Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday (SBS) is a national campaign to highlight small business success and promote local, independent businesses. If you’re a small business, it is a great opportunity to:

  • Profile your business as part of a national campaign
  • Introduce new products or services to the market
  • Launch a new business
  • Get free advice and guidance to grow your business

If you would like to showcase or profile your business use the links below for more information:

SBS Bus Tour

This year Stevenage will be one of the campaign’s 25 stops on a nationwide bus tour. The bus will visit Stevenage Town Centre, and be based between the bus station and the Joyride, on 14 November 2017, from 10am to 2pm, and on that day:

Bus tour event programme

  • Business on Board: Small businesses will be profiled and given the opportunity to demonstrate what they do. They will be revealed live on SBS social media.
  • Mentoring and workshops: Expert mentors will offer free support and advice, and free workshops covering such subjects as accounting, social media and online marketing.
  • Giveaways: The team will hand out free Small Business Saturday branded merchandise such as pens, balloons, coffee cups and more.
  • The Blue Sofa: Small businesses, experts and celebrities will be interviewed live on social media. They will share their stories, offer advice and in some cases, hold a live Q&A via the campaign’s social channels

Small Business Saturday is on 2 December 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is once again supporting Small Business Saturday, which this year is on 2 December. Along with partners including Wenta, the Growth Hub, Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, and the Prince’s Trust, the council will be promoting a range of events and activities aimed at showcasing the range of small businesses – local shops, online businesses, business services and small businesses.

In 2016, customers across the UK spent £717m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of 15% on 2015. Over 140,000 tweets were sent on the day reaching 130 million people, trending on Twitter in the UK and globally. More than 80% of local councils supported the campaign, including Stevenage Borough Council through a variety of initiatives including a Speed Mentoring event that took place at the Business and Technology Centre on Bessemer Drive.

There are lots of opportunities for you and your business to get with the activities on the Bus Tour Event and on Small Business Saturday. If you’d like to know more, contact us by emailing economicdevelopment@stevenage.gov.uk

We’ll provide more details of events as they are finalised. To find out about the tour route and other Small Business Saturday events happening in and around Stevenage, visit the Small Business Saturday website.