A SOUTHEND business is in jubilant spirits after being included in this year’s Small Biz 100.

Rosa & Bo has been put forward for the national campaign, which highlights some of the country’s most inspiring small businesses.

Found on the Temple Farm Industrial Estate, Rosa & Bo was founded in 2016 by Leigh-based mum-of-two Laura Mudie and designs sensory development toys for babies and toddlers.

Their signature Nesting Babies are the first Russian Doll-inspired toys safe from birth and beyond.

Laura, who is also a practising midwife, was overwhelmed when she discovered her business was included in the Small Biz 100.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this recognition and be part of such a fantastic campaign.

“We are passionate about small business and want to fly the flag for small businesses all over the UK.”

The Small Biz 100, which builds up to Small Business Saturday on December 5, alerts the community to the small businesses through social media and Rosa & Bo was in the spotlight on Wednesday.


Michelle Ovens MBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: “Congratulations to Rosa & Bo 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 we are determined it will also be the best.”

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