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We’re a serviced apartment company based in Birmingham and we work hard to support other independent businesses.  Take a gander at these cool, creative businesses.

We like to buy local, but the majority of these small business stars can be accessed online if you’re not in Brum. Our independent edit includes gift ideas for geeks and foodies plus stylish home accessories and furniture. Let us know what you think of them!


Brumhaus cityscape

Brumhaus designs are inspired by modernism and architecture and can be paired beautifully with the mid-century modern furniture we’re so fond of. Brumhaus are big fans of Birmingham (as you may have guessed by their name) and their images frequently feature the Rotunda. It was love at first sight for us! 
brumhaus.uk @brumhaus

Heather of Eclectic Chair makes our soft furnishings for Rotunda. She is an upholsterer extraordinaire and also co-owns Blackbird Vintage, a fabulous retro shop in Leeds
eclectic-chair.com @EclecticHeather
blackbird-vintage.co.uk @BlackbirdLeeds


Lou Rota chameleon cup

3) CHINA GIRL       
The very talented Lou Rota now specialises in china, but she upcycled 1960s chairs for us to use in our apartments. Check out her beautiful, stylish designs - we’re especially in love with the chameleons. 


Sara Preisler image

We’re spoilt for choice here as Birmingham is the UK’s hub for jewellery making – much of it handmade. However, we are very enamoured by The Sarah Preisler Gallery at the Custard Factory.  Sarah stocks work by other artists plus her own stunning  jewellery (also sold by the V&A, fact fans. Ooh la!).

Fragile Designs Birmingham

We often use vintage furniture in our apartments and we have a serious soft spot for mid-century modern.  Fragile Design at The Custard Factory in Birmingham specialises in vintage 20th Century design furniture and accessories. Bring on those Danish sideboards!
fragiledesign.com @MattFragile

Vincent Van Doodle science designs

Science has become seriously cool recently and Vincent van Doodle are making it even more so. Their designs for kitchenware, wallpaper,cushions and prints are inspired by science. They also sell up-cycled furniture and handmade Industrial décor. We are seriously lusting after their Scientists Coffee Mug Set - the quotes on them are hilarious. All Vincent van Doodle products are designed in house and made at their studio or in the UK. We like the cut of Vincent van Doodle's gib! 

10 Commercial Street B1 1RR
vincentvandoodle.com @vincentvdoodle


Staying Cool serviced apartments penthouse Birmingham 

Time to blow our own trumpet! We're a small, independent business too. We offer 29 stylish serviced apartments at the Grade II listed Rotunda building in Birmingham , which can be rented for one night or for longer stays. Our apartments are beautifully designed and customer service is top notch.  Prices start at £99 per night per apartment.

*** SPECIAL OFFER: Save 10% on bookings using the code SMALLBIZ10 at stayingcool.com ***
Terms and conditions apply. New Year’s Eve 2015 & 2016 plus Valentine's Weekends (Fri - Sun) excluded from offer.