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Small Business Saturday launches UK’s first virtual roadshow to support small businesses

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Small Business Saturday launches a virtual roadshow to help support, encourage and uplift small businesses across the UK 

small business saturdayGreat news for small businesses across the UK with Small Business Saturday UK launching the UK’s first online roadshow for towns and cities affected by the pandemic.

Launching on 2 November 2020 with daily ‘virtual visits’ to small businesses and communities in over thirty locations across the U.K., Small Business Saturday UK will offer an ambitious, vibrant and intensive programme of locally targeted online advice, workshops and mentoring.

With the aim to support, encourage and uplift small businesses across the country facing the challenge of a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, the virtual tour will form a central part of the official countdown to Small Business Saturday on 5 December. Kicking off in Scotland, the tour will ‘zoom into’ locations across the country each weekday; reaching everywhere from city centres to rural communities.

“This year has been incredibly tough for small businesses – financially, operationally, mentally and emotionally. This means our mission to support and celebrate small businesses across the UK becomes even more vital and ambitious”, said Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday UK.

“While we’re obviously sad not to be visiting small businesses on the ground, we are excited to use online to reach more people than ever, and bring small businesses and their communities a tremendously useful package of support. This is all part of our promise to make this year’s Small Business Saturday the best and most important one yet.”

small business saturday The online roadshow will include free virtual mentoring advice on a range of topics, from digital marketing, to time and money management. Live interviews and workshops with local businesses, experts, dignitaries and supporters of the campaign will also be streamed via Small Business Saturday UK’s Facebook page.

Peter Oliver, MD SME for BT’s Enterprise unit, the official supporter of the Small Business Saturday bus-tour said:

“Despite this year being phenomenally tough for small businesses across the UK, we have seen many businesses embrace the benefits that being more digital can bring; for them, their employees and their customers. To make that leap, they need support and encouragement. The Tour 2020 is another great initiative from the Small Business Saturday team and we’re delighted to be involved. We all have a role to play in helping our small business community and we look forward to offering mentoring support and helping them to develop their digital skills through our BT Skills for Tomorrow programme.”

Small businesses can book virtual one-to-one mentoring sessions with local experts via the ‘My Business Section’ on the Small Business Saturday website.

It’s great to see this campaign continuing this year, despite all the pandemic-related challenges!

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Published on: 29th September 2020

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