Middlesbrough coffee shop in national spotlight

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Middlesbrough business Bentley’s Coffee Shop will be given a spell in the limelight as part of this year’s Small Biz 100, a national campaign highlighting some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses.

Marking 100 days building up to Small Business Saturday on December 5, the Small Biz 100 provides a major profile boost to small businesses across the UK, particularly at this challenging time.

Showcasing a daily celebration of the Small Biz 100 through social media, the campaign aims to support and celebrate a vibrant range of small, community driven businesses across the UK.

Established in 2019, Bentley’s Coffee Shop is an independent, family-run coffee shop serving locally-sourced coffee, tea, light bites and sweet treats, based in the Parkway Shopping Centre and Middlesbrough Sports Village.

Bentley’s, which has also opened units within the Debenhams stores in Beverley, Scarborough and Scunthorpe, will be placed in the spotlight on Friday October 16, and the teams will be celebrating with our customers with some Small Biz 100 cakes.

Martin Smith, co-owner said: “We are thrilled to have been selected as part of the Small Biz 100. We were over the moon when we discovered that we even had our own special day to celebrate our success with our teams.

Co-owner Helen Smith added: “We have an amazing cake-maker inhouse at one of our premises and we have no doubt that a celebration cake will be in order for the day.”

Emily Bentley said: “We never would’ve thought that we would have been ranked in this important list, especially since we’ve only been trading for just over a year.

“The legacy and opportunity that being part of the Small Biz 100 is going to bring will be invaluable for years to come. We are very humbled to have been included.”

Michelle Ovens MBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: “Congratulations to Bentley’s Coffee Shop for joining the Small Biz 100! This campaign highlights the amazing, positive impact small firms have on communities across the UK.

“Given the phenomenally tough time small businesses have had, and the special role they played supporting communities in lockdown, it’s vital we continue to support them as this crisis continues. This year’s Small Business Saturday is going to be the most important one yet, and were determined it will also be the best.”

Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday has grown significantly each year, with a record turnout of 17.6 million people choosing to shop small on the day last year, generating an estimated £800m.