Small Businesses encouraged to share success stories
Successful salon and spa owners are being invited to share their stories as part of a new campaign that aims to make 2012 'the year of small businesses'. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called for success stories from business owners who are making money despite the global downturn, as part of its Get Britain Trading campaign. The idea is that case studies demonstrating how to succeed in a tough climate will inspire other entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses. The Get Britain Trading 2012 campaign was launched earlier this year at an event in Westminster attended by 60 business owners and business minister Mark Prisk. FPB chief executive Phil Orford said: 'We are calling on all small business owners to get in touch and pass on the secrets of their success so that, in turn, other entrepreneurs can benefit - and so we can spread some much-needed positivity at the same time.' According to figures from the department of Business, Innovation and Skills there were 4.5 million private sector enterprises in the UK at the start of 2011, 99.2% of all businesses in the UK are classified as small (0 to 49 employees) and small firms account for 46.2% of private sector employment and 24.9% of the UK's annual turnover.