Wiltshire business women Debbie Williams and Sam Cox are heading to London today (Dec 4) after being invited to attend a government reception to promote the national campaign Small Business Saturday.
Debbie and Sam, both run businesses on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Debbie is co-director of John Williams Heating Services, a plumbing and heating company which is well established in Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas and employing 18 people.
Sam is founder of Active Potential Therapy, a business which provides high quality sports therapy to anyone who wants to improve their mobility, keep active and stay active.
Their companies were both chosen from hundreds as part of the Small Biz 100 – showcasing a hundred small enterprises nationwide in the run-up to Small Business Saturday tomorrow (December 5). This initiative is designed to encourage people to spend their money with local shops and suppliers as well as recognise the contribution SMEs make to communities.
Debbie said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to meet the Chancellor and other government ministers and I hope they appreciate the contribution businesses like ours’ make to the health and wealth of the country.”
Sam said: “It’s exciting for me, just a year into running my own clinic, to have this amazing opportunity. I passionately believe in supporting local small businesses both as a consumer and as an entrepreneur.”
A day later, on Small Business Saturday, Sam, will be in the Emery Gate Shopping Centre in the heart of Chippenham offering FREE sports therapy treatments to shoppers and promoting the small business initiative. John Williams Heating Services are offering a five per cent discount on all servicing booked in December quoting ‘smallbiz100’.
Today’s reception takes place at The Treasury and guests will meet the Chancellor George Osbourne and other politicians.
Pictured above:Debbie Williams (L) of John Williams Heating Services and Sam Cox, of Active Potential Therapy.