31 August 2023
Woking's CRC (Tasktron Limited) selected as one of the nation’s 100 most impressive small firms by Small Business Saturday campaign
CRC (Tasktron Limited) in Woking has been selected as one of the nation’s 100 most impressive small firms by the Small Business Saturday UK campaign, as it kicks off its second decade in the UK.
CRC (Tasktron Limited), which has repaired, refurbished and sold office machines such as printers to UK households and businesses for more than 45 years, was founded by Michael Boyd-Phillips and Peter Woolley in 1978. Following a nationwide search, it has been chosen as part of this year’s SmallBiz100 line-up, which showcases a line-up of 100 of the most inspiring independent businesses from across the nation.
Small Business Saturday will return on 2 December 2023, with a mission to support and celebrate the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses. With small firms facing huge challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis, the campaign is more vital than ever as it moves in to its second decade in the UK.
“We’re thrilled to be recognised in this year’s SmallBiz100 line-up,” said Michael. “We’ve endured many highs and lows in the five decades since CRC began but business has never been tougher so having this national backing and support from the other fantastic 99 small businesses has been a much-needed boost.”
“Our aim is to continue to spread the message far and wide that repairing and refurbishing office machines is better than buying new. Not only does this use less of the Earth’s precious resources and reduce the amount of harm caused through electronic waste, but it also saves people money.”
CRC will be profiled by the campaign on Sunday 10th September as part of the 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday UK. They will also be holding a special ‘Mend it Monday’ event the following day which will be devoted to mending people’s office machines absolutely free of charge as a wayof giving back to the community that has supported CRC throughout the years*.
“It’s fantastic to celebrate CRC (Tasktron Limited) as part of this year’s campaign” said Michelle Ovens CBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK.
“The impressive small businesses featured in this year’s SmallBiz100 sum up the phenomenal contribution that small firms make to our economy and local communities.”
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and to support businesses in their communities.
The campaign was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010, and the brand remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK.
On Small Business Saturday customers across the UK go out and support all types of small businesses, from independent boutiques and eateries to small service and b2b based businesses like wholesalers and digital marketers. Many small businesses take an active role in promoting the day by hosting events and offering promotions.
Over the time the campaign has run in the UK it has engaged millions of people each year and seen over billions of pounds spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday attracts huge attention on the day itself, with an impact that lasts all year. Last year the campaign trended at number one in the UK on social media platform X (formally Twitter), with the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 90% of local councils also supported the campaign.
To get involved in Small Business Saturday UK visit https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com