Essex-based XS Items, run by Colchester Ambassador Ian Montgomery, took prime slot on BBC business news on Black Friday in November 2018. The date traditionally heralds an online snap sale and the start of the Christmas shopping season in the US.

The BBC, who filmed at the XS Items’ premises in Wyncolls Road and interviewed Ian, reported that an estimated £1.5bn would be spent on the internet in that one day alone.

Ian revealed that sales for XS Items were growing by 20% a year – thanks to people shopping online. The company specialises in selling excess items on eBay.