Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP, James Morris, has praised local businesswoman Gemma Pedley on her inspiring new venture on Halesowen High Street.
The English Rose Tearoom opened in December by owner Gemma Pedley, who is 25 and lives with autism and was diagnosed during school when she was 14.
The Tearoom will be serving up breakfast and lunch favourites, along with Afternoon Tea for local shoppers. Autism West Midland’s are also working closely with Gemma to help provide work experience and training for those who have autism so that they learn new skills and meet new people.
Gemma Pedley said, “This is something I have always wanted to do since being a little girl. Growing up with autism has been quite stressful and challenging throughout my childhood and teenage years, and I never thought I could achieve anything. I’ve overcome so many fears and learnt so much about myself. The tearoom is now open, and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.”
James Morris MP said, “The English Rose Tearoom will be a great addition to the High Street, and Gemma, with the help of her family and friends, has opened a really friendly and welcoming environment. Gemma has proven that if you have a goal, and the passion, you can achieve anything you like.