The nation’s most loved independents have a chance to be put on the map, as the Small Business Saturday campaign announces plans to mark its ten-year anniversary with a special celebratory roadshow.
Business owners across the country are being encouraged to sign up to get involved, as the campaign gears up to shine a massive spotlight on small firms in every corner of the UK, by visiting over 20 towns and cities this autumn, alongside a digital programme of support and mentoring.
Supported by BT, ‘The Tour’ will kick-off in Glasgow, going on to visit small businesses in locations including Fife, York, Cardiff, and Padstow throughout November, before finishing in London in the run up to Small Business Saturday on 3 December.
Alongside the physical roadshow, the campaign will also offer a jam-packed daily schedule of online content – including free workshops and mentoring covering a vast range of relevant topics, as well as interviews with small businesses and experts.
“Small Business Saturday has always been about supporting and celebrating the UK’s fantastic entrepreneurs, and never has this been more important as they face a barrage of challenges this winter,” said Michelle Ovens CBE, and director of Small Business Saturday UK.
“We can’t wait to get back on the road with ‘The Tour’, to spotlight these brilliant and unique small businesses, whilst also offering them vital support in-person and online.”
With sustainability and energy saving high on the agenda for small firms, ‘The Tour’ will once again feature a fleet of electric and zero emissions vehicles that reflect the sustainable switches many small business owners are making in their daily lives, whilst also highlighting the vital role small firms play in the race to net zero.
“Once again small businesses are facing another challenging year and having to think strategically in order to succeed,” said Chris Sims, BT’s managing director for its SoHo (Single/Small office, Home office) unit.
“Earlier this year BT launched a new customer Charter with a commitment to step up free digital skills training for small businesses and working with partners such as Small Business Saturday on initiatives like The Tour is an important route to deliver this.”
“It’s a brilliant way for small businesses across the country to gain support in digital skills and grow their capability for the future. We’re delighted to be supporting The Tour again this year.”
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and to support businesses in their communities. The iconic campaign is celebrating its tenth year in the UK this year, with principal supporter American Express.
The Small Business Saturday tour will visit the following UK locations:
Monday 31st October Glasgow
Tuesday 1st November Fife
Wednesday 2nd November Edinburgh
Thursday 3rd November Belfast
Friday 4th November Wirral
Monday 7th November Manchester
Tuesday 8th November Helmsley
Wednesday 9th November York
Thursday 10th November Grimsby
Friday 11th November Derby
Monday 15th November Cambridge
Tuesday 16th November Birmingham
Wednesday 17th November Hereford
Thursday 18th November Merthyr Tydfil
Friday 19th November Cardiff
Monday 22nd November Padstow
Tuesday 23rd November Exeter
Wednesday 24th November Southampton
Thursday 25th November Brighton
Friday 26th November Leighton Buzzard
Monday 29th November Walthamstow
Tuesday 30th November Aldgate
Wednesday 1st December Brixton