UK’s first Small Business Saturday gears up for launch with help from MP Chuka Umunna

Shadow secretary of state for the DBIS to hold live tweet session to promote new scheme

MP Chuka Umunna, the shadow secretary of state for the department of business innovation and skills, is continuing to champion new UK enterprising initiative Small Business Saturday by holding a live tweet chat session on Twitter next week to discuss the campaign.

Launching on December 7, the independent one day campaign is set to support small business owners by encouraging consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities on both the day and beyond.

The initiative has already received support from the prime minister and leading organisations, corporate firms and entrepreneurs including the Federation of Small Businesses, the Retail Trade Association, O2 and Dragons’ Den star James Caan.

The campaign originally began in America in 2010 with backing from president Obama and has since raised over £3.5bn in sales for small businesses. It’s hoped the scheme will be similarly received in Britain.

Umunna will be answering questions directly from small business owners providing them with information on the scheme and how they can get involved on the day.

The tweet chat will begin at 11am on August 20 and you can tweet your questions and ideas by following @SmallBizSatUK and @ChukaUmunna and using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK.

For more information on Small Business Saturday click here.

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