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Alison Edgar picking up the Francesca Kemp Award for Small BusinessAlison Edgar picking up the Francesca Kemp Award for Small BusinessA Wiltshire business coach has been recognised for her work supporting small businesses.

Alison Edgar, The Entrepreneur’s Godmother, was awarded the Francesca Kemp Award for Small Business at a special Blue Tie event in London.

The national campaign Small Business Saturday held the event at St Andrew’s Church in Holborn, London, in partnership with Facebook.

The event is an annual celebration of the campaign’s Small Biz 100, the 100 businesses chosen each year to be celebrated by the campaign, and is held in memory of Francesca Kemp, a Small Biz 100 who died in 2015.

The Francesca Kemp Award for Small Business is given to the business that contributes the most to their community and the wider small business community across the UK.

Alison – who mentors and trains small businesses, speaks at events and in national media, and runs events in her region to drive support for Small Business Saturday and other small business groups, including the FSB and Enterprise Nation – won the award in recognition of her contribution to both the Small Business Saturday campaign and to the wider small business community across the UK.

Speaking at the event, she said: “"Winning the Francesca Kemp Award for Small Business means a huge amount to me as I knew Fran well and I know she would be so proud of how far Small Business Saturday has come.

“I have always been a big supporter of the campaign and am passionate about working with entrepreneurs, so to have that recognised is very special.”

Small Business Saturday is the UK's most successful small business campaign and is this year celebrating its fifth birthday year.

Last year saw £717m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, up 15 percent on the previous year.

The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 130,000 campaign-related tweets being sent, reaching over 140 million people globally.

Over 80 percent of local councils supported the campaign, meaning wherever you were on Small Business Saturday, there was something going on nearby.

Campaign Director Michelle Ovens said: “Alison is an incredible ambassador for the campaign and for small businesses generally. She is indefatigable, always up for helping and inspiring and many small businesses wouldn’t be where they are today without her.

“I am so proud that she continues to be part of our campaign.”