Worcester MP Robin Walker has encouraged local small business owners to enter this year’s Celebrating Success Awards, run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Expert smaller business judges will select category winners in 12 areas across the UK.

There are now just six weeks remaining for businesses in the West Midlands to enter the SME Awards, with the deadline of 12 January 2018 fast approaching. The Awards are free to enter and local small businesses can take part in any or all of the 12 categories as they see fit.

Last weekend Robin showed his support for local businesses as part of the 5th annual Small Business Saturday event. Robin visited a number of small stores around the city alongside representatives from Worcester’s Business Improvement District (BID). The event encourages people to shop in small stores in the city and show support for local entrepreneurs. Last year more than £717million was spent on the day of the event in small businesses across the UK.

Alongside Worcester BID Manager Phoebe Dawson, Robin visited small business award-winner Anja Potze Fine Jewellery in Friar Street, newly-opened coffee shop Black & Whit3, and Stars Best Shop Awards nominee Embrace Lingerie, as well as a number of other businesses in the Hopmarket.

This year’s Small Business Saturday came just a week after the FSB hailed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s “business-friendly Budget” in which a further £2.3billion support package was approved for businesses affected by rate revaluations, heralding the transition to a fairer system of business rates for which Robin has campaigned for many years.

The event also coincided with the 25th annual Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre, which is thought to have drawn up to 150,000 visitors into the city centre over the course of four days.

Speaking after Small Business Saturday, Robin said:

“I would encourage as many local small businesses as possible to enter this year’s FSB Celebrating Success Awards, which offer a fantastic opportunity to showcase the achievements of SMEs and celebrate the hard work and innovation involved in running a business.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed visiting a number of small businesses on Saturday to hear more about the stories behind their success. It was also a fantastic opportunity to discuss what the changes announced in last week’s Budget – which were welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses – will mean for them.”

“It was great to see so many visitors enjoying the Victorian Christmas Fayre, which always shows Worcester at its vibrant best and never more so than in this, its 25th year. I know it serves as a real boost to local traders, and encourages many people to return to the city at other times of the year.”

“Small business owners are vitally important to the economy both locally and nationally, particularly by making a substantial and welcome contribution to maintaining Worcester’s historically low unemployment rate. I welcomed the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and achievements on Small Business Saturday and will continue to support local entrepreneurs and business-owners in any way I can.”


Notes to editors

For full details of how to enter the FSB Celebrating Success Awards 2018, please see: https://fsbawards.co.uk/

For more details on Small Business Saturday, please see: https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

For Robin’s statement on the Budget’s support for small businesses and pubs, see: https://www.walker4worcester.com/support-for-high-street-businesses-and-pubs-in-budget-2017-welcomed-by-worcester-mp/