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Local entrepreneur chosen for top 100 small businesses in UK

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The Secret Crocheter from Melksham has been selected as one of 100 trail-blazing small businesses in UK.

The local business, which was founded in 2016 by Nicola Coleman, features in the ‘Small Biz 100’, which celebrates unique independent businesses from across the UK. The list has been compiled to promote Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 7th December.

Nicola has been a keen crocheter for a few years, having originally learned with her mother and grandmother. The hobby gradually became a passion and she left her role as deputy headteacher at Seend Primary School, to pursue her dream of sharing her love of crochet with others. 

From her Crochet Cabin, she holds workshops for crocheters of all abilities, as well as making and selling  gifts and kits for the Melksham Makers’ Market. As well as workshops, the Crochet Cabin can also host children’s craft parties.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a Small Biz 100,” said Nicola. “This is great news for my little craft business, especially because just over 12 months ago, I was a full-time deputy headteacher; a lot can happen in a year!  Teaching people to crochet is a dream come true and I’m so excited about joining the Small Biz 100 family.”

Next month, Nicola will attend a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate her selection as one of this year’s ‘Small Biz 100’. 

Nicola said, “I’ll be joining hundreds of small businesses and supporters at this exclusive event, just two days before the seventh annual Small Business Saturday.   The event,  hosted by Lord Young of Graffham,  will be a big celebration of the UK’s phenomenal small businesses and the spirit of entrepreneurship.”

In its seventh year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £812million 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 £748million spent on Small Business Saturday in 2017, with 59% of people aware of the day, saying they spent more than usual. 

For more information about The Secret Crocheter, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/these cretcrocheter

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