On 7th December 2013, the UK will be celebrating small businesses up and down the country through Small Business Saturday (SBS). The event, which began in the United States in 2010, is crossing the Atlantic this year to encourage consumers to shop local and shop small.
In 2012 the initiative generated an impressive $5.5 billion in sales for US independent businesses and led to an increase in long term sales for many. The Forum of Private Business has been working in partnership with the SBS UK campaign team and MPs from all parties to ensure the event supports our members across the country.
We'll keep you updated with our plans for Small Business Saturday over the coming months.
How do I get involved?
Show your support Small businesses are encouraged to show their support for SBS. Like their Facebook page, follow @SmallBizSatUK on Twitter and advertise SBS in your premises – downloadable posters are available from the Small Business Saturday website.
Create a promotion
Small Business Saturday is all about boosting awareness of your business, securing new contracts and making sales. By creating a SBS offer or promotion you can create the boost your appeal to new customers.
For ideas and to see what other small businesses have planned for 7th December, head to the SBS Facebook page.
The SBS campaign team are using social media to promote as many small businesses as possible in the lead up to the event. The Small Business Saturday UK 100 is your opportunity to be promoted nationally for free.
For your chance to be promoted email the name of your business, where it is, what it does, what you plan to do in your business on December 7th to mark Small Business Saturday UK. Email everything along with a picture of you in your business to email@example.com.
Last updated and checked 20th June 2016
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