Kempston-based business in the spotlight for 2020’s Small Biz 100

Proven Salle Small Biz 100
Ffion Hawke, owner of Proven-Salle in Kempston, celebrates being one of the Small Biz 100 companies

Once again, Bedford Borough is represented in the annual Small Biz 100, with Kempston-based Proven-Salle earning their spell in the limelight as part of the national campaign highlighting some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses.

Marking 100 days building up to Small Business Saturday on 5 December 2020, the Small Biz 100 provides a major profile boost to small businesses across the UK, particularly at this challenging time.

Showcasing a daily celebration of the Small Biz 100 through social media, the campaign aims to support and celebrate the UK’s vibrant range of small, community driven businesses.

The French-influenced furniture business, Proven-Salle, founded by Ffion Hawke in May 2018, will be featured on Sunday 29 November 2020.

Ffion sells French and Provençal inspired furniture from her Kempston-based business

Ffion said, “I’m absolutely over the moon to be part of the Small Biz Family and feel very honoured to have been selected for 2020.

“Small businesses are the life blood of the economy and are essential for driving the recovery of the U.K. post-covid.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported small businesses, bought from small businesses, liked their social media posts and generally been amazing. It all makes such a difference.

“I can’t wait to connect and collaborate with the Small Biz 100 community, especially during the weeks leading up to Small Business Saturday on 5th December 2020. It’s so lovely to share such uplifting news with people during such strange times.”

Over the last two years, Bedford businesses including the Pavilion at the Park and Ready Steady Roll have been in the Small Biz 100 spotlight.

Michelle Ovens MBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK, said, “Congratulations to Proven-Salle for joining the Small Biz 100.

“This campaign highlights the amazing, positive impact small firms have on communities across the UK.

“Given the phenomenally tough time small businesses have had, and the special role they played supporting communities in lockdown, it’s vital we continue to support them as this crisis continues.

“This year’s Small Business Saturday is going to be the most important one yet, and we’re determined it will also be the best.”

Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday has grown significantly each year, with a record turnout of 17.6 million people choosing to shop small on the day last year, generating an estimated £800m.

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