Small Business Saturday
It’s both wonderful and peculiarly appropriate that there is such a thing as ‘Small Business Saturday’. Wonderful because small businesses are so often the fuel of the engine of a local economy, and appropriate because so many small business people work at weekends!
It makes me smile when I hear the Government’s definition of a small business as being something with under 500 employees! That number would be a distant dream, or nightmare, whichever your point of view. No, we are the 0 to 15 or 20 brigade, and proud of it!
You know, when the recession was at it’s deepest, I travelled around the country a fair bit. It struck me then that the countryside was buzzing with vans and small lorries with names such as ‘Fred Bloggs & Son’ or ‘Bloggs Bros, Building Contractors’ emblazoned on their sides. Oh, there was work alright, and quite a bit of it was being done by small businesses across the country.
Our company in Wells is a proud member of that community, and so are many of our clients. Hardworking people who put roofs over the heads and food on the tables of their children.
The other neat thing about small businesses is that we can (and do) work as colleagues to achieve things which we couldn’t do on our own. That is the amazing thing about working in smaller communities, such as Wells, where we can get to know each other and understand how we can complement each other.
We are also proud to be a part of the wider business community, and to be able to punch well above our weight because we have all the necessary skills of the big city companies, but very few of the overheads! Some of us can boast customers and clients with multimillion pound turnovers, and with multi national businesses based in the big cities, but who have learned the trick of finding more cost- effective expertise elsewhere!
Despite all these grand things, we are, however, firmly rooted and grounded in our local community. We all owe it a fair bit, and it is good for us to treat it fairly and with respect. It’s especially encouraging that here in Wells we have our own local Mendip Business Hub (soon to be transferring to Westbury Sub Mendip) which actively promotes and supports new small businesses as they launch in the community.
When Wells holds events such as the Food Festival or the Literary Festival, or a concert in St Cuthbert’s Church perhaps, it gives me a real lift to see that a local business has sponsored it. It’s good to see local business people stepping up to work for charity in a number of ways.
Yes, Small Businesses do so much more than employ the people who live in the area.
So, here’s to Small Business Saturday and here’s to small businesses everywhere …. but (and I’m not biased) especially in Wells!!