The UK’s top small businesses, including Tadcaster’s The Simply Devine Hat shop, received special recognition at an exclusive House of Lords reception in London last week.
Simply Devine was recognised as one of this year’s Small Biz 100, for its contribution to both the UK economy and its local community, ahead of last weekend’s Small Business Saturday, which was celebrated across the UK on 1 December.
Small Biz 100 is a 100-day campaign which highlights 100 small businesses and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. On Small Business Saturday, which came to the UK in 2013, was originally founded by American Express in the US in 2010. Customers across the UK go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.
Lord Young of Graffham, former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Government Adviser on enterprise and small business hosted the event and was attended by other special guests including Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP.
Lord Young of Graffham said: “Small Business Saturday is a vital campaign to highlight the critical role that small businesses play in fuelling the British economy. They are the true backbone of our economy, helping to drive growth across all areas of the country. Hosting the impressive businesses in this year’s Small Biz was a huge pleasure, and it is only a small part of the recognition they deserve for their entrepreneurial spirit shown day in, day out.”
This celebration comes after a highly successful month for independently-owned Simply Devine, which operates both a retail high street shop, and also as a wholesaler to the trade.
Owner Liz Devine-Wright was also the northern winner in the 2018 Wedding Awards for the Wedding Accessories Supplier of the Year held in Manchester in November. She was represented at the House of Lords event by manager Anne Crowther, since Liz was out of the country attending a specially-invited fashion trade mission in Italy.
Liz said: “It has been a fantastic end to a very busy and successful year for Simply Devine, and winning the award, being chosen as one of the Small Business 100 for 2018 and being specially invited on an exclusive trade mission has just been the icing on the Christmas cake for us.”
Director of Small Business Saturday UK, Michelle Ovens said: “The Small Biz 100 represent the very best in British business at the heart of our economy. Day in day out small businesses prove themselves to be innovative, community-minded and capable of thriving in what are undoubtedly challenging times. They are hugely deserving of recognition and we are thrilled to have the honour of hosting this special celebration at The House of Lords.
For more information on Small Biz, visit https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/small-biz-100
For more information about Simple Devine, visit https://simplydevine.co.uk