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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK – Saturday 1 December 2018

What is Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday launched in the UK in 2013. It’s a simple initiative designed to support and promote small businesses, right in the midst of the holiday season.

A lot of people perceive the Small Business Saturday movement to be retail-based; encouraging promotion of smaller makers, independent shops, or maybe even coffee shops. One of my favourite local coffee shops, Pavilion at the Park, is one of this year’s Small Business Saturday Small Biz 100. These businesses are all fab and they get a lot of column inches this time of year – but I would encourage you to remember them long into the new year. They thrive only if we as customers use them.

Some of my favourite small service-based businesses

Talking about Small Business Saturday; I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the small service-based businesses who also do happy dances when they get a sale, but perhaps sometimes can be overlooked in this time of events, gift guides and stocking fillers.

A few of my personal highlights of small service-based businesses that are just as excited to be part of the small business community.

Simplified Accounting. Rachael’s small business offers accounting services, mainly to Limited companies. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t offer it to individuals, this is to do with the company set up (I’m a Limited company and I work by myself). Her approach is extremely down-to-earth, she makes sense of the numbers and does it in plain English. If, like me, you struggle with that side of the business, she is the perfect person to have on your side. And we usually discuss numbers over a slice of cake so that’s always a winner for me.

Southwood Social Hub, and Southwood Social Hub Scotland. The brainchild of Hayley Southwood, these are online networking groups with a difference. There is a maximum number of members at any one time, to help limit the “noise”. The community she has created, and which the members support every day, is really unusual for an online networking group. It is supportive, a safe space, non-competitive and welcoming. The regular meet ups reflect this too, and it’s lovely to see people greet each other like long-lost friends when often they have never met in real life before then.

Donna Tweedale Styling. Donna is so thoughtful and a truly warm personality. She offers various styling services from personal shopping trips and wardrobe edits to seasonal reports. Helping to select the right collection of pieces to pull together a seasonal wardrobe update, or to help with an outfit for an event. Crucially, and perhaps unexpectedly, she doesn’t encourage buying lots of new things. Her service is much more about pulling together what you have and perhaps adding a few extra, key, pieces that will work hard. She’s not going to throw out your entire wardrobe and make you start from scratch; nor is she going to turn you into a clone. Her service is individual and personal.

The Happy Body Project. Julie is an incredible personal trainer. She is a proper nerd when it comes to fitness and nutrition (and I mean that in the best possible way). She really knows her stuff. She runs various group classes as well as personal training, and online courses. All of them are tailored to each individual’s needs – somehow she manages that even in a class of 12 people! It’s her personal touch and her genuine enthusiasm for helping everyone achieve whatever their aims are that make her stand out for me.

Let me know if there’s any others you’d recommend I check out.


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday – Inspire Series

The lovely folk at Small Business Saturday have asked me to run a workshop for their even lovelier small businesses. That’s everyone with a small business by the way. No matter what stage you’re at.

You should know already that I’m quite keen on protecting brands and making sure that businesses are getting the most out of theirs. This workshop will cover everything from how to choose a name, or indeed a rebrand, to how to use it to make sure it remains yours, and also how to protect it to hopefully stop other people pinching it. There should be something for everyone in there although it’s mainly aimed at businesses who perhaps haven’t yet had any advice in this area or taken any steps to protect their brand yet.

The date is set (Thursday 29 September), the invites have been sent (please consider this yours) and now we wait patiently for the RSVPs. Well, the tickets to be reserved. Last time I was this excited about RSVPs was for my wedding – no pressure!

The tickets are free. You get to come and see me in person. The venue, Somerset House in London, is fantastic. Did I mention that the tickets are free? Well they are.

If you can’t make it in person, or if you miss out on a ticket (places are limited), you can follow along online. We’ll also have a live Twitter Q&A as part of the session – make sure you’re following us both @stanmoreip and @SmallBizSatUK

Full details and to book a ticket are here.

Hopefully see you in a few weeks.