t been quite as planned as we’ve had to contend with so many challenges particularly around Covid-19. Although it’s not been the opening year that we anticipated, we believe that 2020 has highlighted just how resilient the independent business community is across the Merseyside region. It’s meant that we’ve had to be reactive and adaptable; it’s so important to us to keep going in the face of adversity. By supporting neighbouring businesses, we’re able to safeguard people’s livelihoods and help to build our local economy back up, which is more important than ever.”
Creative & Retail Manager at MerseyMade Jenny Dunlop said: “Customers that have visited us will already know that we have a huge range of handcrafted and creative products available to buy, from artwork and jewellery, to local gins and children’s crafts. Alongside the retail element, our studio spaces are full and we have 10 artists working here, creating and selling their bespoke works of art. At what would be our busiest time of year, we’ve unfortunately had to shut our doors again, but we’re very much still here, and will continue to champion our artists, makers and creators.
“We have recently launched our new online store, that allows customers to browse and purchase the same products that they would find in our shop with local and global delivery options available as well as a collection service. We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s support and we can really see a change in the way that people are shopping and spending their money in light of recent events, but we need to remind everyone that buying local goes a long way and with Christmas coming up, our message is don’t stop now.”
Housed within The Gordon Smith Institute for Seamen, the building itself has an eclectic history, dating back to 1900. With it being 120 years old at the end of November, Vicky and her team are passionate about continuing the legacy of the historic landmark through MerseyMade but need the public’s support.
Vicky added: “It’s a privilege to be able to work within such a significant building that holds so much history, and we want MerseyMade to become part of its heritage. To do that, we must carry on in these difficult times and make the most of the opportunities that come our way. Our online ordering system allows us to continue showcasing the work of some of the region’s most talented individuals and offers our customers a chance to purchase gifts that are meaningful, memorable and personal.
“This year, we’re excited to launch our Christmas Hampers with the option to choose pre-made bundles or create your own for the ultimate tailored gift. Whether you’re buying for your friends or loved ones, an interiors fanatic or an art enthusiast, we have something for everyone – all sourced from within 50 miles of our Liverpool shop. Everything is easily accessible on our website and shoppers will have the choice to add one of our hamper baskets for the full package.
“We believe that we, alongside so many other local businesses, offer a special service that really goes above and beyond. Shopping local not only helps to keep these fantastic businesses alive but it also means that buyers can enjoy a unique shopping experience with gifts that are made with love, care and consideration. Once we can safely open again, we hope to diversify our range of onsite events and look forward to launching MerseyMade Kitchen Takeover Nights and Supper Clubs alongside shopping evenings and workshops.”
Christmas Hampers at MerseyMade start from £35.
MerseyMade’s ‘Meals At Home’ are also available to purchase online for collection or delivery.
To find out more or to shop online visit www.merseymade.uk/