Small Business Saturday UK, the nationwide festive campaign to support and promote the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses, has announced it will tour the country to spotlight and support the nation’s top growth businesses.
Now in its seventh year, the Small Business Saturday campaign bus will travel over 3000 miles across England, Scotland, and Wales, visiting 25 locations over 25 days in the lead up to Christmas. The bus tour will be visiting Salisbury on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
Salisbury BID has secured Salisbury as a location for the bus tour, and it will be visiting the city on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
Launching on Monday 4th November in Blackpool, the Small Business Saturday UK campaign team will pull into towns across the country, offering free mentoring sessions to small businesses. Booking for these sessions will be available nearer the time.
Each stop will also feature a networking hour where small businesses can interact with each other and learn how to make the most of the campaign.
With an aim to shine a spotlight on the UK’s top small businesses, the campaign will feature its special ‘Blue Sofa’ interview series, where small businesses, entrepreneurs and leading local figures can drop-in to share their stories about their business or local area, to a Facebook live audience.
Michelle Ovens MBE, Director, Small Business Saturday, said: “From Blackpool to Brighton, Edinburgh to Llandudno, The Small Business Saturday bus will travel the country to celebrate the UK’s fantastic growing businesses and shine a spotlight on their success.
“This tour is a way for us to give back to businesses at the heart of communities – celebrating them, championing them and providing a listening ear and a chance for mentoring. The tour is not just open to businesses, it’s open to everyone – every individual who can take a moment to appreciate the far-reaching impact small businesses have on their community.”
Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury BID, said: “We're delighted to have secured Salisbury as a location for the Small Business Saturday UK Bus Tour. Small businesses are an integral part of Salisbury’s economy and community, so it’s important we recognise them, celebrate them and most importantly support them.
“Obviously Christmas is a time when lots of people are out shopping and buying gifts, so we’re encouraging people to think about where they’re spending their money this Christmas and to shop local.”
The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour is an important part of the official countdown to Small Business Saturday, taking place on Saturday 7th December 2019. It follows the recent launch of the UK’s Small Biz 100, – a daily celebration of 2019’s top small businesses from across the UK.
A grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.
In partnership with VisitWiltshire, Salisbury BID co-fund the Visit Salisbury website to promote the city to visitors. The Visit Salisbury website has a full events calendar for Salisbury.