The new Tesco Express store on Frederick Street opened for the first time at 8am on Friday 16th March, with staff making a donation to one of Birmingham’s leading charities, Birmingham Rathbone, whose Jewellery Quarter Centre is based close by the new store on Tenby Street North.
Helen Dowdeswell, Fundraising Marketing & Promotions Manager for Birmingham Rathbone, joined Tesco Express store manager Andy Clissett and his staff at the new store to receive the cheque and officially open the store at 10am that morning.
Store manager Andy Clissett said; “We are delighted to be able to offer our support to Birmingham Rathbone and would like to thank Helen for agreeing to join us on our opening day. The work that the charity does in helping people with learning difficulties and their families is fantastic and myself and all the staff are pleased to be able to help in any way we can.”
Andy added; “We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store in the Jewellery Quarter and are pleased to be part of the area’s ongoing development. The staff and I are looking forward to welcoming our customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.”
Birmingham Rathbone is fully committed to making a reality of its mission to ‘work together to enable people with learning difficulties to achieve their full potential’. The charity works with people with mild to moderate learning difficulties, and their families and relatives, in the Birmingham and Solihull areas.
People with Learning Difficulties constitute one of the main disability groups, with some 28,000 in Birmingham alone, and Birmingham Rathbone helps around 1,000 people each year. The charity provides training opportunities, work placements, Further Education courses, supported employment programmes, accommodation, supported independent living/domiciliary care, and leisure and recreation services.
Helen Dowdeswell, Fundraising Marketing & Promotions Manager for Birmingham Rathbone said; “We would like to thank all the staff at the new Tesco Express store for choosing us to benefit from this donation. The services we offer our clients are geared to promote their independence and ultimately self-reliance, as far as is possible, however without the generosity and support we receive from individuals and business, like Tesco, we could not continue to offer these services to our clients and their families and friends.”
Tesco have recruited 20 staff from the local area to work at the new store. Store manager Andy Clissett said; “It’s great to see people taking up a career with Tesco. The new jobs that have been created enable more local people to enjoy a successful and fulfilling career with Tesco. We have a great team of staff at the store committed to ensure all our customers enjoy their shopping trips.”