Chic Bedford furniture company gets major boost as it joins national campaign

Kempston firm singled out as an inspiring small business

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 12:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 12:54 pm

Proven-Salle is to be given a spell in the limelight as part of this year’s Small Biz 100 - a national campaign highlighting some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses.

Marking 100 days building up to Small Business Saturday on December 5, the Small Biz 100 provides a major profile boost to small businesses across the UK.

The campaign aims to support and celebrate a vibrant range of small, community driven businesses across the UK.

Ffion Hawke, of Proven-Salle, in Kempston

Among the firms being recognised are a family-run florist in Bristol, a beauty salon in Inverness, and a wine school in Chester - and our very own Proven-Salle, in Kempston.

Founded by Ffion Hawke in May 2018, the business is the home of furniture and accessories, particularly with a French Countryside or Provencal influence.

Proven-Salle will be placed in the spotlight on Sunday, November 29, with a number of promotional activities planned.

Ffion said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be part of the Small Biz family and feel very honoured to have been selected for 2020.

Proven-Salle, in Kempston

"Small businesses are the life blood of the economy and are essential for driving the recovery of the UK, post covid.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported small businesses, bought from small businesses, liked their social media posts and generally been amazing. It all makes such a difference.

"I can’t wait to connect and collaborate with the Small Biz 100 community. It’s so lovely to share such uplifting news with people during such strange times.”

Michelle Ovens MBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: “Congratulations to Proven-Salle for joining the Small Biz 100. This campaign highlights the amazing, positive impact small firms have on communities across the UK.

"Given the phenomenally tough time small businesses have had, and the special role they played supporting communities in lockdown, it’s vital we continue to support them as this crisis continues.”

Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday has grown significantly each year, with a record turnout of 17.6million people choosing to shop small on the day last year, generating an estimated £800million.