small business saturday
There's a market too which I'll reserve judgement on as it might be a load of tat. The fact that we even have a need to draw attention to Small Business Saturday highlights the fact that we have a problem on our High Streets. It's all very well to focus on small and independent businesses for one weekend, but what about the other 51?
We want to spread that message of hope and optimism to all small businesses - and that is exactly what we are going to do with Small Business Saturday this year. I have found that hope is contagious - so go and spread it around. It is exactly what 2016 needs.
This is a national day about individual businesses, each with their own particular story. It is about the diversity that exists within the small business sector, from the high tech, high growth business to the small high street retailer; from the individual tradesman to the accountant, web designer, coffee shop or restaurant.
Here are 17 ideas to help you make the most of Small Business Saturday, no matter where you are in the world. Small Business Saturday is on 5th December 2015 in the UK and 28th November 2015 in the US.
Small Business Saturday has come again to Britain, the day when consumers are urged to help their local communities by "shopping
Forget the Grinch stealing Christmas. This year, it is a cute little penguin called Monty that not only steals the show, but also the hearts and minds of the UK populace (and softies everywhere). British department store John Lewis has done it again, with a £1 million commercial (US$ 1.5m) that tells the story of a boy and his penguin pal, on the search for a flippered mate.
Small Business Saturday has hit the UK for the first time, with politicians across all parties urging Brits to go out and
Ministers have marked today's Small Business Saturday by proposing a raft of measures to help small businesses, including
We haven't, until now, designated a particular time of the year to celebrate all that small businesses give to our communities... We'll be using Saturday 7 December - one of the busiest shopping days in the calendar to encourage people to spend their Christmas shopping money locally, not only boosting the local economy but saving on transport costs too.
Although the UK's economy is showing signs of recovery, growing by 1.1 per cent during the first six months of this year, 18 high street shops closed their doors every day during this period according to research from PwC. With many people shopping away from the high street, a new initiative is launching in December to encourage people to shop locally at independent stores.