Small businesses at the heart of the community in Eastbourne

Small businesses are the life force and soul of local communities, says Matt Davies, owner of independent digital accessories store Baseus in The Beacon.

As the UK celebrates Small Business Saturday tomorrow, Matt and partner Lina know more than most the effort that goes into running an independent business.

Matt left a 10-year career in mental health to fulfil a vision of opening his own store in Eastbourne, after moving to the area five years ago.

With two young children, Matt and Lina have poured their hearts into setting up their own business, the first in the UK to sell a range of digital accessories produced by worldwide brand Baseus.

Matt said: “We love Eastbourne and wanted to bring something different to the town. Running a small business, I have had to learn to remember everything! It’s a bit like building a house. I’m responsible not just for the bricks but mixing the cement and making sure it all comes together. Big chains have systems already in place. I’ve had to create a system and that is a continuing learning curve.”

Matt and Lina now employ three people in the store and have ambitious plans to expand to other locations, possibly with a different brand in the future.

Matt said: “I think Small Business Saturday is a great way of recognising the importance that small businesses play in the community. When you are small, you can build up relationships with customers. It’s not just about people coming into our store and buying things. I believe small businesses are the life force and soul of local communities and should be celebrated.”