Bishop Auckland’s independent bicycle shop Inspiral Cycles has been announced today as one of 100 trail-blazing small businesses in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 7 December 2019.
The Newgate Street shop is one of this year’s ‘Small Biz 100’, a selection of small businesses drawn from every corner of the UK that reflect the vibrancy of the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses.
Gary and Fiona Ewing opened Inspiral Cycles in 2015 to offer high quality bicycle sales, accessories and repairs along with expert advice. They now join this year’s national Small Biz 100 featuring a range of unique independent businesses each contributing to their communities and offering something different, joining hundreds of previous businesses in the Small Biz 100 iconic campaign since its UK launch in 2013.
In the 100 days running up to Small Business Saturday, the campaign will focus on each of the Small Biz 100, as part of its mission to celebrate small business success and encourage the nation to ‘shop local’ and support British small businesses. Inspiral Cycles are placed in the spotlight on 12 September 2019, when Gary and Fiona will be celebrating by joining representatives from the other 100 businesses in London.
Fiona said: “This is an especially exciting time for us as Inspiral Cycles has grown to capacity in 4 years, thanks to our customer support. We are now looking forward to extending our current shop space, with more room for extra staff in a new workshop and therefore a quicker turnaround time on cycle repairs.”
Director of Small Business Saturday, Michelle Ovens MBE said: “Each year this campaign has grown in support from government, business and communities alike, and so we can’t wait to begin the annual 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday with the launch of the Small Biz 100 2019.
“Small Business Saturday’s increasing popularity means it was harder than ever to choose just 100 of this country’s incredible 5.6 million small businesses to showcase, but we believe those we have chosen are true representatives of the diverse, creative and inspiring heroes at the heart of our communities.”
In its seventh year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £812 million spent in small businesses across the UK on the day, according to research commissioned by founder and principal supporter American Express.
This was up from the £748 million spent on Small Business Saturday in 2017, with 59% of people aware of the day saying they spent more than usual.