Downing Street

Outside Number 10 Downing Street with my luxury candle

Downing Street

Meeting Baroness Fairhead

Meeting Baroness Fairhead

It’s not everyday i get to say that i have been to Downing Street!

Yesterday was extraordinary to say the least. I arrived and after security there stood the door, the policeman said just open it. I was so hesitant, “what? open THE door” you can imagine the look on his face!

So THE door opened after a baby knock and i entered to a warm welcome. Everyone was so friendly. Through a maze of corridors and doors, secret doors and fake doors i came to the room that i would be exhibiting. I had sent my giveaways ahead of myself and they had so kindly unpacked them.

I set up quickly as i was the first to arrive out of the 20 of us that would be exhibiting. I then got a tiny tour of Margaret Thatchers room and the ‘White Room’ where i got to sit on the ministers chair opposite where the Heads of states sit (but shhhh don’t tell anyone) a fair bit of cushion plumping had to take place after.

The priceless artworks that hung on the walls were mesmerising, i even saw a tiny piece of moon rock gifted from Richard Nixon.

I got to meet Stephen Barclay- Economic Secretary to the treasury and Baroness Fairhead CBE – Minister of State at the Department for International Trade.

Alongside the other 80 winners who had been invited separately for a drinks and canape reception.

I was at Downing Street courtesy of Small Business Saturday run by Michelle Ovens OBE and her amazing team. I am incredibly grateful for this most memorable occasion.

Small Business Saturday

So Small Business Saturday has been going for 5 years now and it is the first Saturday in December, this year 2nd December. If you are a small business you can register on their website http://www,smallbusinesssatuk.com

Print out a poster too and shout about it on your social media channels.

I am running workshops tomorrow and will be offering a free candle wick trimmer with every workshop or purchase of two candles.

This will be my third year of taking part and at the start of the year i applied for SmallBiz100 , i won a place alongside 7 other Scottish Businesses and in the 100 days running up to tomorrow a business is featured in the media. Read about it here:

Eight Scottish companies named in Small Business Saturday’s ‘Small Biz 100’ for 2017

Smallbiz100 outside Downing street

Smallbiz100 outside Downing Street

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