Boo’s Toy Shop praised at Downing Street

Congratulations to Poundbury’s very own Boo’s Toy Shop who was one of 100 small businesses invited to Downing Street last week for a reception to mark the UK’s fourth annual Small Business Saturday

Boo’s Toy Shop located in the Buttermarket sells a wide range of toys for all ages, but specialises in traditional wooden toys. Owner Charlotte Polley is also an active member of the Poundbury business community, most recently running the Christmas in The Buttermarket event and the popular Great Buttermarket Easter Egg Hunt.

Charlotte joined other small business owners at a reception at No.10 Downing Street attended by the Small Business Minister, Margot James.

Charlotte Polley, owner of Boo's Toy Shop at 10 Downing Street
Charlotte Polley, owner of Boo’s Toy Shop speaking at 10 Downing Street

Charlotte Polley told Celebrating Poundbury: “I am delighted to have been chosen as one of the 100 companies nationwide to attend this very special event at 10 Downing Street and take this opportunity to thank all my loyal customers for their support without which my business would be much less successful.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for us to celebrate the
success of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses – from family run restaurants, to innovative tech start-ups, to local corner shops.”

The Prime Minister added: “I’m delighted that we had such a great representation of firms here in Downing Street to mark this event and recognise the prosperity they bring to the UK.”

Charlotte Polley, owner of Boo's Toy Shop at 10 Downing Street
Charlotte Polley, owner of Boo’s Toy Shop

Small Business Saturday is a not-for-profit campaign that places small, independent businesses in communities across the country in the national spotlight. Its aim is to prompt people not only to spend money with small independent businesses in the run-up to Christmas, but also to create a mind-set to support them all year round.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, said: “The UK’s 5.5 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating millions of jobs in communities across the country and helping to build an economy that works for all.”

“Small Business Saturday has become an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“We aim to showcase the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector and persuading people to get out and support their friends, neighbours and family members and
reinforce local communities and economies.”


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