The Daily Echo is starting a new blog to celebrate small businesses.

Whether you're a kitchen-table based crafter, a cake maker, a small business owner or start-up, we want to hear your stories.

Why you did it, how you did it, what lessons you've learned and what tips you might have for others who dream of setting up on their own.

The aim of the blog is to help inspire those who might be thinking of taking the plunge - no matter how small or grand their idea.

You don't have to be making a huge profit. You don't even have to have a business plan - although if you and you have we'd love to hear from you too!

We hope it will be good PR for your business as well as a great resource for would-be entrepreneurs. 

If you'd like to be part of the new blog, all you need to do is email sam.shepherd
 with your answers to these questions - and we'll do the rest!