Philip Hammond James McBrearty 11 Downing Street Nov 18

Yesterday saw me back in Downing Street as a guest of Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, for a reception to celebrate small business in the UK:

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Philip Hammond Downing Street Nov 18 Small Business

We were also joined by Matt Hancock, who spoke of his support for small business.

Matt Hancock Downing Street Nov 18

Matt Hancock has been the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care since 2018.

James McBrearty Matthew Hancock Downing Street 2018

My first visit to Downing Street was in 2014, as one of the Small Business Saturday 100 for that year.

Small Business Saturday Bus Downing Street James McBrearty

Small Business Saturday UK is a non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

James McBrearty Michelle Ovens SBS Downing Street 2018

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

Michelle Ovens Downing Street Nov 18

Having been involved with Small Business Saturday since 2013, I’ve seen it grow each year and the many benefits the campaign has brought to small businesses.