Local businesses make it on the Small Biz 100 list

Photos of Ruth and rachel with Small Business Saturday logo

District council congratulates two small businesses based in Lichfield District - Chakra Kids and Mercia Food Hub - after they were chosen to appear on the Small Biz 100 list in the run up to Small Business Saturday in December.

Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday, which is on 4 December 2021. And, this year two businesses based in Lichfield District feature among the 100.

Now in its ninth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to shop local and support businesses in their communities. This year it is calling on the nation to share a big thank you with small firms to recognise their vital role throughout the pandemic.

When featured, each of the 100 businesses receive exposure on Small Business Saturday's social media channels and website and through the media.

Chakra Kids, which uses holistic methods to empower primary aged children to manage their emotions and self-belief, are being featured on 14 September.

Rachel Brown, Founder of Chakra Kids and Holistic Therapist, commented:

“I am honoured and incredibly excited to be part of Small Biz 100 2021. It offers such a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of my business and children’s mental health.

“I am here to change children’s lives for the better, to see them smile, to hear them say “I am amazing” and Small Biz 100, through support, networking and the many promotional opportunities offered, be that press articles, interviews or any other form of advertising, will enable me to get my message out into the world, step into the next level and impact as many children as possible, which I believe is more important than ever following the pandemic.”

Mercia Food Hub, an online farmers’ market, are being featured on 29 October.

Ruth Redgate, Founder and owner of Mercia Food Hub, said:

“To be selected as part of this year’s Small Biz 100 is an honour. Celebrating small businesses is a huge part of what I do. Giving them our support is vital – not only to keep them going, but also for the value they bring to the local communities they serve.

“The opportunity to be showcased will make all the difference to my own business, giving it the chance to grow and further develop along with my suppliers. Being part of Small Biz 100 means sharing the space and opportunity with other amazing businesses, showing exactly how diverse our economy is, and it gives the younger generation the chance to see the potential, to find out what else they could do, and maybe even encourage them to start their own business.”

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

“Our district’s small businesses are vital, providing employment and boosting the local economy.

“It's fantastic to see two of our local small businesses chosen for this national campaign. It’s especially pleasing that one of the businesses we helped through a start-up grant, Chakra Kids, is included in the 100. We’re proud that a business we’ve invested in has been highlighted in this way.

“A huge congratulations to both Chakra Kids and Mercia Food Hub and I am sure everyone will take the opportunity to find out more about them.”

For more information about Small Business Saturday and to see all the businesses featured as part of Small Biz 100, visit Small Business Saturday's website.

Published: 7 September 2021