Number 10 'gets with the script' and welcomes small business champ Liz
KNOCK, KNOCK: Liz Drury at Downing Street, and in the day job.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Dec 2017
VOICEOVER artist Liz Drury has been to 10 Downing Street as the Small Business Saturday campaign reached a climax ahead of tomorrow’s big day.
And the rare opportunity to enter one of the world’s most famous residences may even have won her some work, although she assures us it doesn’t involve the Prime Minister’s answerphone recording!
Liz was there as one of the 100 Small Business champions, selected earlier this year.
“It was amazing, and just such a privilege to be able to go behind that door – it was everything I wanted it to be,” she said of yesterday’s visit.
Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay MP was there to greet Liz and her 99 peers, with Prime Minister Theresa May in the Middle East. They were also joined by Baroness Fairhead CBE, International Trade Minister, Claire Perry MP, Business Minister and Caroline Nokes MP, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency.
It caps an incredible year for the Ulceby woman, who has put her voice to major brands such as Bulgari and BMW, and was a finalist in the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards.
Reflecting on the Small Business Saturday campaign, which culminates tomorrow, she said: “It has been really good for raising the profile. I am finding now that if I go to business expos or networking events, before I introduce myself people say they know I am the voiceover woman! That is great. People are also linking me to opportunities they see on social media, and there is work which may come up as a result.
“I also met a woman there who runs a production company who has a regular male voiceover artist but not a female one. That could be a real possibility.”
Describing the residence as a grand stately home, she said: “It is much bigger than it looks, and goes back a long way.”
The staircase of former prime ministers' portraits also caught the eye.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Small Business Saturday is the nationwide initiative to inspire and promote independents.
Michelle Ovens MBE, director of the campaign, was also there. She said: “Small Business Saturday shines a spotlight on our local businesses to show how vitally important they are to individual communities and the UK as a whole. We are encouraging everyone to support the small businesses near them this Saturday, by shopping local, and also giving them their backing into 2018 and beyond.”
Mr Barclay MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said: “It was great to welcome so many business owners to Number 10 to show our appreciation for the crucial contribution they make to Britain. Small businesses are vital to a thriving and competitive economy that is fit for the future, so it’s great to see that the number of small businesses in the UK has been growing in recent years. We hope the country will join us in championing the UK’s small businesses, and support them this Saturday.”
The UK’s small businesses made £717 million on Small Business Saturday in 2016, which was a 15 per cent rise on the previous year according to research by principal supporter, American Express.