We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you!
DIGITAL PACK DOWNLOAD
There are lots of ways to get involved. For starters, download our Digital Pack for Small Business Saturday 2014.
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LOCAL MARKETING PACK
Or sign up to get our Small Business Saturday Pack posted out to you, which includes posters that you can use on the day itself.
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SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT OUT
And if you’ve got any plans for the day, be sure to tell us about it & we’ll give you a shout out via Facebook & Twitter.
48% of UK consumers were aware of the day
Over 1.5 million Facebook views and #SmallBizSatUK trending top 3 all day
40% of all Local Authorities supported the campaign
Over £460 million was spent in small businesses on the day
Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses. As part of our ‘Inspire’ stream of work we are kicking off our fantastic new ‘Inspire Series’. The series will see a number of brilliant entrepreneurs and figures in the world of small business give talks and workshops to existing and aspiring small businesses & entrepreneurs for free.
The series will be structured to have a workshop and participatory feel - the speaker will begin by talking about the subject followed by a Q&A session as well as live streaming and live Twitter Q&As. This will allow for digital participation for those who cannot make the talks in person.
See to the right for the first of our Inspire series talks and get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending any of these talks.
“Small Business: Collaboration is Key”
If you have watched the Toy Story movie you may remember the scene where Woody encourages the toys to find a ‘Moving Buddy’ so they do not get left behind; if you are running a business single handedly, or even if you employ a small number of people, then Tina Boden encourages you to follow Woody’s advice and get yourself a ‘Small Business Buddy’.
Tina Boden will present a 45 minute session which will see her setting out the importance of micro and small business owners collaborating with other small business owners to develop their offer. Tina, a Small Business Saturday Ambassador, will share why she believes the ‘Power of Plenty’ is much stronger than one lone voice in the darkness while emphasising the importance of retaining your own business identity throughout any collaboration.
During this presentation you will also find out why collaborating with your customers is the most cost effective form of marketing when your are an independent business.
There will be a 15 minute Question and Answer session with Tina following the presentation where you will be able to ask Tina your small business questions – she has a lot of experience to share.
Find out more about Tina
“Demonstrating your social value can win work and connect you to your customers”
This event is for small businesses who do good in their local community but who never tell their customers!
Trading for Good Founding Director, Kay Allen, will explain how sharing the good that you do can help grow your business reputation and connect you to more customers and help you tap into the procurement process. What's not to love!
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“Every business has to start somewhere - how to turn an idea into a successful business”
“Every business has to start somewhere. Everything is small before it gets to be big. That may not sound like the world’s most original point – but, after a long career in business, I know it to be a vital one to remember. Small businesses and start-ups are the engine of our economy – they account for 49% of all private sector turnover in the UK and employ an estimated 14.4 million, 59.3% of total UK private sector employment. And they do grow.
As a business mentor, I know the difference between success and failure, between statis and growth – and quite often, belief and a bit of advice is all it takes. I’m proud to be a mentor and the Chair of the Small Business Charter. I would love to share a bit about what inspires me and how you can turn an idea into a successful business.”
Sir Peter Bonfield CBE FREng is Chair of the Small Business Charter. With forty five years experience in electronics, computers and communications, Peter has worked across a diverse range of companies in Europe, USA and Asia. He is currently the Chairman of NXP Semiconductors and has previously been the CEO of BT and ICL. He has served on the boards of over 14 companies across the world.
“How to take your business online for less than £100”
This event is for any StartUp, store owner, or existing business, considering expanding sales by selling via marketplaces or your own dedicated website. Small business expert, Emma Jones, will show how it's done on a budget of less than £100 so you can be selling product or service across the globe, and in time for Small Business Saturday!
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BROUGHT TO YOU BYSMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Last year we took the Small Business Saturday bus around the UK and this year we are back with a bigger and better tour!
With more locations and a bigger bus we hope to spread the word far and wide, so if you are interested in getting involved and we are coming to a location near you, check out the map and get in touch, or just come along on the day to say hello and show your support.
As Small Business Saturday UK is all about championing small businesses, we are once again using our social media channels to feature 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to December 6th.
Last year's 100 not only received exposure on our social media channels and in the local press, but also joined the Small Business Saturday team in London at a reception in Downing Street with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
We have heard from many great Small Businesses who want to be part of this year's Small Biz 100 and applications are now closed.
Below you will find our calendar of our Small Biz 100. From 29th August 2014 we will add a new small business everyday to feature.
Check back here each day to see the next of our Small Biz 100...