Market Harborough wine merchant named one of Britain’s top businesses

Duncan Murray Wines
Duncan Murray Wines

An award-winning wine merchant in Market Harborough is one of Britain’s top 100 small businesses.

Duncan Murray Wines, in Market Harborough, has been recognised by the organisers of Small Business Saturday (SBS).

Small Business Saturday came from America and aims to raise awareness of the contribution of small businesses to the economy and the community. The campaign has focused on getting the British public to support their local small shops on the first Saturday in December.

This year, leading up to the big event on Saturday, December 5, there will be a daily celebration of the top 100 small businesses.

The businesses have been selected for their commitment to excellence and contribution to their local communities.

Duncan Murray Wines’ day is on Wednesday, December 2.

The firm will be included on the Small Business Saturday website.

Duncan said: “Wow! This is fantastic news. We’ve worked really hard to be the kind of small business we’d like to shop in and it’s great to be recognised for this.

“We love being part of Market Harborough’s business community and our customers are just fabulous.

“Thirteen years in business and it’s still a treat to come to work. Cheers!”

The Small Business Saturday 100 were unveiled on August 28.

These are the 100 firms that the SBS organisers believe reflect the diversity of Britain’s small businesses, and span sectors from brewing to app-making to skydiving.

The Daily Telegraph has been a supporter of the initiative since the initiative’s inception in the UK in 2013.

It originated in the US, where it was launched by American Express to raise the profile of small retailers.

Chukka Umunna, then shadow business secretary, brought the idea over to the UK but it has since become a cross-party programme.

Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday with 64 per cent of the UK aware of the campaign. Last year the campaign trended at number one on Twitter on the day and received around 3.5 million views on its Facebook page.

The organisers have said the goal of the campaign is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by encouraging people to support them all year round.

Any small firm looking to take part can download logos, digital banners, a social media guide and toolkits from the website, which can be displayed online or on premises.

Businesses around the country will also be able to upload their contact information to the My Small Business Finder feature on the website, promoting their special Small Business Saturday events or promotional offers.

More information about SBS can be found on the website at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.