15 September 2015
Moda Accessories visitor Louise Claire Millinery is one of just 100 small businesses to appear within the Small Biz 100 campaign. The independent milliner – which offers hats for both sale and hire in the Oxfordshire town of Wallingford – was selected as one of the country’s most inspirational small businesses, each of which is promoted in the lead up to Small Business Saturday on 5 December.
“We will have our own profile day on the Small Business Saturday website next week on the 22 September, but the support goes beyond that,” explains Louise Claire Millinery director Louise Walton. “Being part of Small Biz 100 is like being part of a wide and varied community celebrating small business all over the country.”
Since taking over her business as an established hat hire company 11 years ago, Walton has grown the business to offer over 1000 hats and fascinators for hire and sale, as well as introducing a hand-stitched bespoke service. With a portfolio of labels which includes Vivien Sheriff, Nigel Rayment, Max & Ellie and Whiteley, Moda Accessories is a key date on the calendar for the store every season.
“Moda is the only trade show that we attend,” says Walton. “It provides us with a unique opportunity to catch up with longterm suppliers as well as looking into potential new ones and, in the last 18 months alone, we have engaged five new suppliers at the show.”
Louise Claire Millinery is now looking to maximise its promotion via Small Biz 100 on Tuesday next week, when the business will be showcased all day as part of the campaign.
Established in 2013, Small Business Saturday promotes 100 businesses in the 100 days leading up to the 5 December, dedicating a profile on its website to each for an entire day. The grassroots campaign also organises a nationwide tour visiting its chosen businesses and offering seminars and advice to participants.