Maybugs, who have retail stores in Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hailsham, 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. 

Yesterday, Sunday 24th September Maybugs was celebrated across Small Businesses Saturday’s social media on day 27 of the SmallBiz100 campaign.

Maybugs the independent and family run gift and homewares business was founded by Greg Rose and John Dale in 2018. 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.

Greg Rose, Co-Owner of Maybugs said, “Are we dreaming? To be recognised as one of the 100 most inspirational small business in the UK is just and unreal feeling. To be chosen to sit along-side so many innovative, unique and simply ground-breaking other businesses feels surreal. The SmallBiz100 is such a great opportunity for us to grow our network and shout about why we think Maybugs is so good!”

John Dale, Sales Director at Maybugs Said “We work very hard to continuously reinvent our stores, creating exciting destinations for our customers and being the first to market with so many new brands and launches.  We are so lucky to be working in an industry that we love, and of course it means the world to us, and to our fabulous team, to be recognised at such a high level, and in such good company too.”

Greg Rose continued, “It’s especially special for us, as this week will see the expansion of our Artisan Market upstairs at our Eastbourne store. A space given completely free to local and UK based small producers to sell their products will double in size, following it’s huge success since launching in July.” “As all our new ranges, plus Christmas starts to arrive in our stores, there is so much newness for our lovely customers to discover.”

Maybugs was profiled by the campaign on 24th September as part of the 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday UK.

“It’s fantastic to celebrate Maybugs 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.

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About Maybugs

Founded in 2018 by couple Greg Rose and John Dale, Maybugs is a family run, independent gift and homewares store based in Sussex. Greg, with his years of retail buying experience and John with his customer service background, decided to open their first store in Hailsham selling ‘Beautiful Things for Fabulous People.’

Two further stores followed in Eastbourne in 2021 and Bexhill-On-Sea in 2022. Each of the Maybugs stores features a plethora of unique gifts, including many UK made items combined with some of the biggest gift and homewares brands in the UK.

Now in their fifth year, Maybugs continues to go from strength to strength and has been recognised by business and retail awards at the highest levels.

Maybugs Bexhill – 42 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN40 1AX

Maybugs Eastbourne – 129 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3NR

Maybugs Hailsham – 26 Vicarage Field, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1BG

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About Small Business Saturday UK  

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities. Launched in 2013, the day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but has an impact that lasts all year round. 

This year Small Business Saturday takes place on 2 December 2023.