Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which aims to highlight small business success and encourage consumers to support small businesses in their communities. Although the day itself takes place on the December 5, the campaign has the ambition to change mind-sets and have lasting impact on small businesses all year round.
There are around 5 million small businesses in the UK; making up 99.3% of all business and employing 58% of the private sector workforce. Last year, the campaign saw £550 million spent with small businesses on just one day. Excellent news considering 70p of every pound spent local, stays local.
Alison Edgar, founder of Sales Coaching Solutions, a 2014 Small Biz 100 company is Champion of the Small Business Saturday campaign, helping raise awareness of the initiative locally.
Small Business Saturday isn’t just a retail or high street effort; it supports all and any kinds of small business. In attendance at the events will be Nicky Pasquier, founder/owner of Virtuoso Assistant, another Small Biz 100 winner and champion who has recently relocated her business to Swindon.
Alison is running a series of events to promote the benefits of the Small Business Saturday UK campaign and encourage people to apply for the Small Biz 100 awards 2015, after her business was chosen as one of the Small Biz 100 last year, which resulted in her and a few other firms taking part in a Christmas market in Downing Street.
The dates, times and venues are listed below if you would like to support the campaign and find out how you can get involved. Representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses will attend and speak at events.
1st July – Engine Shed, Bristol – 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Emma Jones MBE, founder of the small business support platform, Enterprise Nation, will also speak about the Festival for Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol’s Colston Hall, on 22nd October.
2nd July – Inspire (The Enterprise Network, Wessex Chambers of Commerce) offices, Trowbridge – 3pm – 5pm
3rd July – UTC Swindon – 7.30am – 9am
These are free events and couldn’t be done without generous support from:
Please note your attendance on Eventbrite, simply search ‘Small Business Saturday Sales Coaching Solutions.’
The official hashtag for the campaign is #SmallBizSatUK – don’t forget to mention @SalesCoaching_S so that they can further spread the message.
Need more information? Call 01249 443023
Pictured above: Alison Edgar of Sales Coaching Solutions, outside of 10 Downing Street, part of the 2014 Small Biz 100 award activities