Small Business Saturday 2017 Hits the UK on December 1st

Following swiftly on the heals of Festive Friday 2017 this Saturday sees the UK indie shopping scene celebrating Small Business Saturday 2017.

Created by American Express to help support the independent shopping scene, Small Business Saturday is for small UK businesses to get the help, support and custom they need to survive and thrive.


Who is Small Business Saturday 2017 For?

The Small Business Saturday 2017 team have stated on their campaign site:

“We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you!”

Great news for small businesses online, offline and everywhere.


How to Get Involved in Small Business Saturday 2017

There are lots of ways to get involved in the Small Business Saturday 2017 campaign.

  • Use the small business finder on the campaign website (link below) to find small businesses in your area.
  • Download campaign logos to share on your social media accounts, encouraging your friends and family to ‘shop small’.
  • If you’re a small business, download the marketing pack to see how you can get involved.
  • Share all your plans and activities on social media using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK


Help for Small Businesses

Alongside the Small Business Saturday 2017 day on 1st December the campaign also has many other activities and events to help small businesses.


The Inspire Series

The ‘Inspire Series’ is a programme of free talks and workshops covering a whole range of topics, whichinspire and support start-ups or existing small businesses.

Free workshops are held throughout the country and all the workshops are also live-streamed with a Q&A held on Twitter

An archive of all the Inspire Series content is also available on the Small Business Saturday YouTube Channel.


The Bus Tour

In the run up to the UK’s Small Business Saturday 2017, the campaign also had a bus tour. Taking to the UK roads, the bus visited twenty seven places in the 5 weeks between Monday 23rd October and Friday 24th November.

The bus tour started in Dundee and provided numerous activities, workshops and small businesses exhibitions.

The tour’s final stop was in Brighton where it caught up with a good friend of Card & Gift Network, Jeremy Corner, Business expert and Director of card publisher, Blue Eyed Sun.


Jeremy Corner on the Small Business Saturday 2017 Bus Tour

Jeremy Corner on the Small Business Saturday 2017 Bus Tour


You can see the interview with Jeremy and more clips from the Small Business Saturday 2017 bus tour on the campaign’s Facebook page.


Taking the Pledge to Shop Small

Small Business Saturday 2017 is a much loved event that gets lots of support from small businesses across the UK.

It’s been great to see all the of the shop small pledges coming in. You can see them featured on the campaign website and hopefully they’ll encourage you to shop small this Christmas.


Small Business Saturday Pledges

“We are launching a small business grants scheme, a Christmas competition, and a workshop for SMEs.”  Crawley Borough Council.


“Small businesses are at the heart of what we do, we will be supporting #Smallbizsatuk across social.”  Payzone UK Ltd.


“We are supporting Small Business Saturday by providing free parking on the day.”  Derbyshire Dales District Council.


“Members showcasing their products/service with stalls at Wymondham Market, live band & mince pies!”  FSB East Anglia.


“Treasure Hunt around 20 local shops in Oakham, Rutland with prizes to be won! Entry forms in shops.” FSB Leicestershire, Northants & Rutland.


Find Out More

If you’re interested in supporting Small Business Saturday 2017 in any way you can find more information about the campaign on the Small Business Saturday UK website.


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