It’s Valentine’s Day. The day when, thanks to Saint Valentine, we’re all encouraged to shower those close to our hearts with expressions of our love. The restaurant is booked, and the helium heart balloons are bobbing away in the cupboard under the stairs eager to escape and celebrate the day. Your partner (or secretly admired partner-to-be) will no doubt appreciate your efforts, but is there someone, a ‘significant other’, you’re forgetting?

Who do you love?
As a small business owner, entrepreneur, contractor, freelancer – however you class yourself – there is a whole cast of people who help you make your business what it is and who might appreciate a gesture of, well, if not love, then at least acknowledgement for the work they do for you.

So, in no particular order, here are our top five of those closest to your business who might appreciate some acknowledgement:

  • Your business advisers – accountant, solicitor, business banker…
    You might not have shared a candle lit dinner for two with your accountant but you do almost certainly rely on the quality of their advice and counsel. And the same goes for the legal and banking advice you receive. Some recognition can go a long way. 
  • Your customers
    There is no business without customers of course. When did you last show them your appreciation for the business they give you?
  • Your suppliers
    Of course you pay them for what they provide but, as with your business advisers, you’re dependent on the quality of what they deliver for you to provide your own high quality service. How can you make sure they keep going the extra mile for you?
  • Your employees
    If you have anyone working for you, you can’t be romantic. But they will appreciate a ‘thank you’ for a job well done.
  • Your support network
    Is there someone you rely on for business mentoring? A shoulder to cry on when things don’t go as planned? Or that someone who’ll read a business plan or proposal and provide their own invaluable feedback?

That’s who they are but then there’s the question of how to reward them? Something as simple as a box of chocolates, bottle of wine, or a handwritten card, lunch, or even a phone call to say thanks can go a long way. Here are six more suggestions for sharing the love on social media.

Dinner for two
It’s probably sensible though to confine those romantic dinners to your partner outside of work…and, if you really wanted to push the boat out there, we’ve sourced what is claimed to be the most ‘Romantic Valentine’s Dinner Ever’. The menu includes native oysters, caviar, risotto, carbineros prawns and saffron, and is all personally whipped up for you by a Michelin starred chef at a very reasonable £61,000.

Maybe stick to those helium heart balloons?