Small Business Saturday Announces November Tour to Support UK SMEs

As the countdown to this year’s event continues, Small Business Saturday has announced a November UK tour to support, inspire and spotlight small businesses. Find out how to get involved here.

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Now in its ninth year, Small Business Saturday 2021 is rapidly approaching, with the nationwide celebration of all things UK small business set for 4 December.

In the run up, Small Business Saturday is embarking on a UK tour that will both highlight the country’s six million small businesses and have a strong sustainability focus.

To this end, the tour will be zero emissions and showcase a fleet of eco vehicles – including an electric van, car, and scooter, plus a ‘delivery style’ push bike – to call attention to the important role small businesses can play in getting the UK to Net Zero by 2050.

The Small Business Saturday UK tour will both highlight the country’s six million small business and have a strong sustainability focus

What is the Small Business Saturday UK tour?

During November, Small Business Saturday will tour the UK – delivering a hybrid mix of online and in-person activity.

That means virtual workshops, webinars and mentoring (with experts from tour supporter BT Skills for Tomorrow) on a range of small business topics, plus on the ground visits and live-streamed interviews with local businesses across the country.

Where is the Small Business Saturday UK tour visiting?

The tour will start at the COP26 UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow, and end up in London, hitting loads of British towns and cities along the way.

Here’s the full list:

Monday 1st November – Glasgow
Tuesday 2nd November – Glasgow
Wednesday 3rd November – Edinburgh
Thursday 4th November – Kilmarnock
Friday 5th November – Belfast

Monday 8th November – Whitley Bay
Tuesday 9th November – Northallerton
Wednesday 10th November – Grimsby
Thursday 11th November – Manchester
Friday 12th November – Colwyn Bay

Monday 15th November – Derby
Tuesday 16th November – Birmingham
Wednesday 17th November – Hereford
Thursday 18th November – Cardiff
Friday 19th November – Plymouth

Monday 22nd November – Southampton
Tuesday 23rd November – Brighton
Wednesday 24th November – Margate
Thursday 25th November – Leighton Buzzard
Friday 26th November – Cambridge

Monday 29th November – London
Tuesday 30th November – London
Wednesday 1st December – London

How can my small business get involved in the Small Business Saturday UK tour?

Check out the Small Business Saturday UK tour website to get involved.

You can submit your business to be considered for a live showcase interview, or sign up for a workshop on topics like ‘Accelerating to Net Zero: How to achieve Net Zero in 6 months’ or ‘Publicity Bingo: 9 hacks to boost your small businesses!’.

Finally, you can see the times for each tour stop, so you can just turn up on the day and see what’s on offer.

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Alec is Startups’ resident expert on politics and finance. He’s provided live updates on the budget, written guides on investing and property development, and demystified topics like corporation tax, accounting software, and invoice discounting. Before joining, he worked in the media for over a decade, conducting media analysis at Kantar Media and YouGov, and writing a wide variety of freelance pieces.

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