Cheers to Bedford business as House of Lords celebrates Small Business Saturday

Emma Garrett Small Biz Sat

Bedford business Pavilion at the Park has received special recognition today at an exclusive House of Lords reception to celebrate the UK’s best small businesses.

Pavilion at the Park is the only Bedford business to have been picked as one of this year’s Small Biz 100 ahead of this weekend’s Small Business Saturday on 1 December. The business in Bedford Park was picked for its contribution to both the UK economy and its local community.

Owner of Pavilion at the Park, Emma Garrett, said: “Recognition like this makes all the hard graft worthwhile. I have used this fantastic opportunity to take a step back and look at my business from the outside in. Sometimes you are so caught up in the day to day nitty gritty of running a business that you forget to recognise your achievements.

“I usually go to bed looking at Trip Advisor and wake up checking which staff have messaged in to say they are sick, but a trip to the House of Lords was a real treat and a wonderful reminder of the bigger picture”

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 the day, along with the majority of local councils.

Director of Small Business Saturday UK, Michelle Ovens, adds that businesses like Pavilion at the Park are the backbone of Britain’s economy: “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.”

Lord Young of Graffham, former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Government Adviser on enterprise and small business hosted the event which was attended by other special guests including Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP.

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