Jacquie Dove, owner of The Lyn Valley Dog House in Lynton, Devon, joined other small businesses at a special reception at the House of Lords this week to celebrate the upcoming Small Business Saturday event (December 2).
The retailer is part of the SmallBiz100, a line-up of 100 successful small UK businesses that have been spotlighted in the lead-up to Small Business Saturday.
The Lyn Valley Dog House has evolved from being a purely online business, to a small shop and most recently into larger premises including a professional grooming service and two public rooms featuring a deli, “barkery” and ice cream parlour. The store also creates welcome boxes for pets staying with their owners at local accommodation.
Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum came together at the reception, with both Under Secretary of State for Technology and the Digital Economy Saqib Bhatti and the Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy Jonathan Reynolds speaking at the event.
Jacquie said: “I am so thrilled to have been chosen to represent North Devon on Small Business Saturday. It is the culmination of everything my supporters and I have been working towards for the last three years.
“Programmes like this are vital to supporting and raising awareness of smaller enterprises like ours.”
Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express, which remains its principal supporter. This weekend, The Lyn Valley Dog House will be marking the campaign by joining with other local small businesses in the Lynton Community Chrimbo event.