Entrepreneur visits Downing Street

Entrepreneur visits Downing Street

Lucy Elder

Entrepreneur visits Downing Street

A mother who set up her own photo frame making business was invited to Downing Street to celebrate Small Business Saturday UK.

Rebecca De Jager, of Farmers Way, set up her bespoke carved wooden framing business Hugo's Workshop in June.

The 31-year-old was chosen in September as one of 100 small retailers to feature in the promotions for the UK's first Small Business Saturday.

On Friday, December 6, Rebecca was chosen as one of 12 small businesses owners invited to travel on the Small Business Tour Bus from Brixton to Downing Street for the last stop of its UK tour.

At Brixton, Rebecca shook hands with shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and was interviewed by BBC London's Nicola Ford.

The group of entrepreneurs were then driven to Downing Street where they met with other members of the 100 small businesses featured in promotions at number 11.

"We were all mingling and swapping ideas," said Rebecca. "I met some really interesting people."

Chancellor of the exchequer George Osbourne then arrived and spoke to some of the guests.

Small Business Saturday was originally set up in America in 2010 by American Express to highlight small business success and encourage people to 'shop local'.

Hugo's Workshop is named after Rebecca's 16-month-old son, Hugo, and the entrepreneur set up her business to fit in with her role as a mother and her job as a medical sales co-ordinator.

The combination of her husband, Wouter, buying a carving machine and the realisation of how many photos she took of her son inspired Rebecca to start making the frames.

Rebecca found out how to get involved with Small Business Saturday UK on Twitter.

"Social media has been really important in the growth of my business," she said.

"I do not think I would have been half as successful without it."

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