Southsea soap firm named in national campaign celebrating small businesses

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A Portsmouth-based manufacturer and packer of artisan soap has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday – the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 5.

Southsea Bathing Hut creates beautiful, handmade soaps using traditional cold process methods.

Samantha Worsey, Director at Southsea Bathing Hut said: ‘In Victorian times, Portsmouth was world-famous for its soap manufacturers – and we are proud to be bringing back a heritage industry to the city.

‘The business is less than a year old, though our online shop is already handling orders from across the country, retailers are starting to get in on the action, and we are working with a range of companies that are looking for high quality gifts for their customers.’

Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign.

Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday.

The UK’s small businesses between them provide 60 per cent of private sector jobs and nearly 50 per cent of private sector turnover.

Last year the campaign was featured by all major media, trended at number one on Twitter on the day and received around 3.5 million views on its Facebook page.

The campaign exists as a nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses and is something for owners to join up with and use for the benefit of their own small business.

It is free to participate and any small businesses can get involved.

In addition to the campaign itself, the team also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses.

National Campaign Director Michelle Ovens said: ‘The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK.

‘Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.

‘Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.’