If you run a small business, you should already know about Small Business Saturday—and if you want your business to get some free promotion and more trade, you should definitely make sure your business is involved!
Support for all small businesses
Whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is for you, pledging to support you and help to bring more trade to your door. This year, Small Business Saturday will be on 1st December—but the timeline for Small Business Saturday starts, as it does every year, with the iconic bus tour.
Once again, the Small Business Saturday bus will be travelling across the UK, starting from Blackburn on Thursday 25th October and calling at 30 different towns and cities over five weeks until it reaches London on Wednesday 28th November.
At each stop:
You can collect this year’s Small Biz Sat poster for free
You have the chance for your business to be the Business on Board—an opportunity to demonstrate what your business is all about, exhibiting to the public and featuring across the campaign’s social channels
You can book one of the 20 exhibition tables, measuring 50x60cm. They are free, but must be pre-booked via the Bus Tour section of your My Small Business account
The Small Business Saturday team will once again be delivering their mentoring programme at all stops. Sessions are free for small businesses, but these too must be pre-booked via the Bus Tour section of your My Small Business Full details of the mentoring program can be found in the Mentoring Info Pack
The team will host ‘Blue Sofa’ interviews, inviting entrepreneurs and leading local business figures to share their stories to a live audience on Facebook
“This tour is a way for us to give back to businesses at the heart of communities – celebrating and championing them and providing a listening ear and a chance for mentoring.
“The tour is open to everyone – every individual who can take a moment to appreciate the impact small businesses have on their community.”
Sign up and get involved
To take part in Small Business Saturday, make sure you register now so that you can receive all the information and support available. Registering is essential and allows you to:
Apply for book Bus Tour events and tables
Apply to the part of the Small Biz 100
Get your business listed on the Small Business Finder
Receive free, expert, online training from Small Business Saturday and their new partner iDEA (The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award), an international programme aiming to help address the digital skills gap
Small Business Saturday will be celebrating the achievements of small businesses taking part in the iDEA programme throughout the year with special content and events, details of which will be shared with participants over the course of their programme.
If you want to get involved with Small Business Saturday, you can register, download marketing packs and logos, and find out how to connect with the team and promote your event or business here.
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