It was a pleasure to meet Caroline, the owner of Ultimate Flowers on Cockton Hill Road in Bishop Auckland. We had a chat about ways in which councils and government can do more to support local businesses. Caroline had a lovely range of flowers and wreaths so I couldn't miss the opportunity to buy this year's Christmas wreath.
Caroline has a great website as well at Ultimateflowers.net.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
Locally small businesses can receive support from South Durham Enterprise Agency which supports new & existing businesses, provides management training & development as well as supporting voluntary, community & social enterprise.
For further support small businesses can contact the Federation of Small Businesses which has a North East branch.