Small Business Saturday is putting wheels in motion for a new nationwide roadshow to support small businesses across the UK.
Setting off from the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, ‘The Tour’ will visit 20 British towns and cities to ‘support, inspire and spotlight’ the six million small businesses across the UK, as part of the countdown to Small Business Saturday.
And for the first time it will showcase a fleet of eco vehicles that reflect daily life for small businesses and the sustainable switches many are making or considering.
This comes as 97% of small businesses say sustainability is important to their business, according to research by Tour supporter BT Skills for Tomorrow and Small Business Britain.
‘The Tour’ will for the first time deliver a hybrid format of online and in-person activity, which will include virtual workshops, webinars and mentoring on a range of small business topics, as well as visits and live-streamed interviews with local businesses in cities including Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, and Edinburgh, as well as coastal towns like Whitley Bay and rural Hereford.
“We are so excited to get back on the road with this new Tour and put the spotlight on fantastic small businesses and their communities, as well as opening up skills and networking opportunities to millions of entrepreneurs using a new hybrid format,” said Michelle Ovens, CBE, director of Small Business Saturday.
“Running The Tour in an environmentally conscious way is incredibly important to us, and in doing so we hope to encourage small businesses to take the leap and pledge to go Net Zero.”
The Tour, which kicked off off on November 1, will be on the road for a month, finishing in London shortly ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 4.
Now in its ninth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign that celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities.