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News - 27 October 2017

The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour launches across the UK for its fifth year

Small Business Saturday, the nationwide campaign to support, inspire and promote the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses, is once again launching its iconic national bus tour to mark 5 years since the campaign was launched.

The bus will be visiting 29 different towns and cities and launching the brand new Small Business Saturday mentoring programme, supporting small businesses one-to-one, with advice directly from their peers. Small Business Saturday is recruiting experienced business mentors in all locations and small businesses will be able to sign up on the campaign website from the beginning of October.

Also debuting this year is the “Small Business Saturday Blue Sofa” where interviews and exclusive Q&A sessions will be live streamed via Facebook Live.

Beginning at Dundee on October 23
rd
, the bus tour travels up and down the country with stops including Lisburn, Cardiff, Lowestoft and the Isle of Wight before finishing in Brighton on November 24th. The tour will provide advice and information to all small businesses as well as some hands-on activities for the public to promote local support for the campaign. Full list of stops is below.

Small Business Saturday is the UK's most successful small business campaign and is this year celebrating its 5
th
birthday year.
Last year saw £717m spent with
small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, up 15% on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the
UK on Twitter on the day with more than 130,000 campaign-related tweets being
sent, reaching over 140 million people globally. Over 80% of local councils supported the campaign, meaning wherever you were on Small Business Saturday, there was something going on nearby.
 

 

 
We have run the phenomenally popular Small Business Saturday bus tour since the campaign launched in the UK in 2013. Now it has grown to five weeks, we can reach a huge number of the UK’s small businesses to deliver mentoring, inspiration and much needed optimism to small businesses across the nation
,” explains Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

 
 

“Small Business Saturday and the bus tour are open to everyone. Businesses on the high street or online, trading with other businesses or selling direct to consumers. It is open to every individual who can take this moment to support their local businesses, and it is open to public sector to both support and reflect on the huge value small businesses generate.”

 

Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, was originally founded by
American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of
the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage
consumers to shop small. The campaign
also
benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of
Small Businesses
and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also
supported by Facebook, Dropbox, Mercedes Benz Vans, Indeed, Vistaprint, Lightspeed and ACCA.

 

Bus Stops as follows:


Date

 

Location

Arrive

Depart

 

 

 

Mon 23rd Oct

Dundee

10:00

14:00

Tue 24th Oct

Edinburgh

10:00

14:00

 

Prestwick

16:00

16:30

Wed 25th Oct

Lisburn

10:00

14:00

Thu 26th Oct

Belfast

10:00

14:00

Fri 27th Oct

Dumfries

10:00

14:00

Mon 30th Oct

Sunderland

10:00

14:00

Tue 31st Oct

Lancaster

10:00

14:00

Wed 1st Nov

York

10:00

14:00

 

Selby

15:00

16:00

Thu 2nd Nov

Brigg

10:00

14:00

Fri 3rd Nov

Rochdale

10:00

14:00

Mon 6th Nov

Bangor

10:00

14:00

Tue 7th Nov

Stoke

10:00

14:00

Wed 8th Nov

Birmingham

10:00

14:00

 

Studley

15:00

16:00

Thu 9th Nov

Hereford

10:00

14:00

Fri 10th Nov

Barry Island

09:00

09:30

 

Cardiff

10:00

14:00

Mon 13th Nov
  

Leicester

10:00

14:00

Tue 14th Nov

Stevenage

10:00

14:00

Wed 15th Nov

Lowestoft

10:00

14:00

Thu 16th Nov

Maldon

10:00

14:00

Fri 17th Nov

London

10:00

14:00

Mon 20th Nov

Plymouth

10:00

14:00

Tue 21st Nov

Taunton

10:00

14:00

Wed 22nd Nov

Reading

10:00

14:00

Thu 23rd Nov

Ryde (IOW)

10:00

14:00

Fri 24th Nov

Brighton

10:00

14:00


Logos and posters will be available to download from the website
www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com
from end of September and can be displayed online or on premises. Businesses around the country can also upload information to the ‘My Small Business Finder’ on the website
 (
)
on what special events or promotional offers they will be running for Small Business Saturday.

 

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page (
) and Twitter feed (@SmallBizSatUk).


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