#SBS Small Business Sunday, the online business community founded by retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, has announced the names of 36 businesses that have been shortlisted to be part of Autumn Fair 2019’s #SBS showcase, which made its debut at the trade show last year.
From this list, 12 businesses will be awarded free exhibition slots at this year’s Autumn Fair, following a judging process by a panel of experts from Autumn Fair organiser ITE Events.
The winners will take centre stage at the exhibition, which runs from September 1 to September 4 at the NEC in Birmingham.
Theo Paphitis, who is also chairman of hardware and housewares chain Robert Dyas, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to bring the #SBS community back to Autumn Fair. The chance to exhibit at Autumn Fair can have a fantastic impact on a fledgling business’s sales, connections, leads and brand exposure – as we saw from last year. My congratulations go out to all of those who have made the shortlist. These businesses are a true testament to the resilience of the UK retail sector. We are looking forward to announcing the winners of the all-important free exhibiting spaces very soon!”
ITE Events regional director Julie Driscoll said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Theo and #SBS again this year. The entrepreneurial spirit on display in the 2019 shortlist is nothing short of exceptional. The fact that Autumn Fair and organisations like #SBS are able to support businesses like these is really encouraging for the health of the wider retail community.”
The shortlist is:
|● A Year of Dates||● Chambers Concrete|
|● Alice Palace||● Doodlemoo|
|● Angels’ Share Glass Ltd||● Hatching Makes|
|● Ascent Bath & Body||● Home County Candle Co.|
|● Beeutiful||● Jo Hill Textiles|
|● Berber Leather||● Kate Chesters Art|
|● Bird and Monkey||● Kiss Air Candles|
|● Brits Love Vintage||● Little Beau Sheep Ltd|
|● Lucy Bradshaw Jewellery||● My Wee Teepee|
|● Mint Drinks||● Nutmeg Studio|
|● Our Little Globe||● Paper Artist|
|● Petite & Sweet||● Rebecca Christian|
|● Red Herring Games||● Rethinkwrap|
|● Sarah Greening Glass||● Solavia Fine Glasswareswee|
|● The Bottled Baking Co||● The Rocking Felter|
|● The Smokey Carter||● The Wrinkly Elephant|
|● When Lulu met Weasel||● Tigga Towers|
|● Whispers of Wood||● Sandwich Bay Candles|