LONDON, 26 NOVEMBER 2018: The UK’s top small businesses, including a construction consultant based in West Malling received special recognition today at an exclusive House of Lords reception.
Wilkinson Construction Consultants Ltd were recognised as one of this year’s Small Biz 100, for their contribution to both the UK economy and its local community, ahead of this weekend’s Small Business Saturday, which will be celebrated across the UK on 1 December.
Lord Young of Graffham, former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Government Adviser on enterprise and small business hosted the event – supported by card reader start-up Square – and was attended by other special guests including Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP for Tunbridge Wells.
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.”
The House of Lords reception echoed the support for Small Business Saturday seen across Government, since the campaign came to the UK in 2013. Last year saw the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London come out in support of the day, along with the majority of local councils.
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”.
In its sixth year Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.
The #SmallBizSatUK campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter during 2017, reaching over 115 million people globally. The Prime Minister and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 87% of local councils also supported the campaign.
Small Business Saturday also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also supported by Amazon, Indeed, Royal Mail, Vistaprint, Xerox, and Square.