Southsea Bathing Hut, a soap manufacturing microbusiness based in Portsmouth, has been selected as one of 100 firms to be recognised during this year’s Small Business Saturday, the UK’s biggest SME campaign.
Southsea creates and distributes elegant, handmade soap using the traditional cold process methods, keeping in with Portsmouth tradition.
‘‘In Victorian times, Portsmouth was world-famous for its soap manufacturers – and we are proud to be bringing back a heritage industry to the city,’’ explained Samantha Worsey, director at Southsea Bathing Hut.
‘‘The business is less than a year old, though our online shop is already handling orders from across the country, retailers are starting to get in on the action, and we are working with a range of companies that are looking for high quality gifts for their customers,’’ continued the microbusiness owner.
Samantha and her employees have become part of an elite group of SMEs that will receive mass exposure leading up to this year’s Small Business Saturday, which is set to take place nationwide on December 5th.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.
This year, the selected 100 companies get the chance to meet George Osborne during a Small Business Saturday reception at Downing Street.
‘‘The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,’’ said Michelle Ovens, national campaign director for Small Business Saturday.
‘‘Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.’’
‘‘Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.’’