Posted: 7th December 2015
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne told one of WiRE’s volunteer leaders of his admiration for the organisation during a celebration for Small Business Saturday.
Elaine Pritchard – who runs the Burton WiRE network group alongside Alison Bradley and Lorraine Holden – featured in ‘The Small Biz 100′. This list featured 100 UK businesses, chosen by the Small Business Saturday team, who were profiled one a day in the run up to Small Business Saturday on December 5.
Elaine’s day in the spotlight, with her writing and editing business Caittom Publishing, was Wednesday September 30. Elaine explained: “It was a huge boost to my business to receive national publicity and lots of support and encouragement from other businesses across the country.”
But more excitement was to come when ‘The Small Biz 100′ were invited to The Treasury on Friday December 4 and Elaine’s business was one of a dozen or so chosen to exhibit at a celebratory small business Christmas Fair at The Treasury’s Internal Drum.
George Osborne visited Elaine’s stand, asked about her work and congratulated her on her five years in business. Elaine also had publicity materials on her stand about the WiRE organisation and told him she helped to run the network group in Burton-on-Trent.
Elaine said: “The Chancellor was really interested and enthusiastic and said he knew about WiRE and thought it was a wonderful organisation. I was very proud to be there and to represent both my own business and WiRE. My stand was also visited by many of the other Small Biz 100 companies and lots of people who worked in The Treasury and other nearby Government departments. Lots of them took away WiRE leaflets and postcards.”
Small Business Saturday, a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, aims to prompt people not only to spend money with small independent businesses in the run-up to Christmas but also to create a mind-set to support them all year round.
George Osborne, commented: “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to champion some of the brilliant entrepreneurs and firms we have in this country and make sure everyone is aware of the powerful role they play.”
Campaign Director Michelle Ovens said: “Small Business Saturday has become an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK.
“We aim to showcase the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector and persuade people to get out and support their friends, neighbours and family members and reinforce local communities and economies.”
After travelling back to Burton-on-Trent, Elaine and her fellow partners in the Burton Small Business group led a flash conga through the streets of Burton on the morning of Small Business Saturday. The event was well-supported by members of the Burton WiRE group and received lots of publicity in the local media. National Policy Director of the Federation of Small Businesses, Mike Cherry, joined the event and spoke when the conga ended in Burton’s Market Hall.