A Barnet-based plumbing and heating business, whose services include boiler replacement and repair, central heating installations and other plumbing work, is among 100 small businesses to be celebrated by the Small Business Saturday campaign.
This campaign culminates in the UK's dedicated day for small businesses on 3 December.
Marvel Property Solutions, which has grown from being one man with a van to a team of eight vans on the road and four full-time office staff in just four years, will now be among the select number of businesses to be featured by the Small Business Saturday campaign - one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.
Marvel Property Solutions is also about to write and deliver part of the gas course for Southgate and Barnet College, working at grass roots level to influence the training of tomorrow's gas engineers.
"We work with five different groups of small businesses in the local area once a week," said director Lisa Catto.
"We try to proactively find work for one another by word of mouth marketing, educating each other on how we do business, why we do business, the different services we offer, what sets us apart and who our ideal customers are."
Running for four years, the Small Business Saturday campaign last year saw £623 million spent with small businesses across the UK, an increase of £119 million or 24% on the previous year.
The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent. Over 75% of local councils supported the campaign, giving considerable national reach into local communities.
The campaign is a nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses. It is totally free to participate and any small businesses can get involved - from one-man-bands, through to a high-growth office, and from tradesmen to social media gurus.
The campaign also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with, support, inspire and promote small businesses.
"The British public has a great affection for small businesses and we continue to see that grow year on year. Small Business Saturday is an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” said campaign director Michelle Ovens.
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