Two businesses from Leighton Buzzard were invited to represent the UK’s 5.2 million small firms in Downing Street to mark the UK’s second Small Business Saturday.
The invitation came after Agile Administration and SewGood were named in the Small Business Saturday 100, a list of top small firms from across the country. All the members of the list were invited to the event.
Agile Administration, a home-based company run by Cathy Wright, helps other small business by giving them a helping hand to lighten their load.
She has been up and running for two years, her services include marketing and PR (such as for Leighton author Tony Drury), social media training, project management, bookkeeping and administration services.
SewGood, on TK Furniture’s first floor and run by Anne Greaves, offers made-to-measure curtains,blinds, cushions etc, with an alteration service and more recently giftware, ornaments and lighting.
Cathy and Anne attended a Small Business Saturday Christmas fair inside Downing Street, which was attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
Cathy said: “A Christmas Fair on Downing Street, networking with other businesses, meeting George Osborne and Karren Brady – it was a really lovely afternoon.
“I have been in business for two-and-a-half years now and this was by far a huge personal achievement, I felt extremely privileged to have been selected.
“Small businesses need support and encouragement, the aim of my business is to do just that, to help lighten the load. My clients are very diverse and my Virtual Assistant services range from general admin to more specialist services.”
Anne added: “It was a great honour to represent Leighton Buzzard and visiting Downing Street was the icing on the cake.
“It was very exciting to be photographed with George Osborne and the other SBS100s outside Number 11 and meeting Karren Brady was very special.
Speaking about Small Business Saturday 2014, the Chancellor said: “Britain’s small business owners deserve our support. They are the ones who take the risks to create new opportunities and new jobs, that show off British ingenuity and innovation and I am glad that once again they will be able to be the focus of all our attention and support.”