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Date for Small Biz Saturday 2018 announced

The date for this year’s national Small Business Saturday celebration has been announced – and it will be Saturday December 1!

There will be lots of ways for Burton’s small businesses to get involved, and as in previous years  Burton Small Business will be in the thick of all the action!

We’re having meetings this month to finalise plans for events in Burton-on-Trent with our friends at Burton Chamber and the local councils.  So watch this space!

One thing we are very keen on is ensuring that for the fourth year running we have a local business in the national #SmallBiz100.

One of the founders of Burton Small Business, Elaine Pritchard, explained: “It’s a fantastic achievement for a town the size of Burton to have had a local business in the national 100 for three consecutive years. My colleagues and I really want to make it four in a row. Some people might say Burton is punching above its weight, given that there are about five million small businesses in the UK, but I think it’s a good reflection of the quality, innovation and diversity of our local businesses.”

In 2015, Elaine’s Caittom Publishing business was chosen to be in the #SmallBiz100, and she was introduced to the then Chancellor, George Osborne and had the chance to talk to him about her business journey.

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Left to right: Elaine Pritchard of Caittom Publishing with then Chancellor George Osborne; Jack Dent of JD Magic at 10 Downing Street; Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios.

In 2016 it was the turn of local magician Jack Dent of J D Magic. who entertained at 10 Downing Street. Last year, Tilley Bancroft, of Red Door Studios, took a place in the 100. She is also a founder member of the Burton Small Business consortium.

Elaine said: “The Small Biz 100 is a fantastic way for small businesses to raise their profile and benefit from the publicity and opportunities that come with it. Each of the 100 gets their own special day in the spotlight in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday. They are showcased across social media nationally and get other opportunities too.

Applications will open in June – and there’s no fee to apply. We’ll remind you nearer the time and give you tips for success from previous winners.

Last year, around £748 million was spent with small businesses on the big day itself. Just think how much could be done this year if everyone helps to spread the Small Business Saturday message? Let’s all help make Small Business Saturday 2018 the best yet. Don’t forget to follow Small Business Saturday on Facebook and Twitter!

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