Small Business Saturday is to be held on Saturday 3rd December 2016.
Business Improvement Districts Scotland is working with the Scottish Government and the team from Small Business Saturday to promote the day across Scotland,
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses in a celebration of all types of business.
"In Scotland, there are just over 355,00 small business providing around 900,000 private sector jobs and they are a vital part of the Scottish economy. Small Business Saturday brings focus to small businesses encouraging people to buy locally - tying in with out Town Centre Action Plan and Town Centre First Principle. The campaign is a good example of partnership working across the public, private and community sectors - an approach essential in delivering support for our businesses to grow and regenerating our local economies." - John Swinney MSP, 2015
As with previous years, there are loads of exciting things planned throughout the UK in the run-up to and on Small Business Saturday itself, including an expanded nationwide Bus Tour, the launch of Small Biz 100 applications, the Small Biz Finder and a new Small Business Saturday UK podcast.
As an example, the UK supported Small Businesses Saturday in 2015 by:
- Customers spending £623m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24% in 2014,
- #SmallBizSatUK trended at number 1 all day on Small Business Saturday with over 100,000 tweets sent in support bof the day, reaching more than 25 million people,
- Over 75% of local councils actively supported the campaign, delivering on the ground activities including free parking, Christmas Fairs and small business networking events plus much much more.
For more information or to register you support for 2016's Small Business Saturday Click here