Over 22,000 people on Facebook are clued in, and so are over 23,000 people on Twitter – so have you started celebrating Small Business Saturday UK yet?
It’s officially on the 5th December, but there’s plenty going on that you might be missing out. Find out just a selection of the highlights below.
My Small Business Finder
This online tool lets you find other small businesses near you, so you can collaborate on a Small Business Saturday celebration.
Free media and information toolkit
Be loud and proud about your Small Business Saturday affiliation – you can download their logos here in the form of banners which can be used on social media, or just print off their logo to display in your shop or business point of sale.
Even better, find out everything that the Small Business Saturday UK team is up to by having a browse of their info pack.
For example, did you know that:
- Last Small Business Saturday, 16.5 million people shopped in a small business – a 20% increase on 2013.
- 64% of UK consumers were aware of the day
- The Small Business Saturday Facebook page got 3.5 million views on the day itself, and their hashtag (#SmallBusinessSaturday) was trending at #1 in the UK all day
- £504m was spent in small businesses on the day itself
- 55% of local authorities and hundreds of MPs showed their support
Considering operations have seriously ramped up for 2015, we’re anticipating even bigger and better things this year…
Free marketing materials pack
If you’re savvy online, you can register with Small Business Saturday UK online (the same way if you want to use the Small Business Finder) and download a selection of completely free marketing materials – including posters and window badges.
Fear not if you’re not able to print or don’t want to register online, though – you can also send away for a pack which will be sent straight to your door.
You may have already gathered that the Small Business Saturday UK guys are pretty big on social media. If you’re not on social media yourself, or not following their pages, now is a great time to get going.
There’s already a lot of buzz and conversation going on that you could be missing out on – including hints and tips from fellow small businesses, and highlights of the Small Business Saturday campaign. Get involved here:
Small Biz 100 highlights
One of the best bits about the run-up to the first day in December (the official date of Small Business Saturday UK) is the start of the Small Biz 100.
Every day in the lead-up to the big date itself, small businesses from all over the country (100 of them in total) get a chance to be in the spotlight for a day and let everyone know what they do.
Follow the social media channels above to see which businesses are being featured, or enjoy the highlights from this report in The Telegraph:
When is Small Business Saturday UK?
Get involved on Saturday 5th December, and check out their official website here.