29 May 2020
Amy Richardson is the savvy businesswoman and environmental crusader behind Small Change Wholefoods, an independent unpackaged pantry and eco store, located in Katanning WA.
With humble beginnings Amy tested the appetite for her business by running the shop from the front hall of her home and attending the local markets once a month. She soon grew a steady group of customers who would fill their own containers with bulk foods such as rice, pasta and flour.
In April 2019 Amy attended a two-day intensive workshop Agrifoods Emerging Entrepreneurs hosted by MURESK Institute and RRR -The Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia, facilitated by BYOM. With newfound insight and confidence Amy moved her shop premise from her home to a small shop inside the Katanning Co-op and following a successful year of business Amy has now moved her shop to a much larger site on the main street.
In light of recent events we asked Amy what impact Covid-19 had had on the business. Despite experiencing delays in freight and unavailability of some items, having different suppliers to the big supermarkets meant they could continue to stock essentials such as flour, pasta and rice. This brought in new customers who couldn’t find what they needed elsewhere and Amy was also able to respond to consumer demand for items they hadn’t stocked previously such as yeast and baking equipment.
“I think with any business you want to undertake the most important thing is that you must be passionate about it, and when that passion is gone you need to make changes. Your mental and physical well-being depend on it. Making changes can be scary so knowing you have the support of other passionate individuals like Vicki and Lisa helps you focus on what you want to achieve, how to get there, and grow the belief in yourself that you are good enough!”
Amy has a strong and purposeful message –
There is no planet B. If the 2.72 million people in Western Australia throw out ONE piece of plastic per day then that’s 2.72 million pieces of plastic entering the environment EVERY DAY.
Small Change Wholefoods exists to reduce food and packaging waste, allowing customers to only buy what they need and reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment.
You can find Small Change Wholefoods at 123 Clive St, Katanning
Follow their socials under “Small Change Katanning”
Check out the website at www.smallchangekatanning.com.au