Edwards of Conwy named in UK’s Small Business Saturday 100


We are delighted to have been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 6th.

Those involved will be featured, one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself. Last year’s Small Business Saturday 100 also attended a reception at 11 Downing Street with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to mark the occasion. This year Edwards of Conwy have been specially selected to become one of the elite 100 involved.

“The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains National Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“We always said we wanted this to be the start of something amazing; a regular event that shines a light on small businesses throughout the UK in a way which is hugely beneficial to both the local and the national economy. This year’s Small Business Saturday 100 reinforces that message and demonstrates the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector,” Michelle adds.

Senior politicians led by the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Ed Milliband; Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne; Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable; Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary and Matthew Hancock, the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, all took to the streets last year to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses.

Speaking about Small Business Saturday 2014, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, comments:

“I have the utmost admiration for the millions of people who run a small business in this country. They are making an enormous contribution to our economic recovery and their hard work and commitment embodies all that is great about the UK. Small Business Saturday is a vital reminder that we need to celebrate small businesses not just on one day, but all year round.”

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“It is fantastic news that Small Business Saturday is returning in 2014, having been such a huge success last year. As well as making a huge difference for small firms it was great to see it attract support from consumers and local authorities right across Britain. I look forward to Small Business Saturday being even bigger and better this year – a great opportunity to celebrate and promote small businesses and the contribution they make to our national life.”

Our very own Mr Edwards also had a few words to say:
“I am delighted and proud that Edwards of Conwy has been singled out in this way by the UK Government. Conwy is a fine example in my mind of a town that’s full of quality, interesting small independent businesses. Small independent businesses often play an important role in their respected communities. Small businesses also excel at being different and are often a breath of fresh air in comparison to the cloned & duplicated facade of the branded High Street shops.”

Small Business Saturday UK has attracted the support of leading business organisations including Federation of Small Businesses, the Association of City and Town Management, Association of Convenience Stores, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, as well as corporates like American Express, O2, Lloyds Bank and NatWest and prominent entrepreneurs Theo Paphitis, Karren Brady and Martha Lane Fox.