Zamsoe a Padstow jewellery design business named in Small Business Saturday UK’s ‘Small Biz 100’ for 2016

Karen Wanless from Zamsoe

A small Padstow-based jewellery design business, whose collections of bracelets, brooches, necklaces and other jewellery for both women and men are inspired by the beautiful landscapes around its studio in Porthcothan Bay, Cornwall, 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.

Zamsoe was created officially two years ago by Karen Wanless, who moved from the North East to Cornwall after a decade of what she describes as 'playing' at doing business. The company designs, makes and sells distinctive jewellery, including innovative approaches like its ‘earrings in a bottle’ concept. From a small product range selling online the business has grown and is active on all the major online market places. It has also launched a wholesale business selling to more than 100 galleries and gift retailers across the UK and overseas. It will now be among the select number of companies to be featured by the Small Business Saturday campaign one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.  

“The move from the North East to Cornwall was the catalyst to make Zamsoe a 'real' business,” explains Karen.  

“Buying, giving or receiving little works of art should be an enjoyable pleasurable experience and gives you something special in today’s world of mass production. The culture and inspiring seaside and countryside of Cornwall is inspiring our new product ranges.” 

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

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@SmallBizSatUk) or their website  If you would like more info on Zamsoe visit

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