Small Business Saturday comes to Boroughbridge

NARG 1412024AM3 Boroughbridge Post Office. Postmaster Nigel Hamilton- Evans with Office manager Karen Hamilton-Evans and deputy office manager Debbie Stephenson. (1412024AM3)
NARG 1412024AM3 Boroughbridge Post Office. Postmaster Nigel Hamilton- Evans with Office manager Karen Hamilton-Evans and deputy office manager Debbie Stephenson. (1412024AM3)

Celebrating the place of small businesses on the high street, Small Business Saturday has put a Boroughbridge company on a very exclusive list.

Boroughbridge Post Office has been recognised as one of only 100 small businesses taking part in the event on Saturday (December 6), which exists to support, inspire, and promote small businesses.

The staff were nominated because of their Christmas campaign this year that, in partnership with Boroughbridge Primary School, gave children the chance to design a festive stamp.

The three winning designs will be sold at the Post Office, with proceeds going back to the school.

Postmaster Nigel Hamilton-Evans said: “When we found out we had been nominated we were chuffed to bits.

“We have been struggling for years to find a relevance for younger people. Social media is the way forward for interaction with any business out there, so this gave me a kick up the bum really.”

The video of the competition submitted as the Post Office’s nomination reached more than 20,000 within four days, and the staff are now optimistic about Small Business Saturday boosting this profile.

Mr Hamilton-Evans said: “If we were one big business all the small businesses up and down the country, just think how much money we chuck into the economy and how many people we employ.

“We are fantastic and some of us are business-owners who run the shop and we have expertise and passion.”

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones is supporting the Post Office and has been involved in the contest.

He said: “Nigel and the Post Office have really embraced Small Business Saturday and the team produced a great piece of social media highlighting in a properly funny way the importance of Small Business Saturday.

“While Small Business Saturday does a great job raising awareness of small businesses, every day should be a day to celebrate our small businesses. They bring a rich diversity to our area and to the business mix.”