An inspired idea combined with determination and drive led to a Teddington mum-of-three stepping through the door of 10 Downing Street last week.

Julia Kelly, 47, the creator of baby night light Meelight, an innovative breastfeeding light for night feeds, was welcomed by government officials representing the small business community.

Julia’s company Meemoobaby, has made significant strides since people began buying the night light product last year. As well as strong sales through retailers JoJo Maman Bébé and Mothercare, the company has secured a place on this year’s Small Biz 100 list.

Describing the day, she shared in London with other 100 list bosses she said: "It was amazing – very inspirational. Networking with like minded people is invaluable."

Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, said: "It is great to welcome so many business owners to Number 10 to show our appreciation for the crucial contribution they make to Britain."

The reception took place two days before Small Business Saturday, a nationwide campaign to support, inspire and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses.

Talking about the product she created with her brother Steve Gould, an electronic engineer, Julia said: ``The idea of actually designing and producing Meelight came up four years ago. When my three girls were babies I struggled to breastfeed properly and often thought there was a gap in the market for a product which could solve the problem."

Designed to attach to clothing to improve the night shift with babies, the small portable product’s attraction is its soft golden glow.

Julia, who runs the company from her Teddington home, sometimes Skyping China and the US at 5am, says that being part of the Small Biz 100 network has been very helpful.

Advising would-be entrepreneurs, she said: "Do your research, follow your instincts, and keeping going through hard times. Ask for help when you need it- recognise there are some aspects of your business that are not within your skill set and sub-contract them. The reward: A positive product review."