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Oldbury Hula-Hoop Dance & Fitness School Named in Small Business Saturday UK’s ‘Small Biz 100’ for 2016

 MG 8061 4589A hula hoop dance and fitness school in Oldbury, near West Bromwich, has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd.

Rachel Conlisk, owner of Spinsonic Entertainment, is a hula-hoop performer and teacher, who sells handmade adult fitness and dance hoops online and at community events and festivals. She teaches hoop dance and hoop fitness classes to adults and family classes, but specialises in taking hoop fitness and fun classes to adults who may have barriers to reaching regular exercise classes, whether through physical, psychological or mental health difficulties. She runs workshops and classes for adults with learning disabilities and mobility problems for Sandwell Council, Birmingham MIND, schools and the Deaf Cultural Association. Her company will now be among the select number of businesses to be featured by the Small Business Saturday campaign one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.

Rachel began hula-hooping three years ago.  Within a few months, a local hoop teacher had seen her showing some passers by how to hula-hoop at a community event, and asked if she would cover a class for her.

“She also told me that if I made hoops, people usually bought one after a class,” explains Rachel.  “I had never taught before, and didn't know how to make hoops, but said yes. She gave me a crash course in teaching and I taught myself how to make hoops. I make them by hand and sell via my website as well as on eBay, Etsy and Amazon. I perform at clubs, festivals, community events, parties, and do street entertainment. I now also sell a range of hula hoop vests that I designed myself, hoop costume items and belly dancing accessories.”

Small Business Saturday is already the UK's most successful small business campaign. This is the fourth year of the campaign, which last year saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24 per cent on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent. Over 75% of local councils supported the campaign, giving considerable national reach into local communities.

The campaign is a great nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses. It is totally free to participate and any small businesses can get involved - from one-man-bands, through to a high growth office, and from tradesmen to social media gurus. In addition to the big day, the campaign also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses. In short, Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses.

“The British public has a great affection for small businesses and we continue
to see that grow year on year.  Small Business Saturday is an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.
“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round. Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.”

Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also supported by PRS For Music, TalkTalk Business, Vistaprint, Post Office and Clear Channel

Logos, digital banners, a social media guide and toolkits will be available to download from the website and can be displayed online or on premises. Businesses around the country can also upload information to the ‘My Small Business Finder’ on the website ( on what special events or promotional offers they will be running for Small Business Saturday.

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@SmallBizSatUk).

Last modified on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 12:25

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