High street and online retailers across the UK are preparing themselves for the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, which will take place on 7 December 2019.
A grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities. Originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010, the campaign was launched in the UK in 2013 where it has grown in popularity and influence year-on-year.
Small Business Saturday 2018 brought in record figures, with £812 million spent in small businesses across the UK on the day. The Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign, alongside more than 90% of local councils.
Small Business Saturday also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, Indeed and Dell. The campaign is also supported by Amazon, printed.com, Square and Xero.
Small Business Saturday 2019 is open to all businesses to participate in and will commence its regional bus tour roadshow across the UK during the autumn, to drum up further support. The bus will be visiting Auchterarder on Friday 15th November to offer some fantastic opportunities to local small businesses.
With mentors, exhibits and a free networking hour from 11am to 12pm, it’s a great opportunity for local small businesses to meet with each other and the Small Business Saturday team to exchange ideas.