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Emma  Boatman and Dana BurtonEmma Boatman and Dana BurtonTwo Wiltshire firms attended a reception at the House of Lords this week, ahead of Small Business Saturday, which takes place tomorrow.

As part of the campaign, 100 small businesses nationally were selected to be profiled on each of the 100 days running up to Small Business Saturday. Ethical retailer Goodfayre from Salisbury and Calne-based Boatman Admin Services were each selected as one of the Small Biz 100.

The reception on Monday (November 26) was hosted by former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Lord Young of Graffham and addressed by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Lord Young said: "“Small Business Saturday is a vital campaign to highlight the critical role that small businesses play in fuelling the British economy.

"They are the true backbone of our economy, helping to drive growth across all areas of the country.

"Hosting the impressive businesses in this year’s Small Biz was a huge pleasure, and it is only a small part of the recognition they deserve for their entrepreneurial spirit shown day in, day out.”

Michelle Ovens, founder of Small Business Saturday UK said: “The Small Biz 100 represent the very best in British business at the heart of our economy.

"Day in day out small businesses prove themselves to be innovative, community-minded and capable of thriving in what are undoubtedly challenging times.

"They are hugely deserving of recognition and we are thrilled to have the honour of hosting this special celebration at The House of Lords."

Dana Burton from Goodfaye - Salisbury’s first vegan and plastic free shop – said: “Supporting small business is what we have based our whole business on, so this event and award is really special for us, being able to highlight everything that is great about small and local business in our city, which we do everyday on a small scale but we have risen to the occasion and create a selection of great events to celebrate it on a larger scale.”

And Emma Boatman, of Boatman Admin Services, said: "Three years ago I never thought I'd have my own business let alone be selected as part of the Small Biz 100 - it's great that our company now has nationwide recognition.

"A big part of our business is all about helping other small businesses grow and we have found that those who work with us see us as an investment not an expense. I've even been labelled the "admin fairy!"

For more information on Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com