Meet the people behind Britain’s small businesses

SMEs are behind 60% of UK GDP. Get to know some of the people driving Britain’s economy and see what drives them.

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Celebrating small business people

The people behind small business

Far from faceless corporations, small businesses are defined by those who founded them and worked their way to success. Read some of their stories here.

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    Ade from Nubian Skin
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    Steven from Future Kings
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    Laura from Popcorn Shed
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    Sidonie from Papersmiths

Ade from Nubian Skin

This is Ade, founder of Nubian Skin – a small business that makes lingerie and hosiery for skin of all tones.

Read Ade's story

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Steven from Future Kings

Meet Steven, the creative mind behind Future Kings, one of London’s fastest-growing creative agencies.

Read Steven’s story
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Laura from Popcorn Shed

Laura is the Kernel-in-Chief of Popcorn Shed, a fast-growing small business that makes great-tasting snacks.

Read Laura’s story
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Sidonie from Papersmiths

This is Sidonie, the graphic designer behind Papersmiths, a growing retail business. Her dream is to inspire creativity.

Read Sidonie’s story
Head and shoulders photo of Sidonie Warren

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The small business owners featured in this series all use Xero online accounting to save time and get paid faster.

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