UK Firms Profiled in 2020 Small Biz 100 to Mark Small Business Saturday

Event organizers are searching for 100 of the best UK small businesses to mark the countdown to the oncoming Small Business Saturday.

The event, set to go down on 5th Dec 2020, comes when small companies are struggling with Coronavirus’s effects and an economic recession.

The 2020 Small Biz 100 will scrutinize a hundred of the best performing firms in the remaining days to the event, in a bid to support and celebrate UK microbusinesses.

2020’s event features a diverse and promising group of self-run businesses impacting the UK’s market.

The countdown starts with a Tottenham-based family-owned restaurant branded Chukus. Nigeria-born brother and sister Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick’s restaurant has attracted many clients and encouraged community crowdfunding.

Organizers say the campaign will continue to use various platforms, including social media, to celebrate the 2020 Small Biz 100 every day.

This year’s top 100 will join the long list of hundreds of other alumni. The annual Small Business Saturday launched in 2012 for the first time in the UK but was initially created in 2010 by American Express in the US. It occurs each year on every first Saturday of December but has a year-long impact.

American Express is the UK’s primary sponsor of the program in line with its campaigns to motivate customers to shop from small businesses.

On the event day, consumers from all corners of the UK come out to thank and stand with all categories of small businesses, whether eCommerce or physical stores. Hundreds of micro-business play a key role in endorsing Small Business Saturday through event-hosting and product discounts.

Michelle Ovens, Head of Small Business Saturday UK, stated that this year’s event will be a significant one thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic recession.

“All through the pandemic, the nation has experienced the vital role of small business in the community. The rollout of the 2020 Small Biz 100 appreciates the immense benefits startups and small businesses bring to their surroundings,” said Ovens. “We must continue to offer unswerving support for small businesses as this pandemic goes on.”

According to Dan Edelman, of American Express, “each one of the firms picked in the Small Biz 100 has an inspirational story to tell, and this focus on them is a show of great appreciation and a door for more growth.”

“Our surrounding communities are richer and livelier thanks to these firms, and we’re privileged to support them through our Shop Small campaign and as the primary sponsor of Small Business Saturday.” Said Edelman

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How Intelligent is the Decision to Invest in a Pair of Custom-made Shoes?

Looking sharp has a lot to do with the overall dress sense of a person, but recently, I got to learn that footwear gives an impression of how much you are willing to invest in yourself. I remember saving to order a pair of quality leather shoes some years back; with compliments from virtually everyone that saw me in the shoes, I could tell that I made a good investment.

Not only does a quality shoe give a comfortable ambiance to the feet, but it is also a good morale booster. Having spot-on self-confidence when going for an interview or work presentation will be a plus on the impression you leave on the people you encounter.

There are several things necessary to be considered before investing in a pair of shoes. One is the purpose; what niche of events do you have in mind, will it be for official functions, to be worn with casuals for walks in the park, or will it be exposed to the harsh rigors of an Olympics running track? Guests at an office dinner will not find it difficult to pick you for the odd one out when you put on a pair of footwear for recreation for such an occasion.

It is advisable to have at least one shoe pair for the following activities: sporting and fitness activities; official functions like dinners;  a couple of casual breathers for summer afternoon walk; hard soles for occasional hiking and fishing trips in the countryside.

How to identity quality shoes

The ability to assess shoe quality will help ensure that you pay a corresponding price for the offered product. I recently told my brother to read online reviews about G.H. bass’ shoes; he wanted to get a pair of shoes for his wedding. And having bought two quality pairs of that brand for myself last Christmas, I could vouch for their quality. He, however, felt that paying that much for a couple of shoes is a rip off; but you know, it all boils down to taste – and knowing how to assess the quality of products before opting to buy. There are leather shoes in my rack, which I have had for several years now, and would still fetch a reasonable price if I were to decide on selling them in the pre-use sale sites.

Taking custom-made leather shoes as our focus, here are a few things to look out for when hunting for quality shoes. If your choice is a leather shoe for casual wear, go for one with full-grain leather; the texture and weather hardiness of such shoes makes them comfy to wear. However, for more formal wear, a shoe with the top made of fine leather gets the vote.

Avoid brands that use imitation leather for the upper portion of their shoes, to misleading buyers. Shoes made from genuine leather are distinguishable by checking for the characteristic smell, texture, thickness, and the reversed side of the material. If a so-called leather shoe peels, creases, or changes color over time, the leather is most likely imitation.

Check for the utilized method in holding the sole and shoe top together. Is it a stitch-finished shoe or glue-finished shoe? Leather shoes that are stitch-finished are the hallmark of quality, which makes them relatively expensive.