National Start-Ups Day UK to return on Monday 22 October 2018

Celebrating the UK's flourishing start-up community for a third consecutive year, here's how you can show your support for #NationalStartupsDay!

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National Start-Ups Day UK, a day to celebrate and support Britain’s entrepreneurs and inspiring new businesses, will return on Monday 22 October 2018.

Organised by the country’s leading independent online business resource, National Start-Ups Day showcases exciting and innovative start-ups, while connecting start-up founders with advice and materials to help them succeed in business.

Established in 2016, the #NationalStartupsDay campaign will build on the success of the past two years; on Twitter the hashtag trended across the UK, generating hundreds of thousands of impressions while top brands, entrepreneurs and organisations gave their support to the campaign through social media engagement.

These names included the FSB, Dragons’ Den star Jenny Campbell, Margot James, Tech Nation, and Startup Bootcamp, while the message was also spread overseas with the French Embassy and the US economic development administration sharing their support.

We want this year’s campaign to be even bigger, and to make the voices of more start-ups heard and so…

We’re encouraging our readers and supporters to get involved with the campaign and spread the word by sharing the hashtag #NationalStartupsDay and #PeoplesChampion on Monday 22 October 2018.

How we’ll be supporting #NationalStartupsDay:

Over the course of the day, we’ll be generating awareness of the UK’s most promising and innovative early-stage small businesses by showcasing profiles of over 70 inspiring start-ups in the running for #PeoplesChampion nominations for the Startups Awards 2018.

Readers and start-up peers will get the chance to vote for the companies they deem to be most deserving of the People’s Champion title, with the winner set to be revealed at the Startups Awards 2018 ceremony, backed by headline sponsor The Start-Up Loans Company, on Wednesday 21 November.

But that’s not all.

At the heart of the #NationalStartupsDay initiative is our mission to inform and educate start-up businesses and provide them with the resources they need to grow.

Therefore, we’ll be sharing a host of dedicated free advice, guides and materials across our social media accounts – on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook – to support start-ups and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Why is #NationalStartupsDay so important?

ONS statistics show that there are now over 5.5 million small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the UK.

These businesses are absolutely integral to the health and growth of the economy; building solutions and services, creating jobs, and cementing the country’s reputation as the best place to start and grow a business.

#NationalStartupsDay is a chance to give back and champion those start-ups and small businesses making a difference, while offering up advice and support so that they can continue to thrive.

How you can get involved with #NationalStartupsDay

There are a number of ways you can get involved with #NationalStartupsDay:

  1. Share your support for National Start-ups Day UK on social media using the hashtag #NationalStartupsDay.
  2. Help shine a light on exciting early-stage businesses by submitting your vote for Startups Awards 2018 People’s Champion (details to be announced next week).
  3. Use the day as an opportunity to help a start-up or small business; this could be anything from buying from an independent retail business, interacting with a start-up on social media and offering a piece of advice, or connecting a start-up to a individual or organisation you think may be of assistance.

Start-ups and small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy so be sure to show your support for National Start-Ups Day UK on Monday 22 October 2018!

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