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Rutland firm Bat and Bottle chosen to represent Small Business Saturday

Bat and Bottle founders Emma and Ben Robson EMN-160930-170102001
Bat and Bottle founders Emma and Ben Robson EMN-160930-170102001

A Rutland company based at Oakham Enterprise Park is celebrating after being chosen as one of only 100 UK small businesses to represent this year’s Small Business Saturday campaign.

Bat and Bottle Wine Merchants has been singled out for praise by Small Biz 100 as part of the build-up to Small Business Saturday 2016 and has been featured on the Small Biz 100 Calendar.

Bat and Bottle is a specialist importer of Italian wine and was one of the first tenants to move to Oakham Enterprise Park after the site was bought and developed by Rutland County Council.

Bat and Bottle has been in operation since 1994, selling wine, olive oil, grappas and spirits direct to the public and a small number of discerning restaurants, both local and nationwide.

Emma Robson co-founded Bat and Bottle with her husband Ben. She said: “It’s fantastic to be named as one of the Small Biz 100 companies. I’m very proud to be an owner of a small business and couldn’t be happier to be settled right here in the heart of Rutland.

“We’re immensely passionate about what we do and have spent more than 20 years growing and developing what we think is a really unique and special business, so it’s great to get this kind of recognition. We hope our success draws more attention to Small Business Saturday and inspires people to support the local businesses and traders that are right on their doorstep.”

Small Business Saturday UK highlights small business success and encourages consumers to support small businesses in their communities. This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on December 3, when Bat and Bottle will be holding an Open Day and tasting event at their warehouse at Oakham Enterprise Park.

Oakham Enterprise Park was bought from the Ministry of Justice by Rutland County Council in 2012 and converted into a thriving hub for small and medium-sized businesses. The site is now operating at close to full capacity with 97 per cent of available business units occupied and further investment is planned to accommodate new tenants.

Council leader and portfolio holder for development, Terry King (Con), said: “Small businesses are hugely important to our local economy. When small businesses are successful it has a positive effect on the wider community, creating jobs and ensuring we have a diverse range of products and services available to consumers in Rutland.

“The Enterprise Park is home to a growing number of small businesses and their success is one of the driving forces behind our plans to increase capacity at the site. It’s therefore fitting that Bat and Bottle should be highlighted in the build-up to Small Business Saturday and we hope as many people as possible will use this year’s event to get behind our small business community.”

For more information about Small Business Saturday visit: smallbusiness saturdayuk.com

To find out more about Bat and Bottle Wine Merchants, visit: www.batwine.uk


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