Ready Steady Roll named as one of UK’s Small Biz 100

Ready Steady Roll
Charlotte & Darrell Cannon set up Ready Steady Roll in 2017

A board game cafe in Sharnbrook, has been selected as one of this year’s 100 trail-blazing small businesses in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 7 December 2019.

Ready Steady Roll, which opened in 2017, is one of this year’s ‘Small Biz 100’, a selection of small businesses drawn from right across the UK that reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses.

In the 100 days running up to Small Business Saturday on 7 December, the campaign will spotlight each of the Small Biz 100, as part of its mission to celebrate small business success and encourage the nation to ‘shop local’ and support British small businesses.

Ready Steady Roll is being placed in the spotlight on Saturday 9 November, and owner, Darrell Cannon is already planning some special events to make the occasion.

“Ready Steady Roll started out as a monthly Pop Up Board Game Café as a way to bring families and friends close together,” said Darrell.

“Over the last couple of years we have had the pleasure of watching Ready Steady Roll grow and expand, and with us now in our permanent location we get to see our lovely customers having fun and enjoying cake five days a week! We were thrilled to be chosen as one of the Small Biz 100 and can’t wait to celebrate it on the 9th of November!”

Ready Steady Roll
Ready Steady Roll in Sharnbrook

Customers can choose to play any of the 350 games on the shelves and the on-hand Games Gurus will teach you how to play so you don’t even need to read the rules.

“I love it when skeptical people who think they don’t like board games are brought along by friends,” admits Darrell.

“I pride myself on being able to find a game to suit anyone. We always win them over!”

While you get stuck into a game, you can enjoy some locally roasted Wooden Hill Coffee, home-made cake (baked by Darrell’s wife, Charlotte) and tuck into savoury treats from the Sharnbrook Hill Farm Shop.

Set in the Bedfordshire countryside, surrounded by wildflowers and trees, the café is very popular with families, groups of friends and couples.

Director of Small Business Saturday, Michelle Ovens MBE said: “Each year this campaign has grown in support from government, business and communities alike, and so we can’t wait to begin the annual 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday with the launch of the Small Biz 100 2019.

“Small Business Saturday’s increasing popularity means it was harder than ever to choose just 100 of this country’s incredible 5.6 million small businesses to showcase, but we believe those we have chosen are true representatives of the diverse, creative and inspiring heroes at the heart of our communities.”

Last year, The Pavilion in Bedford Park was chosen as one of the Small Biz 100. Owner Emma Garret said, “Being part of the Small Business 100 campaign is a boost to any business and a real honour.

“It comes as recognition of all the hard work that small business owners put in to make their businesses stand out.

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The Pavilion at the Park, run by Emma Garrett, was one of last year’s Small Biz 100 businesses

“The networking and learning opportunities that present themselves with the SmallBiz alumni both on and offline are endless, the only problem as a small business owner is having the time and energy to make the most of them all!”

Small Business Saturday 2019 is open to all businesses to participate in and will commence its regional bus tour roadshow across the UK during the autumn, to drum up further support.

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