A CHILDREN'S author was treated to a House of Lords reception as a reward for being named in the top 100 small businesses in the UK.

Josie Dom, which publishes children's books, was recognised for its contribution to the UK economy and also the Halstead community.

It was part of the SmallBiz100 which is a campaign which encourages people to use small businesses.

Josie Dom, which is not her real name, said: "Being part of SmallBiz100 this year is a huge achievement for any small business and I’m excited by the opportunities it has brought me, including being invited to attend the House of Lords on Monday.

"I will continue to run initiatives to support my local community, including on Small Business Saturday, which is also the day of the Halstead Christmas Fayre, when I will be reading stories in the St Helena Hospice Charity Bookshop on the Centre."

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday which celebrates the impact of small business.

Lord Young of Graffham, who was behind the House of Lords event, said: “Small Business Saturday is a vital campaign to highlight the critical role that small businesses play in fuelling the British economy.

"They are the true backbone of our economy, helping to drive growth across all areas of the country.

"Hosting the impressive businesses in this year’s Small Biz was a huge pleasure, and it is only a small part of the recognition they deserve for their entrepreneurial spirit shown day in, day out."