UK’S TOP ‘SMALL BIZ 100’ UNVEILED BY SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
LONDON, 30 AUGUST 2019: Fit4dogsuk Canine Hydrotherapy Center from Beverley, Eastyorkshire has been selected as one of 100 trail-blazing small businesses in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 7 December 2019.
Fit4dogsuk Canine Hydrotherapy Center is one of this year’s ‘Small Biz 100’, a selection of small businesses drawn from every corner of the UK that reflect the vibrancy of the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses. In the 100 days running up to Small Business Saturday, the campaign will spotlight each of the Small Biz 100, as part of its mission to celebrate small business success and encourage the nation to 'shop local' and support British small businesses.
This year’s Small Biz 100 features a range of unique independent businesses each contributing to their communities and offering something different, including Fit4dogsuk Canine HydrotherapyCenter, founded in 2018 by Kirsty and Mike Skeates.
Fit4dogsuk is a canine hydrotherapy Centre in Beverley, offering Canine Rehabilitation for dogs recovering from surgery, accidents or Illness and have a purpose-built swimming pool for dogs with also a state of the art underwater treadmill. Hydrotherapy can help dogs lose weight, recover from injury, and have proven benefits for conditions including arthritis and other chronic illnesses. They also offer Fun and Fitness Swimming Sessions, puppy confidence classes, sessions to build confidence for all dogs around the water and Physiotherapy.
Fit4dogsuk Caine Hydrotherapy Center joins hundreds of previous Small Biz 100 businesses, which have been announced by the iconic campaign since its UK launch in 2013.
Day one of the Small Biz 100 count-down kicks off with The Butchers Social, from Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, with Fit4dogsuk Canine Center being placed in the spotlight on the 19th of October, where it will be celebrating by offering A Free Goodie bag to all new bookings for the month of October.
Kirsty and Mike Skeates, owners and founders, launched their business on October 20th 2018 to support dogs and owners in Rehabilitation, Fun, and Fitness. She said
“I’ve always been an animal lover and have a collie cross called Tui”. It’s been exciting opening our centre and we have had such a great response from the community and the local vets who are pleased to see such a facility in the area..
“I am so excited to be part of the #Smallbizsaturday100 I am delighted and humbled that Fit4dogsuk Canine Hydrotherapy Center has been selected as #SmallBiz100 for 2019, it is a real honour to be one of the businesses , nationwide chosen for this year.
Director of Small Business Saturday, Michelle Ovens MBE said:
“Each year this campaign has grown in support from government, business and communities alike, and so we can’t wait to begin the annual 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday with the launch of the Small Biz 100 2019.
“Small Business Saturday’s increasing popularity means it was harder than ever to choose just 100 of this country’s incredible 5.6 million small businesses to showcase, but we believe those we have chosen are true representatives of the diverse, creative and inspiring heroes at the heart of our communities.”
In its seventh year, Small Business Saturday is the UK's most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £812 million spent in small businesses across the UK on the day, according to research commissioned by founder and principal supporter American Express.
This was up from the £748 million spent on Small Business Saturday in 2017, with 59% of people aware of the day saying they spent more than usual.
The #SmallBizSatUK campaign trended in the UK top 5 on Twitter on the day, reaching over 100 million people globally.
The Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign, alongside more than 90% of local councils.
Small Business Saturday also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, Indeed and Dell. The campaign is also supported by Amazon, printed.com, Square and Xero.
Small Business Saturday 2019 is open to all businesses to participate in and will commence its regional bus tour roadshow across the UK during the autumn, to drum up further support.