Sunday 5th July
Earlier this week I attended a breakfast networking meeting in Swindon regarding the Small Business Saturday initiative. This year Small Business Saturday takes place on the 5th of December. But of course, much like a puppy, a small business is for all the year around not just the Christmas period!
SBS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturdayUK?fref=ts
SBS on Twitter: @ #SmallBizSatUK
Being the owner of a small business myself – I have a proofreading and copywriting business, AA Editorial Services – I obviously have a vested interest in such things. Since I became a business owner I’ve been sharing small business stories on this blog in the Swindon in Business section.
There’s a symbiotic relationship between the Small Business Saturday and the ‘shop local’ movement – something else I’m an advocate of. Indeed I recently published a post featuring an independent delicatessen in Swindon. In the post I talked about the importance to the local economy of shopping locally and supporting small businesses: http://swindonian.me/2015/05/29/da-paolos-eatalian/
As it says on the Small Business Saturday website: ‘Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.’
In the above article I highlighted another small business, High Street Hero, that I’ve been working with in my AA Editorial Services capacity. His aim is to bring his superpower to the independent retailer on the high street – an advocate of shop local and SBS if ever there was one.
A key part of the Small Business Saturday movement is its Small Biz 100:
‘This year we are once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2015.
For the last two years, the 100 have 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.
Applications close on July 17th, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by email in August.”
The meeting I attended was hosted and presented by Alison Edgar of Sales Coach solutions who has given me permission to use the information from her presentation in this post.
Whether you are a small business or not some of the facts and figures surrounding small business are really interesting. Did you know for instance know anything about the value of small businesses in the UK? Things such as:
- There are five MILLION small businesses in the UK
- They make up 99.3 % of all business conducted
- They employ 58% of the private sector workforce
- 70p of very pound spent on a local business stays local – it’s not hard to picture the positive benefits of that for your local economy
So for those listeners out there who are small businesses – there’s all manner of support opportunities available beyond the Small Biz 100 and you’ll find it all on the Small Business Saturday website. And for those of you that aren’t – do try and support a small business where you can. It’s good for them, it’s good for your local economy which in turn is good for the country. Your local small business need you to survive.