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20th Oct 2017

Small Business Saturday Boosts Business for the Fifth Year Running

Coming up on 2nd December

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and millions of consumers around the country now boost their business annually on Small Business Saturday. Last year an estimated £717 million was spent with small businesses across the UK on the day itself.


This year Small Business Saturday will be held on the 2nd December.

Wandsworth Council and Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce are fully behind this initiative to highlight how important smaller businesses are to the economy and to help them reach their goals.

American Express originally founded the ‘Small Business Saturday’ initiative in the US in 2010 and remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. The campaign is also supported by PRS for Music, Dropbox and Mercedes Benz Vans and also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation.

“Over the last five years, Small Business Saturday has had a tangible economic impact on small businesses around the country,” explains Michelle Ovens MBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK.

“We have a growing and highly engaged network of small business owners who recognise the benefit of getting involved and making Small Business Saturday work for their own companies and in their own communities. Our aim this year is to get even more businesses around the UK to experience that effect.”

As with previous years, events will be planned throughout the UK in the run-up to and on Small Business Saturday itself, including the return of the annual nationwide bus tour. Small businesses are being encouraged to get involved and create special events or promotions themselves to mark the day.

Once again, the campaign will also be running Inspire, a nationwide series of free workshops run by experts and entrepreneurs for existing and aspiring small business owners. The workshops are all informal and participatory, with each followed by a Q&A and live Twitter Q&A. The events are streamed live online and are also available on the Small Business Saturday YouTube channel after each event.

For more information visit the Small Business Saturday website:

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce's resident blogger and copywriter -