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Welcome to Visit Knowle

Welcome to Visit Knowle

Knowle is a haven for independent shops, salons, restaurants, cafes and businesses.

About Us

Visit Knowle is a business led body, formed in May 2019 by a group of volunteers from businesses, community groups and residents. Our work has been shaped by extensive business surveys and engagement. In June 2020, we became a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Our vision

To sustain the long-term future of Knowle by helping businesses to flourish and by providing a compelling experience for our residents & visitors. In simple terms, we want to raise the bar for our businesses and everybody who visits Knowle.

In other words, Visit Knowle will work to deliver real improvements and to enhance our community spirit in order to provide a brighter future for all.

Our aims

Boosting visitor footfall
Creating inspirational new features and experiences
Engaging more people in our great heritage
Increasing spend within our local businesses
Involving as many businesses, community groups & residents in our plans and activities
Making Knowle a more attractive place to be
Promoting the rich and varied aspects of Knowle
Strengthening our local economy in a sustainable manner

Our work

Visit Knowle has four teams focused on a number of projects. Each team is made up of a mix of volunteers from local businesses, residents and community groups and we always welcome new volunteers!

Our teams focus on projects that form part of our Business Plan, a strategy based on input from Visit Knowle members. We’re all passionate about Knowle as a place to live and work and strive to maintain the long term future of Knowle by helping businesses flourish and by providing a compelling experience for our residents & visitors. In simple terms, we want to raise the bar for our businesses and everybody who visits Knowle.

In the last year we’ve delivered:

Marketing

We can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter promoting Knowle as a place to visit. Whether you’re visiting for shopping, dining, drinking, beauty, wellbeing, business or heritage, we’ve got it covered.

Our marketing team create blogs about the village, articles for social media, and share news and spotlights on business members.

Follow us on @visitknowle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Take a look at our recent work

Knowle is home to fabulous independent cafes, restaurants and bars.

Our artisan and independent shops are full of hand picked products that they’ll know we’ll love.

Knowle has a strong heart to its community. This is what locals say about Knowle.

Events

Visit Knowle work with other local organisations to bring events to the heart of Knowle.

As well as the traditional late night shopping event, we take part in Heritage weekend too, celebrating the history in our village. Our Time Machine Festival added to existing heritage celebrations with artisan craft workshops, entertainment, a memory bank and an opportunity to look to the future.

In 2022, the village came together to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with an artisan market, entertainment, community stalls and games. In 2023, we will once again be working with Knowle Society, Knowle and Dorridge Lions and Love Knowle Park to bring together for the Coronation Celebration on May 8th.

Join us in Knowle to meet fellow businesses during informal networking.

Our next networking events are:

6pm 18th January 2023 at Loki Wine

6pm 15th March 2023 at Eastcote Retirement Village

6pm 17th May 2023 at Knowle British Legion

6pm 19th July 2023 at The Ale Rooms

6pm 20th September 2023

6pm 15th November 2023

 

Booking is essential.

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Street Scene

We recognise the value of an attractive, well maintained street scene and we’ve worked with other organisations to maintain flower beds and audit furniture, seeking replacement and new furniture and planters as required.

In 2022, we introduced an attractive Parklet on the High Street to give people an opportunity to sit and catch up with friends and in 2023 we've submitted a funding bid to enhance the "Gateway to Knowle".

We’ve organised Tidy Days and decorated the streets with bunting to celebrate the reopening of the High Street after Covid-19 restrictions.

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Business Support

Visit Knowle are here to support our businesses through a number of projects. We’ve delivered social media training and signposted businesses to support, especially during Covid-19. The team have also worked hard to secure funds for projects to develop the village centre.

During 2022, we've worked with Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum and Knowle Society to understand the current parking provision and needs in the centre of the village. We'll continue to work with these organisations and with Solihull Council to address parking challenges.

We work closely with partner organisations including Solihull Chambers, Solihull for Success, Solihull Council and Visit Solihull to deliver a number of exciting projects for Knowle and our members.

We issue monthly newsletters to our business members and host bi-monthly informal networking sessions.

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Blogs

Knowle is derived from the Saxon ‘Cnolle’ which means a small hill. The village is steeped in history, with many Grade II listed buildings. Knowle is now a haven of beautiful independent shops & restaurants, and an up-and coming sought after area to live and work.

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Rain doesn’t stop the Midsummer Celebrations

A day of community spirit and fun took place in Knowle despite the morning rain last Saturday! Once again, ...
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The Crucial Role of Recruiters in the Hiring Process

Guest Blog by Emily Tirebuck of Tirebuck Recruitment The process of finding the right candidate for a job vacancy ...
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Visit Knowle Celebrates Five Years of Success

On Wednesday 29th May 2019 businesses and residents came together in the Red Lion on Knowle High Street to ...
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Movement and its Positive Impact on Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness week this year is focusing on the benefits regular activity can have on mental health, so ...
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