Award winning Fowey company and FSB Cornwall member Any Old Lights were invited to 10 Downing Street on 30 November.
Sinead Hanks (pictured below), owner of the vintage maritime and industrial lighting shop, spent the afternoon with Ministers as part of the Small Business Saturday event at London’s most famous address.
“We were obviously thrilled to be invited, especially as one of only two companies representing Cornwall,” said Sinead . “We chatted with Stephen Barclay, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, about issues affecting small businesses and getting that kind of access is very useful.”
Stephen Barclay MP said: “It’s great to welcome business owners to Number 10 today to show our appreciation for the crucial contribution they make to Britain. Small businesses are vital to a thriving and competitive economy that is fit for the future, so it’s great to see that the number of small businesses in the UK has been growing in recent years. We hope the country will join us in championing the UK’s small businesses, and support them this Saturday.”
Ann Vandermeulen, Development Manager for FSB Cornwall said; “It is really great news that a business from Cornwall was selected to go to this prestigious event. They were also earlier picked to be one of the Small Business 100, selected from across the country to showcase what small businesses are all about, in the run up to Small Business Saturday, this year on 2nd December.
"We are very proud of Any Old Lights and all of the businesses like them in Cornwall as they are key to our economic success and perhaps equally as importantly to our keeping our communities alive. People in places like Number 10 need to meet them and we are grateful that they took the time to go and represent us all.”
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Small Business Saturday is the nationwide campaign to support, inspire and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses.
Also present were Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, Claire Perry MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Caroline Nokes MP, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency.