Big news big news…

So, the honour of being selected as one of the SmallBiz100 is huge and I’m thrilled to have been chosen. This great accolade comes with a heavy responsibility, though; to make a difference and offer support to the 5.5 million small businesses who, like me, plough a different furrow to many business folk

The purpose of Small Biz 100 campaign is to raise both awareness and the profile of smaller businesses across the UK, highlighting one business per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on the 1st December. The 2018 Small Biz 100 are drawn from every corner of the UK and reflect the vibrancy of the UK’s small businesses.

Whilst you may have seen an article here or there, I also had the pleasure of talking to Owen from Code56 as part of his podcast series, to explain why I applied and what my “day” will be all about (listen here for the podcast)

When applying for SmallBiz100 I was given some excellent advice by Elaine Pritchard from Caittom Publishing a previous winner.  She advised creating something that worked specifically for you and would not be too difficult to put into practice.  As a non-retail business this did pose a problem, but based on my experiences with Owen, I decided that a series of podcasts of my own, highlighting other small businesses would be appropriate.

You see I don’t consider my business to be typical – I am nomadic, write at strange hours and in different locations (usually where there is caffeine and cake) and I wanted to find out if there are others like me.  I wanted to find my tribe, whilst raising the profile of Ask the Chameleon.

So, I have my list of potential tribe members – but very interested to hear from others if you want to drop me an email? I am pulling together my script (I feel like Parky!) and I will soon be on the road, recording and editing, ready to release later in the year.

I really do encourage all businesses, small and large, to use the power of awards and media to stand stall and talk about what you do.  Awards are a great platform to raise your profile and that of others. I know it’s hard to talk about yourself and your business sometimes – but it’s not bragging, you are proud of what you do, and you should share that news.

Look out for me on the road – I’m coming!

Small Business Saturday
Enterprising Women Awards - winner
Derbyshire live business winner
FSB-WMids-Micro business of the year winner
The British Business Awards - small business awards Winner
Woman who achieves award winner
Burton Mail Business Awards
the hookup
Prompt Payment Code
F Entrepreneur
Federation of Small Businesses
East Midlands Chamber Member
Marketing Derby

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