A WELLINGTON business has been named as one of the top 100 small businesses.

The Emporium Somerset is among the top 100 small businesses labelled by Small Business Saturday in the run up to the campaign’s event in December.

A new business will be added to the list during the 100 days before the event on December 3 that aims to support, inspire and promote small businesses.

The Emporium consists of more than 40 shops selling mostly hand-crafted and Fair Trade products.

Cato Cooper, co-owner of the Emporium Somerset, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have made the list of top 100 businesses in the UK to be celebrated by the campaign.

“We are among some fantastic companies and it is a real testament to all the hard work we have put in over the years.

“It is also a great opportunity for us to get our name out there and for more people to find out about us.”

This is the fourth year the campaign has been running. I, it was originally founded by American Express in the United States of America in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK.

The campaign is a nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses. It is free to participate and any small businesses can get involved, from one-man-bands, to a thriving office. In addition to the big day, the campaign also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses.

According to the campaign, it has the support of more than 75 per cent of local councils.

Campaign Director, Michelle Ovens, said: “Small Business Saturday is 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.”