Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Small Business Saturday UK is coming

For me, one of the most exciting developments in the small business world this year has to be the introduction of Small Business Saturday UK.

Up to now, this day of focus and celebration has been held in the US on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Its aims are to get people to shop with their local businesses and to help support their local communities. And it's proved an astounding success with small businesses in the US raking in almost £3.5 billion in sales last year. And now it's our turn!

Here are my thoughts on why Small Business Saturday UK so important and details on how you can get involved...

Small Business Saturday UK - it's kind of a big deal

You'll know better than most that every day of business is an important one, but Small Business Saturday gives your business and all the others in your areas something to focus on and work towards. It will be a huge nationwide event celebrating companies just like yours, so what better day to really show the world what you can do.

The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna is the scheme's main sponsor and as such will be winning loads of coverage that you can benefit from. Plentiful opportunities to promote your business and your brand.

Small Businesses - we want you

In the run-up to the December 7th, there will be a series of events for you to get involved in. These events will provide you with further opportunities to promote your business as well as get some ideas on how to make the most out of the day. One event that recently took place was the Google+ Question Time event. If you missed it you can watch the recording here. It worth a watch and give you some great ideas of how to make the most of the day.

There is also going to be a small business bus tour coming to a town near you very soon, so make sure you keep one eye on the Twitter and Facebook pages for more info.

I'll be writing more on this subject over the coming weeks for the Jelf Small Business blog... so be sure to check back for more information about the event.