Making up 99.9 per cent of all companies in the UK, SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) are the lifeblood of the economy. Without them, local communities would struggle and unemployment would rise.
It’s believed that at the start of 2013 approximately 4.9 million UK SMEs employed 14.4 million people. So it’s clear just how much we owe to these companies and the employees who work so hard to keep them going.
To recognise these businesses and everything that they’ve achieved, many choose to participate in the annual campaign, Small Business Saturday. Originating in America, the event was created to encourage people to shop in small businesses within their community.
To honour this fantastic campaign we’ve compiled a list of some of the UK’s brightest and best SME superheroes. These small business champions have made it their mission to empower SMEs and help them to achieve their business goals.
Law graduate, Carrie Green, knows how hard it is to start a business from scratch. After growing her first business with an initial marketing budget of £30 per day, she’s had her fair share of ups and downs. But she knows that in order to succeed, enthusiastic entrepreneurs need to believe in themselves and devote time to nurturing their ideas. In 2011 Carrie started the Female Entrepreneur Association to motivate and inspire like-minded women across the globe and guide them through their business journey.
One of the world’s leading motivational coaches, Gerard O’Donovan is an expert in encouraging others to achieve greatness. He’s the owner and founder of Noble Manhattan, a training school for those with a passion for inspiring others to achieve their full potential. He’s trained people from across the globe and has helped hundreds to break business boundaries.
Graham’s knowledge of online marketing is vast. He’s written a grand total of 29 books since he started his own business in 1984, and he uses this extensive knowledge to help others.
When a business is struggling with its online identity, Graham knows what to do. Through a series of seminars, workshops, webinars and master classes, he is able to improve productivity and profits.
Award winner, Joanne Dewberry started her business in 2006 after the birth of her son. Unsatisfied with the party bags on offer during children’s birthdays, Joanne realised that she could do better and so her business Charlie Moos was born. Joanne’s handmade party bags filled with goodies and toys have been a hit with families across the UK. As a result of her success, Joanne started to coach others on how to build their own successful small businesses. Not only does she offer tips to budding entrepreneurs via her website, but she’s also written a book, ‘Crafting a Successful Small Business’.
Warren Knight is a man of many skills. With experience in everything from sales to social media, Warren is able to help brands to treble their turnover. Not only has he founded his own companies and directed businesses to success, he’s also a professional hip-hop dancer.
Blogging coach and copywriting expert, Sarah Arrow, has spent the last eight years blogging her way to success and taking control of various social media platforms. She’s written books to share her extensive knowledge with other budding writers and has been listed on the Forbes’ 100 Best Websites for Women list not once, but three times.
Sarah knows the challenges that bloggers can face, but by spending time getting to know other blogs, she can identify any problems and discuss solutions with the owner.
For as long as she can remember, Tina Boden has been fascinated by the world of business. After buying her first company aged 21, she has become an experienced networker and motivational speaker.
With experience in a variety of sectors such as customer service, hospitality, construction, property management and retail, Tina demonstrates just how versatile she is. Not only does she have a passion for making money and watching her businesses grow, but she’s also a devoted volunteer, offering her time to numerous charities and causes that are close to her heart.
Oli Barrett strives to set up schemes and organisations to help brilliant people to achieve their full potential. He co-founded StartUp Britain, a government-backed campaign to help budding entrepreneurs to succeed.
Oli also founded the award-winning company Tenner, a nationwide competition that lends ambitious 11-19 year olds £10 to get their business off the ground.
It’s this exciting and fun attitude towards business that has made Oli not only a successful entrepreneur himself, but has also inspired thousands of others to make their mark on the world of enterprise.
Julian delivers innovative growth strategies to businesses and entrepreneurs across the world. His mission is to develop bespoke solutions to help his clients to prosper in today’s business environment. Julian places a strong emphasis on ROI and performance and by taking the time to really get to know his clients he has helped numerous companies to thrive.
Through juggling lots of different projects, Julia Chanteray has gained extensive knowledge and expertise in a number of industries. She’s helped to strengthen several successful businesses including a housing association, and a management development company. Despite having numerous ventures on the go at any one time, Julia is more than happy to share her wisdom with others. She regularly talks business on TV and radio and writes a blog about her work.
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