Wiltshire sales specialist visits Downing Street for Small Business Saturday

By Anita Jaynes on 9 December, 2014

Sales Coaching Solutions from Chippenham, Wiltshire was one of less than 100 firms from around the country invited to represent the UK’s 5.2 million small businesses in Downing Street on Friday to mark the UK’s second Small Business Saturday the following day – on December 6 – when small, independent businesses in communities across the country were put in the national spotlight.

Sales Coaching Solutions provides bespoke sales and customer service training and coaching for small and medium sized businesses. They equip business owners and key personnel with the skills needed to sell their products or services successfully and confidently, ultimately enabling them to increase their profits and grow. Managing Director Alison Edgar, who is also on the National Board for Growth Vouchers, a government matched funding scheme that aims to make strategic advice more accessible for small and medium sized businesses, attended a Small Business Saturday Christmas fair inside Downing Street, which was also attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Small businesses around the UK planned events, promotions and other activities to attract clients and customers to them both on December 6 but also as a way of creating a mindset for people to more readily think of doing business with small, local companies. Already more than 30,000 small businesses around the UK have engaged with the campaign on various social media platforms, many of which have downloaded marketing packs and posters to display on their premises.

“The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains National Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“We always said we wanted this to be the start of something amazing; a regular event that shines a light on small businesses throughout the UK in a way which is hugely beneficial to both the local and the national economy. Small Business Saturday reinforces that message and demonstrates the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector,” Michelle added.

Michelle goes onto say that, with 5.2 million small businesses in the UK, the chances are that if you don’t own one, then you work for one or know somebody who does.

“This isn’t some abstract economic concept,” she says. “This is personal. It’s about getting out and supporting your friends, your neighbours and your family members and reinforcing your local community and economy.”

Speaking about Small Business Saturday 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, commented:

“Britain’s small business owners deserve our support. They are the ones who take the risks to create new opportunities and new jobs, that show off British ingenuity and innovation and I am glad that once again they will be able to be the focus of all our attention and support.”

Small Business Saturday UK has attracted the support of leading business organisations including Federation of Small Businesses, the Association of City and Town Management, Association of Convenience Stores, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, as well as corporates like American Express, O2, Lloyds Bank and NatWest and prominent entrepreneurs Theo Paphitis, Karren Brady and Martha Lane Fox.

More information on Small Business Saturday, participating retailers and details on promotions and other incentives to ‘shop locally’ can be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page (www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturdayuk) Twitter page (@SmallBizSatUk) and website (www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com).

If you would like more information about Sales Coaching Solutions, visit their website www.salescoachingsolutions.co.uk, Twitter page (@SalesCoaching_S) or call or email on 01249 443023 or info@salescoachingsolutions.co.uk.