The UK's Small Business Saturday movement is celebrating its fifth birthday in 2017.
If you've not heard about Small Biz Saturday yet (where have you been?) it's a grassroots, non-commercial, non-political campaign,
which highlights small business
success and encourages consumers to support the small, independent businesses in their communities. Although the day itself takes place on the
first Saturday in December each year, the campaign aims to change mindsets
and have a lasting impact on small businesses all year round.
Each year, the campaign chooses 100 small businesses to highlight and promote, one a day, for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday in December. For the last three years, the 100 have not only received exposure on social media channels and in the press, but also joined the Small Business Saturday team at receptions in London.
Last year I encouraged a number of local businesses to apply, and one of them - Jack Dent, of JD Magic - also from my home town of Burton-on-Trent was chosen and visited Downing Street.
I would love to see another Burton-based business in the #SmallBiz100 this year - making it three years in a row our town has been represented, So, along with my colleagues from the Burton Small Business group, I am hosting a tweetup at The Coffee Lounge, in Stretton, on the outskirts of Burton-on-Trent, on Thursday June 1 (the day when applications open for the 2017 #SmallBiz100).
I'd encourage any local small businesses to pop in any time between 9.30am and 11.30am. It's a chance to meet local businesses that you may have seen on Twitter. I'll be there all morning and happy to tell businesses more about the Small Business Saturday campaign and the benefits of being in the #SmallBiz100. There's no charge, just pay for the drinks and any food you buy from this independent coffee shop.
Find out more about the Small Business Saturday campaign at its website - smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com. You can also sign up on the home page for the campaign newsletter and that way you'll hear all about the launch of the search for this year's #SmallBiz100 wherever you are based in the UK.