25th August 2023 – Chopsticks (North Yorkshire) Limited in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, has been selected as one of the nation’s 100 most impressive small firms by the Small Business Saturday UK campaign, as it kicks off its second decade in the UK.
Chopsticks (North Yorkshire) Limited, who are a non-profit business that provides supported work in a workshop environment for adults with learning disabilities, was founded in 1997. They produce kindling from recycled wood, make garden ware and glass art products, upcycle, and repurpose items, offer a garden maintenance service for the elderly and disabled residents in their district and enable individuals to keep their independence by helping them with paperwork, to attend medical appointments, go shopping and socialise
Following a nationwide search it has been chosen as part of this year’s SmallBiz100 line-up, which showcases a line-up of 100 of the most inspiring independent businesses from across the nation.
Small Business Saturday will return on 2 December 2023, with a mission to support and celebrate the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses. With small firms facing huge challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis, the campaign is more vital than ever as it moves in to its second decade in the UK.
Jan Glen, Chopsticks’ Manager for Administration and Finance said: ‘’Being chosen as one of the Small Business 100 gives us the chance to show the world that offering inclusive and safe employment may present more challenges, but it does not preclude a business from producing quality products and services that are sought after in the wider community. We also want to highlight that everybody has skills, regardless of disabilities or age, and that we all take pride in making the business successful. ‘’
Chopsticks (North Yorkshire) Limited will be profiled by the campaign on as part of the 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday UK.
“It’s fantastic to celebrate Chopsticks (North Yorkshire) Limited as part of this year’s campaign” said Michelle Ovens CBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK.
“The impressive small businesses featured in this year’s SmallBiz100 sum up the phenomenal contribution that small firms make to our economy and local communities.”
Small Business Saturday is grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and to support businesses in their communities.
The campaign was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010, and the brand remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK.
On Small Business Saturday customers across the UK go out and support all types of small businesses, from independent boutiques and eateries to small service and b2b based businesses like wholesalers and digital marketers. Many small businesses take an active role in promoting the day by hosting events and offering promotions.
Over the time the campaign has run in the UK it has engaged millions of people each year and seen over billions of pounds spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday attracts huge attention on the day itself, with an impact that lasts all year. Last year the campaign trended at number one in the UK on social media platform X (formally Twitter), with the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 90% of local councils also supported the campaign.
To get involved in Small Business Saturday UK visit https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com
Notes to Editors
Images and interviews are available on request.
Please contact: Jan Glen or Tracey Taylor
About Chopsticks (North Yorkshire) Limited
Endeavour House, Thurston Road, Northallerton DL6 2NA
Tel: 01609 761 661 www.chopsticksnorthyorkshire.co.uk
About Small Business Saturday UK
Small Business Saturday UK is grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and to support businesses in their communities. Launched in 2013, the day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year but has an impact that lasts all year round.
This year Small Business Saturday takes place on 2 December 2023. https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com