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On the road: Small Business Saturday tours UK

25 October 2017

On the road: Small Business Saturday tours UKThe "shop local" campaign Small Business Saturday has embarked on a five-week bus tour of the UK this week, starting in Scotland.

The campaign bus will be visiting 29 towns and cities across the UK ahead of this year's Small Business Saturday, taking place on 2 December. The tour will provide advice and information to small businesses as well as activities for the public to promote local support for the campaign.

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which encourages consumers to support small businesses in their communities.

This year's bus tour is offering a new one-to-one mentoring programme for small firms. Small Business Saturday is recruiting experienced business mentors in all locations and SMEs can sign up for a free one-hour mentoring session on the SBS website.

Also new this year is the Small Business Saturday Blue Sofa where interviews and exclusive Q&A sessions will be live streamed via Facebook Live. In addition, the campaign has a new app, available to download from the app stores at Apple and Android, giving small businesses the chance to be seen by thousands of people across the UK.

Any small firm that wants to join the campaign can download logos and posters to display in their premises from the Small Business Saturday website. Businesses can also upload their information onto My Small Business Finder to highlight the special events or offers they will be running on the day.

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