Small businesses in Falmouth have received national recognition from the Small Business Saturday roadshow.

The initiative, aimed at supporting small firms facing economic challenges, visited Falmouth in the run up to the national event.

The tour team visited various local businesses, gaining insights into the goals of Falmouth's entrepreneurs for 2024.

Among them was children's author and illustrator Charlii Testar, known for books aimed at helping children in expressing emotions, including  ‘The Sad Oranges’, and ‘The Worry Worms’. 

The day also featured visits to marketing company Oh So Social, Happy Business and mental health support charity Georgia’s Voice, along with Amanda Brier Ceramics and Pip Hayler Photography.

Pip Hayler, founder of Pip Hayler Photography, said: "So lovely to be a part of the Small Business Saturday Tour in Falmouth and Penryn this week.

"Cornwall has a thriving community of small businesses, often helping and supporting each other.

"It’s a privilege to work alongside many of them and deliver a service to help these businesses grow."

Falmouth Packet: The tour team visited various local businesses, gaining insights into the goals of Falmouth's

Kicking off from Scotland earlier in the month, ‘The Tour’ is touring the UK as part of the countdown to Small Business Saturday.

This event takes place on the first Saturday of December each year to celebrate the achievements of small businesses and promote local shopping within communities.

Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday, said: "We’re so glad that we could visit Falmouth and celebrate all the fantastic businesses in the area.

"Small business owners make up such an important part of the UK economy and their local community here in Cornwall, so it’s great to celebrate them with the Small Business Saturday campaign."

Acknowledging the importance of sustainability, 'The Tour' is using electric vehicles to lower emissions, reflecting the eco-friendly switches made by several small business owners.

The group will hit Exeter, Bournemouth, and Brighton next before wrapping up in London in time for Small Business Saturday on December 2.

Many business owners from the region also benefited from mentoring and workshops, provided for free by the Small Business Saturday campaign throughout November.

Small businesses keen to join ‘The Tour’ or book virtual mentoring sessions and workshops should visit the Small Business Saturday UK website.