By Claire West

Every recession sadly sees many unfortunate losers, but as the old saying reverberates: "Every cloud has a silver lining." We have just been through the deepest recession since the 1930s, and now that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is the small businesses of this spirited country that are leading us to pastures green and rich.

Ebay UK has proved a significant outlet for entrepreneurship during the recession, with the number of new businesses registered on it growing by nearly a fifth since the recession started. Ebay says 25,000 new businesses have registered on the UK auction site since September 2008, taking the total to 140,000, a jump of 18%. Between them these new businesses have turned over more than £200m since then.

KiwiFunk is a prime example of the type of young exciting new business that has been created during the recession, and intends to contribute towards and benefit from the growth, which lies ahead!

The online shop focuses on sourcing and offering funky homeware and off the wall products."We source items which are rarely found on the high street, design led items that are both fun and funky," says KiwiFunk's director Mei Brewer. "50% of our sales have come from the UK with the
other 50% coming from mainland Europe, which is not surprising since Europe is the UK's biggest export market, "
adds Mei.