Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Do It Digital - launching December 23

Small Business Saturday may be over for another year but the drive to help small businesses grow and thrive continues 365 days of the year, even at Christmas and New Year.

The team behind SmallBizSatUK and the #SmallBiz100 will launch 100 Days of Digital later this month in a bid to help small businesses learn more about all things digital.

From December 23 to March 31, 2016, they'll be offering 100 days of digital help, advice, training, tools and local engagement for small businesses. A website is coming soon at but you can also follow them on Twitter at @DoItDigitalUK

I'll certainly be keeping an eye on what they post, because although I'm looking forward to some relaxation with family and friends over Christmas and New Year I usually use the holidays to catch up on some reading and research. That's not really work is it?

Small Business Saturday, and the day before, were busy for me. You many have seen the picture on social media, by Suzi Ovens, when I was one of the #SmallBiz100 invited to exhibit at The Treasury on December 4.

It was a surprise to be introduced to the Chancellor George Osborne and have the opportunity to tell him about my business.

I also mentioned to him about the Women In Rural Enterprise networking group that I help to run in Burton-on-Trent. It was good to hear that he knew all about the national WiRE organisation and the work they do helping women start and grow their own businesses.

I am very grateful to the talents of Joanne Cooper Photography, Essential Print Services and Sweet Memory Lane who provided the goodies and the promotional materials which kept people flocking to my exhibitor's chalet in the iconic Treasury Drum building all afternoon. There was also time for a quick trip to Downing Street to pose for the obligatory 'steps of No 10' picture.

The day after my trip to London, on Small Business Saturday itself, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Derby about the growth of small businesses in Burton-on-Trent, and also to promote the Small Business Conga that was happening later that morning. This was an event organised by the Burton Small Business group, which includes my Caittom Publishing business, HR Protected, FCM Associates and Red Door Studios.

We were delighted to welcome Mike Cherry, national Policy Director of the Federation of Small Businesses, as our guest of honour. You can hear from him, as well as all the Burton Small Business partners, in this video of the event made by Red Door Studios.Thanks to Reflex Print for the marshall's jackets and the canvas shopping bags we gave out as we danced, and thanks to everyone who supported us. I wonder what we can come up with to top this next year?