Any Old Lights at Number 10

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Fowey-based Any Old Lights was invited to 10 Downing Street yesterday (Nov 30).

Sinead Hanks, owner of the vintage maritime and industrial lighting shop, spent the afternoon with ministers as part of a Small Business Saturday event at London’s most famous address.

“We were obviously thrilled to be invited, especially as one of only two companies representing Cornwall,” said Hanks. “But for security reasons were instructed to keep it under wraps. We chatted with Stephen Barclay, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, about  issues affecting small businesses  and getting that kind of access is very useful.”

Barclay added: “It’s great to welcome business owners to Number 10 today to show our appreciation for the crucial contribution they make to Britain. Small businesses are vital to a thriving and competitive economy that is fit for the future, so it’s great to see that the number of small businesses in the UK has been growing in recent years. We hope the country will join us in championing the UK’s small businesses, and support them this Saturday.”

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Small Business Saturday (December 2) is the nationwide campaign to support, inspire and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses.