The importance of supporting small businesses was driven home yesterday when entrepreneurs across Cornwall were spotlighted by the national Small Business Saturday roadshow.
With an aim to support small businesses facing persistent economic challenges, ‘The Tour’ visited the town to support and celebrate the area’s local firms.
The team visited several small businesses in the Falmouth area, learning more about the town’s entrepreneurs and their ambitions for 2024. This included meeting children’s book author and illustrator Charlii Testar, who has written books aimed at helping children express their emotions, including ‘The Sad Oranges’, and ‘The Worry Worms’.
‘The Tour’ – which set off from Scotland earlier this month – is travelling across the UK for a month as part of the official countdown to Small Business Saturday. Taking place on the first Saturday of December each year the campaign celebrates small business success, encouraging consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities.
Other visits on the day included marketing business Oh So Social, run by Katherine George, Happy Business, co-founded by Beckie Pascoe; and Sophie Alway, founder of Georgia’s Voice. And there was a flurry of activity on social media, where interviews with local leaders including Beckie Pascoe, Amanda Brier, and Pip Hayler were live streamed.
Pip Hayler, founder of Pip Hayler Photography, said: “So lovely to be a part of the Small Business Saturday Tour in Falmouth and Penryn this week. Cornwall has a thriving community of small businesses, often helping and supporting each other. It’s a privilege to work alongside many of them and deliver a service to help these businesses grow.”
The Tour is visiting 23 towns and cities across the UK during November. After its stop in Falmouth, it will be travelling to Exeter, Bournemouth, and Brighton in the coming days before finishing off in London ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 2.