Caerphilly affordable hardware provider named in Small Biz 100

Caerphilly-based affordable hardware provider Happus has been included among another South Wales business in this year’s Small Biz 100.

The Small Business Saturday initiative is an annual occurrence, profiling 100 flourishing small businesses across the UK to promote the role they play in the UK economy.

It’s the UK’s most successful small business campaign. A staggering 6.5 million adults headed out to support a small business on the occasion last year.

Happus, alongside Swansea’s Hygrove Homes, will represent small businesses in South Wales on a national level when Small Business Saturday takes place on December 5th.

The firm – based at start-up incubator Welsh ICE in Caerphilly – offers discounted hardware packages to individuals, collectives and organisations representing a charity or claiming benefits.

David Williams, managing director of Happus, said: “It’s a great honour to be named as one of this year’s Small Biz 100. Small businesses have a huge part to play in the economy here in Wales, particularly for our customers.

“As a small business, we have a lot more control over our service and the freedom to make decisions that we know will benefit our customers – because we speak to them every day.

“We aren’t a chain working for a head office in London, we are a part of our community, living and working amongst our stakeholders.

“We are hoping that the focus and attention that surrounds Small Business Saturday will really help highlight the issue of digital exclusion. We started Happus to help tackle the lack of affordable hardware and connectivity, now we want to help people get the skills they need to get online and be part of the digital world.

“The ethos here at Happus is that internet access is a right, not a privilege and that’s why throughout October we will be offering free support to anyone who feels they need help getting online.”

Michelle Ovens, national campaign director at Small Business Saturday, added: “The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK.

“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.”