Small business owners offer advice on how to boost your company and steer it back to success


IT is two months since most small firms were allowed to reopen after lockdown, but many are still struggling.

Graham Sweet owns Graham Sweet Studios in Cardiff, making props and decorations for shop window displays.

Baker Sam Boden-Wright opened his venture Sams Bakehouse weeks before lockdown in March

The 81-year-old, who runs the firm with his son Sion, said: “This is my 51st year in business.

“In all this time I have been though many recessions, the financial crisis of 2008 and even the three-day week in the early Seventies.

“All of these have now paled in significance to what’s happening right now. We must adapt to these new challenges and find a way through this.”

If you are a small business owner, or work for one, help is at hand.

Dance teacher Lisa Gilbert runs the Lisa Gilbert Academy of Ballet in Bethnal Green, East London

Next week is the annual Small Business Advice Week, with free coaching from experts.

There is also the chance to win half a day’s advice with entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den investor Piers Linney.

Visit to sign up and get started.

Also, 100 of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses will mark the countdown to Small Business Saturday on December 5.

It showcases a new firm each day on social media.


Here, we talk to two owners about how to stay afloat.

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